I really don’t much want to join the armies of cryptographers parsing every word uttered by Pope Francis while in this country, looking for dog whistles. But for the record, his opening statement at the White House reception discussed climate change a lot, “religious liberty” a fair amount, and abortion/contraception not at all. Indeed, at the moment the loudest voice on abortion we hear, albeit unintentionally, is that of Vice President Biden, who is being quoted today as having told the Jesuit magazine America that “abortion is always wrong,” before going on to say he would never try to impose that belief on others.

Here’s what Sarah Posner and I had to say about the Pope’s visit during our BloggingheadsTV episode this week:

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.