Marvel at the Power of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro!

Remember San Antonio mayor Julian Castro? Ever since he was named keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, I’ve kept an eye on the man nearly universally touted as a rising star in Democratic-party politics, even though his record as mayor is . . . brief and thin, particularly in the areas of crime and education.

But now, to his credit, a radio station named Mayor Castro the fourth-most powerful person!

No, not in the Democratic party.

No, not in the state of Texas.

The fourth-most powerful person . . . in San Antonio.

WOAI San Antonio put San Antonio city manager Sheryl Sculley atop the list, followed by business leaders Graham Weston, “whose visionary leadership at Rackspace has helped transform San Antonio into a tech center,” and Charles Butt, the president of HEB.

Their profile of Castro notes, “San Antonio’s celebrity mayor has used his ill-defined office to promote himself and the city, and both in a very effective manner.”

Of course, self-promotion can take you far in this world.

Chuck Kerr, an artist at Current, emphasized Julian Castro’s seemingly preordained role in national Democratic politics:

He invited Campaign Spot readers to build their own Castro campaign posters, proudly endorsing the mayor for president, governor, senator, mayor, Jedi Master, or Top Chef contestant.

Most Popular

Elections

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More
U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More