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.


John McCain’s Homes

JOHN McCAIN’S HOMES….This is just straight-up DNC propaganda, but it’s still pretty funny. As a friend remarks, “This is heaven sent for the Dem Convention. Couldn’t you just see Ann Richards (RIP) running with this line?”

Obama’s Economics

OBAMA’S ECONOMICS….In a New York Times Magazine piece running this weekend, David Leonhardt does a good job of describing Barack Obama’s economic worldview, which is dominated by a mindful friendliness toward market solutions for economic problems (Cass Sunstein calls him a “University of Chicago Democrat”). Examples include his proposals on healthcare, housing, education, and 401(k)… Read more »

Wingnut Welfare

WINGNUT WELFARE….TPM reports that the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has hired Hans von Spakovsky as a “special assistant.” How heartwarming. This means that the guy reponsible for the infamous purging of the voter rolls in Florida before the 2000 election (just one among many of his greatest hits) will now be helping out with… Read more »

Terrorist Profiling

TERRORIST PROFILING….The British security service, MI5, has concluded an exhaustive investigation into domestic terrorism and says that it’s impossible to draw up a profile of a “typical” terrorist: The sophisticated analysis, based on hundreds of case studies by the security service, says there is no single pathway to violent extremism. ….They are mostly British nationals,… Read more »

McCain’s Homes

McCAIN’S HOMES….John McCain isn’t sure how many homes he owns? Could be anywhere from four to ten, I guess, and liberals are predictably kicking up a fuss. But look: it’s easy to get confused about this stuff. I’m not even sure how many homes I own. You’d think the answer would be one, but a… Read more »