The Catholic vote

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A new resource came online today for Catholics seeking news updates and information about Church teachings regarding politics and participation in the democratic process.

And inspiration about what matters most. 

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The Palin pulse factor

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Her presence is causing hearts to race….and not all out of love.

Collectively, big media and the liberal elites are palpably angry. Why?

From the instant of Palin’s designation on Friday, August 29, the American left went into a collective mass seizure from which it shows no sign of emerging. The left blogosphere and elite media have, for the moment, joined forces and become indistinguishable from each other, and from the supermarket tabloids, in their desire to find and use anything that will criminalize and/or humiliate Palin and her family. In sharp contrast to the yearlong restraint shown toward truthful reports about John Edwards’s affair, bizarre rumors have been reported as news, and, according to McCain campaign director Steve Schmidt, nationally known members of the elite media have besieged him with preposterous demands.

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Convincing Catholics

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During the past two weeks of convention frenzy, we haven’t heard much about “the Catholic vote.” But plenty is happening there.

Sen. Obama is trying to win them over.

The Catholic vote has traditionally been a bellwether for presidential elections. Some new poll data shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has some work ahead of him if he’s going to woo white Catholic voters.

At the same time, more and more bishops are coming out with statements in response to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent televised comments misrepresenting Catholic Church teaching on abortion.

Like Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.

In the midst of a lengthy political campaign, matters of public policy that are also moral issues sometimes are misrepresented or are presented in a partial or manipulative fashion. While everyone could be expected to know the Church’s position on the immorality of abortion and the… click here to read whole article and make comments



Change is on the way

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Needless to say, when any new president enters the White House, things will change.

But that actually needs to be said, for three reasons. One, Barack Obama has owned the ‘change’ message and hung it all around the sites of his speeches and rallies on signs. Two, Obama has hung the message that McCain represents ‘more of the same failed Bush policies’ around McCain’s neck and tacked it onto nearly all media talking points for months.

And three, because McCain has co-opted the change promise, right out from under Obama.

McCain diagnosed the rot in Washington not as Bush policies, but excessive partisan rancor driven by people who “go to Washington to work for themselves and not you.” He used his personal narrative as his country’s “servant first, last and always” to argue that he’s the man to drain Washington’s swamp.

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What’s worth fighting for

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McCain and Palin made that a theme.

First, “Palin brought down the house with a take-no-prisoners speech”.

She did that — and after putting up with a week’s worth of insults, sexism and condescension from liberals who talk a good game about expanding opportunity as long as they get the credit.

Democrats in the media — oops, I mean, some in the Democratic Party and in the media — even went after Palin’s family. There are vicious street gangs that won’t even cross that line. Appropriately, the hockey mom threw off her gloves and gave her tormenters the rhetorical beating they deserved.

Such as when Palin said that, while Democrats say they’re fighting for you, “There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you…in places where winning means survival and defeat means death. And that man is John McCain.”

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What technical glitches?

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Sarah Palin pulled off the perfect speech for the RNC to rally its base and re-launch the conservative movement. And she did it without a hitch. But the technical crew in the Excel Energy Center had major problems.

Did you know her teleprompter went out? Several times. You’re not seeing that in morning accounts of the ‘coming out’ speech. But the equipment kept failing, early on, and even after it was replaced. She had to wing it, though who knew, watching the barnstormer? More smooth than many veteran speakers could pull off. And natural. Prepared text down, she added personal improv to her credit.

So though Palin spoke clearly to the assembled convention crowd, without a prompter to follow she was able to look straight into the camera and squarely at the Americans watching. And she said she knew they expected leaders to govern “with integrity, goodwill, clear convications, and a… click here to read whole article and make comments




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Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greet supporters after McCain's acceptance speech Thursday night in St. Paul.

Photo by Darr Beiser - USA Today

The parties are over, in one sense.

But the Democratic party last week and the Republican party this week have defined their stake in this election at their conventions, and it all wound up tonight with John McCain’s acceptance speech. How did he do in the wake of the Sarah Palin tidal wave?

He said his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is “just the right partner” to help lead the change.

“She’s tackled tough problems like energy independence and corruption,” he told the Republican National Convention. “She stands up for what’s right and she doesn’t let anyone tell her to sit down.”

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Everyone watching both conventions…

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…will have seen nicely done video biographies of the major candidates for president and vice-president.

Except the one for Sarah Palin. The RNC has been keeping up with changes on the fly ever since it opened on the day the Gulf Coast was threatened with a major hurricane. One of those last minute changes was the abrupt need to drop the video bio after earlier speeches ran long and backed up the evening. The applause had barely settled after Rudy Giuliani spoke - and the analysts in their news booths were just starting to discuss it - when vice-presidential candidate Palin simply walked out on stage and headed for the podium, startling everyone. She’s the one candidate who didn’t benefit from the buildup of a specially-prepared video.

The RNC released it today. Here it is.

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Bring it

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Highlights from the RNC in full throttle. With energy from after-burners fired from launching in the face of a lynching.

It was Sarah Palin’s night. No vice-presidential nominee in history has faced this kind of pressure. All she had to do, pundits said, was (in baseball terms), hit a single. Surprise, it was a home-run.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came out swinging against her critics, defending her nomination for vice president by portraying her experience as governor as sufficient, her time as a small-town mayor as an asset, and the attacks on her record as the work of an elitist media and political establishment.

In remarks at the Republican convention Wednesday night, Gov. Palin directly confronted a grueling barrage of accusations that she’s not ready for the job.

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Palin’s speech in perspective

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Whether you’re reading this in advance of Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention or afterward, it adds a lot of dimension. More than anything you’re going to hear in the wildly out of control mainstream media.

It says so much in so little space.

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