Political Animal


January 24, 2012 12:20 PM Hello, I must be going

By Steve Benen

I have some news to share: after three-and-a-half years at the Washington Monthly, I’m moving on. My last post will be tomorrow and I’ll start my new career at MSNBC on Monday morning.

Working for the Monthly has been an amazing experience, but I’m thrilled about an extraordinary opportunity at MSNBC: I’m going to be a producer for “The Rachel Maddow Show” and an MSNBC contributor. Don’t worry, I’ll still be blogging; I’ll just be writing at a new online home.

It’s not easy for me to leave the magazine. I’ve been reading the Monthly since I was an undergrad, and being part of the team has been an honor. Editor-in-Chief Paul Glastris is a friend and a mentor, and everyone here is a pleasure to work with, making this a bittersweet departure.

I always said I wouldn’t leave this job unless something truly special came along, and fortunately for me, something did. The chance to work for Rachel and MSNBC is a dream gig that I couldn’t be more excited about.

If you’ve come to value Political Animal, rest assured, I’m leaving the site in very capable hands, and will reveal more about the site’s future tomorrow. For now, however, I want to thank the Monthly for nearly four great years, Rachel and her team for the amazing opportunity, and all of you for the support and encouragement.

(By the way, don’t leave — this isn’t my last post of the day. In fact, I’ll maintain a usual posting schedule until close of business tomorrow.)

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.
  • James on January 24, 2012 12:24 PM:

    Long time reader, first time commenter.

    Thanks for your diligence and excellent writing here. Washington Monthly is one of my daily stops and I'm sure you will do great things at MSNBC.

  • Donovong on January 24, 2012 12:27 PM:

    Holy Crap!

    This is my favorite website, period. I check in here at least ten times a day and read every one of your posts. It's great that you are going to be working with Rachel! But, you really, really need to post a lot on your next platform.

    Good luck!

  • Danny on January 24, 2012 12:28 PM:

    Thanks for your excellent work, Steve! Imho, you've done a f-cking great job at Washington Monthly and a good move by MSNBC.

  • Jason J on January 24, 2012 12:29 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve, you deserve it. I have been reading just about evrything you have written from The Carpetbagger Report and your years at Political Animal. I have already bookmarked The Maddow Blog. Good luck!

  • MuddyLee on January 24, 2012 12:29 PM:

    Thanks for everything Steve - MSNBC can only get better if you are working there. I have read your stuff here almost every day - sometimes 10 times a day - and I've read the washington monthly mag since about 1973. You did a great job.

  • Deech56 on January 24, 2012 12:30 PM:

    From a long-time lurker: Wow. Best of luck to you and to WM in filling your shoes. This blog has been the go-to place for some time; I hope that you will have an even wider audience.

    Maybe we can find a way to clone you; I am convinced that one person cannot possibly have the high-quality output that you have. ;-)

  • avid on January 24, 2012 12:30 PM:

    Good for you!!!!!!!

  • Jurgan on January 24, 2012 12:31 PM:

    You will be missed, Steve, but good luck with Rachel.

  • steveh on January 24, 2012 12:31 PM:

    Congratulations on your new job, and thanks for providing us years of the best political commentary on the net... This blog is sometimes the only thing that keeps me sane throughout the day.

    All the best in the future!

  • Peter on January 24, 2012 12:33 PM:

    Have you really been here nearly 4 years? It seems like you just recently switched over from the Carpetbagger Report.

    I've been reading for almost as long as you've been writing (since I was an undergrad...) so I'll keep following you along.

    Good luck with the new gig and keep up the great work. Congratulations.


  • Danp on January 24, 2012 12:34 PM:

    No one deserves it more, but you will be missed. Gone are the days when spammers were weeded out by testing their knowledge about fruit colors.

  • AK Liberal on January 24, 2012 12:34 PM:

    I can't say that I'm surprised, but you will be sorely missed here. I have been reading you daily since I discovered the "Carpetbagger Report". I'm not a TV watcher, but I guess I'll have to bookmark Rachel's website in the hope that I'll be able to catch your work there.

    For my money you have set the bar for analysis in political blogging and nobody comes close in terms of sheer volume. An amazing combination. Good luck at the new gig!

  • Aniekan on January 24, 2012 12:34 PM:

    I have loved coming here to read your great work. I will have nowhere else to go:(

    I will be watching on MSNBC!!!!!

    Will you at least have a blog?

  • Dave Munger on January 24, 2012 12:34 PM:

    You'll be missed. Congratulations on a fantastic new opportunity!

  • Christina on January 24, 2012 12:35 PM:

    I feel like I am an echo in here, but long time reader, serial lurker if you will and I am thrilled for you to have the opportunity to gain a wider audience. You are, quite frankly, THE most sane voice on the web. Seems only fitting that you would join forces with the most consistently sane voice on TV :-)

  • allison wonderland on January 24, 2012 12:35 PM:

    Congratulations. I will miss your pragmatic progressive voice. Rachel Maddow has her moments, but she too often gets caught up in the hair-on-fire crowd for my liking and nitpicks the President while overlooking everything about Ron Paul except the one thing she agrees with him on.

    I was hoping you'd be heading to another print source where you could keep your voice but increase your exposure.

    You have to do what's right for you and your career and I wish you great success.

  • shawn ringwood on January 24, 2012 12:35 PM:

    Mr. Benen,

    You are my first stop everyday (then Drum, then Sullivan). Maddow will be fortunate to have you.

    Good luck.

    shawn in Seattle

  • Mark on January 24, 2012 12:35 PM:

    Congratulations! As a long time reader (and one who rarely comments), I'm sad to see you go, but know working with Rachel Maddow is an awesome opportunity. You've always been my go to guy for my daily politics. Keep up the good work!

  • just bill on January 24, 2012 12:35 PM:

    damn! first the carpetbagger report, and now political animal. but you're good, so i'll follow you once again.

    thanks for your incredible postings, steve. you have kept me informed and current. i won't be leaving this site - i'll see how the next guy does, but i'll definitely check out rachel's blog.

  • Ripley on January 24, 2012 12:36 PM:

    Another long-time reader (never commented before) - damn, sorry to see you go, but best of luck. Thanks for all the clear-headed analysis over the years.

  • lw on January 24, 2012 12:37 PM:

    Wow, congratulations! I followed you from your previous blog to here, and I'll keep following you there. Don't stop being my favorite blogger. :D

  • bmoodie on January 24, 2012 12:37 PM:

    Best wishes, Steve! I'll follow you at your new location and will miss your prodigious output, but godspeed for good work with Rachel! (Makes me wish I had a TV).

  • Walt on January 24, 2012 12:38 PM:

    Our little Stevie has grown up and is moving out of the house! So sorry to see you go, but good luck and remember to write.

  • c u n d gulag on January 24, 2012 12:40 PM:



    Seriously, congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You will be sorely missed.

    Your quality of writing was awesome - and no one ever even comes close to your quantity.
    Both were unmatched.

    I hope you'll still blog.

    I wish you and your family the very best of luck!

  • stevio on January 24, 2012 12:41 PM:


    The only constant is change. I too really enjoyed your intellectual curiosity. I wish you well and I am sure your gig with Rachel will make her show better.

    Looks like you are headed for great things. Good luck.


  • Monica on January 24, 2012 12:41 PM:

    Steve, you are one of my favorite bloggers and I wish you the best of luck in your new gigs..... I will definitely follow you at MSNBC, and I hope we can also see your posts on Facebook.
    I will definitely miss the Political Animal, which has been my daily dose of sane, coherent, smart and reasonable discussion of all things politics. So, please, don't leave us without your analysis during this election year!!!! We need you! :-)
    All the best.

  • SYSPROG on January 24, 2012 12:42 PM:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I'll miss you HERE but since MADDOWBLOG was always my second stop of the day I'll still 'see' you. Good luck!

  • Ron Byers on January 24, 2012 12:43 PM:

    Way to go Steve. You deserve the opportunity. Having blogged on a daily basis several years ago I can tell you that freedom from the daily grind will be good for your health.

    Just keep in mind that Rachel is a tough task mistress. I suspect your new job isn't going to be as easy as she sold it.

  • RL Alitheia on January 24, 2012 12:43 PM:

    Steve- Your writing helps me through my day. I truly look forward to each post, and am challenged and enriched by your work. I'm sad for the Monthly, but happy for you. I'll be following you over to maddowblog. I hoe that you'll continue your format of multiple posts a day... otherwise I just might not know what to do with my day!


  • ever_changing_moniker on January 24, 2012 12:44 PM:

    Hi Steve,

    Congrats on the new gig. It's richly deserved.

    You will be missed.

  • cs on January 24, 2012 12:44 PM:

    i must the echo the long-time reader, first-time commenter theme. clearly we all value your work enough to finally post. this has been daily essential reading for me for the past few years and i truly respect your rationality and insights. i don't know that anyone else does it quite as well as you, and i hope we continue to learn from you in your new gig. congrats and good luck!

  • Trollop on January 24, 2012 12:46 PM:

    Maybe you can coach Maddow on her proclivity for (20 minute) overtly sensationalist repetition..

