Ain’t Easy Being Reasonable

In thinking of reasons I can offer readers for contributing to the continued existence of the Washington Monthly and Political Animal, it’s occurred to me that we have the handicap of reasonable old-fashioned journalism. We aren’t aligned with some fiery faction of torch-bearing ideologues. We don’t feature an abrasive media celebrity or obnoxious ax-grinding reporter. We aren’t very good at cynical efforts to attract readers via techno-tricks or verbal manipulation, and for that matter, we’re not too good at cynicism. We’re kinda like the ex-leper whose healing has damaged his begging career in Monty Python’s Life of Brian:

In any event, if you can overlook our lack of dramatics and see what we contribute to your understanding of current events every day in the blog and in every issues of the magazine, please make a tax-deductible contribution today, for however many drachmas you can afford.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.