The Daily Wrap

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 9 2012 @ 11:25pm


Today on the Dish, Andrew highlighted how the negative ads against Romney are working and explained how the Obama-Romney tactical game relates to voter frustrations. Meanwhile, a grassroots perspective from a Romney supporter suggests that Andrew isn’t the only one recognizing Mitt's inability to connect with voters. And Posner explained how the Republicans are holding the economy hostage until after the election.

Meanwhile, Obama’s fundraising abilities are proving anemic, and finding an available name for a Super PAC is harder than one might think. Barro put forth a strategy for Republicans on framing their healthcare position, Jonathan Krohn discussed the sophomoric name-calling from the Daily Caller, the RNC chair warned that the Obama presidency will put an end to "our way of life in America," and theocons likened their struggle for the right to stay in hotel rooms free of porn to the moral case against Jim Crow.

This post offered insight into Israel’s apartheid, black women proved the fastest-growing gun-owning demographic, and leaving kids in impoverished homes might be safer for them than placing them in foster homes. The Chart of the Day (seen above) put the jobless recovery down to the decoupling of hiring from profits and corporate investment. Things could be worse, though – as they are in Greece, where HIV rates have soared with unemployment and corresponding IV drug use and prostitution. In other economic news, this post mapped the six degrees of economic separation. 

On the energy front, the Middle East’s stranglehold on the oil supply may be nearing an end, fracking could have dire long-term consequences, and dirt is being used to generate enough electricity to charge cellphones in developing countries.

In a history of the byline, Jack Shafer mused on the underpinnings of The Economist’s editorial authority, while a post on journalistic coverage of Obamacare reads like an action film. A FOTD explored the various cover art hedges from the New Yorker ahead of the ACA decision. We looked behind the scenes of a sex toy empire and showed how the Beach Boys are a microcosm of red state/blue state America. 

In assorted commentary, the locavore movement may be at odds with urbanization – and, therefore, rising living standards. The Chap Olympiad breathes new life into Monty Python’s Twit of the Year competition, and police blame American flag theft on woodchucks. Quibbling is an incontrovertible sign of a marriage's authenticity and the language of dogs is surprisingly advanced. Andrew reminisced about his first taste of DC heat, while this post explained why urban areas are hotter than suburbia. An old Ask Andrew Anything has him ruminating on the meaning of patriotism.

In ongoing debates, a reader kneecapped the contention that Maddow only interviews people she agrees with, neurotransmitter drinks might be unsafe – plus, they don’t really work. More discussion of Frank Ocean’s coming out here. On a new topic, readers debated whether a Harvard undergrad’s paean to non-perfection was self-aggrandizing or merely realistic. Poem for Monday here, MHB here and VFYW here.

– G.G.