The Daily Wrap

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 15 2012 @ 10:30pm


by Gwynn Guilford

Congratulations, readers! Today on the Dish, you dissected the impact of Ryan's plan on seniors, and then roundly debunked Ryan's crossover appeal after conservative bloggers crowed about his victory in a Dem district. Out of the inbox and into the blogosphere, as Adam Sorensen pondered Romney's unclear monetary policy and dark money swept Sauron-like over the race, Romney laughed lamely.

Ben Smith recoiled at nasty campaign rhetoric, the Obama campaign dithered on releasing a Medicare ad and Silver predicted convention-bounce. Sam Wang crunched some provocative numbers on Ryan's implications for the Congressional races and Ryan's team dissembled on his tax-loss harvesting.

In healthcare, Aaron Carroll wished for a middle way and changes in reimbursement lowered ACA spending over time. Meanwhile, Wes Clark Jr. defended Sr. and Barney discussed DOMAdaemmerung.

Today's Ask Jesse Bering Anything touched upon masturbation, "pink boys" made gender expression even more complex and the Lebanese civil war changed bread-making. The Lonely Planet left-flanked itself into dictator-coddling, Alyssa Rosenberg trashed tabloids and news on the ineffectiveness of sunblock appalled. And while New Mexico enchanted – and Connecticut and Pennsylvania were haunted – the history of the Exxon Valdez resurfaced.

In more assorted commentary, Richard Brody explained why most adaptations suck and a new martial reality TV show rankled. "A show of hands" took on a creepier meaning, shopping evolved, children's books taught adult lessons and ticks caused hamburger-threatening allergies. FOTD here, MHB here and VFYW here.