Links: Latin Voters and the GOP; synodality in Catholic universities; and Lake Placid Olympic Legacy

Politico’s Sabrina Rodriguez reports that the growing strength of the Republican Party among Latinos is often led by women, at least in counties bordering the Rio Grande River in Texas. Many of them are opposed to abortion and many have family who work in border control and support tougher immigration policies. Most of the time, they still believe in the American dream and don’t like the way a certain type of liberal denounces America. The next time someone tells you that Democrats should stop worrying about winning back the votes of working-class white voters because demographics will save the day, tell them to think again.

At Commonweal, Massimo Faggioli writes about the need for Catholic universities to engage in the synodal process, not just for their own voices to be heard, but for the good of the Church. The failure to maintain the kind of fraternal dialogue between bishops and theologians that contributed so much to the success of the Second Vatican Council is one of the great missed opportunities of the past 60 years. Faggioli is right that we need to rebuild those relationships in the years to come.

At The Washington Post, columnist Greg Sargent examines the racist ways in which Republicans tend to tie their bogus claims of voter fraud to specific, always urban locations. I knew Josh Mandel was doing this in Ohio and Senator Ron Johnson in Wisconsin, but I didn’t know Adam Laxalt was doing this in Nevada. I hope that race-baiting stupidity backfires on you. It is the worst ugliness.

Michelle Cottle of the New York Times editorial board asks when Republicans became such snowflakes. It’s a good question. Senator Ron Johnson delays confirmation of Deborah Lipstadt as special envoy to combat anti-Semitism. Lipstadt is an expert on the subject, and her trial against a British Holocaust revisionist served as the basic plot for the film “Denial.” Why is Johnson mad at her? Because when he was defending the crowd that attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 and would have been worried if it was a Black Lives Matter protest, Lipstadt tweeted accurately and appropriately: “It’s white supremacy/nationalism. Plain and simple.”

Also in The Times, a look at how the small town of Lake Placid, New York, has kept its Olympic heritage alive, training winter sports athletes with the kind of facilities you can’t find easily, as well as hosting a museum of nostalgia. The city recently renovated the indoor arena built for the 1932 Winter Games and will host the World University Winter Games in 2023.

From WCVB Channel 5 in Boston, back to the blizzard of 1978. It was a nasty winter here in New England, but nothing like the blizzard of 1978. I remember we lost power for five days. The only good thing to come out of it is that Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso did such a magnificent job organizing the state’s response to the storm that she won re-election that fall.

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