January 29, 2013
Hillary, Biden and the Early Picture on the '16 African-American Vote
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.
… 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.
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)