Cathleen Kaveny March 24, 2009 - 9:07am
It's a common strategy among prophets. I think it summarizes--though is not a direct quote from--Archbishop Chaput's remarks in Detroit.But it's not the best way to win converts. I think this article from the interesting blog "Catholic Sensibility" expresses quite well why I found Archbishop Chaput's latest remarks so offputting and counterproductive. But then, I am not a big fan of prophetic discourse, overall, though it is necessary in some cases in limited amounts.Perhaps he doesn't care if he alienates the Catholic middle--the majority who voted for Obama, mainly because the economy was and is in freefall. Truth is not a popularity contest. Fine.But from a strategic perspective, I'm confused--where exactly are the votes he wants going to come from? The people whose intelligence, faith and good will he is denigrating?Judie Brown, of the American Life Lobby, cast Sam Brownback--SAM BROWNBACK--into outer darkness because he supported Sebelius for HHS--no doubt for political and strategic reasons. If I were Senator Brownback, I'd not be inclined to take her calls any more. Why put up with the personal invective?So if that's the case, whom will she call?I'm not the best Irish politician in the world. I don't come from a family with the best Irish politician genes. (My paternal grandfather, a newspaper writer, turned down the chance to write for the campaign of an up-and-coming Massachusetts politician named John Fitzgerald Kennedy--he didn't think he'd go anywhere.)But still, I don't get the Archbishop's political strategy.