Today on the Dish, Andrew refused to let Megyn Kelly off the hook – taking on her cowardice and Fox's here, here, and here. He also defended his treatment of Obama's civil liberties record in the Newsweek essay, explained why the downturn Bush inherited wasn't the same as the Great Recession, aired reader dissents here and here, thanked Althouse for a civil reply, reiterated his view that Romney could still lose the primary, and ushered in a new era for the GOP on the back of Paul's poll numbers. We noticed Mitt had problems with taxes, consistency on SuperPACs, avoiding financial crises, debates, McCain's oppo research resurfacing, and all-around weakness. Gingrich surged (?) despite the possibility his ads were backfiring, Sarah got a spot in his (very hypothetical) administration and embodied chutzpah, and Kristol dared Paul to go all third party on Romney. Romney's whiteness was contested, Gingrich's race-baiting was still nasty, the Hispanic vote mattered, and SuperPACs shifted the landscape.
Today was also the Internet's day of protest against SOPA/PIPA: we explained why Wikipedia, among others, blacked out to protest the bills and found the opposition to the bills to be driven by companies scared of real innovation. An intervention in Syria looked to be counterproductive, Egyptian popular culture evolved strangely after the revolution, Iran couldn't destroy America, and the Chinese government might have started growing itself to death. Obama nixed the Keystone XL pipeline, recessions changed the nature of unemployment, tuitions kept skyrocketed, doctors died with dignity, a reader succeeded at self-publishing, and another reader couldn't stand yesterday's post on Sheri Lewis and Lamb Chop.