The New York Times delves into the debate among Catholics about whether pro-choice Catholic Dem leaders should be punished politically in the church. "A struggle within the church over how Catholic voters should think about abortion is once again flaring up just as political partisans prepare an all-out battle for the votes of Mass-going Catholics in swing-state towns like Scranton. The theological dispute is playing out in diocesan newspapers and weekly homilies, while the campaigns scramble to set up phone banks of nuns and private meetings with influential bishops."
Biden has hired a lobbyist to look after his Senate re-election bid, which is taking place simultaneously with his VP run. "Lobbyist William Oldaker continues to represent the Delaware Democrat in his simultaneous bid for Senate re-election, serving as legal counsel just as he has for Biden's campaigns for the past 25 years. Oldaker is an election law attorney and partners with Biden's son Hunter at the Washington firm, Oldaker, Biden & Belair. He is also an appropriations lobbyist who represents lawyers, American Indians, and educational and health care institutions and who drew fire in 2005 for serving on numerous fundraising committees that donate to the lawmakers he lobbies."
Biden spokesman David Wade responds to the story, "I mean, my lord, news at 11:00 -- a former general counsel to the FEC, who has been an election lawyer to a former speaker of the House, to Sen. Ted Kennedy, and to Gen. Wes Clark, is still legal counsel to a campaign he's represented for 25 yrs. And, oh by the way, he doesn't lobby Joe Biden or his office. Mercy. Meanwhile John McCain's foreign policy is written by guys who lobby for foreign governments and his economic policy (and boy does it show) is transcribed by big corporate lobbyists."