Today on the Dish, Andrew mused on George Romney's refusal to campaign for Goldwater, shed light on the Vatican's support of the GOP, and after pointing out GOP destruction of federal research arms, requested a correction from Newsbusters on its takedown of his economic case for Obama.
In Sandy coverage, Obama got high marks, Drum discounted Christie's political calculations in supporting Obama and Avent joined the chorus. Adam Serwer observed the misaligned incentives of natural disasters, David Rohde highlighted how the hurricane illuminated the wealth gap and Lower Manhattan's power situation looked up. Yglesias then advocated for Dutch ingenuity, Bill McKibben grudgingly welcomed a new era in climate change and John Seabrook reflected on the little carousel that could. Sasha Weiss revisited the post-apocalyptic work of Wislawa Szymorska, Poseur Alert here and QOTD here.
In polls, Nate Silver examined the latest numbers, Sam Wang explained The Math and Nate Cohn spelled out Obama's paths to victory. And while Gelman assessed Romney's chances, Tom Holbrook found that the GOP brand was still tarnished.
Andrew then addressed Obama and marriage equality, Noah Feldman zeroed in on the election's SCOTUS impact, E.J. Dionne Jr. made his Obama case and The Economist backed Obama. Jonathan Bernstein praised Bloomberg's Obama endorsement, Seth Masket encouraged Sandy-based voting and the Romney campaign knocked Obama for favoring bureaucracy.
In assorted commentary, Andrew began to get the New York spirit and excoriated the gay left. Jeb Lund then discussed the coming out of Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz, Brendan James underscored the unsentimentality of Brit TV and women made less even after variables were controlled for. A French city offered a good case for free transit, Jack Shafer doubted that the Random House and Penguin merger would save books and James Somers says everyone should write. And as Anne Marie Wheeler explored bomb shelters, Ben Ambridge checked in on animal speech. FOTD here, MHB here, VFYW here.
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