The Daily Wrap

Andrew Sullivan —  Mar 29 2012 @ 10:32pm


Today on the Dish, Andrew wondered if America was on the road to post-Obamacare single payer while we detailed the specific path down that route, noted the somewhat circumscribed role of the mandate, guessed at whether the Medicad expansion would get thrown out by SCOTUS, cautioned against seeing the Constitution in black-and-white, developed a timeline for hearing the Court's decision, compared Obama's fight with the Court to Bush's, and forecasted the negative consequences of the mandate's defeat for Obama's reelection campaign. Rubio endorsed Romney (but looked like a terrible Veep choice), Mitt's approval rating remained abysmal, foreign policy wasn't the presumptive nominee's strong suit, he gaffed again, Dems faced severe challenges in the Congressional elections, and pink balls freaked out Santorum.

Andrew also dipped his toe in on Trayvon Martin (follow-up here), expressed some optimism for the Arab Spring, worried about signs of an impending Iran war, and picked out one nuggest suggesting war wasn't over. Iran seemed fundamentally different from the Soviets, #Kony2012 rose on the backs of teenage Southern girls, drone attacks declined, and robots definitely could jump. One reader labelled the Trayvon case "like the Duke lacrosse scandal but worse," American politics rewarded the old at the young's expense, Congress killed Bowles-Simpson, and Obama's scandals were lame. Atheist proliferation terrified Christianists but non-believers lacked an organized community with which to push back. We put up a preliminary response on the football question, continued the catcalling discussion, checked Hollywood's math, and praised "low-end innovation." Virologists advanced, "dude" changed, and the "Conservative Teen" photos wowed. Yglesias Nominee here, Quotes for the Day here and here, Cool Ad here, FOTD here, VFYW here, and MHB here.