The Daily Wrap

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 13 2012 @ 10:30pm


by Gwynn Guilford

Talk about Romney's sneaky weekend VP pick, Paul Ryan, dominated today's Dish. While Team Obama pummelled the Wisconsin congressman's budget plan, the blogosphere debated the ticket's implications and Yglesias worried that it implies distraction from our unemployment woes. Bloggers also lamented Ryan's potentially catastrophic monetary policies, and berated pundits and media lightwieghts who call Ryan "serious." (He's the Baskerville of conservative politicians, it seems.) 

Meanwhile, Stan Collender reminded that the Ryan budget would have Romney paying no federal taxes, Kornacki hailed the longer arc of Ryan's candidacy and no one was really sure what social conservatives would make of the ticket. As bloggers called out Ryan's neocon leanings, the Zoellick pick conflicted with Romney's China policy and both candidates had fallen silent on Afghanistan. Also, Ryan dressed worse than Santorum but he probably didn't commit insider trading. And, alas, Sarah Palin exited, stage right.

In global news, earthquakes in Iran killed hundreds, Marc Lynch summarized tumultuous goings-on in Egypt and readers gave feedback on Sikh traditions. Then in public health, gonorrhea grew terrifyingly antibiotic-resistant, while autism and Asbergers won acceptance.

In Olympics sum-ups, gay gold-winners included the lesbo-dense Dutch women's field hockey team and Megan Rapinoe, and controversy flared over how to conceive of the EU medal count.

While Barney explained how Dems could have prevented the housing crisis, Jack Rakove struggled with the Declaration of Independence and poetry spoke the truth in a soured relationship. Deanna Pan exposed how little Louisianans will soon be learning about the scientific history of dragons, the formation of capillary bridges held up sandcastles and Brian X. Chen wondered why people don't use prepaid plans. Meanwhile, Gotye made fun of himself, a sentimental VFYW here, poem for Monday here and FOTD here.

(Photo: Thousands of Egyptians shout political slogans in support of the Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi as they celebrate his decision on the dismissal of former Egyptian Defence Minister and Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, on August 12, 2012 at Tahrir square in Cairo. By Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images)