Remember two weeks ago, when I was away from the blog for a little while? Well, it’s happening again, and this time, I’m off for three days. (True story: I’ll have taken more days off in the last two weeks than in the previous five years combined. That’s not an exaggeration.)

In any case, I’m handing the keys to the always-terrific Ed Kilgore, known for his great work as the managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a special correspondent for The New Republic. He’s also a frequent contributor to Salon, has an impressive resume in Democratic politics, and has even written plenty of great pieces for us right here at the Washington Monthly.

I should note, by the way, that when I was off two weeks ago, I received several very nice notes from readers inquiring about my health, working under the assumption that if I’m not blogging, there must be something wrong with me. Rest assured, I’m fine and my time away from the blog is not related in any way to any personal or medical concerns whatsoever. The reasons for my absences will become clear in the near future, but trust me when I say there’s no cause for alarm, though the sentiment is certainly appreciated.

I’ll see you in 72 hours, and I do intend to have content on Saturday. Be nice to the sub.

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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.