"Can someone please tell me why so many people are describing Joe Biden’s history-making choice of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 presidential election as 'safe'?" writes Mary McNamara. "'Bold,' 'exciting,' 'groundbreaking,' even 'controversial' are all terms that come more quickly to mind — Harris is a woman, Black, the daughter immigrants from India and Jamaica, a stepmother and married to a white guy. Characteristics which, taken separately or in combination, she shares with precisely none of the previous 48 previous American vice presidents."
"Joe Biden, who if elected would be the nation’s second Roman Catholic president, was bashed by a Catholic bishop this week, and a lot of Catholics either yawned or came to Biden’s defense," writes Michael McGough. "That says something about changes both in the American church and in the declining role of religion as a political identity."
Bloomberg opinion columnist Ramesh Ponnuru calls presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's take on Christianity "healthfelt," but says it's "partisan nonsense" and warns against adherents of any party interpreting the Bible as having any partisan leaning at all.