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By Michael Warren Davis, Crisis Magazine, October 20, 2020

Michael Warren Davis is the editor of Crisis Magazine. He is a frequent contributor to The American Conservative and the author of The Reactionary Mind (Regnery, 2021).


Michael Warren Davis“I am not the Catholic candidate for president,” John F. Kennedy famously declared. (At least he was honest.) Throughout the 1960 election, JFK struggled to overcome the old Know-Nothing myth that, were the United States to put an Irish Catholic in the White House, he would have a direct telephone line to the Holy See.

As a matter of fact, if Joe Biden wins next month, he will have a direct line to Rome—but that’s not as cool as it seems.

Mr. Biden’s chief strategist, Michael Donilon, has been with him since 1981. In addition to advising the Biden campaign, Michael is also managing director of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. (Fancy that.) He also advised the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as dozens of Democratic gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns. A Politico profile on the Biden campaign quotes colleagues describing Michael as Mr. Biden’s “alter ego” and the “soul of the campaign.” The New York Times calls him Biden’s “political guru.” He’s a party man through and through.  …

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