The group Catholic Democrats has published an e-book, “America Undecided,” in the final weeks of the election which, as the title indicates, is aimed at those sitting on the fence in the presidential election and making the case as to why those fence sitters should come down on the side of re-electing President Obama. Fill Disclosure: I know and admire two of the authors of the book, Doug Kmiec and Patrick Whelan, although I do not know the third, Edward Gaffney.
Over at First Things and in his weekly column distributed to various Catholic papers, George Weigel asks “What Kind of Country Do You Want?” The short answer, of course, is a country with a higher standard of intellectual life such that it would recognize agitprop like Weigel’s essay for the partisan hackery it is. For the long answer, let’s take Weigel’s options one by one.
I know, I know - Archbishop of Manila Luis Antonio Tagle has not even gotten his red hat yet. But, Rocco has a link to a talk he gave and, Lord, can this man preach!
I am not betting any money on any polls this election cycle. But, if these numbers from Latino Decisions are accurate, Barack Obama will be re-elected president next week. The poll shows Obama winning Latinos by a margin of 73% to 21%. That is higher than in 2008 when Obama took 67% of the Latino vote, and there are today four million more Latinos eligible to vote than four years ago.
I am beginning to think that Gov. Mitt Romney must enjoy lying. Jonathan Cohn, at The New Republic, reports on Romney's mistaken claim about Chrysler auto jobs being sent to China, and after Chrysler publicly corrected him, now he is running ads on the same theme. I will also say that his slur against "the Italians!" is repulsive and should cost him the votes of Italian-Americans. This is ugly, ugly - better to say, bruta figura.
Over the past many weeks, I have used my Monday morning post to focus on different issues in this election. But, in terms of issues, the cake is now baked for both candidates. Neither candidate has made as good a case for their candidacy as could be made. Both has been more than vague about the hard choices needed to avoid the fiscal cliff that the winner will face immediately after the election. But, voters know the essential contours of the choice they have to make. The race now comes down to two issues, turnout and Friday’s unemployment numbers.
Many things have happened since I wrote in January that President Obama's refusal to expand the conscience exemptions regarding the HHS mandate had cost him my vote. Many people have written asking if I have changed my mind. Some conservative bloggers have speculated that I will "cave."
I have long admired Melinda Henneberger as a writer. After reading her column in this morning's Washington Post, I admire her. Period.
When the magazine Gentlemen's Quarterly, GQ, called yesterday, I knew it was not for fashion tips. Left to my own devices, I would never, ever wear anything but sweats and tee-shirts. They wanted to talk about the role of abortion in the campaign. Here is the interview.
Over at America magazine, theologian Vince Miller continues the discussion of Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget. Miller was one of the signatories of the document “On All of Our Shoulders” that challenged Mr. Ryan’s budget, and the Ayn Rand-inspired, libertarian philosophy that he has many times claimed serves as the source for his ideas and values.