Calling All Animals

One of the unusual things about the Washington Monthly in recent years is that it’s a bimonthly print magazine harnessed to a news-cycle blog (or technically, three blogs: Political Animal, Ten Miles Square, and College Guide). And while the magazine has a rich and storied history, not to mention a large and distinguished group of alumni working throughout American journalism, its position in the blogosphere ain’t chopped liver, either.

Aside from my illustrious predecessors as principal bloggers at PA, Kevin Drum of Mother Jones and Steven Benen of MSNBC, a lot of people have blogged here from time to time. I particularly remember the ever-delightful and erudite Hillary Bok, and a distinguished predecessor on the religion-and-politics beat, Amy Sullivan. And of course there are those who have blogged here on weekends and during my absences since I landed at PA, from occasional contributors like Rich Yeselson and Jonathan Bernstein to regulars like Kathleen Geier, Ryan Cooper and our current crew of Martin Longman, David Atkins, D.R. Tucker and Nancy Le Tourneau. It’s been quite the impressive roster overall.

And despite PA’s increasing prominence as one of just a few news-cycle blogs, we do indeed run this blog on peanuts; the candle-power per dollar is pretty amazing, particularly when it comes to the weekend crew. So if you enjoy the increasingly rare opportunity to come here most anytime and see fresh content, please help feed the beast by making a donation in whatever amount you can afford, and Political Animal will keep on making a ruckus. Thank you!

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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.