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Commentary is thinking that nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. is part of that 60% who don’t like Secretary Hillary Clinton. He doesn’t think much of Hillary’s VP pick. I kind of think in a way his column today in the Chron is patronizing to Latino voters, certainly this one. Here are parts of his latest column:

It’s not just that Clinton skipped over three prominent Latinos – Housing Secretary Julian Castro, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and California Rep. Xavier Becerra – whose names her campaign had, for months, mischievously dangled in front of Latino voters despite the fact that they were all considered longshots.

Perhaps the bigger problem is that the Clinton campaign has packaged and pitched (Sen. Tim) Kaine to Latino voters as a kind of honorary Latino.

And:

This past January, when the Obama administration announced a new set of immigration raids to round up and deport those Central American refugees who had been released to family members in the United States with notices to appear before immigration judges, Kaine joined 21 other Democratic senators in signing a letter to Obama condemning the raids. Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Patrick Leahy of Vermont led the effort; Kaine followed.

I would expect more from Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer. Mr. Honduras. Mr. Yo Hablo Español. And now the Clinton campaign has the chutzpah to present Kaine to Latinos as our best amigo. And we’re supposed to swallow that ridiculous narrative, no questions asked.

And finally:

Clinton doesn’t even have to earn the Latino vote. It’ll be conveniently served up to her because of her major qualification: the fact that her name isn’t “Trump.” So you can imagine how much respect she’ll give Latinos, if she is elected president. Not much.

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Navarrette-Latino-voters-don-t-get-much-respect-9129674.php.

Sometimes I agree with this fella and sometimes I don’t. I don’t this time.

If Hillary had named Becerra, Castro, or Perez, I seriously doubt Navarrette would have given it a second thought. I also don’t think much of him using Kaine’s ability to speak Spanish to make his point. I think it is admirable that Kaine speaks Spanish. A lot of Latinos in this country prefer to communicate in Spanish. It is healthy for the process that someone on the ticket can give interviews in Spanish. It certainly doesn’t hurt.   I also take issue with the way Navarrette thinks Hillary will not earn the Latino vote because of Trump.   Sorry pal, we’re not dumb. The Trump campaign is a reminder that this election is critical.   Stop talking down to us.

Fifty GOP national security honchos put out a statement yesterday saying they were not voting for Donald Trump. Here are parts of the statement:

The undersigned individuals have all served in senior national security and/or foreign policy positions in Republican Administrations, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.   We have worked directly on national security issues with these Republican Presidents and/or their principal advisers during wartime and other periods of crisis, through successes and failures. We know the personal qualities required of a President of the United States.   None of us will vote for Donald Trump.   From a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief.   Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous President and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.   Most fundamentally, Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President.

Mr. Trump lacks the temperament to be President.

He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood.

He lacks self-control and acts impetuously.

He cannot tolerate personal criticism.

Here are some of the GOP national security honchos who signed the statement:

Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security

Michael Hayden Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Carla A. Hills, Former U.S. Trade Representative

John Negroponte Former Director of National Intelligence

Tom Ridge Former Secretary of Homeland Security

Here is how Trump responded:

“The names on this letter are the ones the American people should look to for answers on why the world is a mess, and we thank them for coming forward so everyone in the country knows who deserves the blame for making the world such a dangerous place. They are nothing more than the failed Washington elite looking to hold onto their power, and it’s time they are held accountable for their actions.”

The 50 GOP just ought to come out and endorse Secretary Hillary Clinton. Do the right thing!

Alex Rodriguez will be retiring this Friday at Yankee Stadium against the Rays. He is sitting on 696 career dingers. How many did he hit as a Mariner, as a Ranger, and as a Yankee?

Like here is how David Brooks ended his latest column on Trump and the GOP:

There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame.

He also says this about Trump:

He is a political rampage charging ever more wildly out of control. And no, he cannot be changed.

He cannot be contained because he is psychologically off the chain. With each passing week he displays the classic symptoms of medium-grade mania in more disturbing forms: inflated self-esteem, sleeplessness, impulsivity, aggression and a compulsion to offer advice on subjects he knows nothing about.

His speech patterns are like something straight out of a psychiatric textbook. Manics display something called “flight of ideas.” It’s a formal thought disorder in which ideas tumble forth through a disordered chain of associations. One word sparks another, which sparks another, and they’re off to the races. As one trained psychiatrist said to me, compare Donald Trump’s speaking patterns to a Robin Williams monologue, but with insults instead of jokes. Trump insults Paul Ryan, undermines NATO and raises the specter of nuclear war. Advisers can’t control Trump’s brain because Trump can’t control it himself

He also cannot be contained because he lacks the inner equipment that makes decent behavior possible. So many of our daily social interactions depend on a basic capacity for empathy. But Trump displays an absence of this quality.

He looks at the grieving mother of a war hero and is unable to recognize her pain. He hears a crying baby and is unable to recognize the infant’s emotion or the mother’s discomfort. He is told of women being sexually harassed at Fox News and is unable to recognize their trauma.

Here is all of the Brooks piece: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Brooks-Trump-s-enablers-will-have-to-take-a-stand-9125948.php.

Here is Erica Grieder’s take on George P. Bush’s low energy endorsement of Trump: http://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-blog/george-p-bush-faces-trump-dilemma/.

In 2012, here in the U.S., 40,650,000 watched the London Opening Ceremony. Last Friday evening, 26,500,000 watched the Rio Opening Ceremony. I think that is a 35% drop. Some folks were blaming Matt Lauer, Meredith Viera, and Hoda Kotb. Not Commentary. Hey, for the past year, Rio has been getting bashed about not being prepared and environmental issues. Folks weren’t exactly looking forward to the games like in games past. Just saying.

Alex Rodriguez hit 189 dingers as a Mariner, 156 as a Ranger, and 351 as a Yankee of course.

I am absolutely flabbergasted why the Skipper plays Carlos Gomez. That’s all I have to say on this today.

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