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December 12, 2012 12:28 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m accelerating the blogging schedule a bit today because I’m going to be traveling late this afternoon. In fact, I’ll be in New Orleans tomorrow through Friday, before taking the one-week vacation that’s a lot less than I used to take when I had a bricks-and-mortar job, but probably still scandalous to readers remembering Brother Benen’s chained-to-the-computer 365-days-a-year schedule. Well, I’m a lot older than Steve, so it’s probably good I take precautions against falling down and bleeding from the eyes and ears, right?

Here’s what I’ve got in the way of mid-day news treats:

* At WaPo, Harold Meyerson compares the GOP’s war on collective bargaining to Beijing’s.

* Also at WaPo, Jamelle Bouie predicts GOP will never willingly give up leverage over debt limit.

* At The Atlantic, Steven Hill makes case for expanding Social Security in the wake of the collapse of private pensions and retirement savings.

* RCP’s Scott Conroy examines the GOP’s growing—but still minority—non-interventionist foreign policy wing.

* Michael Shear assesses Obama’s willingness to break the gender line by appointing a woman to head Pentagon or Treasury.

And in non-political news:

Rolling Stone’s obituary for Ravi Shankar.

Back after a break to pack clothes.

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.

Comments

  • bdop4 on December 12, 2012 12:36 PM:

    Steve's output was prodigious, but you can only keep that up for so long. Frankly, I was having mixed feelings about the situation: loving the constant flow of great posts, but worrying about the toll it takes on a body (and mind). I'm glad to see that he has dialed back the quantity (but not quality) of posts while at Maddow.

    FYI, you have been very judicious in your posts and the quality is second to none. The weekend guest blogger arrangement has also worked out very well. Best of both worlds!

    Have a great trip!

  • Gandalf on December 12, 2012 1:01 PM:

    OH my gawd! The terrible toll that typing and reading and yes oh yes thinking puts on the modern political blogger. I just don't how they deal with such an awful strain.

  • c u n d gulag on December 12, 2012 1:08 PM:

    Enjoy your vacation, Ed!

  • Perspecticus on December 12, 2012 1:26 PM:

    "Also at WaPo, Jamelle Bouie predicts GOP will never willingly give up leverage over debt limit."

    Because it cannot be said enough, and generally isn't said at all by the general media, I note that the "leverage" the GOP has in the debt limit folderol is "deliberately crashing the national economy and sacrifcing the full faith and credit of the United States in order to protect low tax rates for very wealthy people". It should also be noted that many of the few Americans who would have to pay increased taxes on income over $250,000 are, in fact, "serving" the country as members of the GOP.

  • bdop4 on December 12, 2012 1:53 PM:

    Gandalf, you obviously don't remember the number of insightful posts that Steve Benen produced each and every day while at PA. Given the meager crap you dole out from time to time, I doubt you would last a day.

  • bdop4 on December 12, 2012 2:01 PM:

    Gandalf, you obviously don't remember the number of insightful posts that Steve Benen produced each and every day while at PA. Given the meager crap you dole out from time to time, I doubt you would last a day.

  • Gandalf on December 12, 2012 4:40 PM:

    At least I have an opinion bdop4. That's more than I can say for you. I'm not disparaging the content or the number of contents. I emphatically agree 95% of the time. I just find it a bit weasely to whine about how hard it is when many people actually work for a living which I'm thinking doesn't pay as much.

  • Doug on December 12, 2012 5:58 PM:

    Gandalf, you do realize don't you, that to write an intelligent and insightful article on ONE topic may require the reading of three, four or more sources in their entirety? Reading, comprehending AND being able to extract from those sources what the poster needs? It takes time and thought, much more than a quick, snarky reply does.
    Ed Kilgore, and Steve Benen before him, provide commentary such as is NOT readily available on television or even in print media, as most of those writing op-eds, etc DON'T write one five days a week.
    Or if they do, it shows...

  • Keith M Ellis on December 12, 2012 9:00 PM:

    What people like Gandalf don't understand about professional writing is that it is very, very different from casual writing. I am a prodigious casual writer, with a lot of things to say, which I do, often. But, even so, that's never other than when I am moved to write something.

    In contrast, a professional writer is expected to write, whether he/she feels like or has anything particular they want to say. As soon as you find yourself in that position, things look much different.

    Playing basketball is fun, say, and you do it frequently. That's nothing like being a professional basketball player.

    Frankly, I have a hard time understanding how any adult hasn't fully learned that doing something casually, because you enjoy it, is a very, very different thing from doing something as one's daily job. I expect his sort of nonsense from children, not adults.

  • Crissa on December 12, 2012 9:36 PM:

    Kevin didn't take alot of time off, either.

    But it's not just consistency that brings people to a blog.