The Gabfest on Obama’s Gay Marriage Announcement and Mitt Romney’s Days as a Prep School  Prankster and Bully

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the two major topics of the week: Obama’s momentous declaration of his support for gay marriage rights and a Washington Post piece on Mitt Romney’s past as a prep school prankster and bully.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

  • Obama’s ABC News interview in which he affirmed his support for gay marriage.
  • Joe Biden’s Meet the Press interview in which he preempted the president by expressing his support for gay marriage.
  • David’s Slate piece on why we shouldn’t believe Obama’s conversion story.
  • Emily’s Slate piece on what Obama’s declaration means legally and symbolically.
  • John’s Slate piece on the political machinations behind the scenes of Obama’s announcement.
  • Loving v Virginia, the Supreme Court case that finally outlawed anti-miscegenation laws.
  • The Washington Post piece on Romney’s bullying of a gay student and blind teacher.
  • Emily’s Slate piece on whether or not we can draw conclusions from Mitt Romney’s actions during adolescence.
  • John’s Slate piece on how Romney’s bullying story fits in to the history of presidential origin myths.
  • The Boston Globe book, “The Making of Mitt Romney.”
  • John’s Slate piece on the four kinds of campaign controversies.

Emily chatters about this week’s Time magazine cover, which features an uncomfortable photo of an attractive mother breast-feeding an older child.

John chatters about a New York Times slideshow of photos from the 1960 Democratic National Convention.

David chatters about a graphic novel, Jerusalem: Chronicles of the Holy City by Guy Deslisle.

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Podcast production by Andrew Bouvé and Dale Willman. Links compiled by Aviva Shen.

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.


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