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.


The Monetary-Industrial Complex

THE MONETARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX….Matt Yglesias just finished reading Larry Bartels’ Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age, which argues (among other things) that Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans. But Matt says this is a mysterious claim: What this book made me wish for was more economics: Bartels gives us a… Read more »

Georgia Update

GEORGIA UPDATE….The latest on the ceasefire: Russia is to begin withdrawing its troops from neighboring Georgia on Monday, two days after it signed a revised framework for a deal to halt the fighting there, which has stirred some of the deepest divisions between world powers since the cold war. The Kremlin announced on Sunday that… Read more »

Saddleback Postmortem

SADDLEBACK POSTMORTEM….I only saw the tail end of Barack Obama’s half of the great Saddleback Church semi-debate tonight, but I caught most of the highlights afterward and I saw all of John McCain’s performance. The CNN talking heads all thought the big difference between the two was that McCain came across as direct and forceful… Read more »

McCain’s Big Three

McCAIN’S BIG THREE….Did John McCain really just say that Meg Whitman was one of the three wisest advisors he could think of? I mean, nothing against Whitman, but seriously?

Cheat Sheet

CHEAT SHEET….Since the Russo-Georgian war is complicated, I thought everyone might appreciate a quick primer: Shorter liberal view: “This isn’t to condone Russia’s conduct, but….” Shorter conservative view: “Yes, Saakashvili acted recklessly by sending in troops first, but….” See? It’s easier than you thought! You may now return to your regularly scheduled Olympics watching.