Only someone as universally respected as E.J. Dionne could get away with a column expressing gratitude for politicians. I’m grateful for E.J. And I also want to note gratitude for the people who have to work today to take care of the rest of us.

Here are some other news and views items for your holiday consumption:

* At TNR, Brian Beutler looks at the sunny side of a Republican-controlled Congress, in terms of journalistic fun but also increasing ultimate accountability for the damage the GOP is doing to the country.

* Southern Democrats survey damage but look forward to 2016.

* Harold Meyerson notes apropos of Ferguson that when justice breaks down, so does “the law.”

* Pew polling on Ferguson diverges by a large degree according to race, as you might imagine.

* Digby reminds us that Thanksgiving made a national holiday at one of the country’s lowest points, in 1863. So cheer up!

And in non-political news:

* One person’s list of the “five worst places to drive in the United States.” Lord knows I wasted a big chunk of my live on #5, I-95 going into Washington.

That’s it for Thanksgiving Day. We’ll close with a reminder of the thing in life for which we should all be most grateful–people who love us. Here’s Blood, Sweat & Tears performing “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” in Stockholm in 1971. As the disc jockey would say: “This one goes out to Dawn!”


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.