The Daily Wrap

08-Washington-Rip
Today on the Dish, Andrew squared up to the new American reality that we've hit an economic wall, but he wasn't concerned about other countries gaining world domination. Frum refuted the right's ridiculous claim that Obama has made the economy worse, Chait pwned McArdle on Bush tax cuts and the American people agreed, and Andrew would prefer a return to Clinton-era tax rates instead of cutting important programs. Frum gave credit to Krugman for knowing this crisis was coming, Krugman requited, and Andrew praised Don Peck's foresight. We mapped the dissolution of our functioning democracy as the GOP took radical steps and took on serious risks, and Obama came out on top. Andrew defended the existence of independents and Obama's appeal to them, Freddie de Boer rooted for the left, Jonathan Cohn begged politicians to focus on unemployment, and McConnell was a party pooper.

Romney pledged to break up Andrew's marriage and Andrew recalled how real Christians would treat politics if they were following Jesus' lead. Santorum believed early start programs wanted to indoctrinate children, constitutional lawyers defended Obama's healthcare reform on the basis of the Commerce Clause, and you can examine all Romney's flip-flops side by side. 

Andrew wondered when the last time there was a left-wing secular mass murder or assassination, Nikki Stern contemplated being a symbol of 9/11, and Goldberg skewered Pamela Geller's most recent Islamophobic venture. Donald Rumsfeld may be actually tried as a war criminal, Michael Joseph Gross sounded the alarm about Operation Shady rat, and we questioned the reporting in the New Yorker's Abbottabad piece. Syria's uprising could reinvigorate the Green movement in Iran, Mubarak's trial could vindicate the struggles of Arab Spring, and Steve Cook remained cautious about Erdogan's power in Turkey. Egypt tried and convicted its bloggers and activists, Qaddafi's son compared Libya to a delicious piece of cake, the world's tallest building was brought to you by the Bin Laden group, and the Likudnik beat goes on.

A new documentary remembers the purge of gay people from government in the 1950s, and complex HBO programs may be making us smarter. We don't need horses in our cities like we used to, bioart raised new ethical issues for how it gets disposed, and bees can respond to stress. Dish readers marveled at each others faces on our Facebook page, and the Dish app was around the corner!

Hathos alert here, chart of the day here, FOTD here, MHB here, VFYW here, and the view from your airplane window here.

–Z.P.

(Photo: "Washington, Rip" by Will Steacy, who photographed decrepit money before it's destroyed by the Federal Reserve.)