At Vox, Ezra Klein has one of the smartest pieces written about the election I have read all year. His diagnosis is that we have a real problem in America today, namely, that we have weak parties and strong partisanship. Specifically, the Republican Party has no control over whom it nominates, making the possibility of a demagogue real.
Distinctly Catholic: The disconnect between elections and governance is profoundly unhealthy for a democracy. It feeds the sense of disenfranchisement that Trump has manipulated so shamelessly and so successfully.
I was wrong this morning: The alt-right affiliations and sympathies may not be the most important reason to defeat Donald Trump. At the New York Times, they provide an inside look and analysis of his psychological state in the last days of the campaign. It is not comforting.
Distinctly Catholic: Tomorrow, Americans will make history. We will either elect the first woman president, or someone poised to be the worst president in the nation's history.
At RNS, Mark Silk both applauds and chides Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Conference. Hats off for Moore's distancing himself from Trump and calling out the Old Guard in the religious right for their failure to do the same, but hats back on for his failure to recognize that the whole raison d'etre of the religious right was to support the GOP.
Distinctly Catholic: In the business world, negotiations are almost always about things that can be denominated. Not so in the political realm.
Dr. Jeff Mirus, one of the founders of Christendom College and President of CatholicCulture.org, has a post up ironically entitled "The importance of words." I say it is ironic because, in an effort to take a swipe at Archbishop Blase Cupich, whose first name Mirus spells incorrectly, Mirus makes a yet bigger mistake. Commenting on an article Cupich published at L'Osservatore Romano, Mirus writes:
Distinctly Catholic: The USCCB has been largely pursuing a culture warrior agenda that has served the Church very badly, tempting some Catholics to give up on the conference.
If you are addicted to checking Nate Silver's fivethirtyeight.com blog, as I am, you have grown worried. It is not just that Clinton's chances of winning are now below 70 percent in al three analytic approaches, it is that the "polls plus" analytic now has Florida and North Carolina narrowly in the Trump column. Until last week, Clinton had a better shot at taking North Carolina than Trump did of winning Ohio, and that made me sleep easy at night. Next Tuesday is going to be close.
Distinctly Catholic: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has some clear choices: Will they follow Pope Francis' direction, or will the conference continue in cultural warrior mode?