The sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia kept me from writing about last Saturday’s Republican debate, and about the state of the race more generally. In a nutshell: Just when you think things cannot get worse, they get worse. The Republican Party is in free fall and no one knows how to stop it.
At Politico, Josh Zeitz warns Republicans against invoking any analogy with the confirmation of Abe Fortas. It is not that the analogy might not be accurate, just that it exposes some of the ugliness that animates the GOP base.
Distinctly Catholic: The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has immediate consequences, including the battle royal that has already begun over his successor.
More really useful data from Public Religion Research Institute: The number of white evangelicals in South Carolina has declined ten points since 2007, from 36 percent to 26 percent. That is still a high number, and evangelicals have extensive social networks that can be tapped to get out the vote. PRRI notes that the number of "nones" has increased, but they lack the social networks needed to help a GOTV effort.
Justice Antonin Scalia was the face of a conservative legal movement that not only confronted dominant liberal legal attitudes, but also revolutionized what it meant to be a conservative justice.
At The Hill, Donald Trump doesn't think much of Pope Francis. I am sure that in this Year of Mercy, the Holy Father does not reciprocate the Donald's nasty judgments, but next year, if Trump wins and starts building that wall, all bets are off.
If you entered last night’s Democratic debate leaning towards former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, you came away with plenty of reasons to justify your choice. If you entered leaning towards Sen. Bernie Sanders, you also received plenty to confirm your selection. Both candidates, in a largely civil debate, were true to form with Clinton calibrating her message more substantially as the nominating contest turns to a nationwide audience.
I am not sure why I missed this previously, but this article by Charles Camosy in the LATimes on how we understand health care, and how, functionally, it is practiced in America. I will be touching on some of these subjects soon.
Reading Marie Collins’ statement, published here at
Two items on criticism. The first, in the Washington Post, on modernist architecture here in Washington D.C. The Hirshhorn is better than the critic allows, and the FBI building should indeed be demolished. Mercifully, the critic did not look at some of the modernist ecclesial structures that mar the landscape of our city.