The Al Smith Dinner last night was the capstone of a successful campaign this year: Cardinal Timothy Dolan is now universally acknowledged as the savviest politician in the U.S. of A. First, he was the only person on the dais last night to address both national conventions. Then, last night, he presided over the only one of the four face-to-face meetings of the two candidates at which no one will blame the moderator. (Rocco has the video here.)
Mark Silk at Religion News Service writes about GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon's latest demonstration of her inability to understand complex issues, in this case, the administration of Plan B in cases of rape at Catholic hospitals.
Vince Miller responds to Professor George, more thoughtfully than George deserves, at America magazine.
Last week, when I was in Colorado to give a talk, a woman asked me if I could recommend a website that had thoughtful commentary from the right.
Distinctly Catholic My colleague David Gibson has a story at Religion News Service detailing how pro-life activists are dealing with the return of "Moderate Mitt."
Amy Sullivan at the New Republic looks at Mitt Romney's performance through a distinctly female lens, and in the process pens a piece that is equal parts humor and incisive observation. I, too, was struck my Romney's tale of seeking out smart, capable women for his cabinet when he was Governor of Massachusetts. But, I had a slightly different take on that part of the debate. Sullivan was struck by the fact that Mitt seemed amazed there were so many smart, capable women out there available for hire.
Leading Jewish organizations have objected to a letter sent to Congress by several Christian religious leaders and canceled the previously scheduled meeting of the Jewish-Christian Roundtable. The letter to Congress is, sadly, typical of the kind of anti-Israel nonsense that one often finds in certain circles of the left today, especially among the Christian left.
The USCCB is posting a series of blog entries relating to the anniversary of Vatican II. The most recent post comes from Bishop Denis Madden, chair of the USCCM Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Truly, the changed relationship between the Catholic Church and our brothers in Christ and non-Christian brothers in humanity, is one of the most obvious and outstanding fruits of the Second Vatican Council.
I have not worked on a campaign since 2004, but if I were working on President Barack Obama's campaign team, I would be crafting a television ad for Univision this morning that features this quote of Gov. Romney's from last night:
The Washington Post's Melinda Henneberger has a great column up today about the issue that dare not speak its name in this campaign - poverty. Henneberger attended an event this past Sunday at Catholic University, co-sponsored by CUA's on-campus think tank, the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, where I am a visiting fellow, and the American Jewish Committee.