Checking Out of the Feigned Outrage Biz

In contrast to the perpetually outraged Kirsten Powers, someone in the small tribe well to her right, Bay Buchanan, has checked out of politics to sell real estate because she can no longer “just live my life going on TV and being angry all the time.”

Buchanan, as many of you probably know, is the sister of one Pat Buchanan, and has had a political career that is by some estimates more distinguished than his. She was treasurer of all three serious Reagan presidential campaigns (1976, 1980 and 1980); served as Treasurer of the United States for a couple of years under Reagan; and ran her brother’s presidential campaigns. She served Mitt Romney in a variety of capacities in 2012, which seems fitting as one of America’s more prominent converts from Roman Catholicism to the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

I’m sure Ms. Buchanan will get a lot of real estate clients from Washingtonians who just want to hear her anecdotes while they are wandering around properties.

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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.