Today on the Dish, Kevin Drum marveled at Romney's ignorance, Jesuits tackled Ryan, Joan Walsh mused on Ryan's future presidential prospects, and Ezra Klein summed up Romney's income tax-only deception. Readers agreed with Andrew on Hillary's presidential cred and dazzled us with their knowledge of home state-losing tickets. Andrew debated Jesse Bering on circumcision.
Looking at the polls, the race leaned hard in Obama's direction, and while Sam Wang predicted a Dem House retaking, Dylan Matthews dismantled his case. Rasmussen showed Obama in the lead, while Silver assessed the Senate and tried to filter out the noise. Pareene believed gaffes mattered, Tod Kelly pondered the fact that few people like Romney – in part for cracking jokes like this. Alex Massie compared Romney to Gore, Shafer likened him to Nixon, and a commenter christened him "Money Boo-Boo."
Meanwhile, Joyner gave up on Afghanistan while Dexter Filkins noted the relative absence of the Taliban in Afghanistan's killings. Bill Browning wanted gayer ads, Michelle Malkin frothed on Fox News, and partisanship picked up in the '60s and '70s. And as Jill Lepore investigated political consulting, Barbara Spipndel revisited Strom Thurmond's bizarre relationship with race while Rick Perry spouted off about Satan. TNC addressed the Trayvon Martin case, wealthier people noticed their use of government programs less than poor people, and all psychotherpies were created equal.
In other assorted commentary, Gila Lyons recounted her panic attacks, Malcolm Harris reframed Breaking Bad's main product, Daniel Trone mapped Springsteen's concerts, Davy Rothbart collected "anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life," and Chris Anderson hailed the DIY movement. And as David Byrne considered the right to silence, a Korean guy loved drumming. FOTD here and VFYW here – and don't forget to ask Dina anything!
(Photo: A man (R) looks at a victim (L) lying on the ground outside a petrol station at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on September 18, 2012. A suicide bomber blew himself up alongside a minivan carrying foreigners on a major highway leading to the international airport in the Afghan capital, police said, killing at least 10 people, including nine foreigners. By Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)