The candidate of hope and change selected a running mate who was first elected to public office when Obama was 9 years old. He was elected to the Senate when Obama was 11.Still, given Sunday's lead Washington Post editorial, I may have been too hasty in assuming Biden would stall transracial transformation:
[W]e saw a glimpse of the old Biden when he met with The Post's editorial board during his short-lived presidential campaign. Asked about failing schools, Mr. Biden seemed to suggest that one reason so many of the District's schools fail is the city's large minority population and contrasted D.C. schools with those in Iowa. "There's less than 1 percent of the population in Iowa that is African American," Mr. Biden said. "There is probably less than 4 or 5 percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with." The Biden campaign quickly issued a statement asserting that the candidate was referring to socioeconomic status, not racial differences.Picking a politician to run for Vice President after such an on-the-record gaffe1 proves that the change already has arrived. Obama's mere appearance already has wrought the heralded transracialism. There's no need actually to elect the man.
1 Remembering that the Post hasn't endorsed a Republican for President since Eisenhower's first term, republishing this anecdote now doubtlessly was an attempt to inoculate the ticket from accusations of racism. Yet, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Following the passage quoted above, the editorial's next sentence reads: "The lesson we took was not to think that Mr. Biden is a racist -- we don't -- but to worry about his tendency to speak too much before he thinks enough." This is itself remarkable: the candidate for Vice President acquitted on the charge of racism because he's incompetent to stand trial.