Today on the Dish, Andrew hailed the Chief Justice's ACA vote as a revival of conservatism in the face of Republican "contempt for institutions." Speculation of Roberts’ flip raged on following Jan Crawford's behind-the-scenes reporting; Salmon saw it as evidence of partisanship, Kerr wondered about the implications of the leak for SOCTUS collegiality, and Suderman interpreted it as Roberts succumbing to the threat of a Dem tantrum. Bernstein argued against Court reform.
Meanwhile, in the SCOTUS Medicaid debate, Yglesias countered Kilgore’s belief that Southern states will take the federal funds, pointing out that Medicaid expansion doesn’t assuage provider shortages in low-population states, while Drum threw water on concerns about the ACA tax increase. Klein joined Drum in arguing that Romney and a GOP senate would render Obamacare "toast."
In election news, we noted that nearly all of the anti-Bain ads are being launched by a Dem Super PAC, as compared to the Obama campaign, and that those ads are having a real impact on swing-state voters. Charlie Cook dismissed the usefulness of counting Electoral College votes while Ryan Noonan added some historical context. Perhaps as a canary in the partisan coal mine, CPAC wunderkind Jonathan Krohn renounced his GOP leanings. On the other end of the age spectrum, Bob Dole reminded us how "quaint" actual conservative principles have become.
In Drug War news, Ambinder reported that Obama might put the brakes on the Drug War if reelected. And the early outlook of the Mexican presidential election will have little impact on drug-related violence, argued Robert Beckhusen. In a similar vein, an infectious disease expert explained Chicago’s spike in violent crime.
In assorted commentary, Andrew held his line against infant circumcision, Veronique de Rugy explored the dangers of tighter financial regulation, Howard Brody pondered the ethics of the placebo, Damon Tabor discussed extreme geo-engineering, and readers continued to discuss baldness. Wi-fi debuted on the NYC subway.
On the food front, NPR detailed the history of America’s meat market, while the Guardian quantified the world’s livestock. The modern implications of that industry are apparent in Kuwait’s obesity epidemic - and, more rosily, to dietary recommendations for avoiding hangovers. Studies show that the redder the tomato, the blander the taste. And the invention of espresso was rooted in the need for reduced brewing time.
In music, a sound engineer rehabilitated the autotune, while London’s new Olympic anthem (heard above, by the Pet Shop Boys) brightened Andrew's day. VFYW here, FOTD here, and MHB here. We also announced the newest members of the Dish team, including a literary editor, a poetry editor, and two new interns. A fond farewell to outgoing Dishterns Maisie and Zack.
Last but not least, Andrew posted a moving letter from a friend, who happens to be gay.
– G.G. and C.B.