Today on the Dish, Andrew wrapped his brain around the political implications of mass American evolution denial, explained why Obama's first-term accomplishments are quite dependent on a second, followed up on his Sunday essay, gaped at John Bolton's stunning nonsense (and Romney's embrace of same), and chuckled at Rick Perry getting booed by a right-wing audience. We bet the Bain attacks were working, surveyed the Paul-friendly right's reaction to Rand's Romney endorsement, noted the defeat of an AIPAC-friendly Congressman, and Democrats seemed unlikely to grow GOP-sized balls. We also wondered if the GOP was sabotaging the economy, speculated about the Democratic approach to the Bush tax cuts, distinguished between two kinds of economic uncertainty, winced at the horrible compensation given to food workers, and thought through a proposal for child tax credits.
Andrew also applauded the gay Mormon in a straight marriage, marked Pride Month in Israel, implored you to ask Sister Jeannine Gramick Anything, celebrated the new Pet Shop Boys album, and supported Robin Roberts' willingness to publicly discuss her health. Liars had different brains, lying happened under a variety of conditions, machines challenged conventional moral thinking, plants perceived more than we thought (but not more than the Romans did), and mosquitos slid through rain. We challenged the idea that Assad was falling, updated you on Paterno's role in the Sandusky trial, and sounded an alarm for global environmental catastrophe. Science explained trash talk, the wealthy dominated the internet, marriage became class-stratified, divorces were not created equal, Blackberry's creator fell apart, prisons surprised, and cool evolved. Ask Eli Lake Anything here, Quote for the Day here, Chart of the Day here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.