Today on the Dish, Andrew took Peggy Noonan's feelings to task, condemned giving in to "pure partisan obstruction," and after he reminded everyone of Romney's penchant for lying, he wondered why Romney was so touchy about his Mormonism.
Andrew Cohen then marveled at how openly GOP leaders discuss their voter suppression ploys, Steve Schmidt called the voter fraud concerns "mythology," and while Beinart bet that a Romney loss would see Republicans fight about immigration policy, Lindsay Graham pretty much backed him up. Plus, Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei broke down why the support of blacks, Latinos, single women and educated urban whites didn't equal a governing mandate.
The GOP spun Sandy, New York and New Jersey improvised on voting plans, and Matthew E. Kahn made the case against FEMA's moral hazard. Meanwhile, Nate Cohn believed Obama's odds were good and expected a wait for the popular vote. Sam Wang then ran the numbers for a EC-popular vote split, Pew analyzed media tone of the candidates, and while Maryland's marriage equality ballot measure outlook remained tight, Minnesota looked worse. Paul Ryan then spewed Christianist rhetoric, Massie derided the idea that the GOP would embrace Bloomberg in 2016, and, overseas, only fundamentalist religious state allies supported Romney over Obama. Plus, Barney Frank shared early impressions of Romney and Andrew expanded the vocabularies of many.
Romney went positive on the ad front, Jeffrey Goldberg defined pro-Israel and as the death penalty in California looked set to die, Andrew Sprung encountered a new anti-Obama conspiracy theory. The Economist then looked at public debt and summarized the threat of marijuana legalization to Mexican cartels, as Glen Weyl proposed buying votes. Plus, election FOTD here.
In hurricane discussion, Justin Fisher imagined a New York that embraces nature, Charles Kenny reviewed who dies in natural disasters and Craigslist met hurricane demand – at a price. Readers then weighed in on the marathon, Taylor Berman asked whether the funding for the 9/11 museum shouldn't have gone to flood prevention and an unemployed Floridian edited out climate change on Sandy's Wiki.
And in assorted commentary, Dina offered holiday jift tips, Michael Specter defended the safety of GMO foods, and as CK did SNL, Walter Russell Mead bet on a growing trend in part-time retail. Plus, Gangnam-style VFYW here. And tomorrow, Andrew live live-blogs.