Today on the Dish, Andrew decried European austerity as counterproductive (follow-ups here and here), compared Sarkozy to Romney, blasted the international rot created by American torture, saw a sort-of hopeful sign on the NYT's coverage of the subject, defended his position on Tarek Mehanna and Anwar al-Awlaki, blasted the reaction to Peter Beinart in America, and put Arizona in play for Obama. We learned the press didn't really love Obama, delved into the real voting gaps the polling suggested exist, and set Romney's approach to his religion against Obama's. Soldiers got married (a lot), the draft likely wasn't a barrier to war, and drones were the future of airwar.
Andrew also celebrated Philip Larkin's poetry, worried about the effect of aggregation on young journalists, pushed back against search engine optimization, recounted a friend's story of "being a complete ass" (reader responses here), and reupped the poll for Ask Maggie Gallagher Anything. We debated donating to the US government, discovered a place without minimum wage, explored one idea for employing the young, and wondered how long we'd live for. Pesticides killed bees, the weather affected our views on climate change but probably didn't change our decision to bike, certain personalities might be more inclined to use drugs, music likely wasn't innate, and fingerprinting failed. Readers continued pondering the makeup of consciousness and discussed the Resurrection. Love bore fruit, women liked eye candy too, Napoloen wasn't short, and the outhouse moved indoors. Ask Spencer Ackerman Anything here, Quote for the Day here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.
(Photo: Dummies wearing masks representing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy thrown into the Meuse river by CSC Christian union members during an action entitled 'Merkosy' on February 29th, 2012. The CSC protests against the European policies of Sarkozy and Merkel. By Michael Krakowski/AFP/Getty Images.)