Today on the Dish, Andrew lambasted Limbaugh's latest poison, and crushed the major myths about the Tea Party. Tea partiers booed freedom in the form of decriminalization, and Andrew solidified Obama's bump by insisting he embrace Bowles-Simpson. Palin's blood libel against Assange mirrored her own, and Andrew wasn't placated by her low favorability ratings. On the conservative media front, Roger Ailes experimented with propaganda, Hugh Hewitt masqueraded as a journalist, and readers delved into the right's rhetoric on past shootings. James Wolcott embalmed Beltway consensus, opposites don't attract, and Michael Lind opted out of Regressive politics.

Robert Mackey profiled the Tunisian blogger turned government worker, Jennifer Rubin defended herself and Bush, and Beinart discounted American influence, since democracy was better off without it. US unemployment climbed higher than the world average, and language barriers persisted between China and the US.

Larison grimaced at 2012 wild card Kain's hawkishness, Chait guessed what Lieberman was thinking, Scott Stossel eulogized Sargent Shriver and his view of public service, and California's boomers fleeced the state. The US government could fight drugs with its uncoolness, Howard Gleckman patted down the healthcare mandate, Austin Frakt proposed a repeal related to the deficit, and a reader argued PTSD could be a normal response to trauma. Oklahoma City's memorial didn't change our rhetoric, and some wounds from Tuscon won't heal. Robin Handson believed in digital brains, readers joined Andrew in defending the pure style and functionality of Apple, and Starbucks could explode your stomach.

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--Z.P.

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