One of my favorite sentences ever penned comes from the pen of Leon Wieseltier who, in his short essay "Against Identity," wrote: "I hear it said of a man that he leads a double life and I think to myself, 'Just two?'"
Whatever the results tonight, Catholic leaders -- our bishops and prominent laypeople -- must remember that the church is called to be a sacrament of unity in the world.
John McWhorter, at the New Republic, answers President Obama's black critics like Cornell West, a man whose reputation as an intellectual is truly baffling.
John Koster, a Republican candidate for Congress in Washington State, believes what I do regarding the morality of abortion in cases of rape, that however tragic the situation, the intentional killing of the unborn child is not morally permissible.
As we all relearned in 2000, the person who gets the most votes nationwide is not necessarily the person who wins the election. The electoral college has a math, and a sort of logic, of its own. There is a great website, "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections" that allows you to look at the electoral college breakdown in previous elections, including state popular vote results for each year. Easy to use, this is the best way to get a sense of the partisan history of the different swing states.
A little over a week ago, I was speaking with former US ambassador to the Holy See, Thomas Melady. We were discussing the closeness of the polling in the presidential election. Mr. Melady is one of the national co-chairs of “Catholics for Romney” so, as you can imagine, his politics are not my politics, but I enjoy the ambassador’s take on issues and always learn a great deal from our conversations. After a few minutes, Melady said, “Well, whatever happens, the country must come together after the election.” I replied, “There it is.
Blessings on Ruth Marcus for raising concerns about early voting. Of course, in this election cycle, the big news on voting is that some in the GOP have abandoned what had been a long tradition of bipartisan commitment, embodied in the League of Women Voters, to increase voter participation. It is shameful and it is also shameful that so few conservative voices have been raised against it.
Over at Religion & Politics, David Gibson suggests that American politics may have reached its "Catholic Moment" but that it is anyone's guess if American Catholics will figure out how to make the most of such a moment. Very insightful piece as we have come to expect from Gibson. Full disclosure: I am on the advisory board of Religion & Politics but I did not solicit nor edit Gibson's article.
A new poll in the Indiana Senate race shows Democrat Joe Donnelly opening up a significant lead, 47% to 36%, over Republican Richard Mourdock. Donnelly is a pro-life Democrat which makes him, like a pro-immigration reform Republican, gold. As well, Mourdock has disgraced himself twice, first by demonstrating an allergy to bipartisanship, which is the last thing DC needs, and second by doing such a dreadful job of explaining why his commitment to the sanctity of life should be reflected in law.
As I mentioned on Monday, rarely do we get an October jobs' report before election day, but we got one this year. And, the numbers are surprisingly good even though I doubt they will have much of an effect on the election.