    Thanks Steve Benen! It will be difficult honestly to equate you with the Maddow mobile. Perhaps I'm looking at this wrong and you'll be making things more succinct over there, at MSNBC.. ..

    Congratulations! (Does this mean no more Craptcha?!)

  • T2 on January 24, 2012 12:46 PM:

    very pleased to see a talent such as yours moving to a place where you can make even more of a contribution to keeping things real in our unreal political world.
    I hope I can find your new spot, and that it doesn't have Captcha.

  • Adam Tebrugge on January 24, 2012 12:46 PM:

    I am very sorry to read this terrible news. You are one of the best political commentators that I read. I am afraid you will be buried at MSNBC.

    I know you have to do what is best for yourself and your family but I wish you would reconsider.

  • stormskies on January 24, 2012 12:47 PM:

    godspeed steve .........

  • Justin on January 24, 2012 12:48 PM:

    That's awesome Steve, I'm so happy for you. I've been following you since the carpetbagger report. I usually read your blog before any other, right along with TPM, Digby and Crooks and Liars. I know Rachel liked you, because she has been referring to your pieces on your show and saying how much she likes you.

    I'll keep an eye on your new blog. Best of luck and keep calling them out and exposing the hypocrisy. I'd like to see you do some tv appearances on MSNBC, too. I think you would be a good counter to a lot of the soft-bellied false equivalency fools out there.
    Keep us posted!

  • Qalice on January 24, 2012 12:48 PM:

    Congratulations! You're the kind of thinker and articulater we need, so I hope the new gig gives you a wider audience. And I'm confident that the Monthly blog -- which has been a favorite of mine since I discovered political blogs -- will remain one of my favorite online places.

  • Tom Hilton on January 24, 2012 12:49 PM:

    "In fact, Iíll maintain a usual posting schedule until close of business tomorrow."

    So, just a dozen or so posts left before the last one?

    Seriously, though: congratulations! You've made yourself indispensable here, and I'm sure you'll render valuable service on Maddow's show.

  • dcshungu on January 24, 2012 12:49 PM:

    Great progressive bloggers never die; they just move to the Maddow Show!

    You will be truly missed here, Steve. This was my first and last stop for everything political. I am already going into a withdrawal coma!

    Congrats, good luck and keep up the outstanding work!

  • Jon on January 24, 2012 12:49 PM:

    Congratulations! Best of luck to you in your continued fight to extend and deepen the market for basic sanity in political discourse. I'll be rooting for you, and reading you wherever you wander.

  • Dayland on January 24, 2012 12:49 PM:

    Congrats. I love both you and Rachel as I find you the most intelegent voices for the left. You have made me more intelegent when it comes to todays politics and Washington Monthly's loss is MSNBC's gain. Thats the trouble with following talented people. They keep being hired by other people.

  • angie on January 24, 2012 12:49 PM:

    Another person who reads every post and rarely comments. But just have to say congratulations and good luck. What a great opportunity (so jealous!). Keep up your excellent work and thanks for all the great posts these last years.

  • JS on January 24, 2012 12:50 PM:

    Yeah, it's a bit like watching poblano grow up and leave 'home' for the NYT ;)

    As much as I've come to enjoy your prolifically prescient writing (in the sense that I generally hear the smart stuff here before it spreads around the web), I'm delighted to hear that you've found a more rewarding challenge.

    I only hope MSNBC has a strong enough containment field to hold all the awesomeness that will be the chain-reaction of intelligence when Benen meets Rachel and her staff.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on January 24, 2012 12:50 PM:

    Benenites, Unite!!!!!

    Best of Luck, Steve!

  • TR on January 24, 2012 12:50 PM:

    Sorry to see you leave the blog, but this move will only make your input more widely felt so that's good.


  • Polar Bear Squares on January 24, 2012 12:51 PM:

    Long time reader, first time commenter.

    I really appreciate your analysis and candor. And although I'll miss you on this site, I'm so happy for you and your move. Rachel is one of the most impressive voices we have for those of us who want to be informed about what the right-wing is doing to this country. You will make her more formidable.

    Congratulations again!

  • Mike S on January 24, 2012 12:52 PM:

    Long time reader, first time commenter. Congratulations on the new opportunity. Political Animal has been must read for me since I first found it years ago. Thanks

  • Mawazo on January 24, 2012 12:52 PM:

    Safari njema!

    Asante sana Steve

  • kabiddle on January 24, 2012 12:52 PM:

    Will miss you daily but will look for you on MSNBC. What a great opportunity for a great researcher/writer/intellect. All the best.

  • Bert on January 24, 2012 12:52 PM:

    Can't say it better that what others have said above Steve! You truly deserve your success and I will now add the Maddow blog to my daily routine. C Ya over there!!

  • troglodyte on January 24, 2012 12:53 PM:


    We saw it coming with your hiatus over the holidays. Vaya con Dios! You are a mesmerizing journalist, and I hope that you continue to grow your skills and knowledge. Your talking-head gigs went well, and I hope you get more of them.

  • sam on January 24, 2012 12:53 PM:

    Sorry you are leaving. You are by far the best in the business. I don't watch cable news so I will definitely be missing your political insights. Good luck.

  • Dee on January 24, 2012 12:54 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve! A long time lurker here, who's always appreciated your in-depth analysis on any topic.

  • Russell Sadler on January 24, 2012 12:54 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve!
    You'll be missed here, of course. I was a charter subscriber to the magazine when Charlie first published it. You are one of the most prolific contributors ever -- and always interesting.

    Maddow and MSNBC are lucky top have you and I'm sure the Monthly will find someone in the same league as you and Kevin Drum.

  • Sadie on January 24, 2012 12:54 PM:

    Groucho Marx? Really, Steve? Then how about, "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats." At least that one makes me laugh. Best of luck always.

  • slappy magoo on January 24, 2012 12:56 PM:


    Now the answer's never going to be orange again.

    Couldn't happen to a better heathen. Best of luck, sir, I am proud and jealous and already missing this site.

  • pamelabrown on January 24, 2012 12:56 PM:

    Sincere congrats, Steve. Best wishes.

    Allow me a selfish moment, please. Your SINGULAR, sane and pragmatic voice will be sorely missed. I hope you find a way to maintain it. There is no other blogger I read more than you.

  • portly neighbor on January 24, 2012 12:56 PM:

    Thanks for all your hard work! It's been a pleasure reading the blog (except at times for the cringing, hair-pulling, scream-inducing subject matter).

  • Devin on January 24, 2012 12:57 PM:

    I only started reading you regularly a few months ago, so I am sad to see you go. I'm happy that MSNBC is gobbling up good progressive talent, though. Best of luck to you.

  • Idris Hsi on January 24, 2012 12:58 PM:

    Congratulations on the new job! I will miss your updates here on the Monthly.

  • MarkS on January 24, 2012 12:58 PM:

    Another lurker, first time commenter. How will I fill my day when I should be working??

    Best of luck

  • SFinch on January 24, 2012 12:59 PM:

    Congratulations Steve! I've been a fan of yours for about six years and read you every day (several times a day actually). When you were off those three days, I predicted you were going to work for Rachel but didn't want to believe it. Now it's true! Good luck (not that you will need it).

  • MJ on January 24, 2012 12:59 PM:

    Dear Steve,

    Wow! I have to confess that I'm in a little bit of shock right now because I've come to rely on this blog more and more over the past few years. (I literally keep a tab with this blog open all day and stop to refresh it periodically.) However, I would be remiss if I didn't take this opportunity to thank you for your wonderful contributions to this blog. It has become a "safe place" on "teh internets" for folks like me who appreciate insightful political analysis from the left uninfected by Obama Derangement Syndrome.

    Congratulations for this new chapter in your career & I look forward to seeing your work on MSNBC.

  • eveingeorgia on January 24, 2012 1:01 PM:

    Aw shoot, Steve. You are my absolute favorite. If this is a good professional move for you, then I am happy for you.

    I just hope that you will be allowed to express yourself freely, as you have done here.

    Your journalistic integrity means so much; please don't lose it.

    Will miss you very much. I like Rachel, but sometimes she troubles me. Stay strong.
    Here's wishing you the very best.

  • Shelly on January 24, 2012 1:01 PM:

    Rachel Maddow mentioned you on one of her shows. I came here from there.

    Political Animal quickly became a habit. At the end of the day, when there were no more articles, I would head over to Maddow Blog. They are getting a real treasure.

    Good luck.

    You will be missed.

  • wvng on January 24, 2012 1:02 PM:

    Just echoing what everyone else has said. I've been reading you several times a day since you Carpetbagger days. You are simply the best political reporting analyst on the web. Rachel is lucky to get you (as you are lucky to get to work with her.

    I can easily imagine her announcing your arrival on her staff this way, as she always announces you as a guest: "My first stop on the web every morning is to read Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly to learn what really matters in the world of politics. And now, my first stop at work every morning will be to great Steve at the coffee machine and ask him in person."

    Best of luck Steve. Couldn't happen to a more deserving lowly blogger.

  • SKM on January 24, 2012 1:03 PM:

    Best of luck. You really need your own show at MSNBC, which I'm sure you will eventually get.

