Commentary: Hillary Clinton's speech -- billed as the most important one of her life -- was astonishingly mediocre.
From the Democrats for Life event at the convention, this video highlights some pro-life Democratic leaders. Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana is a rockstar. The Democratic party's leaders need to listen to him and then ask themselves why the party does not hold the governorships in other southern states. This is not rocket science. Glad to see such a large room full too! We are not alone!
Commentary: The third night at the Democratic convention had three parts: a focus on gun violence; speakers trashing Donald Trump; and the president of the United States.
Alan Grayson's fall from grace invites delectatio morosa. I cannot think of a better example of an illiberal liberal than Grayson.
Commentary: Is it possible to reintroduce someone to the American people who is already so well known that she is identified by her first name only?
At Medium, John Gehring of Faith in Public Life delivers a home run, arguing that if you ask if Tim Kaine is a "Pope Francis Catholic" you are asking the wrong question. I would compare Gehring's lucid and bracing treatment of this topic with the chest thumping of our Republican friends in the Bush years. Gehring's commentary is what moral seriousness looks like.
Commentary: What promised to be a chaotic and divisive evening turned out to be less worrisome than feared for the Democrats.
In the LA Times, Charles Camosy and Kristen Day raise important questions about the Democrats' platform language on abortion. I do not think this election will be fought on abortion, but it definitely plays a bigger role in the midterms and, besides, the election this year might be plenty close.
Commentary: The Democrats need to acknowledge the anxieties people feel and highlight the evidence of resilience and perseverance that, working together, Americans can improve the country's future prospects.
Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap, in Ireland for the re-dedication of the basilica at Knock, gave an interview in which he took questions on the clergy sex abuse crisis, Pope Francis and the reforms, and even on Donald Trump. I am especially glad the cardinal did not duck the question on Trump. The leadership of our Church must not do anything that would legitimate his hatefulness and must call it for what it is, just as the mild-mannered and soft spoken cardinal does here.