Donald Trump stumbled badly in his interview with Chris Matthews this week, suggesting that women who procure abortions should be punished for doing so. Trump met his match in Matthews, the one interviewer who is sufficiently willing to interrupt his interviewee when he smells blood, refusing to let them off the hook, forcing them to answer the question. This worked especially well with Trump who seems to think there is shame in saying “I am not sure” or “I need to think about that some more.”
Both political parties tend to distort the truth in order to serve their ideological ends. To cite only one example, find me the Democrat who is willing to address the awkward fact that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was an avowed racist who thought birth control was necessary to control the population growth of the “inferior races.” There are photos of her speaking at a Klan rally.
At Politico, David Bernstein has a really smart piece comparing Ross Perot in 1992 and Trump today, and how the Clinton Team is well advised not to underestimate the appeal of a non-politician, the fact that voters don't care about details, and the significance of race as a motivating factor in voting. If, as appears likely, November will be a Trump vs. Clinton showdown, she will have to win it.
The U.S. Supreme Court and the Republican Governor of Georgia both threw curve balls this week in the struggle over religious liberty. Both events invite the U.S. Catholic bishops to take a step back and reconsider their approach to this important issue. It is far from clear the bishops will seize the opportunity.
Here is the sermon I heard on Easter Sunday, preached by Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P. As always, magnificent.
One is reluctant to use the word “worldview” to describe the rambling, incoherent comments Donald Trump made at his meeting with the New York Times editorial board. Anyone who seriously thinks that the foreign policy of the United States should be entrusted to this man is not thinking seriously.
From the Washington Post, Radovan Karadzic was convicted of genocide and other crimes for his role in the war in Bosnia. Justice was a long time coming, but it came. And, in the event, it did not crowd out mercy. Karadzic was not sentenced to death, which was the sentence he imposed on thousands of Bosnians.
Two items in Sunday’s Washington Post op-ed page caught my eye, both of which illustrate the perils of punditry. I bring these items to the reader’s attention with an enormous caveat. As one who earns my daily bread as a pundit, I am aware how easy it is to write something in passing that contradicts a whole host of other assertions I have made. But, these items are noteworthy because of what they say about our current political debate.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are invited to look at things we know, and know well, things that are familiar, even routine, and to see them in the light of mercy, a light the exposes different shadings from what we may have seen before, highlighting different features of the known, even pointing us in a certain direction that was, heretofore, unseen. This year, then, we look at the great Paschal Triduum in the light of mercy. What do we see?
At HuffPost, Zach Carter writes about the way Democratic Party elites have failed the working class. He takes a look at the recent articles in National Review, about which I wrote earlier this week, and the descent of some GOP intellectuals into Social Darwinism. But, it is good that he does not let the Dems off the hook either.