Joe Klein nails another one, pointing out that Obama’s job of community organizer, so gleefully derided by both Palin and Giuliani, was a Roman Catholic organization, serving parishes that were looking out for their parishoners:
This is what Palin and Giuliani were mocking. They were making fun of a young man’s decision “to serve a cause greater than himself,” in the words of John McCain. They were, therefore, mocking one of their candidate’s favorite messages. Obama served the poor for three years, then went to law school. To describe this service–the first thing he did out of college, the sort of service every college-educated American should perform, in some form or other–as anything other than noble is cheap and tawdry and cynical in the extreme.
Perhaps La Pasionaria of the Northern Slope didn’t know this when she read the words they gave her. But Giuliani–a profoundly lapsed Catholic, who must have met more than a few religious folk toiling in the inner cities–should have known. (“I don’t even know what that is,” he sneered.”) What a shameful performance.
Obama’s organization, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, is no fringe group: it is a project of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Maybe Catholic Bishops are part of the left-wing elite conspiracy, too.
While we’re at it, we might want to find out a little more about that evangelical Protestant church that Palin belongs to. What do they think of Catholics? That could be interesting.