Ah, religion and politics, my favorite.

At first blush, the decision by President Obama not to offer Timothy Cardinal Dolan an invitation to offer a benediction at the Democrat National Convention seems like bad politics. After all, the Catholic Vote (if there is such a thing) is crucial to the President’s re-election hopes. The President has had a tough year with Catholics, what with all that destroying religious freedom thing.

So why wouldn’t the President who has already agreed to appear with the Cardinal at the Al Smith dinner have a willing Cardinal Dolan offer a benediction at the DNC? Why wouldn’t he have the Cardinal there when that could easily give the impression that the President is still friendly toward the Catholic Church?

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League said

““The Catholic vote is the most critical vote. They’re the wild card,” Donohue told The Post. “So, why wouldn’t you ingratiate yourself to the pope of America and send a wink and a nod to Catholics? That’s just good politics.”

Like I said, at first blush it seems like bad politics. Its not. Its all about who does the inviting.

The President is comfortable ..

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