Has Politico ever used a similar construction regarding Obama?
Texas could be the backdrop for a future Bush family restoration; Republicans here are already talking up 36-year-old George P. Bush, the half-Hispanic son of Jeb Bush, who has raised $1.3 million for a 2014 run for some statewide office to be named later.
Of course Politico would never refer to Obama as “half-black”. Neither has any other mainstream media outlet that I know of. And you know what would happen if a conservative media outlet referred to Obama as "half-black" -- or even "half-African – there would be complaints about "birtherism" and cries of "racism" from all the usual suspects. Heck, calling attention to Obama's white mother in anything but the most hagiographic of ways is utterly verboten -- but it is OK to note that a conservative is only "half-Hispanic".