So the GOP is about to nominate a Mormon or a Catholic.

… And no one is bleating anti-their-religion mantras against them with any credibility. Am I the only one who finds this pleasantly weird? K-Lo noted Rick Perry’s repeated references to Rick Santorum’s Catholicism down in South Carolina, perhaps because Perry was getting more support among Evangelical Protestants than was Perry, who is an Evangelical Protestant. Perhaps Perry was... More

The Sweatervested Candidate, who wears Catholicism on His Shirt Sleeve

I found this jarring in an otherwise positive profile of Rick Santorum in the Wall Street Journal: Mr. Santorum’s history of wearing his Catholicism on his sleeve may not be disqualifying given the timing and the opponent That sure does sound negative. But isn’t it a positive? We know who he is and where he goes for sustenance. And we see in him an example of someone who seems to try ... More


Dear Fans of Ron Paul: This is Noxious.

A bumper sticker available for purchase at Ron Paul's Web site. This is the sort of thing one would expect to find at the Obama campaign site. The not-Mitt race for the GOP nomination is swinging wildly. Bachmann had her day in Ames, but those seeds were sewn on rocky ground. Cain was dogged by allegations of infidelity and inappropriate behavior. Perry stumbled through the debates. Gingrich h... More


“A time for choosing.” So perfectly true, nearly 50 years later.

It’s a weekend. This is the fastest 27 minutes you will experience. Seriously: it flies by. If you have never watched/listened to Ronald Reagan’s 1964 GOP convention speech you absolutely must. If you have, do it again. Truly terrifying how much more accurate an assessment his speech is nearly 50 years later than it was even in its day. At that point, the most fearsome Socialist menace... More

Updated: Where are the Stupak 12? Now They Are 4. And Why They Will Soon be 0!

This quote featured in a recent CatholicVote newsletter (you get those, right?) caught my attention: Former Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper recently said: “I would have never voted for the final version of the bill if I expected the Obama administration to force Catholic hospitals and Catholic colleges and universities to pay for contraception.” Thanks, but it’s a little too ... More

I Am Woman, Hear Me Pour

During that aforementioned forum in Iowa, someone put out a water pitcher and glasses for the candidates. So as they were sitting down, Rep. Michele Bachmann took it upon herself to pour the water for everyone. When Frank Luntz, who was moderating, pointed this out, she replied: “I’m used to it, Frank. I’ve poured a lot of water in my time.” It is such a small, unimportant... More

Will Rick Santorum Be the Next Up?

I confess the title was a tease … I do not know the answer to that question and I may not care as much as I would encourage you to read what he had to say at a forum in Iowa right before Thanksgiving. Since Romney is not officially competing there, it was not a well-covered event. But it was something special, and I write about it in my syndicated column this week. ...READ MORE... More


Newt, Marriage, and the Presidency

Newt and Callista Gingrich My friend Joshua Mercer is concerned with Newt Gingrich’s three marriages and their effect on Newt’s ability to defend DOMA and promote the traditional definition of marriage. As I tend to do ’round these parts, I disagree. I’m not sure Mercer is doing this, but I fear too many conservatives are trying to find an angel by whom to be governed. We w... More

Obama 2012 Announces New Effort to Confuse, Er, *Court* Religious Voters

My my — this should be a hoot (via Politico): President Obama’s political team today will announce a new effort to court RELIGIOUS VOTERS in 2012. Democratic officials say they see an opening with Christians on immigration, the budget and other issues. Okay, let’s stop right there. Immigration was an issue Obama and the Democrats completely failed to do anything about in the fi... More



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