Peter Berkowitz, who is one of the wisest commentators on the political right, has a review of the book "American Grace: How Religion Unites and Divides Us" posted at the Hoover Institution. The review - and the book - are both worth a read.
A presidential race tends to garner all the focus, but in 2012, the races ofr Congress might prove just as decisive. If Obama wins, and does not help Democrats re-take the House, we could have four more years of stalemate. If the Republicans recapture the White House, but do not capture the Senate, look for Sen. Harry reid to become Mr. Obstruction.
“I could vote for Christie,” a friend who has never before voted for a Republican said to me yesterday. “He doesn’t sound like a tape recording.” Alas, unless my friend intends to move to New Jersey, he won’t be voting for Gov. Christie anytime soon.
Ed Kilgore at the New Republic suggests that the GOP presidential race is now primed for a late entry by Sarah Palin. From his lips to God's ears. What could be more fun than writing about Sarah Palin for the next few months?
In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson opines that he thinks more liberals will take exception to Mitt Romney's Mormonism than will conservatives. He may be right. I suspect many liberals correctly view the Mormon Church, like the Catholic Church, as a bastion of conservatism on key social issues like gay rights only without the Catholic Church's commitment to social justice to level the ideological playing field.
As mentioned below, I am glad that the bishops did not decide to re-open debate on the "Faithful Citizenship." But, the document does include one very unfortunate focus that is, frankly, somewhat strange coming from bishops who have a host of theologians upon whom to draw for expertise. The document speaks of the specialness of those acts which are "intrinsically evil" as especially repugnant when considering for whom to vote.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has decided to “re-propose” its document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” to American Catholics in advance of next year’s national elections, making no changes to the document itself, which passed overwhelmingly in 2007, adding only an “Introductory Note” to the text.
Herman Cain has moved up a bit in the polls, based on the strength of his surprise victory in the Florida straw poll and some strong debate performances. He has a commanding voice, and his experience as a radio talk show host and motivational speaker make him a natural for debates.
The USCCB's Sr. Mary Ann Walsh has a post up at their mediablog about the death penalty. She provides some pretty clear reasons why Catholics should not support the death penalty. I hope Justice Scalia is reading.
Mark Silk, at Spiritual Politics, notes that Mitt Romney will speaking just before Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association at this weekend's Value Voters Summit. Of course, in Fischer's twisted worldview, the only families that count are Christian families.