In case you missed it, I read through all of the editorial endorsements from papers that flipped from Obama '08 to Romney '12. Half of them explicitly argued that Romney would govern as a moderate because he was a clever flip-flopper who'd lied to win the GOP primary. One of my favorite endorsements hoped that, "if there are effective Democrats in the current Cabinet," Romney would "keep them in place" -- which he's never said he'd do!
Ramesh Ponnuru posted a smart response to my toomfoolery. He argues that I was unfairly harsh on the "new" Romney's answers, and that he didn't really obscure unpopular conservative views on contraception and gay rights. I think he's right on my language -- maybe "gay nuptials" was the wrong phrase to describe what Romney opposes -- but it's true that Romney has committed to a raft of conservative pledges and stances, and you either think he bluffed those people or think he's bluffing everybody else.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.