By Daniel Politi para Today’s Papers, Slate Magazine.
The WP and USAT front, and everyone mentions, Sen. Barack Obama’s easy victory in the Mississippi primary, where he received 61 percent of the vote. Obama’s win was expected, in a state where African-Americans accounted for approximately half of those who turned out to vote. The ballots showed a stark division according to race. While more than nine in 10 African-Americans voted for Obama, seven in 10 white voters picked Sen. Hillary Clinton. Interestingly enough, the LAT points out that Republicans made up about 10 percent of the voters, and they chose Clinton by a 3-to-1 margin. Race was also at the forefront of the latest back-and-forth between the Clinton and Obama camps. Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1984, said in an interview, “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is.” Obama called the comments “patently absurd,” and Clinton said she disagreed with Ferraro, who defended her statement and said her words were being twisted. “Every time that campaign is upset about something, they call it racist,” she said. Ferraro’s statements overshadowed Obama’s latest attack against Clinton’s claims of foreign-policy experience. Greg Craig, a former aide to Bill Clinton, wrote a memo calling Clinton’s claims of experience “exaggerated.”