The Daily Wrap

Aug 22 2011 @ 11:14pm

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Today on the Dish, we tracked the surrender of Qaddafi's sons overnight, everyone wondered where Muammar was, and we gathered the reax to his imminent downfall. The right twisted itself into contortions parsing the president's success, and McCain and Butters praised everyone but Obama, even though they were shaking Qaddafi's hand two years ago. Zack likened Obama's "leading from behind" to a global police chief, and didn't want us to try and seize the Lockerbie bomber right off the bat. We parsed the curse of success and what it will mean for future "interventions" or illegal wars, and wondered whether Qaddafi and his sons would be tried in Libya or at the International Criminal Court. James Traub kept his faith in the Arab Spring, even if loyalist forces have some fight left in them, and the Von Hoffman awards were flying off the shelf for predictions gone awry.

In campaign news, the right was still ignoring Huntsman as prophet, Maisie cataloged the arguments for and against Paul Ryan's run, and then he officially dropped out. Perry distanced himself from his own policies as stated in his (less than a year old) book and presidential candidate Bachmann referred to the IRS as the enemy. Nate Silver assured us the 2012 field isn't set yet and Palin's Iowa video either means she's running or she's the world's largest narcissist. Maxine Waters ordered the Tea Party to go straight to hell, Stephen Moore took another beating on Obama's economic policies, and military families fought against the neocons' empty support of the troops. An 8-year-old helped swing New York marriage equality into reality and the camo closet was finally about to let some sunlight in when DADT ends September 20th.

Chris weighed whether the iPhone could ever really replace a congregation's connections, and environmentalism took the backseat in war zones. Immigration remained vital to our economy, and Canada mourned for a lost politician. Yodeling started with monks in Tibet, we contemplated Korean reunification, Thomas Jefferson was originally skeptical of patents, and Brazil's poor pined for plastic surgery. Complex human societies developed in conjunction with high density living, everything we order on the internet is delivered by USPS, and minorities still bear the brunt of marijuana arrests. And in home news, Andrew's taking a breather so we're running the show while he's gone.

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

–Z.P.

(Photo by Flickr user Joe Marinaro)