Kevin Drum

Kevin Drum is the political blogger at Mother Jones. Prior to joining Mother Jones, he wrote the Washington Monthly‘s Political Animal from 2004 to 2008. He was a blogosphere pioneer when, after a stint in marketing, he went online as Calpundit in 2003. He lives with his wife and two cats in Irvine, California.

My Last Post

MY LAST POST….This is it: my final post for the Washington Monthly. Starting tomorrow I’ll be blogging at Mother Jones. Here’s the URL to bookmark: Also starting tomorrow, this blog will be taken over by Steve Benen of the Carpetbagger Report and Hilzoy of Obsidian Wings. They’re two of the best in the business,… Read more »

Flat Earth Economics

FLAT EARTH ECONOMICS….Here’s another passage from David Leonhardt’s piece about Obama’s economic agenda: There have now been two presidents in the last 30 years — Bush and Reagan — who cut taxes and promised that deficits would not follow. But the deficits did come, and they went away only after two other presidents — George… Read more »


HOUSES….I have to say that the McCain campaign’s response to the “how many houses does he have?” dustup really has been hilarious. Roundup here. Most bizarre response here: “This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years — in prison.” Roger that. You can almost smell the flop sweat,… Read more »

Calorie Counting

CALORIE COUNTING….Via Ezra, here is Jacob Sullum arguing that we shouldn’t force restaurants to conspicuously post the calorie counts of their meals: In a 2007 survey of California voters, 84 percent said they thought the government should force restaurant chains to display calorie numbers on their menus and menu boards. That may happen soon: The… Read more »