The Daily Wrap

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 19 2011 @ 11:19pm

Today on the Dish, Andrew supported Obama's call for the rich to contribute their share, with which most Americans overwhelmingly agree. The full web reax is here, Bruce Bartlett questioned Obama's attention to the economy, and we pursued more analysis on whether green jobs are endangering the cause. Andrew cheered news of the Conservative party in Britain's support of full marriage equality, and assessed how this recession differs from those in the past, while a Louisiana Congressman argued he can't afford a tax increase because $400,000 isn't enough to live on.

Andrew parsed the evolution of the Israel lobby and being pro-Israel or pro-Greater Israel, while a majority of the world's public, including America, supports a Palestinian state. NRO earned its keep for a Palestine-inspired Malkin Award, Republican infighting broke out over defense spending, and Andrew Breitbart jumped off the paranoid deep end but promised to be packing heat. Terror alerts should tell us what to do in the event of a terror attack, the "responsibility to protect" imagery projected pure imperialism, and the world turned its back on Yemen's massacre over the last couple of days.

We awaited DADT's end tomorrow and reconsidered how much of our own tax dollars goes towards policies we disagree with. Perry's approval ratings plummeted, his Afghanistan policy defied logic, but his campaign methods have proved very successful in the past. Romney appeared the strongest contender for Obama, attack ads work, and the GOP needs to get over its anti-intellectualism. Mike Tyson bragged about Dennis Rodman's endowments, Gaultier survived childhood by doodling, and Netflix gambled on our willingness to compartmentalize our desires. A father pondered circumcision, we tracked Medicare Advantage improvements that may be a result of Obamacare, and Obama's war on drugs was basically indistinguishable from Bush's.

Chinese restaurants wooed Halal diners after they'd successfully nabbed the Jews, and a new report busted the myth that minorities get more scholarship money. Charles Kenny argued organic food markets hurt the world's poor, we chastised but never changed the financial and oil drilling systems that went so horribly wrong, and an end to smoking could save us $211 billion. One reader attested to high levels of meth use in some gay communities, another connected meth to lethal prescribed drugs, and another reminded us there's already been a great gay superstar: Martina Navratilova. Good schooling isn't tied to price, and Mr. Rogers is reason enough to support PBS.

MHB here, FOTD here, VFYW here, and the views from your airplane window here.