The Daily Wrap

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Today on the Dish, Romney experienced significant downturns in the four states that will vote next month, he fended off the mainstream media, and the GOP electorate exchanged anti-intellectualism for faux intellectualism. Newt is not a general election candidate, Pelosi hinted at even more Gingrich baggage, and Romney's campaign embraced a postmodern approach to truth. Gingrich's candidacy preyed on cultural nostalgia, his record on civil liberties is atrocious, but he did stand up for online indecency in 1996. More in the conservative media pivoted to Huntsman, Friedersdorf pleaded with the Republican base, and Douthat speculated wildly about a Palin endorsement. Ginger White described boring sex with Cain, Rove scoffed at the Trump debate (as did Huntsman), Fox News defied the GOP, and liberals stuck with Obama. In our AAA video, Andrew addressed his history with women. 

The war against Iran got less covert, the US gave Israel some tough love, and the peace process came to a well-orchestrated halt. We reflected on the deadliest month yet in Syria's possible civil war, Libya pushed for a massive bioengineering project in the Sahara, and Russia rebuked Putin. Merkozy called for a new EU Treaty, Ezra Klein issued a dispatch from Germany, and Belgium's soon-to-be prime minister is gay

We checked in on racial and ethnic integration, tracked the artificial ripening of bananas, and debated density and space. Jason Brennan blamed corporatism on the left, American plutocrats are ultimately invested in the US, and history contradicted the Laffer Curve. Jaswinder Bolina discussed race and poetic voice, female readers weighed in on the locker-room nudity question, and the DEA employed terror tactics. Brooklyn epitomized the "hourglass economy," the laff box may help, and dogs are East Asian. Pit bulls suffer from a tragic feedback loop, and teen promiscuity may make sex safer.

MHB here, FOTD here, VFYW here, and Andrew's race and intelligence wrap here

M.A. 

(Photo: Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks to the media as Donald Trump listens at Trump Tower following a meeting between the two on December 5, 2011 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.)