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.

Biden for Veep?

BIDEN FOR VEEP?….Even Bayh is yesterday’s news. All the buzz today is about Joe Biden being Obama’s running mate. Would this be a bad choice? For the prosecution we have Jeralyn Merritt, who says he’s bad on crime issues. Matt Yglesias thinks his initial support for the Iraq war is a problem. Everyone despises his… Read more »

Annexing Ossetia?

ANNEXING OSSETIA?….So far Russia hasn’t said what it plans to do about the long term status of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. However: This may change soon, as the Russian parliament is set to meet Aug. 26 to discuss the South Ossetian and Abkhaz recognition requests. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who publicly met with South Ossetian… Read more »


DOOMED….This is a post without a sharp point to make. And maybe it’s just prompted by the fact that I read The Corner too much and I’ve gotten infected by their often hyperbolic tone. But I’m curious to know if anyone else has been picking up on a sense that conservatives are genuinely starting to… Read more »

Moving Time

MOVING TIME….I have some news to share: on Friday, after four wonderful years at the Washington Monthly, I’ll be picking up my keyboard and moving to a new blog at Mother Jones magazine. Here’s the new URL: There nothing there yet except for a welcome message, but starting on Friday, that’s where I’ll be… Read more »

Harry and Louise

HARRY AND LOUISE….This is sort of fascinating. Apparently Harry and Louise, the infamous kitchen table couple who helped torpedo Bill Clinton’s healthcare plan in 1993, are back. Just like last time, they endorse healthcare “reform,” and just like last time it’s not clear just what kind of reform they endorse. Ezra has the video and… Read more »