Today on the Dish, Andrew commended Obama for not taking sides (or credit) for the Arab 1848, but kept at his heels for blowing it on the debt. Boehner stepped up his deficit game, Paul Miller urged Obama to not let the media influence his policies in the Middle East, Haaretz struggled, and Deborah Fallows considered China's little people. Petraeus offended Afghan parents, IEDs continue to go off in Iraq, and future Days Of Anger may brewing.
Andrew dashed Newt's chances, the radio right lusted after Chris Christie, and Huckabee dissed Natalie Portman. We collected reax to the new jobs report, Andrew apologized to Ryan Lizza, Rotary clubs support exchange student programs, and Dodd switched sides for lobbying. Bad teachers could take five years to fire, E.D. Kain defended their protections, and readers weighed in. Will Wilkinson birthed Bleeding Heart Libertarians, and Reason once advocated for a libertarian healthcare mandate. Ezra Klein scoffed at government bureaucracies on film, the Air Force taught that Harvard can be a terrorist-training camp, and the GOP didn't want a government shutdown. Cyber threats were hard to trace, cell phones changed Africa, and Qaddafi's family had their own Buster Bluth. Hipsters made it cool for young men to rock beards, we recapped a great (yes) Nascar race, Andrew revealed which Angry Birds he hates most, and this Twitter feed tells you when movies expire from Watch Instantly.
Thursday on the Dish, Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump wanted big American balls, Palin's excesses helped her, while most politicians distance themselves from the crazies. Ramesh Ponnuru predicted a Palin-Romney smackdown, Ailes ruled the primary, and Andrew scoffed at Huckabee on imperialism. Indonesia boasted more Boy Scouts than the US, some world leaders exit gracefully, and Andrew and Lizza went another round on journalists publishing other journalists' emails. Andrew Romano weighed a Christie candidacy, high gas prices might not hurt Obama, and Newt kept flirting with America.
The blogosphere parsed the economics of state pensions, Bernstein debated the political identity of union members, and polls confirmed Walker's over-reach. Republicans believed climate change but not global warming, tea partiers wanted to solve the debt without losing their entitlements, and Noah Millman fingered bad principals. Andrew ruminated on lessons learned from Charlie Sheen's drug escapades, Tyler Cowen heralded the golden age of non-fiction, and recovery remained slow. Internet porn didn't kill marriage, cancer rates don't change for whales, recent graduates don't always get counted as unemployed, and Americans fetishized "Made in America."
Baghdad abused prisoners, Mubarak's thugs may have scapegoated Al-Qaeda, and Simon Henderson didn't see protests spreading to Saudi Arabia. The right debated Israel's reaction to revolutions across the Middle East, no countries wanted Qaddafi, and Serbia offered a better example on no-fly zones than Iraq. Quotes for the day here and here, VFYW here, MHB here, FOTD here, chart of the day here, and a poem for Thursday here.
Wednesday on the Dish, explosions rocked Tripoli on the 17th day of protests in Libya, Benghazi fell into a suspended state, and a Muslim dating site offered sanctuary for revolutionaries aiming to topple Qaddafi. Mark Thompson reminded us of No-Fly Zones from the past, the National Review opposed military intervention, and non-violence works. Petraeus finally apologized for the murder of Afghan children, and Andrew consulted the Church's history on Jews and killing Jesus.
Andrew quibbled with Douthat on the Tea Party's fiscal conservatism, Joe Klein dismissed Huckabee for his old timey racism, and Ohio balanced the budget by banning same sex marriage. John Payne tracked the history of American conservatism, and the Onion nailed its youthful vigor. Readers came back hard against Andrew's teacher accountablity post, and small class size doesn't correlate with high achievement. Andrew still wasn't a fan of journalists publishing other journalists' emails to sources, but Ryan Lizza was. American confidence fed itself off of cheap gasoline, corporate tax revenues hit a new low, and intellectuals loved to bash intellectuals. Readers remembered European Imperialism, the third world wasn't prepared for treating cancer, and Gates called out Rummy's foreign policy. ClimateGate could never be undone, and the Obama-Palin poll gap was too close for comfort for Andrew.
