Today on the Dish, Andrew damned Richard Nixon for giving us today's GOP, discussed the politics of Roe v. Wade with Douthat, debated Obama and the Buffett Rule with readers, discovered Romney's appointment of an openly gay Republican as his national security spokesman, dressed Mitt down over dressage (reader corrective here), and dozed off at the Republican nomination. We situated Romney on the extreme end of the Afghanistan drawdown debate, cast doubt on the idea that his unfavorables would sink him, bet on minorities turning out for Obama again, explained the partisan gender gap by reference to "big government," and chuckled at Obama photoshops. Ad War Update here.
Andrew also explained how our choices determine who we are, issued a disclosure addendum to the "Nepotism Watch" on Chelsea Clinton, crossed his fingers over Iran negotiations, and went another round on imperial war and atrocity. We hoped Iran's nuclear program might follow history and collapse on its own, listened to readers on divergences between Israel and America and Jennifer Rubin, checked on an alternative to the war on drugs, and explored the causes behind the drop in American gun ownership. S&M wasn't intrinsically anti-feminist, a sex life with herpes wasn't all bad, legal prostitution had a mixed record, and male contraception celebration was premature. We continued discussing the character of consciousness, found that self-control was likely finite, and pondered good religion. The notion of "Facebook loneliness" got complicated, cell phone spam annoyed, bicycles used oil, tiny houses came in vogue, and prospective employers gave resumes only cursory examination. Ask Jennifer Rubin Anything here, Quote for the Day here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.