December 5-12, 2016
The pundits and columnists, including this one, got it wrong. A nation deeply divided by race, class, ethnicity, education and sex gave Hillary Clinton a victory in the popular vote and Donald J. Trump the presidency in the electoral college. Mr. Trump’s behavior and Mrs. Clinton’s campaign convinced most Americans that he lacked the temperament to be president. But they elected him because...
November 7, 2016
This demoralizing campaign is a reminder to never say or write anything you do not want to see on the front page or spread across the internet. Donald J. Trump demonstrated this when he was recorded boasting about kissing and grabbing women against their will.
On an entirely different level, hacked...
October 10, 2016
The United States is looking for leadership. Donald J. Trump was finally forced to admit that President Obama was born in this country and is a legitimate commander in chief. Hillary Clinton regrets calling “half” of Mr. Trump’s supporters “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic,” now suggesting that fewer are “deplorable” and “irredeemable.” Mr. Trump makes deplorable racist, sexist, xenophobic and Islamophobic comments, but it is unwise to assign the sins of a candidate to...
September 12, 2016
Labor Day has traditionally signaled the homestretch for presidential campaigns, but there is nothing traditional about this election.
These are not typical nominees. Hillary Clinton is the first woman and the first former first lady nominated by a major party. Donald J. Trump is a complete outsider, who defeated a dozen governors and senators. They have the worst favorability ratings ...
July 18-25, 2016
For “Consistent Ethic of Life Catholics,” these are good times ecclesiastically and bad times politically. Within our church, Pope Francis is making clear by word and deed that a consistent and comprehensive commitment to protect human life is morally right, theologically sound and pastorally powerful. With his haunting metaphor of a “throwaway culture,” Francis calls us to protect “innocent victims of abortion, children who die of hunger or from bombings, immigrants...the elderly...
May 23-30, 2016
As the presidential race moves toward nomination of two historically unpopular candidates, two other campaigns are underway. President Obama is working to secure his legacy. Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to offer an alternative to the angry messages of Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz.
I’ve seen these two campaigns in action. President Obama came to Georgetown for an unprecedented...
April 25, 2016
Six months ago Pope Francis told Congress, “You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics.” I love politics, but I hate much of what passes for politics today. Since that papal challenge, American politics has focused on many things but not human dignity and the common good.
The Senate will not even...
Six months ago Pope Francis told Congress, “You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics.” I love politics, but I hate much of what passes for politics today. Since that papal challenge, American politics has focused on many things, but not human dignity and the common good.
The Senate will not even consider a nominee for the Supreme...
March 21, 2016
This campaign is crazy...and scary. As February ends, Republican candidates are calling each other “con man,” “choker” and “liar,” and the “con man” is taking over the party. In one weekend, the frontrunner hesitated to condemn the Ku Klux Klan, retweeted a fake quote from Mussolini and was endorsed by the most anti-immigrant senator. A son and brother of presidents who started with the most money and endorsements dropped out after the second primary. An...
February 22, 2016
As this is written, the Iowa caucuses are finally moving the presidential campaign into the hands, heads and hearts of voters. Pundits who have been consistently wrong are offering new explanations and projections. Here is a crazy prediction for a crazy campaign. A Republican demolition derby yields a brokered convention, and a Democratic meltdown from an indicted or severely damaged front runner leads to a Paul Ryan-vs.-Joe Biden race in the fall. Far more...