David Gibson at RNS reports on Cardinal Dolan’s challenge to the major party candidates for US president and vice-president to sign a civility pledge. Not just any pledge; this was penned and promoted by Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus.
I don’t know if the Jovial One is out of his element on this. Does this request only cover the official Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan campaigns? Or does it include the oodles of ads produced, with or without approval, by shadow and parallel political groups? What I mean is, if Mr Obama told the labor unions to cool it, and Mr Romney delivered the same message to the Koch brothers, would the pledge be expected to be adhered to?
And if so, how enforced?
And if not, isn’t the whole thing meaningless, as it’s mainly about the ads we have to endure between now and early November? Who the heck cares who penned or approved them?