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December 28, 2012 12:32 PM Little Eddie Kilgore Will Go To Bed Cranky Tonight

By Ed Kilgore

Perceptive readers may have noticed I’m in a bit of a cranky mood today, expressing annoyance over items big (the Fiscal Cliff Kabuki; cynical public-private “cooperation” schemes) and small (the convention of phoned-in Year-End Columns) and weird (Helen Reddy introducing Curtis Mayfield on Midnight Special nearly forty years ago, Dr. Ruth’s current assessment of the sexual prowess of Congresscritters). Part of the problem is the amount of time I have to spend every day consuming bad journalism, which in its subject-lines and delivery happens to be particularly bad this time of year, often from the most richly rewarded members of our endangered profession.

Only thing I can think of that would cheer me up—short of an early and ill-advised detour into seasonal spiked Egg Nog—would be an uptick in the Washington Monthly’s fundraising drive, reflecting a bit of much-needed support for an institution that values good journalism, and is in no danger of over-rewarding any of its writers.

So please, have empathy with my pain and ennui and Class Envy of journalistic Big Dogs, and if at all possible, make a donation to keep the Monthly bumping along, causing trouble when we can and nourishing our naive hopes for good (or better!) government and clean (or cleaner!) politics.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • punaise on December 28, 2012 1:02 PM:

    hey Ed, I feel your pain.

    I chipped in a few months ago, so that's probably going to have to carry me for a while: trying to round up some scratch for digby...

  • c u n d gulag on December 28, 2012 1:28 PM:

    I'd love to help out, because you know how much I love you and this site.

    But, right now, my Mom and I are very low on money. We have an outstanding home heating oil bill, and I'm not sure how we're going to pay it. I'm still waiting to hear back from NY about our HEAP application, to see how much, if anything, they'll contribute.

    So, I hope others can keep this more than worthy site going.

    If I ever get a job, you'll get a contribution right away. But, to be honest, the propects don't look any too great.

    Best of luck!

  • T2 on December 28, 2012 1:32 PM:

    three cops shot by gunman in the police station. Wayne LaPierre calls for putting at least one armed policeman in every police station because only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.....sometimes

  • reidmc on December 28, 2012 2:27 PM:

    You've got to let that Helen Reddy thing go.

  • RaflW on December 28, 2012 2:50 PM:

    Done. Get some sleep, dude.

  • SandyT on December 28, 2012 3:06 PM:

    I did my part!