THAT’S…OK… I?ll admit it. I don?t just read Kevin Drum once a day. Or twice. Or three times. I?m constantly checking in, throughout the day. It?s an obsession, I know, but as Al Franken?s Stuart Smalley used to say ?that?s?ok.?

Some people can work with the radio or TV on. I can?t; it?s too distracting. Instead, I use Political Animal almost like a news source. It?s how I keep up, hour by hour, with what?s going on, and with what people in the political world are saying.

Of course, what I?m really reading is what Kevin?s saying about all this. But that?s?ok, because it?s rare that Kevin says anything that I don?t find reasonable. He responds to the things he reads all day the way I think would respond if I had the time to read the material he reads?though the truth is he probably responds better.

There are plenty of other brilliant bloggers whom I read and learn from. But most of them post maybe once a day, for the simple reason that they have day jobs. Kevin used to have one of those, too. But since coming on board The Washington Monthly, he?s been free to ply his blogging vocation full time. Which is why there?s always so much great material on Political Animal. But while we bring it to you for free, it?s obviously not free to produce. Kevin needs to pay his mortgage, and buy cat food, and The Washington Monthly is not exactly a behemoth for-profit enterprise. We?re an independent non-profit. We survive on the tax-deductible donations of our readers. And that?s?ok. So if you enjoy Kevin and the magazine, please click on one of the donate buttons on the right or below and give what you can.

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Paul Glastris

Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. He was an editor at the magazine from 1986 to 1988.