**UPDATED VIDEO FROM TEAM OBAMA**
IT’S A BIG night for the mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, who will give the keynote speech tonight. Sen. Marco Rubio is good, but Mayor Julian Castro has serious game and without Rubio’s baggage, with much smoother edges than the gruff Chris Christie, who looks like yesterday in comparison.
The 37-year-old official, who was re-elected in a landslide victory last year, is expected to present himself as a classic American success story — with a family narrative that begins with his grandmother, a Mexican orphan, who immigrated as a young girl to the U.S. in 1920 and taught herself how to read and write. Castro, the youngest mayor of a big city, has also hinted that his speech Tuesday will be heavy in defense of President Obama’s record. “I’ll be talking about my family’s story,” Castro told Fox News. “And that more than anything else, my family’s story, and the story of so many families across the United States from different parts of the country represent an American dream story.” [FOX News]
Julian Castro, as well as his twin brother, Joaquin, who is one minute younger than his identical twin and a Texas lawmaker running for Congress, benefited from affirmative action and admit it proudly. They went to Stanford and on to Harvard Law School. Joaquin is Julian’s closest adviser.
As always is the case in American politics, Julian Castro’s star has risen and his course is already being plotted, with the possibility of Castro being the “first Hispanic president” now part of the myth of his marketing.
It’s going to be a great moment for Democrats when Julian Castro takes the stage. An even greater moment for Hispanics who will finally see in themselves a rising star of their own put center stage by a political party that depends on their votes.
No one will ever forget when Barack Obama took center stage in 2004. That opportunity now rings out in history.