The Mexican Response to Obama, allegedly, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, will grace El Paso with his prescence this evening at some banquet. I am sure party hacks at the banquet are already calling him "Mr. President". Why not, right? He's like Obama....right?
Other than the fact both Castro and Obama are big city liberals the comparisons stop there.
The only reason we have Obama is because we had Bush. People were fatigued by two wars, conservatives themselves realized they had been living a lie, and an economy was on the brink. In other words, things were soooooo bad voters took a chance on a liberal attorney from Chicago with a less than paper thin résumé.
After Obama's re-election, Democrats have assumed they have a lock on entire swaths of the electorate, which will enable them to have a PRI-like streak. But remember it was not too long ago Democrats themselves were in the political wilderness. There is no reason to believe Republicans will be forever stuck there too.
Going back to demographics, it is the Republicans that have two Hispanic governors - Brian Sandoval of Nevada, and Susana Martinez of New Mexico - and two South Asian governors - Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Nikki Haley of South Carolina. That is not exactly what I call a bad presidential farm team. And not exactly what I call poor minority recruitment.
Perhaps that is why we are seeing so much buzz around Castro. When it comes to actual minority state executive officeholders, Republicans have a much better track record than Democrats. But the buzz around Castro kinda silences that reality and builds up the current perception that Democrats are better for minorities.
The issue though with that buzz is whether or not it can sustain itself until 2018 when Castro would have a shot at being Governor of Texas. Assuming he wins, Castro's shot at running for president is 2024. Who knows what the political landscape is by then and whether or not Castro will still be the commodity that he is now.
At that rate, the Dallas Cowboys will win a Super Bowl long before Castro can run for president.