Joe, you need to be careful. Anyone who voted for Obummer is guilty of utter lack of intelligent appraisal. But their foolish act may not have been sinful. Remember, for any act to be sinful, mortal or venial, three conditions must be met.
The act must be intrinsically wrong, a person must know it is intrinsically wrong and they must choose to do it anyway.
Unfortunately, relatively few Bishops spoke out as clearly and forcibly as say Chaput of Philadelphia. The official statement from the USCCB was such that one must have more than a 9th grade reading ability (the level of reading ability that writing experts say writing should be at for general understanding) and must have spent some time reflecting on it to understand what was said. A quick read would leave one with the impression that all we have to do is pay some attention and vote our conscience.
Most people never saw or heard the Bishops'position. What they did hear or see was what their priest in the pulpit had to say or what was published in the parish bulletin. Here, even more problems occurred. Too many pastors never said a word or published anything. Too many, did not agree with the Bishops. Too many used the same high level language used by the Bishops.
In short, in all charity it must be said that most Catholics did not believe that a vote for Obummer was intrinsically evil and concentrated on other things.
And it must be remembered that for so long the Church in America has had a position that the only thing that mattered was "social justice" issues with an almost complete silence about even addressing the issues of intrinsic evil.
And finally, there is the sad fact that most Catholics are Catholic in name only. That has come about for many reasons, all of which are frequently discussed in these forums.
Paul, each person that votes is responsible for their own vote and the consequences of that vote. I would not pass off my responsibility to the bishops or anyone else. It doesn't take a whole lot of research to know exactly where Obama is on the positions that are important to our faith.
I, and a lot of other voters, did not need to hear a bishop tell us what the churches position is on life.