January 29, 2013

Hillary, Biden and the Early Picture on the '16 African-American Vote

Obama Clinton CBS Interview

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James Wade White House

Looking at two key scenes from the White House this week, including Dwayne Wade and LeBron James posing with “America’s first black President,” you could say that 2016 racial politics is already in the air. If the Democrats are looking for someone for African-Americans and other minority groups to get excited about, it’s going to be an interesting challenge for Biden.

Biden Onion Pontiac

… Of course the Onion’s “Diamond Joe” character, which has been wildly popular, is a complete fabrication. And his politics are clearly more progressive than Clinton’s. But then, caricatures — like the rust belt, beer belly, Trans Am guy — have to be coming from somewhere, if just from those Scranton roots.

Biden Ohio diner

Which is not to say that Biden hasn’t done his own great job reinforcing some stereotypes himself.

(photo 1 & 2: CBS photo 3: Dwayne Wade/Instagram . photo 4: The Onion  photo 5: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

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