Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Media's Phony Search For The First Hispanic President

The media is always looking for diversity firsts. Not necessarily firsts of amazing human achievement, because those get proper coverage due to their value, but firsts in any position or event that countless white men have attained for women and minorities. They are delicate about first gay political figures because lesbians are a tougher sell (there is one lesbian US Senator), and there does seem to be something ick to voters and the idea of gay male executives. The latest first search is for the first Hispanic president. Maybe in the spirit of the media creating presidential timber out of the neophyte Obama, we can see who they are pushing now and the absurdity to the media's process.

Steve Sailer has been hot on the trail of this idea since the initial rumblings last year as the Democrat convention approached. The media did puff pieces on whether Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa or San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro would be the first Latino president. As Sailer points out, this is ridiculous considering how much baggage and how incompetent Villaraigosa is as well as Castro being the mayor of San Antonio, which is a ceremonial job since the city manager runs San Antonio. The reader (it was me) Sailer quoted in the link types that the articles are pimping these guys to create presidential buzz about them because the 2016 bench is empty for the Democrats as well as to clearly define that these are good Hispanics (Democrats) versus the high profile Cuban Hispanic Republicans that are Senators like Cruz and Rubio. To write articles about a first Latino president and not cite the two political figures burning bright for the GOP in national roles is a rather pathetic example of cathedral bias.

The cathedral is in a tough spot for 2016 if Clinton cannot make it. The poor performance by Democrats in gubernatorial elections in 2009-2012 has left few Democrats in executive positions that can make the jump to president. Illinois is a corrupt sleaze factory, Michigan's economic woes block potentials, and other executives are just too white and male for the media to sex up for the left's victim coalition. Another problem is Jerry Brown occupying the California governorship and Andrew Cuomo, just plain unlikeable, occupying New York's governorship, which should be two pipelines for potential Presidents. The jump from Senator to President is difficult exhibited by the only two to make it since 1960; Kennedy's '60 nail biter and Obama's financial crisis '08 win. Newspapers and magazines have discussed the dynamic changes and happenings of mayors like Booker and Rahm in Chicago. There are no glamour exposes on GOP mayors, because they are fewer in number and the cathedral has no use for them. The media is hoping to help these mayors leapfrog the normal pipeline process.


Square jaw, good hair, straight out of central casting.
The media might defend their focus on Castro and Villaraigosa by cheaply explaining that they were seeking Hispanics in executive positions. In mid-2012, this would be a clear cut lie by the media. Besides the handsome, Tea Party approved Marco Rubio and the Harvard Law educated insurgent Ted Cruz (not yet elected in summer 2012), the GOP had two governors of Hispanic ancestry. They are both Mexican as well, which slices against the Mexican vs. Cuban issue the media may have been messaging. Even more important, both are from swing states. Gov. Brian Sandoval won his governor's race in Nevada in 2010, defeating Sen. Reid's son and outperforming the Tea Party darling for Senate Sharron Angle. He is a handsome, somewhat Ted McGinley looking, young governor who passed a balanced budget and pushed through some reforms that loosened up the public union grip on the finances of the state and operations of school districts (education reform + attacking public unions are usually big news). Gov. Sandoval acted similar to Gov. Walker of Wisconsin but in a more GOP friendly state. Nevada is not a huge state, but it is far more complex of a job than ceremonial mayor of San Antonio. Sandoval was also the head of the gaming commissions, which is a huge role in Nevada due to Las Vegas. Not paying any attention to Gov. Sandoval in pieces about a rising Hispanic voting bloc is a crime not just against Sandoval but against the issue itself.

Even more perplexing of an omission from media discussions of a first Hispanic President or Vice President nominee is Gov. Susana Martinez. Wait, in 2013, TIME magazine called her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Maybe the cathedral learned its lesson. In mid-2012, Gov. Martinez was scheduled to speak at the GOP convention, and she sounded more charismatic than the praised Gov. Christie. She is a lawyer who kept her maiden name (feminist approved) and is focused on border security, oh, OK, now I get why they would not spotlight her. The media could never cite a Hispanic in a position of power that was not 100% open borders. She is from a swing state (like Nevada, not huge), and in charge of a state's entire administration. Here is a female, minority executive elected in a swing state, but the unfortunate thing is that she is a Republican. Switch her party identification to Democrat, and the media would dump Clinton for her in a heartbeat. They are already flirting with Elizabeth Warren.
One "n" in Susana because she is Mexican.

These two executives are both from swing states and have an ethnic identity that the media loves to focus on in other realms. The problem is that they are not approved by the media tastemakers. Their very existence on the right threatens the media crafted narrative that all good minorities vote "D". Even if both are re-elected, in the invisible primary season, no one outside of political junkies and their home state supporters knows them. They do not get the constant spotlight that a Gov. Christie or Gov. Walker receive. They start the primary season a step or three behind the frontrunners because the free advertising that is a puff piece with the NY Times or mentions in articles discussing first Hispanic president potentials is invaluable. Having friends run the failed Chris Gabrielli Democrat gubernatorial primary run against Gov. Deval Patrick, Patrick (Diet Obama) overcame the massive fundraising gap by always having a puff piece whenever Gabrielli started an advertising blitz. Gabrielli's team would call and complain to the Boston Globe over a profile of Patrick's wife getting Metro section page one treatment. Patrick won the rich white, poor black and intelligentsia vote. Sound familiar? Axelrod gave his campaign advice.

It is rather obvious to anyone that spotlighting no talent and no accomplishment Hispanics over Hispanics with executive experience and telegenic appearances due to the party identification is extreme bias, but this is our system. Sailer dissects the NY Times profile on Castro. As far as I know, the only qualifications Julian Castro has is a handsome face, Spanish surname and Harvard Law Degree (1210 SAT + admission to Stanford is a slap in the face to Asians everywhere). Castro is not even forty and has yet to win a statewide election. His best hope is Clinton picks him for VP in '16.

Castro has some Obama to him. Castro does not speak Spanish well, employing a tutor in the past. His Latin flavoring is like Obama being 'black'. Who better to explain the black experience than the son of a white woman, raised by whites and Asians in foreign countries and Hawaii, who attended private schools and Ivy League colleges? Rep. Bobby Rush could beat Obama for not being black enough, but that was before the media sold Obama full force. It did not matter how black Obama was as the media wing of the system explained to the black voting bloc that this man was the end goal of Dr. King's dream. Castro might be Chavez' final dream. The point is that it is 2012, and you are already hearing Castro's name and the phrase "first Hispanic President". The soil must be warm, ploughed and prepared before one can sow the seed.

Anger at Obama is misplaced. Obama is a symptom of the system. The media's selection and protection of Obama are the problems. Characters like Castro and Obama are really great examples of how the idea of the presidential selection process and even presidential power as formulated in the mind of regular voters is a sham. The civil service and administration will take care of things while the President golfs. Accomplishments pale in comparison to righting historic wrongs. Tribal politics is what matters, not substance. Castro, Obama and Booker are all examples of the modern formula behind the left's power holders: select minority puppets to deflect underclass criticism of economic policies that benefit their financial overlords.

If the media's search feels half-hearted it might be because we all know who the first Hispanic president will be. If the United States is lucky enough to make it to 2029, in January of that year, George P. Bush will solemnly swear to defend and uphold the constitution as President of the United States.

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