WELL, THAT WAS UNPLEASANT…. As you’ve probably noticed, the Washington Monthly was knocked offline for quite a while, and just recently recovered. Complicating matters slightly, the site was back up before I could get into the administrative page to add new content. But we seem to be back in business now — except for maybe the comments section, which is still having some trouble.

I’m still a little sketchy on the details, but as I understand it, an unknown party attacked the site at some point last night, and did an enormous amount of damage. Thanks to a lot of hard work this morning, we’re back up and ready to go. (If readers find unresolved tech problems, please let me know.) We appreciate all the supportive emails and tweets, as well as your patience.

Also, during the outage, I went ahead and wrote a bunch of posts that I would have published earlier were it not for the difficulties. Unfortunately, given the usual speed of the blogging news cycle, these posts now seem stale and dated, but since they’re just sitting here, darn it all, I’m posting some of them anyway. (They were fresh and interesting when I wrote them nine hours ago. Honest.)

And now, back to the news….

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.