On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Justin discuss foreign policy and the 2012 presidential election. Rob and Justin start by critiquing a recent Foreign Policy article by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, then move on to a discussion of the role that foreign policy has played in the GOP primary. They then work through some implications of Barack Obama’s apology for the burning of Korans in Afghanistan. Justin bemoans the lack of seriousness in the GOP foreign policy establishment, while Rob pushes on to the Asia Pivot. Rob and Justin conclude with a discussion of maritime affairs and the rise of China.
Conor is joined by Elizabeth, who argues that men should be welcomed into feminism. But would she extend her offer to James Poulos, author of the controversial and provocatively titled article “What Are Women For?” Conor poses the next question: Should contraception be free? He isn’t so sure. And Elizabeth isn’t sure she buys David Brooks’s argument that the American elite talks like sexual progressives but behaves like traditionalists. It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week—so of what should we be aware? And that prompts Conor to ask, “Are foodies disordered eaters?” Plus: ex-DC residents on whether the culture of the city forces idealistic young people to sell out.
On The Posner Show, Sarah speaks with Sean Faircloth, author of the new book Attack of the Theocrats. They discuss why the separation of church and state makes Rick Santorum want to throw up, whether the Democrats are blowing it by saying the contraception “controversy” is about women’s health without addressing religious freedom head on, and how so many religious exemptions get written into laws. Plus: Should Mitt Romney be asked about his underwear?
Glenn is joined by Jodi Kantor, author of the hot new book The Obamas. Jodi reports on fault lines within the Obamas’ marriage and stresses the difficulty of moving from Chicago to the White House. She discusses the “angry black woman” controversy surrounding the book’s initial release, and Glenn sympathizes with Michelle Obama’s plight. Jodi and Glenn explore the unusual relationship the Obamas share with Valerie Jarrett. The conversation ends with a review of President Obama’s thin-skinned reaction to some unwelcome advice from Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley.
This week, Bob joins Matt to analyze Tuesday’s debate, and how it might affect the upcoming primaries. Matt says Santorum is a very bad politician, but what if he wins in Romney’s home state? Looking at Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul, Bob and Matt evaluate prospective VP candidates. Bonus: Bob shares some dangerous multitasking tips for traveling journalists.
On Foreign Entanglements, Matt is joined by Helle to debate military action against Iran. Helle accuses Matt of attacking strawmen, while Matt argues that neocons have been hot for bombing Iran for a long time. They debate the tension between attacking Iran and supporting Iranian democracy, and whether hawks have a misplaced faith in the power of military solutions. Matt lays out his preferred policy: engagement, not appeasement.
On Pros and Conn, Dave talks about who lost the Arizona GOP debate, Rick Santorum’s big government social conservatism, the chances that a new candidate could enter the race, and why Paul Ryan might be able to pull it off. Plus: is Romney running out of rich donors?