Washington Monthly

Our All-Purpose Fill-in-the-Blanks Senate Eulogy

In 1945, the average age in the Senate was fifty-nine. Today, it’s sixty-two. As our democracy becomes a gerontocracy, it raises all sorts of policy challenges. But for speechwriters, it raises a unique one. Over the course of the Senate’s history, 299 sitting senators have died in office—one death every nine months. That’s a lot… Read more »

Monopoly Profits and Broken Promises

This Timothy Noah piece, from January 1984, examines the Washington Post at its period of greatest strength. Every now and then those of us who enthusiastically endorse the virtues of capitalism get a glimpse of its unattractive side. One particularly vivid moment of self-examination for the news business came in 1981, when the Washington Star… Read more »