Political Animal


January 29, 2013 11:53 AM Checking Out of the Feigned Outrage Biz

By Ed Kilgore

In contrast to the perpetually outraged Kirsten Powers, someone in the small tribe well to her right, Bay Buchanan, has checked out of politics to sell real estate because she can no longer “just live my life going on TV and being angry all the time.”

Buchanan, as many of you probably know, is the sister of one Pat Buchanan, and has had a political career that is by some estimates more distinguished than his. She was treasurer of all three serious Reagan presidential campaigns (1976, 1980 and 1980); served as Treasurer of the United States for a couple of years under Reagan; and ran her brother’s presidential campaigns. She served Mitt Romney in a variety of capacities in 2012, which seems fitting as one of America’s more prominent converts from Roman Catholicism to the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

I’m sure Ms. Buchanan will get a lot of real estate clients from Washingtonians who just want to hear her anecdotes while they are wandering around properties.

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.


  • c u n d gulag on January 29, 2013 12:18 PM:

    Well, I for one, won't miss this ancient rage junkie!

    Let her go into duping people in real estate deals, rather than over politics.

    But, you wanna bet she won't come out, spraying out her angry word turds, in 2014 and/or 2016, if she's invited?

    I didn't think so...

  • Josef K on January 29, 2013 12:45 PM:

    Good bye and good riddence.

    And good luck to her selling property. After the latest housing bubble, I daresay realtors rate just above SCUD missile in terms of reliability.

  • David Margolies on January 29, 2013 12:46 PM:

    "all three serious Reagan presidential campaigns (1976, 1980 and 1980)" -- I wondered why 1980 seemed to go on forever -- Reagan apparently ran twice!

  • paul on January 29, 2013 12:49 PM:

    Then again, maybe the bookings were drying up. And high-end real estate is a good sinecure. Sell just a few multimillion-dollar houses a year and you're happy. Unless a client stiffs you.

  • Flowers on January 29, 2013 1:15 PM:

    What's really amazing is to read the comments on that article from the tinfoil crowd who are convinced that Obama is a socialist who will destroy America after stealing the election by bussing free-phone deadbeats in cahoots with the liberal media that refuse to report on his corruption....

    It leaves me stunned.

  • jjm on January 29, 2013 1:33 PM:

    Praise be.

  • Andy Olsen on January 29, 2013 2:18 PM:

    I've long thought that we are missing a grand opportunity to openly mock and deride these Poutrage Drama Queens.

    We could have awards like the golden globes for the Best Faked Outrage in Carrying Politics into foreign Policy. Etc...

    Run with it, Ed, please!

  • NCSteve on January 29, 2013 2:42 PM:

    Sounds to me like Pat was finding it increasingly hard to just ignore the questions about why the two of them had never been seen together and decided he had to ditch the drag act once and for all before the truth came out.