GOP asks: “Now what?”

Let the soul-searching begin: Mitt Romney’s loss to a Democratic president wounded by a weak economy is certain to spur an internecine struggle over the future of the Republican Party, but the strength of the party’s conservatives in Congress and the rightward tilt of the next generation of party leaders could limit any course correction. [Read More...]

Leap of faith: the spiritual journey of Newt Gingrich

His faith has played a prominent role in his candidacy — and could be part of his growing appeal among religious conservatives.  Huffington Post takes a closer look: As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s starcontinues to rise ahead of GOP Republican primaries, he has had less time for what in recent years has [Read More...]

How Catholics could affect the GOP race for president

Catholics — making up about a quarter of the Republican primary electorate — could form a formidable voting bloc in the months ahead.  And so TIME magazine looks at some of the choices: There is no natural fit for the conservative Catholic voter. Or, as Deal Hudson, who directed Catholic outreach for both Bush/Cheney campaigns, [Read More...]

Tonight's other big speech …

… will be delivered by a little-known Congressman, Paul Ryan, who also happens to be a practicing Catholic; his Wikipedia entry notes that he is “a member of St. John Vianney’s Parish” in Janesville, Wisconsin. More on the man who will deliver the GOP response to the State of the Union, from the Wall Street [Read More...]