The Daily Wrap

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 19 2012 @ 10:30pm

In longer-form posts on the Dish today, Andrew articulated the parallels between the Reagan and Obama candidacies and parsed Obama's "you didn't build that" speech. He then examined Romney's convenient hypocrisy in his explanation of his Bain role, and, looking at the polls, both homed in on the critical importance of Romney's tax return release and declared the race to be tied.

Andrew also analyzed the assumptions underlying Ann Romney's "you people" line, while readers speculated on what tax skeletons hide in Romney's closet and laid intriguing parallels to an Asimov robot story. As pundits dissected Obama's "you didn't build that" speech, Romney released a strong ad, one hailed by many conservatives as a "game changer" – a phrase that has now gone cliche supernova, noted Silver. Finally, the launch of "Mitt Gets Worse" reminded how a Romney presidency would curb gay equality.

In other election news, Kornacki doubted that Dems would take back the House, the Dish-reader hypocrisy police dismantled the "Obama's un-American" attack line, and Matt Taylor mused on what might ignite the power of the 420 club. While some bloggers differed on whether Romney would attack Iran, others debated the wisdom of invading Syria. And confusion reigned over whether the Bulgarian suicide bomber had been in Gitmo.

In Olympic news, the IOC stoked the Caster Semenya debate by defining hormonal eligibility for female athletes, technology intensified spectating, and Muslim women from a slew of countries will break barriers during these Games.

In assorted commentary, Andrew reviewed "Bear City 2" and celebrated the middle-aged gay scene's discover of their, um, bearings. Timothy Kincaid examined the implications of home HIV kits debuting in October and TNC wondered what George Zimmerman was apologizing for. Meanwhile, when it comes to energy, the more we save, the more we spend. Bloggers dissed Kickstarter, Greenwald went to The Guardian and Klaidman explained links between the War on Drugs and Afghanistan. Another insect edibles story crept up on us, and readers took San Francisco to task for its failure to erect a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge. Meanwhile, an obit tell-all apologized, sort of, and Dan Deacon played video telephone in this MHB. Terrifying FOTD here and perfectly pleasant VFYW here. Don't miss the chance to ask NYU journalism prof and media critic Jay Rosen … anything!