So, Julián “One Percent” Castro, the guy everybody forgot was running for the Democrat nomination, officially dropped out of the race today.
And when I say, “everybody,” that includes putative frontrunner Joe Biden:
Remember when Joe Biden called Julian Castro "Cisneros," apparently confusing him with Henry Cisneros, President Bill Clinton's Latino HUD Secretary a quarter-century ago? pic.twitter.com/j9IRH12mn5— Trump War Room — Text FIGHT to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) January 2, 2020
I guess all those Latino Democrats all look alike to Joe.
Unofficially, Castro was never really in this race. The most recent Real Clear Politics national polling average had Julián Castro at 1.2%. In Iowa his average is 0.5%. When you’re polling at one percent, that pretty much makes you the Lincoln Chaffe of 2020.
Then again, at least Lincoln Chaffee had to the good sense to drop out almost immediately.
In a tweet announcing his exit from the race, One Percent Castro said, “I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together.”
When it comes to accomplishments, I guess Julián has a low bar.
Because what exactly did his campaign accomplish?
Sure, his campaign manager/brother doxxed San Antonio small business owners who donated to President Trump’s reelection campaign.
But other than that, I’m at a loss.
Unless One Percent Castro considers going to bat for men who get abortions an “accomplishment.” And while it would be quite an accomplishment for a man to actually need an abortion, that isn’t exactly an accomplishment for Julián — unless he’s the man in question.
But it’s not like he’s going to say “I’m really proud that my message resonated with 1.2% of Democrat voters.”
Castro was such a non-entity in the Democrat primary, there wasn’t even a “Julián Castro” group of images in the 2020 Democrat Candidates Gallery of the Dianny Image Vault because I never once Photoshopped the guy.
Until today. So I guess I’ll go ahead and toss him into the gallery as an also-ran.
Of course the exit of One Percent Castro will get more coverage than he deserves since it gives the media and opinion writers (not to mention Cory Booker) one more reason to complain about the “lack of diversity” in the 2020 Democrat field.
In the Washington Post report on One Percent Castro dropping out, they seemed genuinely surprised that a Latino candidate wasn’t more popular among Latinos:
But despite the growing political strength of Latino voters and the country’s polarization over immigration in the Trump era, Castro’s campaign never truly caught on, and he never rose into the upper ranks of the Democratic contenders.
It really frosts them that ethnic groups do not stay within their ethnic group, doesn’t it?
By the way, Trump’s support among Latinos hovers around at or above 30%.
I wonder if One Percent Castro knows that. No reason to kick him while he’s down by telling him.
Then again, One Percent Castro dropping out does leave a great big void only Liz Warren would be ballsy enough to fill.
So adios, Julián. We barely knew you, and we cared even less.
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