As the Bain story continued to unfold today, Andrew went to town on Romney's shirking of responsibility – of a piece, he wrote, with a culture of entitlement and exceptionalism embraced by elite Republicans. And after pillorying Rubin for arguing the Obama team "shot its wad" by spending heavily on attack ads in the last week, Andrew chided Romney for his double standard on accountability and drove another nail into his perjury coffin.
More on the Romney-Bain front: Fallows likened Obama's Bain offensive to "swiftboating" – meaning, hitting Romney where he is supposed to be strongest – while others in the blogosphere debated the Romney team's mishandling of the controversy and wondered when and how Romney will release his tax returns. Frum traced Romney's struggle to hold his policy positions, Dish readers brought new arguments and expertise to bear on the Bain topic, and Krauthammer dissembled on Fox News. Trippi stated the yet-unacknowledged obvious, though with reporters like David Gergen in Bain's pocket, it's small wonder that the press corps is overlooking key facts of Romney's CEO responsibilities. In broader Bain coverage, Politifact found that the firm clearly practiced outsourcing as a profit strategy, while this post looked at another Bain strategy for ill-gotten gains.
On the ad war front, the Obama camp detonated "Firms" this weekend while the Romney squad fumbled a retaliation ad and pissed off journalists that it quoted in another. Meanwhile, reports suggested the Romney campaign is doing its best to ignore Sarah Palin. After analyzing campaign funding trends, Lessig concluded that there are two elections: a money cycle and a voting cycle. Gallup showed that Republicans don't believe the ACA will do anything to help the uninsured – a sign of how "deranged" the party now is, said Andrew. And small, partisan states should want to scrap the electoral college system.
Elizabeth Kolbert argued that the record-setting heat of this summer should prompt action on climate change, while this post explored how labeling historical moments in American political economy as "Jeffersonian" or "Hamiltonian" ignores the constant interplay of those tendencies. At The Atlantic, charges of anti-Semitism is the new McCarthyism, while an Iraeli protester was today's FOTD. Ask Klaidman explored the relative benefits of killing vs. capturing our enemies and, this post examined the strain the revolution is placing on Syrian women. Among the working class, the proportion of single-parent households has leapt to almost 40 percent and continues to grow. And a forthcoming biography of David Foster Wallace invited rumination on "hysterical realism."
Mutant male mosquitoes may stem the spread of dengue fever. Bullet-proof fabric could help limit injury in football and hockey – or increase it – and it's not sweat that smells – it's the proteins. The recipients of extreme parenting feel nostalgia for childhood, despite that it may have caused the current anxiety they feel. Readers now have the chance to ask Jane Mayer anything, open-source gaming is on the horizon, and Germans invented a new kind of blue light special. In romance, Julian Barnes quipped about marriage and a love letter to baseball got sappy. VFYW here. And this just in: people are awesome.