The Daily Wrap

Andrew Sullivan —  May 17 2012 @ 10:25pm

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Today on the Dish, Andrew worried that cultural panic made Romney into the frontrunner (follow-up here and related nastiness here), explained how a terribly sad story from a straight reader brought the need for marriage equality into full relief, got some interesting perspective on his debate with Glenn Greenwald, and wondered what the hell "homosexual behavior" was. We puzzled over evidence that most people thought Obama was going to win, put the odds of a Senate handoff at 50/50, looked over an odd proposal to attack Obama on Jeremiah Wright, poked a gaping hole in the latest Birther nonsense, noticed that Romney's best strategy was to hide, and aired more criticism of Obama's marijuana policy. Obama improved attitudes towards marriage equality, equal marriage rights benefitted straight couples as well, and attitudes towards marriage in Europe surprised. Ad War Update here.

Andrew also relayed a harrowing story about his dog Eddy and the economics of pet ownership, eulogized Mary Kennedy, Donna Summer, and Chuck Brown, and blamed Bibi for Israel's worsening international reputation. An Iran war looked likely to have far-reaching consequences, Turkey supplied a particular sort of Islamist capitalist, Europe looked to be in a position to make it past its current troubles despite Merde's awkward dance, and the dreaded Grexit didn't appear right on the horizon. Jonah Goldberg made hilarious faces and Piers Morgan's ratings scraped bottom. We listened to some pushback against attempting to explain politics with psychology, spotlighted another troubling execution in Texas, wondered if student debt was as much of a problem as we thought, and watched Occupy Wall Street receed. Sperm banks needed to screen donors, scopolomine creeped readers out, eating plants wasn't unethical, running hurt some of us, and there were tricks to catching liars. Newsweek had pretty pictures and Ken Burns told pretty stories. Ask Steven Pinker Anything here, Hewitt Nominee here, Quotes for the Day here and here, and VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.

Z.B.

(Photo: U.S. President Barack Obama signs his receipt for David Mazza and Casey Patten, Co-Owners of Taylor Gourmet, while visiting Taylor Gourmet, a sandwich restaurant May 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. By Win McNamee/Getty Images.)