The Weekly Wrap

Today on the Dish, Andrew jumped off of Noah Millman's point on gay rights to make a larger point about Tea Party nostalgia and America's future. He endorsed some of Pete Wehner's explanation of Bill O'Reilly on Park 51, and Andrew, Frum and others bounced back and forth on a post-November GOP. Jonah Goldberg and Jonathan Chait bet their blogs on Obama's impeachment, while Thoreau and Drum played along.

Andrew called foul on the Obama administration on DADT, while Ed Morrissey envisioned a scenario where the injunction lasted for the next two years. Brian Palmer explained how the military figures out which soldiers are gay, Glenn Beck was disgusted by bigotry for sport, a pollster explained America's increasing support for gay equality, and this Catholic primate thought AIDS was "immanent justice."

Andrew bucked Jamelle Bouie's jeers at the "successful."Joyner agreed that ADHD may be a symptom of an archaic education system, and U.S. life expectancy was low because of Medicare. Oregon was bicurious via our readers, Kaiser looked at the popularity of a health care repeal, and readers weighed in on absentee voting. Reagan reduced California's incarcerations, and the ethanol lobby fueled full-steam ahead. A paraplegic walked on a robot exoskeleton, and Greenwald likened the war on drugs to the war on terror. Pot was more popular than some politicians, Chris Hayes visited and began to understand what occupation requires, and Israel took more steps backwards. More voices sounded off on the foreign money bonanza, Ackerman previewed Monday's WikiLeaks dump, and Larison didn't want to confuse military spending with defense spending.

Hathos red alert here, FOTD here, chart of the day here, quotes for the day here, more responses to views from the recession here, creepy ad watch here, views from your CPAP here, Grant Gallicho's Dish roast here, Jonathan Bernstein's toast here, VFYW here, email of the day here, MHB here, and more beard sportage here.


Thursday on the Dish, Andrew marvelled at Obama's record thus far, even if his messages sometimes suffered for it. Andrew nodded in agreement with Douthat over climate change, and still believed conservatives should seek to conserve. Tim Lee and Andrew expressed concern over the rise of absentee ballots, and Christine O'Donnell was the perfect product of America's talk show culture.

Andrew stayed firm on the Chamber of Commerce foreign funding hoopla, while Wilkinson didn't mind the foreign countries watching out for their interests. Valerie Jarrett redeemed herself with her genuine apology, Dale Carpenter destroyed the myths about heterosexual frailty and DADT, and Andrew seconded this reader about gay pride parades as adult affairs. Jews and Andrew were in agreement over gallivanting, and Israel and America had a lot in common about not being able to see what's being done in their name. Obama didn't listen to his own advice on defense spending, Ron Paul may have been right about terrorism and military occupations, and Africa is officially huge.

Readers joined the tea with unicorns party on Clinton era tax rates, Paladino thought girl on girl porn was awesome, and Alex Gibney rewrote the Spitzer saga. Frum knocked Jonah Goldberg down a notch over his anti-elite elitism and Greg Easterbrook didn't feel so sorry for seniors. Foreclosure journalists invaded privacy but with good reason, and readers set the record straight on Rand Paul and Kentucky's meth problem. Starbucks slowed its baristas down, and the Kindle may be bringing the pamphlet back. Prohibition birthed Nascar, which Dish readers already knew, the Insane Clown Posse were awed by magnets, and W.G. Grace batted through the greatest sports beard ever.

View from your recession here, MHB here, VFYW here, opinions on the miners here, Drezner's Dish toast here, Juan Cole's here, FOTD here, readers on straight men fruit flys here, and Andrew on Parker Spitzer here.

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Wednesday on the Dish, Andrew shook his head at the evolution of Goldberg on Israel. Paladino apologized but Andrew was unimpressed. We relived Paladino saying that gay marriage is like Hitler, while Valerie Jarret just blamed teenage suicides on a "lifestyle choice." Jonathan Chait and Matthew Yglesias toasted the Dish and Andrew treated himself to a a classic Trig relapse.

Andrew sighed over lazy legislatures and the culture that reelects them, whereas Matt Continetti and Matt Welch duked it out over tax cuts. The war raged in the air over Afghanistan, and Andrew condemned the right's inablitity to wake up to the realities of tax rate hikes. Andrew jumped in on Dana McCourt's disdain for the term illegal immigrant and we rounded up opinions on insider trading by congressional staffers.

Serwer bemoaned the left's drug attacks on Rand Paul, McCain didn't think he was pandering, and politics pimped itself out for paid speeches. Josh Green profiled Ron Paul in the new issue and Andrew believed his integrity, at least. Huckabee may be the biggest contender for 2012 according to Obama's folks, and Sarah was looking ever more stoppable.

Yglesias examined the Dutch marijuana model, and a child psychiatrist responded to readers about teenage pot use. Self-driving cars could speed up the electric car revolution, Aaron Sorkin somewhat clarified the female computer nerd conundrum, and for former bullies, It Gets Worse. An anniversary/ apnea recap of the view from your CPAP here, map of the day here, VFYW here, MHB here, quote for the day here, Google time sink here, creepy ad watch here, FOTD here, and beards in sports here.

Tuesday on the Dish, the Log Cabin Republicans trapped Obama on DADT, Andrew butchered Paladino's perverted speech and Steinglass thought he just blew his chances. Andrew reminisced about the past ten years of blogging and apologized again for his "fifth column" remarks. For the anniversary he appeared on Charlie Rose, and readers offered their two-cents.

Sarah Palin wanted war with Iran and she rehabilitated the odd lie about the death panel that is out to get her family. Andrew prodded Obama to fight the fiscal fight, and Ilya Somin doubted a burqa ban could stop radical thoughts. Goldblog shot down Pamela Gellar's obsession with a Muslim takeover, we analyzed the semantics of calling people "illegals," and Tim Cavanaugh mocked politicians who promise things they can't deliver. Democrat Joe Manchin took a rifle to cap and trade, and Beinart patted down Obama's new national security adviser Tom Donilon. Dan Savage asked Valerie Jarrett to put her money where her mouth was at the HRC dinner, and Benjamin Dueholm wagged his finger at Savage for attacking all Christians for the sins of a few.

Will Wilkinson wanted more rules for government's oversight of the economy, and James Poulos didn't know who was going to offer up undergoing the pain of fiscal conservatism. John Carney tracked the banks' inability to trace their own steps in the mortgage debacle, and Tyler Cowen targeted systemic economic biases. Readers ignited a debate over how bad pot is for teenagers, Balko attacked Woodrow Wilson, and the GOP's reluctance to admit the truth about climate change was preventing the world from fixing it. Canadians don't travel to the U.S. for health care, British conventions are small affairs compared to their American counterparts, and water in a box didn't master the tap yet. We stared at Hot Guys on Judge Judy, Ebert and O'Hehir went at it over a horse movie, and women had a role in creating Facebook, even if the film doesn't portray that. VFYW here, MHB here, FOTD here, Yglesias award here, correction of the day here, and the VFYW contest winner #19 here.

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Monday was the Dish's 10th anniversary.