Commentary: So far, every time has said something that would have disqualified any other candidate, Trump proved that he was not any other candidate.
At Slate, Jamelle Bouie argues that the optimism of last week's Democratic convention was rooted in the experiences and rhetoric of the black church. I am not sure I follow his argument: Is pluralism a distinguishing feature of the black church? But, he is on to something.
Commentary: None of the fears about conservative Polish episcopate clashing with Pope Francis during his visit for World Youth Day materialized.
This is good news, but potentially more ambiguous than it seems: Turns out that Google searches for "voter registration" spiked during the Democratic convention. Let's hope these searches were undertaken by people excited to keep Trump far away from the White House, and not the reverse.
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.