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Are Older Voters Returning to Dems?

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When veteran political analyst Charlie Cook speaks, people listen. This article at National Journal looks at recent polling data for older voters who tend to represent a disproportionate share of a midterm electorate. Cook says it is too soon to tell why older voters may be less enthusiastic about the GOP. I have a theory: In 2010, the Republicans scared the living bejeezus out of older voters over Obamacare.

John Cavadini Corrects George Weigel on, well, The Heart of the Matter

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This review of George Weigel's book, "Evangelical Catholicism," got lost in my emails so I apologize for taking so long to link to it. It appeared at First Things and is written by Notre Dame's John Cavadini. I was pretty pleased with my own review of Weigel's book, but Cavadini's brings his scholarly sensibility to bear in a way that is even more devastating. If you do not read anything else today, read this.

"A President for Everyone"

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President Obama spoke personally and powerfully today about the experiences of black men in America. You can tell that conservative pundits were waiting because they all trotted out the same talking point within seconds of his conclusion. They were shocked that he spoke as he did because he had promised to be "a president for everyone." To be clear, in his remarks, the president was a "president for everyone" because everyone needed to hear what he had to say. 

Garnett on Conscience Protections and SSM

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Over at Commonweal, Rick Garnett uses the recent Supreme Court decisions on same sex marriage to explore the different varieties of conscience protection. Typically, Garnett offers a thoughtful analysis of the issues and I mostly am in agreement with him, especially on the need for civil society to be a less homogenous, more actually diverse, arena of human activity.

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