At RNS, Mark Silk argues that the Al Smith dinner exposed Donald Trump for the boor that he is. This is true. But, what if Trump had used the event to normalize himself? It turns out that Lester Holt's even handed approach to moderating the first debate had a similar effect, but what if it hadn't? Democracies are not very well equipped to stop a demagogue.
Distinctly Catholic: The reinvestigation of Hillary Clinton's emails has cast a shadow on a campaign that already was full of ethical questions.
A colleague suggested to me that I might have been wrong about Raymond Arroyo auditioning for a job at Fox in my post this morning. Maybe he was auditioning for a job at Trump TV! Also, in looking at the trailer again, I realized that at one point, it features a photo of Fr. Michael Pfleger, the late Msgr. Jack Egan, and the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. The photo montage is set against an audio of dark music and between images of small children and wolves. Nice. Check it out.
Distinctly Catholic: Last night's EWTN interview with Donald Trump, conducted by Raymond Arroyo, tells us something about how Republican operatives view Arroyo and EWTN.
At the Atlantic, Emma Green on the dissent among young evangelicals at Liberty University, and beyond, over the embrace of Donald Trump and of politics in general by some of their elders.
At Politico, a report on the Koch brothers scaling back their operations on account of Trump. The question posed: Can they bounce back? Let's hope the answer is no.
Distinctly Catholic: John Gehring recently published a nicely done article at the American Prospect on the influence of libertarians on Catholic institutions and thought.
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo speaks out on immigration issues which continue to be the one public policy people Trump still focuses on.
At Millennial, Robert Christian reports on his trip to Honduras with CRS, and one young man's story of redemption.
Distinctly Catholic: Talks by Washington's Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Bishop Danny Flores of Brownsville, Texas, evidenced the culture warrior tendency of the one given by Archbishop Chaput.
The most important debate today in the estuary where Catholicism intersects with public life is between those whose hearts warm to the libertarianism of the age, specifically as it finds expression in devotion to market economics, and those of us whose minds are suspicious of such inclinations. John Gehring, at the American Prospect, made his case and now Samuel Gregg, at Public Discourse, has replied.
Distinctly Catholic: As of this morning, Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.com gives the Democrats a 74 percent chance of retaking the Senate. Good.