  • Kathryn on January 24, 2012 1:03 PM:

    Ditto, ditto, ditto , we knew it was coming and will miss you tremendously. Good luck with Rachel, she's great and she's lucky to get you.

  • Jon Gallagher on January 24, 2012 1:04 PM:

    Wow, the hardest working man in rock and roll moves to another bigger band.

    Or to clash gears while switching metaphors, time to leave the Durham Bulls behind for the bright lights of the bigs.

    All the best and stay thirsty... damn it! can't. get. catchphrases. out. of head.

  • Ryan J. on January 24, 2012 1:05 PM:

    This is really unfortunate, especially since I just found out about this blog a few weeks ago. Really I'm pretty bummed.

  • Mark Gisleson on January 24, 2012 1:06 PM:

    I doubt many of your readers appreciate just how long you've been doing this, or how many MILLIONS of words you have posted here or how many tens of thousands of hours you have spent researching your posts.

    I am not a fan of MSNBC, but I guess I'll have to check them out now. Good luck with this move and I hope it comes with more time off than you got from this gig.


  • Sharon Hale-Jenkins on January 24, 2012 1:06 PM:

    Only because you are going to work for Rachel Maddow where I know you will be even greater! It was because of the Political Animal that The Washington Monthly is my homepage!
    As it will remain as such! You and Rachel together, even better! Yahoo for MSNBC........

  • Steve M. on January 24, 2012 1:07 PM:

    Congratulations! Big Media Steve!

    (And thanks for all the kind words, even when I disagreed with you....)

  • Kevin Watts on January 24, 2012 1:07 PM:

    Good luck, Steve. I've found your insight and commentary to be most valuable these past few years.

  • Marko on January 24, 2012 1:07 PM:

    Congrats Steve! Nobody deserves a good gig like that more than you. I think we all knew it was just a matter of time before your talent was recognized and rewarded. You will be sorely missed here. All the best!

  • flyonthewall on January 24, 2012 1:07 PM:

    Looking forward to seeing your work with MSNBC. Be sure to provide us with an e-mail addy so we can send you our tips.

  • cwolf on January 24, 2012 1:08 PM:

    Good luck dude,,,
    & keep up the good work.

  • Greytdog on January 24, 2012 1:08 PM:

    Ahhh. crap. Congratulations on your new gig - even though I knew something was in the pipeline, it's still tough to get my head around the fact that you won't be doing Political Animal anymore. But so glad you're expanding your horizons and that the Maddow folks recognize brilliance! No one deserves this more. Thanks for the great commentary, the incisive insights, and the quirky humor. Mazel Tov!

  • Michael on January 24, 2012 1:08 PM:

    Ack. Time to update the favorites. Been reading you since Carpetbagger and will follow to Rachel's place. Looking forward to seeing your influence on the teevee as well. Congratulations!

  • MaryL on January 24, 2012 1:09 PM:

    Congratulations! I'm one of many, many people who will miss your writing here, but I've bookmarked the new home and will look out for you there.

    So will your appearances on Maddow's show be with or without the fake wall of books behind you?

  • Brian M* on January 24, 2012 1:09 PM:

    I've read every post since I first stumbled upon your site last June, per reference from unknownnews.org. Thank you for your dedication to delivering the news in a sensible and reliable manner. I truly appreciate everything you have done here.

  • Ian A on January 24, 2012 1:09 PM:

    Congrats, and keep on keeping us informed. As all have said, you're a fantastic blogger. I can rely on you far more than I can rely on any newspaper or magazine.

    best, Ian A

  • Karin Noland on January 24, 2012 1:10 PM:

    To echo so many, you will be missed. This is the first thing I read each day, and the best source of information. Best of luck in your new position!

  • Buffalo Harold on January 24, 2012 1:10 PM:

    Steve, your blog is the one I have followed more than any other. Your points of view, your frequency of posting, your insights -- are of the highest quality to be found anywhere on the web. I will miss your daily posts -- and especially your Saturday roundups on "This Week in God."
    Naturally, I wish you well in your future undertakings. But I must confess to being disappointed upon learning that you will henceforth be associated with one of the most insufferable of all the nightly MSNBC bloviators.
    In your daily postings on The Carpetbagger and on The Political Animal, you consistently overshadowed your peers. Maybe your move to the Maddow program (which I long ago stopped watching) will bring to it the talent so sorely needed to upgrade that tedious enterprise. Here's hoping!

  • Brenna on January 24, 2012 1:11 PM:

    Congratulations Steve. That is a special move up! I wish you all the best. PLEASE keep blogging (at least a little).

  • martin on January 24, 2012 1:13 PM:

    Goodbye and thanks for all the fish.

    I look forward to annoying you at your new home.

    A home that is Captcha free, I hope.

    Then I would have no reason to type "easedag forced"

  • mellowjohn on January 24, 2012 1:13 PM:

    followed you here; will follow you there.
    p.s. are you taking craptcha with you?

  • Norwood Girl on January 24, 2012 1:14 PM:

    I've been addicted to your writing almost the entire time you've been here. I don't know what I'd have done without your remarkable insights during these politically turbulent times. Lost my mind, maybe? How convenient for me that you're moving over to Rachel's show, another one of my addictions - all's well that ends well. A big congratulations to you!

    I'd also like to say that I love reading the comments here, too. I think they're about the best anywhere!

  • kevo on January 24, 2012 1:15 PM:

    All right Benen - I had to watch a grown man cry for hours after I read this post and began to stare maudlinly into the mirror!

    My woes aside, I am very elated you have chosen to take your intellectual talents to a broader venu! I will of course follow you to your next blog venture, as I have delighted in your opine/reporting since you were merely a Carpetbagger reporting on the national scene.

    Good luck and Good Everything to you Steve! -Kevo

  • Emily on January 24, 2012 1:15 PM:

    I have been following you since The Carpetbagger blog. You are the one blog I feel I can count on for intellectual debate and information. I look forward to following you on your new blog. Congratulations!

  • Trinity on January 24, 2012 1:16 PM:

    Heartfelt Congratulations to you Steve!

    I am thrilled for you and for us! Rachel is fantastic and I can think of no better person to join her show. I have learned so much and found so much through this blog. You will be dearly missed here but I know that we will all win by having you join the Maddow team.

    You Sir, rock.

    Most sincerely :)

  • Jack360 on January 24, 2012 1:17 PM:

    Congrats Steve - PA has become my number one blog, the one I stop at multiple times each day, to be sure I'm keeping up with your prodigious and top-quality output! All the best - Rachel pulled out a plum for sure.

  • Mitchell Coffey on January 24, 2012 1:18 PM:

    Yours is the one blog I read without fail. Best wishes.

  • J+1 on January 24, 2012 1:18 PM:

    What am I going to do without you? Seriously.

    Congratulations. Rachel is lucky as hell.

  • Chris on January 24, 2012 1:18 PM:

    The blogosphere's hardest working (and most articulate, intelligent, and accessible) blogger is leaving the blogosphere? My worst fear has come to pass.

    For those of us who are proud to have discovered Benen during his Carpetbagger days, this is a huge and painful loss. But I also believe that Steve's contributions and influence (e.g., "Pass. the. Damn. Bill.") are probably underestimated, and that the loss of his seven-day-a-week, hourly (give or take) reporting and analysis is likely to have subtle and unseen ripple effects (who else tracks and reports on McCain's laundry list of flip-flops or Romney's laundry list of flat-out lies).

    Producer? Contributor? Sorry Steve, but I won't be satisfied until MSNBC gives you your own daily prime time show...with a lifetime contract...with more reruns than Law & Order.

    That said, if it makes you happy, then congratulations! :) You couldn't have picked a better news show to associate with.

    Again, thanks for all that you do!

  • Kelly on January 24, 2012 1:19 PM:

    Congratulations, I am really happy for you! I will, however, sorely miss your blog here at Washington Monthly.

  • skiddie on January 24, 2012 1:21 PM:

    Congratulations and well done, Steve. Your excitement for your new job is obvious. I will miss reading you as regularly.

  • Kevin (not the famous one) on January 24, 2012 1:21 PM:

    The withdraw symptoms are going to be severe. How about just one post a day. You walk on water already, how can one post a day interfere with your schedule. OK, I'm sure you have some contractual arrangement that say you can't come out and play anymore but I truly wish you all the best.

  • Oh my on January 24, 2012 1:22 PM:

    Crap. Well, I suppose on the bright side I'll have more time in my day to do other things besides head shaking at Republican stupidity. Good luck, Steve. You'll be greatly missed. Try and keep blogging a little.

  • Amanda on January 24, 2012 1:25 PM:

    Congratulations. I am echoing all of the other longtime lurkers. I will really miss you, but am glad you'll have the chance to reach the larger audience you deserve. Keep up the good fight.

  • MNRD on January 24, 2012 1:25 PM:

    Congratulations! Thank you for being such a strong voice holding this GOP to account for deliberately damaging the economic recovery in order to inflict political damage on this President. I've always been amazed by the sheer volume as well as the quality of your work here. We're all going to miss you a lot. Rachel is lucky to get you.

