Today on the Dish, Mubarak resigned. We tracked the full resignation reax and the celebrations in Cairo. State TV admitted mistakes and joined the protesters, the military moved in, and history was made. Amy Davidson parsed the implications of a figurehead stepping down, Haroon Siddique looked at this day in history, and Larison and Goldblog feared the road ahead. Fred Kaplan kept an eye on the future, Bush may have helped the revolution after all, and Marc Lynch praised Obama's Egypt strategy. Max Boot advised terrorists to protest instead, Hugh Miles examined Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia, and David Rothkopf chastised the Obama administration. Drudge celebrated freedom, readers praised the demonstrators dedication to peace, doubted the narrative developing, and defended the US reaction. Twitter proved invaluable, we tracked Mubarak's booty, Will Wilkinson couldn't help but get emotional, and we all tried to know hope. Single-serving site of the day here, with more analysis here, here, here, and here. Back in the US, Reason crashed CPAC, where Mubarak's resignation barely made a ripple.
Thursday on the Dish, we tracked the rumors of Mubarak stepping down and of a military coup, and wrangled the liveblogs when he announced he wasn't. His constitutional reforms meant nothing, and he essentially threw gas on the fire. Graeme Wood put the onus on the protesters to move the uprising past the carnival stage, and protesters played the numbers game, and promised to do it all again if Suleiman took over. HRW revealed truths about the military's relationship to the protesters, Egyptians reiterated this isn't an Islamic uprising, and Eric Trager examined the Muslim Brotherhood's long game. Andrew Mack expressed cautious optimism about the slow march to global peace, Andrew Masloski re-prioritized aid to Egypt, and faces of the fallen circled the Internet. Alan Abramowitz revisited past presidential turnovers, and CIA promotions for torturers could affect more than Panetta's reputation. Protests spread to Iraq, Islamist terrorism fell to .34% of all attacks, and we explored Afghanistan's attitudes toward democracy.
Conor pummeled David Horowitz, sympathized with Rich Lowry's tough predicament, and explored what a normal conservative would learn from NRO on Limbaugh. Chinese gays attended fake marriage markets, US math scores are actually improving, sex in movies went for lust over love, and some divorce for the tax break. Conor nominated one news organization for achieving ideological innovation in online journalism, and Republicans still had it out for Planned Parenthood. Foul grossout material died on the Internet, but inaccuracy and untruths were still very much alive, and Andrew couldn't believe he missed a revolution.
Wednesday on the Dish, Chris covered the new face of Tahrir Google exec Wael Ghonim, Derek Vertongen recalled an older Egypt, and Chris collected the dirt on Mubarak's consigliere Suleiman. Reza Aslan wondered if Egypt would reignite Iran's Green Movement, Sumit Ganguly predicted Pakistan wouldn't follow the rush of uprisings, and Eurabia was farther way than assumed. Samer Shehata dissed the dialogue Suleiman had set up, and Tel Aviv was going to miss Mubarak.
Republicans stood up to the Patriot Act, the CIA promoted torturers in their ranks, and Afghanistan was heating up. Conor urged conservative media to let their viewers in on the joke, Reagan wouldn't have had gay marriage as a litmus test for conservatism, and Rumsfeld was Teddy Roosevelt in reverse. Massie outed fake Reaganism, oil peaked early, the market didn't react, and Savage sighed over Iowa's Jim Crow bill for gays. Paywalls could mean HuffPo beating the NYT, sexting in Texas was outlawed, and professional licensing does some harm consumers. Police officers can legally lie to you, humans may not be wired for war, and Conor wasn't going clubbing here. Self-promoting women are looked down upon, all the low-hanging scientific facts have been found, and Will Wilkinson defined the pwn. Great writing doesn't happen on the first try, Nicholas Lemann mastered the observation, and the past beckoned (but not for a memoir). Lovers don't usually marry for the tax break, but some Dish readers do.
Tuesday on the Dish, we took stock of Egypt. Claudio Gallo sounded a despondent note, Robert Springboard listed businesses owned by the army, and Marc Lynch sized up Obama's options. Mark Thompson identified Washington's pickle, Joshua Foust found Yemen a ripe candidate for revolution, protesters relieved themselves in creative ways, and coffee revolutionized the Middle East. We caught up with Southern Sudan, Richard Posner pinned down why autocratic governments fail, and Iran's Green Movement got involved with Egypt.
Patrick zoomed out on Glenn Beck's spat with Bill Kristol, Goldblog parodied, and Conor pushed back against Frum on Bush's torture arrest. We eulogized the Democratic Leadership Council, Conor would have asked Obama tougher questions than O'Reilly, and Hendrik Hertzberg urged Ron Reagan to run. Our collective heads hit the desk for voters who still think Obama is a Muslim, and Conor considered local governments, reenvisioned Social Security, and picked at public employee unions. Britain banned sex for a low IQ, Conor evaluated teachers, and Serwer skewered Pawlenty on repealing repeal. Profits don't apply to libraries, Huff-Po owned the search engine optimization, and more voices in the blogosphere are better. Christopher Guest made funny, non-P.C. commercials, Tony Comstock blogged for Atlantic, and prostitutes loved Blackberrys. Intelligence wasn't only in the eyes, skyscrapers kept housing affordable, and Pippi Longstocking's house, horse, monkey and gold held many political secrets.
Monday on the Dish, the uprising slowed, Chris summed up today's atmosphere and political developments, and Patrick picked apart the manufactured safety of the Egyptian army. The Muslim Brotherhood promised not to field a candidate in Egypt, and Reuel Marc Gerecht didn't find them a grave threat. We assessed the mystery of assasination attempt of Suleiman, Scott Lucas parsed the opposition talks and feared Tahrir as a tourist trap, and Palin weighed in with some gibberish. Salwa Ismail translated Egypt's class war, revolution rippled in Bahrain, Ammar Abdulhamid didn't foresee an uprising in Syria, and Parmy Olson calculated Egypt's bill for shutting down the Internet. Beinart advised Israel to get used to Arab democracies, Frum urged America to resume its food aid to Egypt, and protesters laughed off the Kentucky Fried Chicken scandal. Sheila Carapico captured what television couldn't, Limbaugh mocked roughed-up NYT reporters, and the US could have restored internet service in Egypt.
Palin tried to trademark her name, AOL acquired the Huffington Post, and Julian Sanchez didn't appreciate balancing metaphors. Conor remembered Reagan at 100, explained why bloggers avoid Israel, and joined Joyner in ragging on the right's dependence on Rush. Glenn Greenwald reminded us of the travesty of Guantanamo, James Gibney analyzed militarized nation-building, Jeb Bush might run, and judges favor lawyers and a more complex legal system. Plundering the lottery isn't as lucrative as consulting, grain production mattered, and Andrew took a couple more days to get better. L.A. supported long-form writing, Bristol planned to pen a memoir, and marriage is a science of its own. Nick Denton reads his news on Facebook, Scientology still creeped us out, and a Dish reader explored the science of looking smart.
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