Today on the Dish, Andrew made the case for Obama's incrementalism in the marriage equality fight, explained how said case debunked the strongest argument against marriage rights, detailed the reasoning behind the Newsweek cover, dove into the strong polling support suggesting a fundamental shift in America's attitudes toward gays, and pondered the explanation for this sea change. We took on another common anti-equality nonsense argument, looked at an exemplar of an advocate for equality, unconvered a powerful story about an Obamaesque move in Albania, noticed the non-backlash to Obama's new position on marriage, watched Romney flip-flop on gay adoption, and listened to another view of Romney's hair-cutting past. The race remained tight, Obama raised Bain, Romney hit back on Wall Street ties but had a JP Morgan problem, crowd size didn't explain the race, Bush's second term still hurt, and good political humor required a deft touch.
Andrew also qualified his skepticism about an AIDS vaccine, suggested the Euro needed Germany to assert itself (as it weakened), and noted a horrible "I'm back!" column from John Derbyshire. Islamists warmed to capitalism, the web blanched at JP Morgan's $2 billion oops moment, and a lack of housing constrained technological advancement. We discovered cannibalistic medicine, tracked the gentrification in our guts, peeked into the world of microbes living in extreme environments, understood how breats could kill, and bet that schoolkids of the future would be graded by robots. Not every married couple needed kids, becoming an adult meant cutting the parents off, the well-educated went on welfare, and an excellent pan got our attention. Handmade crafts ballooned, bank robbery deflated, news apps failed, and rejected New Yorker covers ruled. Ask Pinker Anything here, Quote for the Day here, Cool Ad here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.