Last night at the donkey show . . .
Democrats in Charlotte were remembering The Alamo, or more appropriately, the Alamo City, and its rising Lone Star alcalde, Julian Castro.
The 37-year-old Castro snagged the opening keynote speech, a prime spot that immediately brought comparisons to other great Texas keynoters, like former congresswoman Barbara Jordan at the 1976 convention and former governor Ann Richards in 1988.
Before Castro lit into Republican candidate Mitt Romney, he talked about growing up with his immigrant grandmother, and what she meant to his family.
And he talked about his mother, her activism, and her influence on his future. 'My mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.'
The delegates dug him, and so did the Houstonians we talked to.
University of Houston student Daniel Vandagriff said 'It’s good to see stuff like that, you know. You don’t always see white politicians. You see the blacks, and people from the Latino community.'
Anna Portillo, another UH student said she hopes 'he`ll do a good job and represent for the Hispanic community.'
First Lady Michelle Obama closed the donkey show, looking fabulous in her shimmering Tracy Reese, as she spoke about her parents and their struggles, and about her husband`s early life, and how those experiences made him the man he is today.
The big draw tonight is the Big Dog himself, and you never know what Bill Clinton is going to say, or how long it will take him to say it.
And then tomorrow is President Obama’s big night, but it won`t be here at the Bank of America Stadium. Convention organizers will keep it in the Time Warner Cable Arena because of possible bad weather.
Of course some would say the move was because delegates voted to remove 'God' from the 2012 platform. So, yeah, that might be a good idea.