Distinctly Catholic: This election cycle, because of the record high unfavorable ratings of the two major candidates, speculation about the potential for a third party bid to shake up the race has been greater than usual.
At Commonweal, David Bentley Hart has an extraordinary article about the New Testament. It is easy to see how Hart challenges the facile attempt to baptize capitalism by Tim Busch, that I linked to yesterday. But, it really challenges all of us who try to baptize our pet projects, domesticate the faith, and rob the Gospel of its zeal. I will have more on this next week.
Distinctly Catholic: The finger-pointing within the Trump campaign has moved to the nation’s major networks and that is never a good sign for a campaign. Trump’s children blame the senior staff.
At Politico, and as discussed in morning post, the Trump campaign seems eager to charge Hillary Clinton with being an enabler of her husband's affairs. It is hard to imagine a worse strategy for Trump than this. Not only does it set up Hillary to do something she does not do easily, get emotional about deciding to stay in her marriage, it sets up the hashtag #AskIvankaboutMarla.
Distinctly Catholic: One day after the first presidential debate, each candidate's campaign faces some obvious and some not-so-obvious decisions in the two weeks before the next debate
At Politico, Donald Trump and his allies are casting aspersions at Lester Holt and anybody else they can blame for the candidate's own poor performance last night. Trump may never be commander-in-chief, but sometimes he acts like the whiner-in-chief.
Also at Politico, fact-checking last night's debate: Talk about a target rich environment!
Distinctly Catholic: If last night's debate had ended at the 20-minute mark, Donald Trump would have been declared the winner, but it didn't.
The great thing about LifeSiteNews is that they unintentionally serve as research assistant to those of us charged with policing the culture of the Church for fanaticism. This latest is about the election warnings from a former chaplain at Ave Maria Law School. Who would have thought you would find zaniness there? It is like finding gambling at Rick's. Be sure to go to the end and watch the video too.
Distinctly Catholic: People who think debates don't matter need to do their history, but, sadly, tonight's debate, like the entire political season so far, will not get America out of our political nightmare.
At Philly.com, the list of Trump's Catholic advisors is a mix of establishment Republican types like former Ambassador Jim Nicholson, and others who have caused great harm to the Church, the Republic or both, like Austen Ruse and Richard Viguerie. I wish Angela Flood had been identified by her current job, and not as a "Former Director, Secretariat for Communications, Archdiocese of Washington." Please leave my archdiocese out of it.