  • scott_m on January 24, 2012 1:27 PM:

    If your arrival at TRMS isn't Rachel's Best New Thing in the World that day, it had better be because Romney fell off of his wallet or some such.

    Many congratulations.

  • maylib on January 24, 2012 1:28 PM:


    change bad! please don't leave. I am utterly addicted to your thoughtful, well informed, and insightful writing. You simply can NOT go.

    I am in denial.

    ok, seriously.. congrats on the new gig. sounds like a great step in your career and you more than deserve it.


    but, really.. please, dont go

  • Eli on January 24, 2012 1:28 PM:

    Steve - I'm not sure I've ever commented before, but your blog here has been my main daily dose of political news for the past four years or so -required daily reading as far as I'm concerned. Thank you so much for all your hard (indefatigable?) work at Political Animal, and best of luck in your new endeavors. You'll be greatly missed, and impossible to replace.

  • Lynn Allen in Colorado on January 24, 2012 1:28 PM:

    Congrats! I found your blog because of a callout on Rachel's show. So if this means one-stop shopping to follow both you and Rachel, great!

    This is a great opportunity and couldn't happen to a sharper guy.

  • Leslie on January 24, 2012 1:29 PM:

    Congratulations! This is well deserved. Been reading you for years - since your Carpetbagger days. Your writing is a must-read for me multiple times a day so am delighted to see you move to a bigger stage!

  • Werewolf on January 24, 2012 1:29 PM:

    Mazal tov! Happy for you, though you will be missed here. PA has become must-read for me since the '08 election-I guess I'll just have to follow you to your next gig. Best of luck.

  • Elie on January 24, 2012 1:30 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve. I will miss reading you here but will take in your new blog while following along here. Best to you... you deserve good things and your analysis was always excellent...

  • sduffys on January 24, 2012 1:31 PM:

    Congratulations! Missing you already. Yet - change occurs.

    Vive l'orange!

  • Elie on January 24, 2012 1:32 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve. I will miss reading you here but will take in your new blog while following along here. Best to you... you deserve good things and your analysis was always excellent...

  • Al B Tross on January 24, 2012 1:33 PM:

    Congrats!! Maddow is getting one of the best!!

    I have followed since Carpetbagger, and truly appreciate you analysis, your insight, and your diligence. PLease keep the good work going and I wish you all the best!! We'll miss you here, but follow you there!

    Al B Tross

  • ElizaJane on January 24, 2012 1:33 PM:

    What?? First David Frum, then you. Where will I go for great commentary and conversation now?

  • liberalGRIT on January 24, 2012 1:33 PM:

    STEVE!!! You had better be lighting up the Maddow Blog -- partly because it needs you but partly because we'd MISS YOU! OMG! I hope you get to be onscreen as well as behind the scenes, you are a delight.

    I've been reading you since the Carpetbagger Report and you are absolutely, positively, hands-down the best progressive blogger out there. I hope you'll find time to blog as I'd miss you so much!!! Congratulations and take care.

  • kc on January 24, 2012 1:33 PM:

    Congrats on your new gig and best of luck!

    I must say, if any WaMo poobahs are reading these comments, I won't be missing this crappy blog format. Sorry, had to say it.

    Congrats again, Steve.

  • lisintexas on January 24, 2012 1:35 PM:

    Congratulations! You're my first stop of the day for political news and I'll miss that! You'll be pretty busy over at MSNBC I suspect, but hope you are able ot keep up your blogging as in the past. I'll miss you and wish you much continued success.

  • grape_crush on January 24, 2012 1:36 PM:

    I'm happy that talent gets recognized. I've been reading here and over at the Carpetbagger Report since 2005.

    I was very happy when Kevin Drum announced you as his replacement; this site became even better and it's been a daily stop for me for years. I'm hoping that the corporate types over at MSNBC will let you replicate what you are doing here, because it will be sorely missed otherwise. Your replacement(s) have some big shoes to fill.

    Congratulations, Steve, and I hope that this new direction is all that you hope it to be. Best wishes and kind regards.

  • Mitch on January 24, 2012 1:36 PM:

    Like many other people, I've been following your work since Carpetbagger. You helped me stay sane during the Bush Era, and you've kept me informed every day. I'll miss your work here, but will keep an eye on the Maddow blog.

    Congratulations, Steve. You make a difference in the world. Thank you for everything.

  • Hedda Peraz & DAY on January 24, 2012 1:37 PM:

    As our Governor Goodhair sez:

    "Adios, MoFo!"

    (and now we have to break in some FNG. . .)

  • golack on January 24, 2012 1:37 PM:

    Have fun dude!!!

    all the best...


  • Joy on January 24, 2012 1:38 PM:

    Congratulations! It's a smart move by Maddow and her producers, although I'll be sorry to see you leave this site (in my top 3 favorites!) I bookmarked your new site, but I hope they make it easy to find your blog on it. Please don't be silent. I rely on your commentary to make sense of the political mess.

  • Vermonter on January 24, 2012 1:39 PM:


  • hells littlest angel on January 24, 2012 1:39 PM:

    Wow. Congratulations! I think Rachel Maddow is the best journalist on the air, and you'll be an asset to the show.

    Someone's got some big shoes to fill here at PA.

  • Rochester on January 24, 2012 1:40 PM:

    What, no more Carpetbagger Report? Why not just kick me in the stomach while you're at it.

    You deserve all the success you're receiving.

  • estamm on January 24, 2012 1:41 PM:


    Thanks for being a first rate political blogger!

  • Doc Sportello on January 24, 2012 1:42 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve.

    Thank you for all the information and analysis you've sent our way

  • jTh on January 24, 2012 1:42 PM:

    Well, I guess my life must not be so bad, because this is the worst news I've heard in years. :-p

    Seriously, you and Rachel seem intuitively like a good match, so it certainly makes sense. It's too bad that I simply despise watching television, but I'll certainly keep an eye on that blog.

    Meanwhile, hold this outfit's feet to the fire for us on your way out. They'll surely try to get by with only four replacement bloggers, but six would be a lot smarter, some margin for a couple to wither over time from trying to keep up with your legacy.

    You've truly made some history here, in that sublime way that can never accurately be described but can neither be denied.

  • SBcardinal on January 24, 2012 1:42 PM:

    Congratulations to you, condolences to us. I've been an obsessive refresher since Carpetbagger, and don't know what I'll do without your writing & analysis every few minutes. Best of luck at MSNBC.

  • bigtuna on January 24, 2012 1:43 PM:

    sniff ... sniff ... sob ....

    man. I am surprised at what a bummer this is...

    congratulations and good luck!

  • Teresa Anderson on January 24, 2012 1:43 PM:

    Like so many others, I am devastated but happy for you. You deserve this success! (but I will miss your many timely and thoughtful posts here).

  • arbequina on January 24, 2012 1:44 PM:

    Agreed with all of the above comments... Congratulations and thank goodness you're still going to be blogging! I have no idea what I would do without my daily Steve Benen fix. Thank you for all of your hard work and awesome commentary. I look forward to following you to your new home!

  • Joey Maloney on January 24, 2012 1:45 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve. I've enjoyed your work here, previously at Salon, and I look forward to your contributions to my favorite tv news show.

  • Gummo on January 24, 2012 1:46 PM:

    Let me add my voice to the chorus: Congratulations, and thanks for all the fish!

  • Pal2008 on January 24, 2012 1:46 PM:

    Whew, was afraid you were going to slate! See you on the TV.

  • Marc on January 24, 2012 1:47 PM:

    Oh, hecko! When Kevin left, I thought no one could possibly replace him, but in my opinion you did far better. Your posts have been a constant source of inspiration, enlightenment, and education for the last three years. You truly will be sorely missed! I can't thank you enough, and best of luck at your new post. Sniff!

  • Amy Fried on January 24, 2012 1:48 PM:

    I will miss you terribly, but say Mazel Tov! Best wishes and congratulations.

  • RMB on January 24, 2012 1:48 PM:

    The Spanish have a nice expression for this - renovarse o morir (roughly translated - keep changing or die). While I hate to see you move on, congratulations and all the best. You will be missed.

  • exlibra on January 24, 2012 1:50 PM:

    Another ex-Carpetbagger irregular reporting, in deep shock, and feeling sorry for herself. I'll hold you to your: "Donít worry, Iíll still be blogging; Iíll just be writing at a new online home.", because I cannot imagine going without. And I hope you'll like your new job and that you're as appreciated there as you are here - you deserve every bit of it.

  • gyma on January 24, 2012 1:51 PM:

    Been a reader since day one and have never missed a day. Congrats on the new gig -- hope you find it enjoyable and challenging.

    Thanks for keeping me informed these many years. You're the best!

  • June on January 24, 2012 1:51 PM:

    Are you kidding me, Benen?! No! (That was my first reaction).

    Well, I suspected that one of the best political writers in the business would one day move onwards and upwards. I just didn't realize it would be... TOMORROW!

    All the best to you, Benen - I will probably start watching Maddow again, now.

  • bdop4 on January 24, 2012 1:51 PM:

    Grats, Steve.

