Debate idea 6


Four Republicans are brilliant debaters: Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina.

The Christie and Fiorina campaigns are lagging far behind. According to the Real Clear Politics average, Fiorina stands at 3.8% and Christie at 2%.

By Contrast, Rubio is in 3rd place (behind Carson and Trump) at 11% and Cruz is at 8.8%.

Here is an idea that could boost the efforts of Fiorina or Christie: one of them should challenge Bernie Sanders to a good old-fashioned one-on-one debate.

Mr. Sanders’ campaign needs a boost too. The RCP average has him trailing Hillary Clinton 54% to 32%. More…

Substance and smirks 5


There are Catholics like Joe Biden who claim to follow what is too often called the “spirit” of Vatican II while rejecting the very foundations that important Council proclaimed. Then, there are others, like Paul Ryan, who grasp the implications of what it means to infuse the values informed by their Catholic faith into their political participation on fundamental moral issues such as the Right to life. More…