Years ago I applied for a job and got an interview with a representative from a search firm. At the end of the interview, he asked me if I wanted some feedback and I said, “Of course!” He told me that my resume was an accurate reflection of my skills and experience – and that was unusual. While I took it as a compliment, he told me that if I wanted to compete in that business, I needed to ramp things up. Needless to say, I passed on the job.

That’s the best explanation I can come up with for why I don’t do the kind of click-bait we see taking over so much of online journalism these days. I’ve never been very good at hype. But it’s also why I feel so at home here at Washington Monthly, where the motto could be: what you see is what you get. Our commitment is to thoughtful and intelligent writing about politics and government.

If you appreciate what we do here, I hope you’ll take this opportunity to make a donation to Washington Monthly. Please don’t make me resort to click-bait. I promise…I’m really bad at it.

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