The steady stream of speakers—from Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and actor Kal Penn of “Harold and Kumar” fame— kept with the mantra “Forward, Not Back,” prompting this tweet: “OK. If you are playing the #DNC2012 Drinking Game, please take ‘Forward’ off the list, or make sure you have a doctor in the house.”
The keynote speaker San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro offered a rousting speech mixed with humor, Republican digs, and a breathe of fresh air to the familiar slate of speakers. He said, to applause, that Mitt Romney told students to borrow money from their parents. “Gee, why didn’t I think of that?” said Castro, who came from humble beginnings.
On Twitter, the talk drew some strong missives, including:
“Well, first they couldn’t imagine having a black prez named Hussein. Now they imagine a future prez named Castro.”
“Hey, #GOP: We’ll see your Marco Rubio and raise you a @JulianCastro. Julian Castro: A Star is Born.”