Andrew eulogized the late Reverend Gomes, and celebrated gay milestones (and beagle owners) across the world. Technology can't replace face time (but it could troll your Facebook page), cities whooped the suburbs, and medieval scholars remembered more. Nick Carr tried to wrap his head around measuring information, and peak iPad may have already arrived. Charlie Sheen made for great New yorker cartoons and became almost indistinguishable from Qaddafi and Glenn Beck. Galliano succumbed to a vision of human beauty not dissimilar to Nazi eugenics, but Andrew was still glad he lived with America's distorted version of free speech rather than France's. Knut the cute polar bear evolved into a publicity addicted psycho, and Andrew loved his body traps.
Tuesday on the Dish, Andrew challenged Niall Ferguson on whether McCain or intervention could help America's cause or the well-being of people in the Middle East. We tracked Tehran's heavy clashes and escalated repression, and Joel Wing traced Iraq's protests back to the Day of Rage. Richard Florida assembled the index of political unrest, Qaddafi was the sort of dictator to hang students in a university's main square, and according to the military, a no-fly zone would be a military operation. Egypt and Tunisia could learn from Asian revolutions and the small window of democratic opportunity that followed, Facebook mattered, and Egypt's military crafted their media campaigns.
Andrew demolished Huckabee's insane birther gaffe, Palin was still making Andrew nervous, and the Palestinian Prime Minister was following her Facebook model. Julian Assange pulled a Helen Thomas, and John Galliano pulled a Mel Gibson. Andrew still had problems with teachers' concessions as part of a larger union problem, even as they were winning the debate. Mickey commended MoveOn as the new union model, Wilkinson debated Ezra Klein on whether big labor is green, others argued public sector unions may be headed for the door, while Drum sounded the alarm for the GOP. Serwer called out Newt the culture warrior, Seth Masket argued you can't run government like a business, evangelicals wanted to cut spending for the poor, and the rich vote like rich people. Economists could be the new climatologists, and Noah Millman pondered American aversion to inflation.
Musical chairs continued at the NYT, Alexis unmasked Twitter's MayorEmanuel, and the publisher could die at the hands of a 26-year-old self-publishing author. CEOs with daughters paid female employees more, child brides had lower literacy rates, and Carol Joynt confessed how breast cancer is a swim in quicksand. Dish readers loved cock and boner too much to go along with the new rules, while Beast readers bemoaned Andrew's loyalty to the Pope. Bush gave the original King's Speech, people should write like they talk, and beards were mysterious and practical.
Monday on the Dish, we shared some exciting home news and readers reacted. Andrew debated fear versus hope in the Arab 1848, and investigated how Bush's torture regime could have contributed to the uprisings. The wave reached Oman, Tehran tightened its grip, and another prime minister bit the dust in Tunisia. Edward Rees explored Libyan logistics for a no-fly zone, James Traub explored Qaddafi's former appeal, and the right lumped together all Muslims. Egyptians queued up for simple things like a bus, and hit a bump in the sectarian road.
Andrew established new rules for Boner (Boehner) and Cock (Koch), and Chait tested the Kochs' libertarian commitments. Will Wilkinson connected the Tea Party to leftist protests in Wisconsin, and Nate Silver calculated their political power. Hertzberg traced Wisconsin's fault lines, Reagan appreciated a compromise, and evangelicals looked down on debt as a sin. Christians needed to accept the normalization of gay marriage, Boehner promised a DOMA decision this week, and David Link unraveled Newt's take on Obama's gameplan. Doug Mataconis celebrated the condoms, the ACLU defended the Ten Commandments, A. Barton Hinkle made the liberal case for property rights, and Calculated Risk summed up the jobs we've lost. The NYT changed with the times, gender gaps plagued journalism, and Rumsfeld condescended to Condi. GPS stopped kids from playing hooky, sidewalk rage helped society, and nuns had suffrage before many women. Facebook captivated the world, one man converted to a beard devotee, and some dogs are dumber than other dogs.