Besides Rmoney,the other candidates are Sanctorum, King Grinch, and whats-his-name, the old guy...
You know, for being in the center of the political universe, as NPR put it yesterday, Ohio seems pretty unconcerned. It really did not seem like a big deal at all: I saw only one campaign sign (“Newt 2012″), and only about 20% of the electorate showed up for this much-hyped election, about half of those who participated in the 2008 primary. I saw only two pieces of mail promoting a candidate (Santorum), though I am told if you watched TV that Romney’s ads were all over the place, mostly attacking Santorum (Romney spent over 12 million her, about 12 times what Santorum spent; a lot of money for a slim lead). And when I ventured into the fever swamps of talk radio, as I do sometimes when I am driving, Romney’s anti-Santorum ads predominated. Most of these were funded by the Super PAC that does his dirty work for him (lampooned hilariously by Steve Corbert).
Mr Santorum spent election eve, appropriately, in Steubenville, home not only of one of the nation’s most insular conservative Catholic enclaves, but of a lot of white working class folks, the sort of people Santorum is trying to appeal to, based pretty much on image (“my grandfather was a miner”) rather than substance (he’s another corporate shill, albeit with a folksy image). Listening to conservative Catholic talk show host Al Kresta, his callers were overwhelmingly for Santorum; no surprise there, as Santorum reflects the Catholic right with all its selective orthodoxy and its nationalism.
For the rest of us, there is little reason for hope. We are almost certainly in for another four years of Obama. The only thing worse than this might be whichever hairball the GOP ends up coughing up and calling a candidate.
The only good thing about all this is that no one who strives for moral consistency, who sees that this nation is in decline and fall mode, is likely to confuse any earthly kingdom with the reign of Christ. The bad thing is that right wing Catholics are likely to see Santorum as the Anointed, and that so many non-Catholics also see him as the hyper-Catholic.
It is probably too much to hope that the American bishops will clarify this misunderstanding.
Lord have mercy on our poor nation. I know, in many ways we deserve exactly what we are going to get, but personally I always feel sorry for the suffering, even when they bring it on themselves.
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