    Your combination of quality and prodigious output has made PA the first site I check in the morning and one of the few sites I check continuously each day. And I KNOW that there are many, many very influential people that frequent PA and are in turn influenced by your persuasive analysis.

    It was only a matter of time concerning your move to MSNBC. I see a show bearing your name in the very near future.

    Keep up the good work!

  • k l m on January 24, 2012 1:52 PM:

    This is fabulous news. But when you said you were taking some time to 'do something' I knew this was what was up. There are obvious cross currents between the Political Animal and TRMS...I think bringing them together is going to create one of the strongest teams in news/commentary. I just hope you don't wear Rachel and her staff out with your prolific pace!

    (As someone else mentioned, can you maybe suggest to Rachel to layoff the rhetorical repetition in her opening segments. I get the the first time, ok with the second, but when she racks up 3-10 repeats of the same idea I get edgy!!)

  • Carol Kufeldt on January 24, 2012 1:53 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve, on a stellar gig! My husband and I have been following you since the Carpetbagger days, and we'll continue to follow you and wish you well in your new position. You truly deserve a broader platform and I'm happy for you (and your family). Hope there's lots of giggles with Rachel in your future!

  • whichwitch on January 24, 2012 1:55 PM:

    I have to admit my first response was "Holy crap!" but now that it's sunk in, I'm very happy for you. Good luck at MSNBC & with Rachel. Keep on doing your usual good work.

  • Mark D on January 24, 2012 1:55 PM:

    As someone who has followed you since the early Carpetbagger Report days, let me just type ...

    **clears throat**

    CONGRATS!!!! You will do outstanding at the new gig. Just remember to stay relaxed and be yourself -- the rest will come.

    Oh, and if the Wash. Monthly needs a new blogger, I'd love to send in my resume. I am, after all, a professional writer whose won tons of awards. You've got my email, so ... ya know ... :-)

    More seriously -- best of luck, Steve!!

  • Kutab on January 24, 2012 1:55 PM:

    Absolutely second exlibra's comment -- deep shock and frail lifeline both. You'll help make a terrific TV show even better, I'm sure, but PLEEEASE don't leave us blog-less during an election year! So what if you never sleep? This is the public weal we're talking about!

  • g on January 24, 2012 1:56 PM:

    Wow. Best of luck to you - I'll follow your new blog.

  • JW on January 24, 2012 1:57 PM:

    Do you know who you're going to meet when you get to the top of that greasy pole you're climbing, ? George Will, Cokie Roberts, and Tom Friedman, among others.

    Drop the phrase, "The GOP is the party of rule-or-ruin" on air. I dare you.

  • chi res on January 24, 2012 1:58 PM:

    Long time commenter, first time reader. No, wait...

    Anyway. I called you "the hardest working blogger on the nets" quite a while back. While everyone knows that's very true, I want to expand by saying that what your "hard work" brings, besides a shitload of posts every day, is clear and cogent and timely insights on virtually every aspect of political news. You have been an invaluable resource.

    I guess I'll have to learn to like the cable teevee; I'm hoping you'll bring a bunch of your stuff to make it better.

    craptcha: survey tiresuc; It's true, a survey shows that 10 out of 10 WM readers think this news "sucs".

  • Rita on January 24, 2012 2:00 PM:

    Have enjoyed your blog... seems like forever. Good luck to you. Keep the up the great work you're doing and I hope to see you in your new home!

  • Rachel on January 24, 2012 2:01 PM:


    Long time reader. I first heard of your blog on Sirius XM's Pete Dominick show and I was immediately hooked. Love your writing style and point of view even when I don't agree 100%.

    Will miss you, but wish you tons of much deserved success at the Rachel Maddow show and beyond!

  • PC on January 24, 2012 2:01 PM:

    Thanks for your great work here Steve. best of luck with your next endeavor, and we'll see you over there!

  • Registeredguest on January 24, 2012 2:03 PM:


    I'm very disappointed you'll be leaving the WM. This has been a must read site for me everyday throughout the day. You'll be greatly missed from these pages.

    I regularly watch Maddow and usually enjoy her shows so I look forward to your contributions there.


  • zizi2 on January 24, 2012 2:03 PM:

    Congrats Steve,
    I too am an avid reader but seldom comment. Look forward to seeing what your blog at Maddowblog will look like. I also hope you get to have beaucoup screen time on MSNBC. Please don't let the uber corporate culture change your authentic voice.


  • mmm on January 24, 2012 2:05 PM:

    Boo Hoo! And YAH! all at once! Good for you, we need you there, too. But be warned you young whippersnapper, we'll be watching you to make sure you're giving us the same great quality in your new position. Good Luck!

  • Patrick O'Grady on January 24, 2012 2:07 PM:

    Congrats, Steve. You'll be missed around here. Good luck in the new gig, and please crank out a few gazillion blog posts a day for those of us who've become accustomed to your prodigious output.

  • CJ on January 24, 2012 2:09 PM:

    I figured this is how it would go down. Rachel has been a fan of yours for a while and I pretty much saw it coming. No one deserves it more. I truly respect your style and insight. All the best, and I hope you're already working on a name for your show (heh).

  • zeitgeist on January 24, 2012 2:09 PM:

    tell those GE/Comcast folks you're a damn fine historian and you expect to be paid like one.

    it has been a pleasure to read your work from Carpetbagger to here, and you'll be a great asset to Rachel.

    do suggest, however, that her blog require posting what color an orange is before accepting posts. just for old times' sake.

    congrats to you and Mrs. Carpetbagger, and we'll look for you at your new address soon!

  • Michigander on January 24, 2012 2:11 PM:

    Like everyone else, I say goodbye, good luck, I'll miss reading your posts here. But I will look for you on the Maddow Blog, and I watch a lot of MSNBC, so I hope you get a lot of air time and at some point, your own show.

  • Marc Montefusco on January 24, 2012 2:13 PM:

    What they all said. The volume and quantity of your output is unmatched, and now there will be no point in checking in every half -hour or so for some new gem. Best of luck.

  • laym on January 24, 2012 2:14 PM:

    Good luck, CB.

  • Robert on January 24, 2012 2:15 PM:

    I join the throng of admirers: I will miss your diligence and skill. Your blog has been an invaluable resource. I am glad for you (and envious too)! I hope you will continue to blog as much as you can and that your replacement can fill some of the gap your leaving will create.

    Oh BTW- how does the new person feel about CRAPTCHA!;)
    "Fought srityps" Indeed!

  • Bj Smith on January 24, 2012 2:15 PM:

    I'll follow you anywhere. It all started with the Carpetbagger. You & Rachel both, my all time favs. You both give great straight forward information with integrity & honesty. What a duo! Can't wait to watch & hear, but will also continue to be a Politicl Animal fan.

  • Dan on January 24, 2012 2:16 PM:

    Hey Steve,

    Grats on the new gig -- well done, well earned!!

    Will this move effect your ability to do you Poli-SciFi radio/podcast? Hope MSNBC is cool with your doing it.


  • Bittersweet on January 24, 2012 2:17 PM:

    Katamari Democy

  • KK&JM on January 24, 2012 2:18 PM:

    Holy Sh*T, I knew this day would come and while very excited for you, very scared for our Democracy. Good luck!

  • Jeff In Ohio on January 24, 2012 2:19 PM:

    Best of luck! Do I get a box of donuts for calling this?

  • Perspecticus on January 24, 2012 2:19 PM:

    Great news for you, MSNBC, and Maddow but terrible news for us. Good luck, Steve. You have always given us top-notch analysis and I am said to see you go.

  • Brian Kelly on January 24, 2012 2:19 PM:

    Steve- Congrats!
    Longtime reader, first time commenter (as they say in the biz).
    Good luck moving forward. Your blog is a must read for me.
    Thanks and I hope that WM continues to with the same great writing that I have come to love and trust.
    Best of luck!

  • marcelle on January 24, 2012 2:19 PM:

    But are you going to save the world better by going over to Rachel Maddow? Because I know you, like us, want to save the world. That's why we read you! Just be good, and do good things. I'll definately be reading you at the Rachel Maddow blog now, cause you've become my lifeline to sanity in these last few years.....

  • pol on January 24, 2012 2:20 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve, on your new gig!

    I want to thank you for your very dedicated efforts here at Washington Monthly. You turned out numerous blog posts a day, even on weekends and holidays -- I don't know how you did it. Not only that, but you have always graciously answered my emails.

    Good luck on MSNBC. I'll be watching more often and reading your blog posts. Take care.

  • Michael on January 24, 2012 2:22 PM:

    change.....OMG!!!!!!! You are simply the best, most clear analytical political thinker out there...Rachel sure knows how to expand her audience, tho I already watch her.I don't doubt that Rachel already has some far reaching plans for you. Congratulations and fantastic luck in all your future endeavors...

  • askew on January 24, 2012 2:22 PM:

    I rarely comment here but I visit the site multiple times daily to read your political analysis. It is going to be a big loss not to have you blogging daily. And as I am not a fan of Rachel Maddow at all, I most likely won't see your work going forward. She spends way too much time regurgitating emoprog gossip and theories for me. I like how you take a much more reasonable approach to reporting.

