Personal Favorites of 2014, Part I

At the end of last year I looked back and picked some “personal favorite” posts from early in 2013, and readers seemed to like it. So here we go again; I hope to get a bit further into the year by the end of the day (and year) tomorrow, but for now, here are some posts from the first ten weeks of 2014 that are reasonably interesting in retrospect.

A January 3 post on the Clinton legacy’s complicated relationship with “populism” and “centrism.”

A January 6 post on the misuse of the term “civil war” for internal arguments among Republicans over strategy and tactics–but not ideology.

A January 17 post on Rand Paul’s civil rights revisionism.

A February 3 post on Eric Cantor’s unintentionally hilarious efforts to get House Republicans to empathize with people who work for wages, not just business owners.

A February 6 post that represented the first of many comments on the Bannock Street Project.

A February 12 post on premature speculation that passage of a clean debt limit bill meant the “fever” of Republican extremism had “broken.”

A February 14 post on Bobby Jindal’s efforts to pander to the Christian Right.

A March 3 post on the Sudeten analogy for Russia’s actions towards the Ukraine.

A March 5 post on the Texas Tea Party’s downballot primary victories, which the MSM largely ignored in its eagerness to tout Establishment success.

That’s a fair amount of interesting content for a relatively brief period of time, and I’m sure I missed others you might have liked (in ten weeks I typically generate upwards of 600 posts, and that doesn’t count our fine weekend bloggers). If you appreciate this sort of relentless analysis of the political landscape and the news day, it’s an ideal time to make a tax-deductible contribution in whatever amount you can afford, and keep this unique blogging machine rolling along. We’re close to exceeding last year’s fundraising totals but need a good final kick today and tomorrow. Thank you so much!

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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.