Gail Collins at The New York Times on the season for viral political ad campaigns. “Alas, poor J.D. Winteregg. We knew him ... um, actually not very well at all. Winteregg ran as a Tea Party challenger to the House speaker, John Boehner, in this week’s Ohio primaries. He only got about 22 percent of the vote. So he’s gone, politically speaking. But not forgotten, thanks to his video charging Boehner with 'electile dysfunction.' It went viral,” Collins writes. “Evidence suggests this year could produce a banner crop. In Minnesota, there’s a candidate in the Republican Senate primary whose son tells about the time he had stitches from a hockey injury and Dad cut them out with scissors because he was too cheap to pay a doctor. This is about — yes! — Obamacare. For some reason, right-wing candidates are best at getting their videos to go viral.”
Sadhbh Walshe at the Guardian on the crackdown on America’s nuns. “In the earliest days of his tenure, Pope Francis became one of the world's most admired religious figures – due in large part to his vocal support and actions on behalf of social justice. So, to many Catholics, there is more than a little disappointment that he is turning a blind eye to the Vatican's ongoing crackdown on America's nuns,” Walshe writes. “Whatever this week's censure of nuns says about the pope's dedication to his stated mission, one thing is more clear than ever: if the church continues to pressure an already-dwindling population of nuns to abandon its social justice work, Pope Francis may undermine his own agenda, just as much as some power players at the Vatican hope to undermine the nuns on and off the bus."