    Good luck on Rachel Maddow. Hopefully, your intelligence and understanding of politics will rub off on Rachel and make her show watchable.

  • geg6 on January 24, 2012 2:24 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve! I'll keep the Political Animal on my blog roll and I'll put your new place on it, too. I sure hope your replacement is up to your high standard.

    Best of luck at MSNBC.

  • Nathan on January 24, 2012 2:26 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve. I hope we'll be seeing more of you on the Maddow show. And keep on blogging; you are the most insightful guy on the web!

  • low-tech cyclist on January 24, 2012 2:29 PM:

    Best of luck at the new gig, Steve - hope it proves to be every bit as great an opportunity for you as it looks!

    And thanks a million times over for your work here, and at the Carpetbagger Report before that. You've been tops both in quality and output, which is one hell of a combination. Whoever takes over for you has a tough act to follow!

  • sick-n-effn-tired. on January 24, 2012 2:31 PM:

    Say it ain't so . I might have to actually do some work in my cubicle as opposed to discreetly angling the monitor while reading and posting.

  • Steve Rapport on January 24, 2012 2:33 PM:

    Couldn't let this pass without writing a 'Thank You' note to Steven Benen, who has for these past few years been my #1 source for insightful, intelligent liberal commentary.

    I'm actually quite choked up that you're leaving, although I watch Rachel regularly too and know that you'll be a great asset to TRMS.

    Before you go, though, one thing: Romney doesn't deserve to be given any slack. There's no doubt about it. He's lying, and he knows he's lying. He's a lying liar, and his pants are on fire. Just call it what it is :-)

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

  • suekzoo on January 24, 2012 2:38 PM:

    What everyone else has said +1000.

  • Chat Noir on January 24, 2012 2:38 PM:

    Congrats, Steve! Your blog is a must read/first read every day (followed by Balloon Juice which is how I found you). I learn a ton from you every day and your writing is top-notch. I bookmarked The Maddow Blog so I will follow you there. I will continue following the Political Animal, too.

    Best wishes. Love you, love Rachel. Good luck with the new gig.

  • Ladyhawke on January 24, 2012 2:38 PM:


    The only thing that makes this tolerable for me is that it was Rachcel Maddow who introduced me to you in the first place.

    I have been following Rachel Maddow since she hosted "Unfiltered" on Air America Radio with Chuck D and Lizz Winstead. I distinctly remember her saying to the listeners one day that there was this blog that she checked every day without fail. She highly recommended that we get to know blogger Steve Benen at The Carpetbagger Report.

    I took Rachel's advice and have been a fan since then. Thank you for being the voice of reason. Seriously, you put your colleagues and the mainstream media to shame everyday with your brilliant, crisp and insightful analysis of the political scene. I wish you all the best in your new venture.

  • EarthTones on January 24, 2012 2:45 PM:


    I'm another long-time lurker. Thank you for all that you've done to provide perspective to the political world. You will be missed...

    Good Luck in your new opportunity!

  • Nora on January 24, 2012 2:47 PM:

    Congratulations, but with regret...this good luck for you is bad luck for us, your faithful and grateful readers. Thank you so much for your important commentary, which has been a candle of sanity illuminating the miasma of right-wing discourse.

  • Bruce K on January 24, 2012 2:47 PM:

    Steve! Your posts are my number one check-in, multiple times a day, and the only place I ever comment. Thanks for working so hard and so well for so long, I hope your successor can crank out anywhere NEAR your quantity of high-quality posts.

    Maddow is lucky to have you. I'll be reading you over there.

    Thanks, again! Best of luck

  • st john on January 24, 2012 2:49 PM:

    Steve-I, too, have read your fairly regularly and posted from time to time here and on CB. I think you do a great job of analysis and commentary and I appreciate the quality of posters here...
    What I hope you can do in your new position is bring some of your insight into the MSM, of which NBC is a major player, and actually call them on their avoidance of criticism of the Republicans, in particular, and politicians generally. The string of lies that is allowed to pass for truth is unacceptable. Though Rachel is an excellent pundit and communicator, I cannot help but feel that her hands are tied to a degree in criticizing her own network. NBC is still her employer and I don't think they will give her and you free reign to expose them.
    That said, I wish you luck and add my support in your taking on this challenge.

    st john
    I am committed to Oneness through Justice and Transformation

  • John Mallinckrodt on January 24, 2012 2:50 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve and VERY well-deserved. You've been one of very few "go to" sources for me for a long time and I am much relieved that you'll still be there in that capacity. Best wishes at your new gig.

  • hiroller on January 24, 2012 2:51 PM:


    Congratulations: my favorite blogger joins my favorite broadcast team. No surprise that the best will find each other and collaborate. Enjoy the new gig; speaking for Rachel's audience, we'll enjoy your contributions tremendously. Good luck.

  • JJF on January 24, 2012 2:51 PM:

    You can run but you can't hide. We'll find you.

    Good luck and congrats!

  • nerd on January 24, 2012 2:55 PM:

    Best wishes. I will miss you here. Now I'll have to change my habits to look in your new digs. Oh well.

    Thanks for all the good stuff and please keep it up in your new job.

  • jjm on January 24, 2012 2:56 PM:

    Oh no!

    You're the best!

    Let us know WHERE to find you.

  • Moodythree on January 24, 2012 2:57 PM:

    I thoroughly enjoy visiting your site every day, throughout the day. I like it because of its simplicity and its user friendly style. While I don't particularly like Rachel, I will now watch more often. I want to see what you look like. Of course, I have already bookmarked where I can now catch you. Best wishes as you MOVE ON UP.

  • Gary on January 24, 2012 3:01 PM:


    If you get the chance, tell Rachel to chill a little. She's become a bit too histrionic in her delivery, and I confess I miss the more cerebral approach. It's what got her the job in the first place.

  • E.Hatt-Swank on January 24, 2012 3:04 PM:

    Congratulations Mr. Benen! It's an opportunity richly deserved and I'm sure you'll make the best of it. I've only intermittently checked out Rachel's blog but will certainly make it a regular stop now.

    And I gotta say I'm impressed with the direction MSNBC is going in these days -- Rachel, Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry .. and now you. A very formidable line-up of intelligent talent. Good for them. Good luck!

  • schtick on January 24, 2012 3:05 PM:

    I knew you were flirting with MSNBC! I've been following you from the Carpetbagger days. (I don't always agree, but how boring would it be to always agree with someone?)
    It's been a pleasure, Steve. Thanks for letting us in and sharing. I wish you well and great success. I'll miss you here, though.
    And you get to work with Rachel! I'm a fan of her, too!

    PS, you taking crapcha with you? j/k

  • demfromtn on January 24, 2012 3:11 PM:

    Oh, no! Where am I going to get the truth about the news now? I will really miss you; you are very talented. I hope you are happy and that you improve the Maddow show, as it needs it badly. No wonder they hired you. I'll know you'll do a wonderful job, and I'll keep following you. Best of everything.

  • Rathskeller on January 24, 2012 3:11 PM:

    You have been indispensable. Thank you very very much.

    Best of luck

  • Joshua James on January 24, 2012 3:16 PM:


  • sherry on January 24, 2012 3:19 PM:

    Wow! Congratulations. I discovered your site about 3 yrs ago and it has become my favorite...checking in at least 3 times daily. Wish you the best, and please leave the site in hands almost as good as yours....i can't survive the withdrawal.

  • 4jkb4ia on January 24, 2012 3:20 PM:

    For the Washington Monthly, a crying shame. For the Rachel Maddow blog, an upgrade in credibility overnight similar to that of Buzzfeed and Ben Smith.

  • dj spellchecka [aka reader rp] on January 24, 2012 3:21 PM:

    break a leg, my friend

  • KarenJG on January 24, 2012 3:22 PM:

    Sigh. Sure going to miss you here. But isn't that the way of Washington Monthly? Give talented young newcomers a boost up the ladder, then give another newcomer a shot at "proving" him-or-herself.

    I'll console myself by looking forward to meeting the next "talented newcomer" - but I have to say, s/he'll have some mighty big boots to fill.

    And, of course, I can look forward to seeing you at your new digs, since I read Rachel's blog, too. Best of luck there - I know you'll do well with out it, but a little luck in your back pocket can't hurt, either.

  • Guy on January 24, 2012 3:24 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve! Well deserved! It's been a pleasure reading your blog everyday for the past 8 years! Good luck!

  • Doctor Biobrain on January 24, 2012 3:28 PM:

    Wait. Is this going to be a group deal? First you go from the cool Carpetbagger Report to this retro-dump of a website, and now a group blog at MSNBC?

    Man, this deal is getting worse all the time.

  • Quatrain Gleam on January 24, 2012 3:28 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve.

    I will follow you wherever you go.



  • CJColucci on January 24, 2012 3:33 PM:

    Steve, it has been a great run. Sorry to see you go, but congratulations. I ask only one thing -- after you've settled in, come back and tell us just what it is that a producer does. Somehow, I don't think it's what Dustin Hoffman was doing in Wag the Dog.

  • metricpenny on January 24, 2012 3:33 PM:

    I've enjoyed your blogging. All the best to you with the new job.

