Today on the Dish, Andrew called out both political parties for their entitlement cowardice, then thought through Ezra’s fiscal cliff suggestions before insisting Obama take the present opportunity for a big deal. Andrew also considered the legacy and future of Zionism, responded at length to Fox News’ avoiding of him and other dissenting conservatives, and though he can’t take three pills a day to replace the tediousness of eating, he did explain the benefits of his single daily dish.
In political coverage, George Will pretended gerrymandering didn’t exist with regards to the House GOP’s “mandate”, Yglesias ignored Senate Republicans due to their irrelevance, Ezra and Waldman acknowledged Grover Norquist had been successful in moving the tax-cut goal posts, Drum charted the universal unpopularity of raising the retirement age, and Josh Barro suggested the GOP aim for some pro-growth redistribution. Also, our debate over the liberal leaning of Asian-Americans continued, the Obama campaign’s creepy fundraising emails worked, Nate Silver highlighted the substantive campaign advantage of having Silicon Valley’s support, and a millennial reader noted marriage equality was possibly the major issue driving young voters to support Democrats. Richard Socarides additionally hoped Obama would insist on gay rights as a part of immigration reform, Jon Huntsman took on the GOP’s war-mongering, Tom Ricks sized up MSNBC, Ackerman looked at the logistics of trying to close Gitmo, Massie offered his thoughts on the differences between Obamacare and the NHS, and Brian Doherty didn’t believe further gun control for the psychiatrically disturbed was worth pursuing. We also continued to process both the meaning and political implications of Lincoln.
In international coverage, Syria’s internet got switched off while Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi tried to make a (second language) point using The Planet of the Apes. In assorted coverage, Felix Salmon explored the world of stock-picking hobbyists, some readers in San Francisco chimed in with their thoughts on the city’s nudity ban, Ron Unz looked for possible discrimination against Asians at America’s elite universities, Mark Vanhoenacker checked the steam pipes under NYC, and Nick Carr pondered the possible moral decision-making abilities of computers. We hope you weren’t sitting down when Kalliopi Monoyios explained how your couch may be trying to kill you, meanwhile Xeni Jardin offered us our very own model fetuses, and readers added their thoughts on the morality of The Walking Dead as well as on the nature of of 401(k)s. We also dove into the story behind the Church of England’s rejection of women bishops, broke down the dynamics of alcoholism, met a cheetah ambassador in our FOTD, watched the leaves turn in our gorgeous MHB, and saw a morning in Virginia through the VFYW.