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11 May 2008 13:57

I attended a lunch at Brookings on Friday on the topic of Catholics and US politics. Dr William Galston argued that American Catholics are numerous, strategically located in swing states such as Florida, Iowa, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, and swing voters. ‘As the Catholic vote goes’, he concluded, ‘so goes the election.’

The conversation got around to how Senator Obama can, presuming he becomes the Democratic nominee, get himself on to the same level as voters and show he is animated by the same values. Washington Post columnist and Brookings Fellow E.J. Dionne pointed the attendees in the direction of an interview Obama gave to CNN on Thursday, in the lead-up to Mothers’ Day, in which he spoke about his his own mother and his wife. E.J. is right, I think, that Obama is sometimes able to talk about things that are very personal to him in a way that doesn’t look either self-indulgent or fake.

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