  • MLR on January 24, 2012 3:34 PM:

    Good luck. I would imagine Rachel is about as fun and smart a person to work with as you will find anywhere! Definately keep on with the writing too PLEASE!

  • Lit3Bolt on January 24, 2012 3:34 PM:

    Long time reader, first time saying something. That something is...

    you made this blog AWESOME.

    Best of luck in your new digs.

  • MR Bill on January 24, 2012 3:38 PM:

    I read you daily: and I treasure the passion that you bring to this job, as well as your commitment to good reporting. And if opinion blogging can convey human decency, you do.
    Yeah, now I got to start watching Maddow again.
    Please write, and take care of your self.
    Hilzoy gone, and now you..

    Who will now crank the God Machine?

  • Objective Dem on January 24, 2012 3:38 PM:

    You are great. Keep up the good work.

  • danimal on January 24, 2012 3:41 PM:

    Damned carpetbaggers take over the place, live off the land for a few years, then take off for greener pa$tures...

    Congratulations on the new gig.

  • Betsy on January 24, 2012 3:42 PM:

    I've loved your truth telling. Please make sure to stay that way on the Rachel Maddow show especially as she seems to have strayed from her "liberal" philosophies embracing Ron Paul. Please continue your support for President Obama as we need continued truth telling especially right now. This "balanced" crap they're trying out is just an excuse to be pro GOP. Yours was a voice for so many of us who did not see our voice being reflected in the media out there.

    I will miss your writing here on the Washington Monthly but am happy for you and your career and wish you all the best.

  • Highguy on January 24, 2012 3:44 PM:

    Mazel Tov, Steve. Great job and good luck.

  • Keith G on January 24, 2012 3:44 PM:

    Wow. these years have passed so quickly. Thanks for being such a great guide. You will add much to TRMS.

  • Gregory on January 24, 2012 3:45 PM:

    Congratulation, Steve. I've enjoyed and admired your blogging here. I hope that The Blogger To Be Named Later continues your tradition of mid-day and evening roundups.

    Best of luck in the new position, and congratulations again.

  • Jan on January 24, 2012 3:48 PM:

    Thank you for keeping me sane on a more than daily basis for the past few years. Please keep up the hard-hitting truth-telling over at MSNBC!!!

  • Edo on January 24, 2012 3:48 PM:

    I followed you here from thecarpetbaggerreport and will follow you to the new gig. good to hear Political Animal will continue on.

    Congrats on joining one of the most informative political shows on cable. Rachel is lucky to have you.

  • JD on January 24, 2012 3:52 PM:

    I'm really sorry to see you go, Steve. You have really made a difference. Often you have been one of the very few sane voices in the political world. Your work ethic is simply unparalleled. Thank you so very much for your integrity and for caring so much for our country and its people.

  • Rosalie on January 24, 2012 3:52 PM:

    Oh no, I yelped. Now what am I going to do -- especially in an election year. But wait a minute. This isn't about me. It's about you. So, congratulations to my favorite blogger. After all, you see things exactly as I do, which has made you an absolute delight seven days every week. Thanks for wading through all that nonsense and telling me just what I need to know, with just the right attitude. I hope you succeed big-time and, who knows, maybe even get a day off occasionally. Maybe a weekend!

  • Kyle Alexander on January 24, 2012 3:52 PM:

    Congratulations on the move, will miss your feed, but please share your new blog Rss.

    I hope you have the liberty you were given to direct and hopefully report the real facts all the time, not have the blatant slant or selective investigation that I have observed on the Rachel Maddow Show, My disappointment about her show is mostly my fault because I keep forgetting the its a "Show", A News Performance, not necessarily factual news...
    All the best

  • Edo on January 24, 2012 3:53 PM:

    do suggest, however, that her blog require posting what color an orange is before accepting posts. just for old times' sake.

    Zeitgeist for the old-timer win. I loved it when trolls complained about that "question". good times, good times.

  • Judy on January 24, 2012 4:00 PM:

    So sorry to see you go, you created the go to place for concise, informed opinions. Shall miss coming here, which I do several times a day. Happy that you've moved up in the world and will follow you at your new home.

  • John on January 24, 2012 4:03 PM:


    Thanks for all of your work here and good luck in your new position.

  • John on January 24, 2012 4:04 PM:


    Thanks for all of your work here and good luck in your new position.

  • President Lindsay on January 24, 2012 4:05 PM:

    To have two of the most insightful commenters of the political scene (Rachel and you) team up can only mean good things for all of us. I dare say the two of you will have a great time doing what you both do best. Congratulations on this next chapter in your life. You'll be missed here, but much appreciated where you're going.

  • Molly on January 24, 2012 4:05 PM:

    Hooray! I started reading you because of Rachel! It'll be great and congratulations!

  • ps in fl on January 24, 2012 4:05 PM:

    Dang, I was really hoping you'd get a NYT gig. Followed you from Carpetbagger and will follow at the new site. All the best to you and your family. Try not to get swallowed in the corporate TV culture.

  • RR on January 24, 2012 4:06 PM:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo!!! Like many others, that was my first gut response.

    Okay, wait, and my second!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo!!!

    Trying to be mature about this, let me just echo everyone else -- you are an indispensable resource to me. You break down the crap being flung about by candidates in a clear, data-based way that I simply cannot do without -- your blog routinely gives me fact-based argument with which to try to counter the spin and (let's be honest) outright lies that beseige us on a daily basis. Simply not sure I'm going to be able to get through the election season without you.

    Pleeeeaaase, do whatever you have to in terms of negotiating support staff at Maddow's so that you have the time to continue breaking it down for us on a daily basis on your new blog spot!!! Otherwise, the bad guys just might win. No pressure. ;-)

    Congratulations on a move that's making you happy, and may you always bask in the glow of knowing that you helped to "just pass the damn bill." XOXOXO

  • king buzzo on January 24, 2012 4:06 PM:

    Congrats! I'll miss your prolific and quality blogging! Thanks for your efforts!

  • Jeff T on January 24, 2012 4:06 PM:

    Congrats Steve! Good luck at MSNBC.

  • Jonathan on January 24, 2012 4:13 PM:

    Steve - good luck with the new position. For what it's worth, my productivity will now increase by about 45 minutes per day, since that's what I've devoted to your posts over the last several years. Thanks for the insight and humor.


  • Sheri R on January 24, 2012 4:17 PM:

    I've followed you since your days at the Carpetbagger Report, and I'll follow you on your new assignment.

    Best of luck to you!

  • macaroni on January 24, 2012 4:18 PM:

    Three chairs!

  • Barbara H. on January 24, 2012 4:19 PM:

    Steve, I am going to sorely miss your blog. It has been my greatest source on news, information and some of the funniest bits on persons in place of power. That you are moving to Rachel Maddow, couldn't be a better move. Best of luck and congratulations

  • N.Wells on January 24, 2012 4:20 PM:

    Thanks, and best wishes. You've been a beacon in the wastelands.

  • MichaelJ on January 24, 2012 4:21 PM:

    I've been reading your work since The Carpetbagger, and I've always thought your comments and observations was the most consistently solid, thoughtful, well-reasoned and articulate commentary of any blog or website. Congratulations on your well-deserved new opportunity. That you will be working with one of the most articulate and well-reasoned television commentators makes perfect sense, and I hope everything goes well. I look forward to keeping up with your writing on the new blog. All the best!

  • chopin on January 24, 2012 4:24 PM:

    Congrats Steve. Sure wish this could have waited until after the election. Then again, there is NEVER a good time to miss your very informative postings. You will be missed.

  • debbyeOh on January 24, 2012 4:26 PM:

    Okay Steve, you pushed me to it: can't lurk any more, gotta sign on to say I'm gonna miss you cause you make smarts look badass! I'm sure you'll make an impact on MSNBC, help them get over that "both sides" bull and acknowledge like you do, there is right and there are lies. Godspeed!

  • Keeping Track on January 24, 2012 4:28 PM:

    Pass. The. Damn. Hankie.

    Felicidades, Steve. You more than richly deserve a step up. Rachel steered me to your blog years ago, and now we close the circle. I'll keep refreshing Political Animal until I get over my denial. You've made a real, positive difference in our political discourse, and i hope your influence will only become more pervasive.

    Both you and Rachel are known for your hard work ethic, historical perspective, and quirky inquisitiveness. I hope together you can both continue to shrink our national blind spot (a.k.a. what we don't know that we don't know) and reawaken the badly battered body of American journalism. Hint: if you can't see into your blind spot, vary your perspective! Aah, you guys already know this!

    Wishing both you and Rachel the best, with love,


  • Mimi on January 24, 2012 4:37 PM:

    Well, the bases have been well covered by the 230 comments preceding mine - I'm a retired old lady in Vermont who has read every single one of your posts for all your time here - You fill my day, every day. I go to bed before Rachel hits the air, but I will follow you on her blog - Hope you don't have to leave Vermont. All the best to you and your family.


  • cmm on January 24, 2012 4:39 PM:

    From a longtime reader and intermittent poster - Thank you! Your insight is much appreciated - I have passed on the tradition of reading your blog to both my 20 something children. Best wishes to you, you will be missed here!

