My fellow Pacific Time Zone residents, I trust you are all up and doing something useful by now. I hope you didn’t have to get up at 4:45 local time like I do on weekdays to address the reading needs of our eastern brethren.

Being this distant from the Emerald City of Washington has its advantages, as I know from having spent many (perhaps too many) years there. You are unlikely to overhear eager young Hill staffers talking about yesterday’s Finance Committee markup if you go out to lunch, and by the time the work day ends in LA or Seattle or Las Vegas, many of the Beltway’s Huge Controversies have faded in significance with the perspective of a few hours.

But it helps to have a listening post in DC, and we try to provide that at Political Animal (where I am the second chief blogger to reside in California) and the Washington Monthly generally. If you can, please make a donation to keep us alive, so you can keep your sanity–and your distance–when it comes to the DC Follies.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.