Ballotpedia lists the following Democrats (in alphabetical order) as potential 2016 presidential candidates:

Joe Biden
Hillary Clinton
Andrew Cuomo
Kirsten Gillibrand
Amy Klobuchar
Martin O’Malley
Bernie Sanders
Brian Schweitzer
Party Mark Warner
Elizabeth Warren
Jim Webb

My goodness.  Not much diversity there.  Actually, none. Mostly old white people, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but considering the years of demagoguery from Democrats, it certainly is ironic.

Republicans, by contrast have a diverse field, including four likely contenders who are “diverse” but eschew presenting themselves as hyphenated Americans or playing racial politics.

Politico reports, Race and the race:

Bobby Jindal is Indian-American, but you’ll never hear him describe himself that way. Marco Rubio insists he’s an “American of Hispanic descent.” And Ted Cruz “certainly” identifies as Hispanic, but he didn’t run for office as “the Hispanic guy.”
These Republican lawmakers, along with African-American conservative favorite Ben Carson, look poised to make the 2016 GOP presidential field the party’s most diverse ever. They are all mulling over White House runs as the GOP continues to struggle with minority voters and as racial tensions over police conduct have captivated the nation.

But none is planning to play up his race or ethnicity in a presidential campaign, or even to stress the potentially historic nature of his candidacy. Instead, according to interviews with donors, strategists, aides and several of the possible candidates themselves, each is more likely to hit broader themes such as the American dream and the importance of hard work, which, for Jindal, Cruz and Rubio, would include nods to their parents’ immigrant experience.

How will Democrats handled this problem of Republicans being far more diverse than Democrats?

Look no further than the very same Politico article:

“It’s not enough to be of Hispanic descent, you have to actually understand where someone’s coming from — be able to identify with them,” said Maria Teresa Kumar, the head of the Hispanic young voter advocacy group Voto Latino. “And all we unfortunately hear from Ted Cruz is, ‘we have to close the border,’ ‘the crime of being undocumented.’ It’s hard for Latino voters to swallow.”

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Not “real” (fill in the blank), because they don’t think like Democrats. Ethnicity and race will now become matters of policy not ethnicity and race, unlike in the past when Democrats were more diverse.

Oh, and expect the War on Women or some variation of sisterhood to fill in the void.

For Democrats, 2016 will be the Year of the Woman because of Hillary.

The Democratic demand for hyphenated Americans will be a thing of the past, so 2008 and 2012.


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