By Arthur Delaney, Slate Magazine
The Washington Post leads with Hillary Clinton sticking her foot in her mouth big time by mentioning the June 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy as a reason she’s not ending her nearly hopeless campaign for the Democratic nomination. The other papers front or tease the story as well. The Los Angeles Times leads with a new poll indicating that California voters favor Barack Obama over Republican John McCain in a general election.
Hillary Clinton apologized for her assassination statement within hours of making it. The WP emphasizes the notion that the morbid remark undercuts speculation that Clinton wants to wind up on a joint ticket with Obama. The NYT credits the New York Post for first reporting the gaffe and notes the speed with which outraged comments piled up on the Internet. The Times also notices that Clinton made almost this exact same statement to Time magazine back in March.
The significance of the LAT‘s poll is that California voters like Obama much more than Clinton when it comes to beating McCain, when just four months ago Clinton defeated Obama in the California primary. The Democratic candidate has won the state in each of the last four general presidential elections.
John McCain’s doctors say he’s healthy, the papers report. Right in its lede, the LAT treats readers to colon polyps, kidney cysts, and stones floating around in McCain’s bladder. Doctors say there is no evidence for recurrence of the melanoma skin cancer that required surgical attention in 2000. Digging through the 1,173 pages of medical records made available to reporters for three hours by the campaign yesterday, the NYT finds a discrepancy between pathologists’ findings and doctors’ public statements about the the candidate’s melanoma those eight years ago. The Times also reports that doctors said a surgery scar on McCain’s face is 6 by 6centimeters, “a size not previously disclosed.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that would-be Democratic convention delegates are campaigning hard for the privilege of a “no-expenses-paid trip to Denver,” where they will cast their predetermined vote for the candidate of their jurisdiction’s choice at the convention this summer. In Colorado, 2,000 people are running for 48 seats, way up from the several hundred who ran in 2004.