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January 3, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

I'M BACK....As always, a million thanks to Steve Benen for filling in for me while I was on vacation for the past week. He did his usual terrific job and I can't thank him enough. If you're not reading Steve regularly at his usual site, do yourself a favor and bookmark him at The Carpetbagger Report.

As for me, I'm back just in time for all the last minute ethanol pandering before the Iowa caucuses. Yummy! Regular blogging will resume momentarily.

UPDATE: And speaking of both Iowa and the Carpetbagger Report, one of Steve's guest bloggers, a real live Iowan, has a post up this morning explaining the mechanics of how the Iowa caucuses work. If you're still confused about this, click here for a nickel explanation.

Kevin Drum 10:43 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (17)

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Welcome back! You have a new catblogging camera I presume - looking forward to tomorrow's pics.

Steve did a fantastic job, and many thanks to him.

Posted by: Greg in FL on January 3, 2008 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK

Although I infrequently comment, I never miss a post. Seconding Greg in FL. Steve did *great!* Bookmarked.

Posted by: bystander on January 3, 2008 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, that sumbitch Benen is enviably good. He has a public policy background, but I forget precisely what it was. It was all the big leagues, though, I do know that.

Posted by: paradox on January 3, 2008 at 11:09 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin, it's great to hear your voice again! But thank you for having Steve Benen post in your absence. I hate hitting my favorite blogs and finding them stagnant.... Steve was great.

Posted by: Winslow on January 3, 2008 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

Yay for Steve!

I'd like to see the winner of Iowa tonite be forced to down two shots of ethanol.

Kinda like seeing Mr. Burns eat the three-eyed fish.

Posted by: lampwick on January 3, 2008 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

Outstanding job, Steve. Welcome back, KD.

Posted by: shortstop on January 3, 2008 at 11:35 AM | PERMALINK

I too rarely post - but wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a happy New Year and welcome back! [I agree w/ the other posts as to Steve's great job.]

Posted by: genome on January 3, 2008 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK

Welcome back, Kev. Its cold here in the Northeast. Hope Irvine has warm and clear air.

Posted by: troglodyte on January 3, 2008 at 12:00 PM | PERMALINK

I've been going thru withdrawal - finally ....


Posted by: optical weenie on January 3, 2008 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

Thank you, Steve. It's always a pleasure.

Posted by: junebug on January 3, 2008 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks to Steve's previous guest appearances here, I have been a regular reader of The Carpetbagger. He's a good writer with good "takes" on events of the day.

Posted by: monzie on January 3, 2008 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

I add my welcome back Mr. Drum. I am also a fan.

One thing, however, I am still wondering when you will acknowledge that there is no evidence supporting the Krugman "email from a friend" post you passed on a week or so ago.

Posted by: Chris Brown on January 3, 2008 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

What they all said. Steve was great, welcome back, happy 2008.

Posted by: lux on January 3, 2008 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

Welcome back, Kevin.

As several have said above, Steve did a great job in your absence.

And despite my resolution to trim my number bookmarked blogs, I'll be adding the Carpetbagger -- a name I've seen mentioned with respect for years, here and elsewhere, but never visited -- forthwith.

Posted by: admadm on January 3, 2008 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

Welcome back Kevin, we missed your valuable insight on liberal politics. And thanks Steve for your razor-sharp posts. All this has finally hit home and made us re-think our whole stance in life.

Yours truly (truly!)
Egbert, Al, and Norman Rogers

Posted by: The Fake Egbert, Al, and Norman Rogers on January 3, 2008 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK


Steve does a great job. I'm not sure how he manages to post so many times a day, but he sure makes you look like a slacker!

Welcome back. Can we now, officially, ignore Iowa for another four years?

Posted by: bigcat on January 3, 2008 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

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