Today on the Dish, Andrew dug deeper on Akin's ideological influences, nailed Ryan for being even more extreme on abortion and rubbed Romney's nose in the GOP's general Akin-akin position on "forcible rape." He also argued that the right's fundamentalism has "spread and intensified" – and that it is now what passes for GOP social policy. Meanwhile, Razib Kahn broke down public opinion on abortion and rape, while readers added caveats to stat-rape nonconsent.
Andrew then took on Ferguson's China contentions, Krugman called Ferguson's piece "raw ignorance," and readers weighed in on Paul Ryan's Medicare savings mirage. Ed Kilgore wondered what will happen to Medicare, Nate Cohn noted the unintended effects of GOP Akin-attacking, and Ezra discounted Romney's cash advantage. Meanwhile, Romney hit Obama on Medicare – again. The conventions lost coverage, readers railed against the private charity canard, Walt and Galupo pondered the lack of protest songs, and Tampa, the young and Akin all got Onioned.
Elsewhere in the world, Burma's press was freed, Ethiopa's Zenawi died, and Marc Lynch updated the news on the Morsi coup. Goldblog acknowledged bigotry, Jesse Bering talked nature and nurture with gays, and Heather Mac Donald framed crime and policing in tax terms. Then Blake Hurst argued against cap and trade, and fairness got confused. The Library of Congress covered the 88 books that shaped America, Tony O'Neill sought countries with lax drug laws, and Dan Goodwin worried about passwords, generations disconnected. Fruit quality sparked controversy – and readers pushed back – while a corner office in the clouds awed. VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here. A badass grandma here, plus a slew of dogs that should be extremely ashamed of themselves here. And last but certainly not least, Dan and Brian dined.