Today on the Dish, Andrew liveblogged that snippy GOP debate, hammered Santorum on his blatant disregard for Church teachings on torture, criticized the idea that his social views could be calle conservative, and credited Obama with approaching the culture war with grace. We grabbed reax to the debate, wondered if this was the last one, were skeptical about Santorum's chances in the general, told the story of Romney's long slouch towards being pro-life, and examined whether oil prices could hurt the President. Ad War Update here.
Andrew also posted a selection from "the greatest of all poems" on Ash Wednesday (another's reflection here) and defended the idea that we should research drugs as a means of promoting happiness. A plan for helping Syria without guns was proposed, violence surrounding Qu'ran desecration provoked rethinking on the text's status, and Americans didn't riot like other countries anymore. Romney's tax plan provoked pundits in our reax, Obama's recovery impressed, and a think tank failed to think. Science rearranged political alliances, metaphors did poor justice to scientific research, and personality differences didn't always mandate diagnoses.
Veterinarians saved humans too, animals myths got debunked, and McDonald's small step to help pigs wasn't nearly enough. The future looked bright, recipes were unpatentable, the homeschooling war raged on, muscles weren't always attractive in America, and HBO (debatably) ruined television. A reader penned a lengthy dissent to Andrew's support for legalized prostitution, a number chimed in on both sides of the Buchanan debate, and one bared his soul about loving his physically unattractive wife.
(Photo: Republican presidential candidates U.S. Rep. former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (L) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk after participating in a debate sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona at the Mesa Arts Center February 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. The debate is the last one scheduled before voters head to the polls in Michigan and Arizona's primaries on February 28 and Super Tuesday on March 6. By Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.)