Today on the Dish, Andrew debunked an ideological broadside against Obama, looked into the implications of Obama's pro-equality stance, labelled Romney "the war candidate," worried about the hierarchy's influence over Catholic voters, theorized about causes behind the decline of "pro-choice" identification, and adjudicated the debate over the partisan history of the civil rights movement in favor of the Democrats. We noticed confidence in the economy go up (it's still low, though), explained Obama's Appalachia problem (don't exclude race), labelled Colorado the "swingiest swing state," noticed the Obama's tricky randomized ad gambit, and aired more thoughts on the politics of Bain. Romney looked like the war candiate to Colin Powell as well, raised our hackles with his odd laugh, and sparked reader debate (here and here) about "the Mormon mask." The big 2012 fiscal policy fight appeared to be the key determinant of future policy success, low reading complexity didn't necessarily make you dumb, Palin got laughed at in Australia, Reagan's blood sold on the market, and the GOP had an absurd idea of compromise. Ad War Updates here and here.
Andrew also looked at the politics and policy of the Afghan withdrawal, critiqued studies claiming to show circumcision reduced the spread of AIDS, and reflected on his lives in Britan and America. Egypt voted, everything was classified, a Spanish vacation would cost you, Piers Morgan taught hacking, and Will.i.am acted chutpah-riffic on climate change. More heartbreaking stories about gay-straight marriages poured in, gay literature saved, and ending prison rape took real moral change. Markets created spaceships, parking lot behavior was justified by etiquette norms, turning left solved corn mazes, and, uh, Sticky Buddy. Ask Steven Pinker Anything here, Quote for the Day here, Creepy Ad here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.