I am a middle-aged, middle-class white guy who must also be a racist because the main reason I voted for Barack Obama in my state primary is his race ["The Obama Effect," February 25-March 3].
Of course, I am convinced he is smart, capable, and experienced. More important to me, however, is the opportunity for voters of every race to close the racial divide in our nation by choosing a black man to lead us. By acknowledging that race matters in this election, we can move forward to a future where race does not matter.
Your cover question "Does Race Still Matter?" caught my eye. My answer is that race will always matter. However, race would not keep me from voting for Obama, but his liberal leanings would.
Frank M. Zoz
Obama's surge in the Super Tuesday primaries may have been due to Republicans who jumped ship over into the Democratic primary, after deeming Obama more beatable by John McCain in the November general election than Hillary Clinton. As an unapologetic liberal/progressive in a hopelessly red state, I yearn for the days when we all vote(d) our hearts and not "against" a candidate.
David N. Hooper
Obama's promise of "unity and change" politics is half right. The change part would be from current moderate/conservative to liberal/very liberal politics. But, if he can keep the excitement factor up and not have to explain how he could unify the country, Obama may just pull off the election.
Cass Lake, Minn.
Suppose McCain wasn't a former POW, Hillary wasn't a woman, and Obama wasn't black. We might have to focus on the real issues at hand.
P. J. Mills
El Portal, Fla.