By Tim Rutten:
Deciphering the Catholic 'swing vote'
The church's history of nuanced social views frees members from litmus-test voting.
March 1, 2008
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her advisors have referred to next week's Texas and Ohio primaries as her campaign's "firewall" against Sen. Barack Obama's surging popularity. In both states, the New York senator's barrier is built on the same foundation -- the Catholic vote, and that fact has intriguing implications well beyond the primaries.