Today on the Dish, Andrew mused over Beastweek and the future business of web journalism. We kept tabs on DADT, and the repetitive list of McCain's absurd requests. Drum and Avent duked it out over the deficit, and Heather Mac Donald challenged the Tea Party to step up to the plate. Frum called out the Republican fiscal farce, and Felix Salmon didn't love the NYT's tool for fixing the budget. Ezra Klein insisted the healthcare bill was moderate, while the GOP pledged to ignore the 50 million uninsured.
Andrew took stock of Khalid Sheik Mohammed's detention for the foreseeable future. Yemen is capable of beating Al Qaeda back, and Andrew distanced himself from an ACLU so ready to represent Anwar al-Awlaki. The unconditional became the conditional in Israel, Mark Lynch was skeptical of the new deal, and readers offered situations similar to Cantor pre-empting Clinton.
Tim Pawlenty couldn't get people to remember his name, Palin was inept at firearms, and the rest of the country liked her more than Alaskans. Andrew praised Obama's era of pragmatism which was different from Kennedy's idealism. E.D. Kain doubted governments just as much as the people who run them, and Adam Bonica predicted the most polarized Congress in recent memory. Jay Rosen was sick of national security journalists cozied up to the state. Dialysis was dangerous in ways you wouldn't expect, and rocket dockets accelerated foreclosures. We marveled at the earth's ecosystems from space, fake pot could be enjoyed, and Arizona won medical marijuana. Travellers didn't want their junk touched, fish were farmed too, and this reader enjoyed eating dog. A Rubik's cube was no match for this kid, sexy robot girls would always exist, and Andrew preferred zombies to vampires any day. Springsteen sang about the Promise, and Ebert comforted the internet's lonely.