With his family values, Pope Francis was once the darling of American conservatives.
Then things started going very wrong. So wrong that when GOP listens to the pontiff address Congress this Thursday, the leadership might be thinking the legal concept "public nuisance."
If he were an American citizen they might initiate a lawsuit as have the good citizens of Sunnyvale, California and those in Santa Clara in the same state.
But this spiritual rock star (right up there with Buddhist nun Pema Chodron) is not an American. There will be no taking refuge in litigation. Instead the GOP will have to be totally inventive with its message machine.
But are the top tiers of American conservatives, ranging from Roger Ailes to Carly Fiorina, up to the task? Like Donald Trump, this guy is a master player at populism. During hard times and those of transition, populists win minds and hearts.
The GOP should be afraid, very afraid.