The only way for any political party to win an election these days is to attract the swing voters, usually those who call themselves independents, of which I classify myself.
The election in Georgia on Tuesday of two senators shows how evenly divided Georgia now is and that reflects what is happening in the nation as a whole. Senator Elect Warnock won by a slim margin and it appears that Senator Perdue may lose by a slim margin, thus giving the Democrats control of the Presidency and Congress.
The Catholic Church and thus bishops, priests and deacons, not to mention Religious men and women (religious orders) should not endorse this, that or the other candidate. The Church collectively does not do so in a democratic society.
So, apart form conspiracy theories which are abundant, how did the Republicans lose what was theirs to win?
1. An act of God in the Pandemic. I know, I know, progressive Catholics are wont to attribute plagues, natural disasters and the destruction of peoples and animals to God, but it is very Biblical and we cannot escape it with a Pollyanna theology. We can say God was displease with the President's emphasis on mammon to the neglect of the poor and thus favoring the rich and want to be rich.
2. In President Trump we have a president with personality disorders and an inferiority complex masked by overcompensating his own virtues and abilities. Chaos has reigned in the White House; there has been a tremendous turn-over in the office of the Presidency and many have who have quit or been fired are talking and more of that will come out. The Narcissistic personality and perhaps Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are at work. The denigration of anyone who disagrees with the President by sophomoric name calling and the like and a sophomoric mentality in general may well have turned most swing voters off.
When supporters of the President come off as though they are a part of the Championship Wrestling Crowd and its throw them to the lions coliseum mentality of entertainment, they lose the swing voters who are bit more sophisticated and brought up with manners and etiquette.
3. In Georgia, Senator Kelly Leofler mocked Senator Elect Wornock's Black Baptist Faith and this certainly contributed to the black vote getting out to support one of their own. Also using a scorned former or separated wife in ads was not appreciated by the religious blacks in the south. And there is a failure to understand Black Protestant Theology as it concerns being oppressed and seeing the nation and whites at the root of it. Many progressive whites who might have been swing voters empathize with the black community in the south and many my age and older remember segregation and the racism of the south and how these contributed to the marginalization of the black community.
There is a lesson in here for pro-life Catholics who are very conservative politically. If there is not a consistent ethic of life, welcoming of strangers and migrants and respectful language toward those who disagree with the political right's agenda, Republicans will continue to lose. There is a disconnect for the respect of persons, born or unborn, when a child from Latin America brought here illegally by her parents as an infant and grows up in the USA and as an adult could be deported and threats are made against them that they will be. That is a turn off to swing voters.
As it concerns the Democrats and the more radical elements of it, they will certainly lose if they continue to make abortion, even partial birth abortion and killing a child after a botched abortion a "sacrament" of their agenda. Their pro-choice ideology from a religious and humanity point of view is deadly and will cost them in the future.
Pope Francis is right on abortion, it is a human tragedy even before religious sentiments are brought into it.