Julian Castro: Three Things We Learned About San Antonio's Mayor At Last Night's DNC

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Julian Castro -- the next Barack Obama?
At first, it seemed strange that, on one of the most important nights for Democrats, they would open with a a guy with a sprawling white smile who no one had heard of before. But hey, Dems must have thought, it worked in 2004 -- why not play this hand again?

So they did, trotting out Julian Castro, San Antonio's mayor, to address the Democratic National Convention in a speech that didn't make anyone forget Barack Obama, but did make you realize he really, really, pretty-pretty-please, wants to be compared to Barack Obama.

It's not that the similarities between them aren't striking, because they are. They're both young and minorities -- once-financially strapped youths raised by single mothers who later went on to graduate Harvard Law School and marry beautiful women, later spawning some truly adorable children.

They're both walking manifestations of what Democrats are trying to prove in this campaign: that without help and guidance, their journeys would never have been possible. Castro paid for his schooling at Stanford and Harvard with scholarships and loans -- investments that fueled his entire life. (Last week, Republicans offered a very different narrative, one of austere, I-did-it-all-on-my-own individualism, even though, puzzling enough, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan most surely didn't do it on their own.)

Castro's speech did get us thinking though, and here are the three most important things we learned about Castro last night:

3. He's Just Like Barack Obama
Castro, presumably, has watched a lot of Obama's speeches, emulating every gesture, hitting that soaring baritone, and doing that thing that Barack does when he wants to show he's resonant with empathy, and begins narrating exclusively in italics in a near-whisper. "My family's story isn't special," Castro said. "What's special (mad italics) is the America that makes our story possible."

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Looks just like another Henry Cisneros to me. How did that work out ?


What  a refreshing night after the Republican doomsayers, scolds and brainfoggers from last week. I thought Julian Castro was every bit as good a Marco Rubio at delivery, and way ahead if you examined the content of what he said.

Beth Martin
Beth Martin

obvious comparisons can be drawn between Castro's speech last night and Obama's 2004 DNC convention speech, but cute jokes aside i learned far more than those "three things"


@HoustonPress is one of them the city is $15 billion in debt? #sanantonio

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