Meg Whitman has presented herself to the voters of California as an American original. She is an internet zillionaire who is setting aside her private pursuit of profit to pursue the commonweal, a twenty-first century equivalent of the planter George Washington leaving his plow to take up the challenges of politics.
Florida may have turned temporarily blue for the 2008 presidential election, but the state remains decidedly reddish in hue. It has controlled the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee for more than a decade as well as both houses of the legislature. Since 1996, when the GOP took control of the Florida House (it had taken the Senate four years earlier) the number of Democrats serving in Tallahassee continued to plummet, although 2006 saw Democrats re-take some seats, but not enough to win control of either chamber in the state house.
Control in Tallahassee matters especially this year because of the re-districting that will occur once the Census results are in. Currently, Democrats do not have a seat at the table, but if they can win the governorship, they would be able to influence the process. Not only will the congressional lines be redrawn, but Florida is likely to gain two congressional seats so the district maps will be especially important.
Yesterday, the President received the Diplomatic Corps at the White House, including the Nuncio from the Holy See, Archbishop Pietro Sambi. I suspect that this photo will cause a few blood vessels to burst in the wacko conservative blogosphere and I wonder if Glenn Beck suspects the President and the Archbishop of secretly planning some kind of conspiracy.
Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies will be sponsoring a panel one week from today. “Religion & the 2010 Elections: The Impact of Religious issues and Religious Voters” will be held Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at the National Press Club. The event begins at noon and is slated to go until 3 p.m.
We continue the discussion about Pope Benedict's contributions to the life of the Church with comments from Catholic University's new president John Garvey.
This series on Benedict is undertaken to call attention to a new book about the Holy Father published by the USCCB: Pope Benedict XVI: Essays and Reflections on His Papacy.
The question: What is a significant contribution Pope Benedict has made to the life of the Church?
Doug Gansler has an op-ed in this morning's Washington Post in which he takes a position different from mine (below) on the Snyder v. Phelps case. I will only point out that Mr. Gansler is running for re-election and evidently knows how to read a jury.
Dana Milbank has a great article showing how many former GOP leaders would not meet the criteria used to label contrmporary Republicans like Lisa Murkowski as insufficiently conservative. Ronald Reagan used to joke that in his administration, the right hand never knew what the far-right hand was doing. These days, the far-right hand is the only hand left.
Politico has an article about pro-life Democrats in Congress who are facing tough re-election races. We have looked at some of those races in our "Election Time" series. The Susan B. Anthony List is leading the charge against these pro-life Dems because of their vote on health care. Try and count the number of dis-information items in the quotes!
Fred Phelps has his day in court today. The hateful bigot-pastor from the Westboro Church in Kansas was sued for protesting at the funeral of Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder by Snyder’s parents on the grounds that he invaded their family's privacy and inflicted emotional distress on the family. Pastor Phelps and his congregants, who tend to share bonds of blood affinity to an unhealthy degree as well as the bonds of their distorted understanding of Christianity, protest at the funerals of American military personnel. They believe these brave men and women deserved to die because America tolerates homosexuality. So, while wearing tee-shirts that read “God Hates Fags,” at the funerals they wear signs that read “Thank God for IEDs.” How to put this in the most Christian manner possible? Phelps and his family/parishioners are beneath contempt.
The California gubernatorial contest did not interest me at first.
While examining the California Senate race, I asked why such a large state produced two lousy candidates, but I know why this large state produced such lousy choices for the Governor’s race: The job is impossible.
If Arnold the Terminator can’t fix Sacramento, it probably can’t be fixed.
So, the race appeared boring both in its content and in its outcome and the candidates attracted to the prospect were predictably boring. The Democrats nominated an old government hand and former Governor, Jerry Brown, and the Republicans nominated a zillionaire CEO, Meg Whitman, who has poured more than $100 million of her own money into the race.
What to say about Jerry Brown?