The Pope Arrives

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, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.