  • punaise on January 24, 2012 4:40 PM:

    felicitations; wishing you well there.

  • Erik on January 24, 2012 4:44 PM:


    I mean, congratulations! But I fear that if you're producing Rachel's show, you won't have time to keep up with the truly amazing productivity that's characterized you for all these years.

    I've been reading you since my then new girlfriend (now my wife) turned me on to the Carpetbagger Report back in '05, and I'll follow you on to Maddowblog. We've marveled repeatedly at how much you can write while still keeping it lucid and well documented/linked.

    Rachel and her team are lucky to get you, and I hope that your new position is everything you hope for.

  • DisgustedWithItAll on January 24, 2012 4:49 PM:

    Let me be selfish. Crap! I love Steve's contributions to the political discussion. I sure hope his blogging at MSNBC isn't curtailed by additional duties because that would be a loss for all of us.

    On the other hand, congratulations to Steve and hope he revels, relishes, and flourishes in his new endeavor and challenges.

  • appletree on January 24, 2012 4:55 PM:

    I regret that I didn't thank you for your excellent journalism in the past; I took advantage of you by reading your posts several times a day, and rarely commenting.
    That said, I will miss you, Steve. I feel as if I know you, after all of these years of reading your thoughts and perspective. Thank you so much for all that you do in the name of Journalism. You have definitely raised the standards. God Bless.

  • longde on January 24, 2012 4:58 PM:

    Congrats. It's been a pleasure to read you here.

  • meady on January 24, 2012 5:00 PM:

    Wishing you nothing but the best, Steve. I read the Political Animal sporadically when Drum was writing, but it became "must read daily" when you came on. I will miss your incredible insight and analysis, but I am a fan of Rachel so... I ain't mad at you. I think having you in the mix will only make her show even better and really for you, the sky is the limit. Onward and upward

  • Gina on January 24, 2012 5:01 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve! I'm sure you'll be great, and I wish you a long and happy career with Rachel and MSNBC. I'll be following you to wherever your new home is. Best of luck!

  • Josh on January 24, 2012 5:18 PM:

    DAMN IT!!! I love your blog Steve, I stop by at least 5 times a day.

    Good for you and good for Rachel though, I might have to start watching her more. Please keep blogging, even if it's one post per day or one per week. I plan to follow you wherever you end up.

    Good Luck!

  • thebewilderness on January 24, 2012 5:19 PM:

    Congratulations! I am very pleased for you.

  • Jay Bookman on January 24, 2012 5:22 PM:

    Congratulations on the new job, Steve, you've earned it and then some.

  • Tokyo ex-pat on January 24, 2012 5:24 PM:

    I've been reading you for a very long time (we're talking Carpetbagger Report fan), though I rarely comment. You are my first hit in the morning with a cup of coffee and where I check at night to see your first morning's post. I am excited for you. You deserve this new position and the recognition. But as others have said, I will miss your rational voice, your ability to cut through the nonsense, and your thoughtful analysis. I'm not sure where my first stop will be each day anymore. I'm not clear what you will be doing for the Maddow show. I hope as an ex-pat that I'll be able to see it.

    Best of luck and many best wishes for your future.

  • Colleen Carpenter on January 24, 2012 5:37 PM:


    I knew Rachel had her eyes on you! She's been wanting you for a long time. You must be her favorite blogger, too! You are THE best, Steve, and will be sorely missed. Who else could possibly match your pace? I am here several times a day -- every day. Guess now I'll be getting more work done. VERY best to you!

  • Daily Reader on January 24, 2012 5:40 PM:

    Congratulations Steve.

    Your insights have been a daily routine of mine since Carpetbagger days. No good luck wishes necessary. You'll continue to add needed clarity to our political discourse.

    Aloha, Daily Reader.

  • vermontdave on January 24, 2012 5:46 PM:

    Good luck with your new gig, Steve. I look forward to seeing you elsewhere, and will continue to read this blog.
    Best wishes.

  • Geografist on January 24, 2012 5:47 PM:

    Rare poster here. This has been my favorite blog for years...it's like reading next month's newspaper. Steve's acumen and foresight consistently proved that reality has a liberal bias. Best of luck!

  • Cha on January 24, 2012 5:53 PM:

    Congratulations, Steve! However, I'm bummed. How are those of us who don't watch cable news or any tv news going to get our fix of Steve Benen..the way he reports it?

    But, you will be bringing some strong, sensible, light into cable land and I will comfort myself with that.

    I will miss miss miss you.

  • tfistbmpr on January 24, 2012 5:57 PM:

    I want to cry....

    Good luck Steve!

  • Fred on January 24, 2012 6:05 PM:

    Steve - Congatulations and the best to you.

    I've been following you for some time and will miss your blog very much. I've been reading all your posts everyday for the past several years, even when you were doing the Carpetbaggerreport and most people didn't even know your name.

    Daily I looked forward to your mid-day and evening reports.....you did all the work for us.

    You have educated and opened my mind more time that I can even attepmt to count.

    Best of luck with the warmest regards.

  • Cha on January 24, 2012 6:06 PM:

    My bad..I see you're going to be on the Maddow Blog but when I tried to sign on..there was a glitch. I'll miss you on my RSS feed on my google homepage. Wah.

  • payne on January 24, 2012 6:08 PM:

    I have never written to any blog before. But, I feel compelled to write something. I believe going to MSNBC is a big mistake. I have been reading your blog daily for some time and it is consistently the most interesting, informative, and essential read of the day. It should be required reading! MSNBC's reporting???? Not so impressed.

    Steve don't let YOUR VOICE get lost in the noise of MSNBC, or "The Maddow Blog".

    If you are going there to be the "Filter", GREAT! If you are going there to "be filtered", DON'T GO!

    Good Luck

  • warren terra on January 24, 2012 6:31 PM:

    I am going to miss you steve. You seriously must have no life for the amount of blogging you do. Incredible amount of info and it seems like its every day. Good luck with Rachel.

  • reddogs on January 24, 2012 6:55 PM:

    I'll bet your fingers are throwing a party now that they know they won't be banging on a keyboard 10+ hours a day. Please give them at least a little exercise over on The Maddow Blog so all of us fans have something to look forward to. (Oh, sorry, I guess that should be lean forward to.) Congratulations on a well-deserved promotion -- God knows you've earned it!

  • KJ on January 24, 2012 7:04 PM:

    I am happy for you and very sad for me. I have been reading you daily since your Carpetbagger days. I hope what you said about continuing to blog is true because you cannot be replaced in my reading list and reading is my favorite form of information gathering.


    Note to Rachel: Despite Steve being a daily habit, please make sure that he takes 2 weeks of vacation every year! Shut down his password and bar the door. Nobody is more deserving.

  • Espell on January 24, 2012 7:12 PM:

    Mr. Benen,
    Congratulations on your new gig. That it's with Rachel just validates my high esteem for your contributions. But please promise to keep up with the Friday list of untruths- ok, lies- from Romney. Please?
    Thank you for one of my favorite blogs and one of the very best.

  • lib4 on January 24, 2012 7:15 PM:

    First off congratulations
    You absolutely deserve every bit of this success

    I have been a LOYAL reader of yours since 2008 when you were doing the Carpetbagger Report.
    To this day I have read every word of evry blog post you have done since the first day I read you in 2008.
    That is NOT an exaggeration!!

    Your analysis and reporting is always spot on and top notch
    You political world view is in 99% alignment with me and many of my Lib/Progressive friends

    I look forward to continuing to follow you while at MSNBC
    A big big big congrats again and all the best my friend

    Thank you for being that familar voice I can turn to for all my daily political needs...

  • WaterGirl on January 24, 2012 7:20 PM:

    You are my first stop every single day, and I am so sad that you are leaving. You are my best source for substantive information without drama; I probably hit refresh 10 times a day. I love your skill with words and your sense of humor, which comes through in at least one line or phrase in each of your posts, almost without fail. I think I will miss that most of all.

    The word "producer" conjures up images of a blah-blah-blah businessman in a suit doing boring, behind the scenes kind stuff, but I'm pretty sure that would not be your dream job, so Iet me echo the request for you to help us understand what you will be doing as a producer on Rachel Maddow.

    You have provided a great service to so many of us, and I would be remiss if I didn't say thank you.

  • David Dabney on January 24, 2012 7:28 PM:

    Good luck to you at your new home. Your prolific and interesting writing made Political Animal a twice-a-day read for me.

  • Barry on January 24, 2012 7:33 PM:


  • Doug on January 24, 2012 7:35 PM:

    Congratulations! I can't add anything to what has already been expressed about your move except my name to those who will miss your DAILY!!!!! postings.
    You've provided clear and concise write-ups on what has happened in the political world that I'm going to miss very, very, much. Especially the understated descriptions of Republican actions; ie, "misinformed", "confused", etc. I always read such descriptions and mentally added a slightly sarcastic tone while doing so. Shouldn't I have done that?
    Best of luck!

  • Suzanne on January 24, 2012 7:40 PM:

    I'm a first time commenter, but a faithful reader who appreciates your intelligent, progressive perspective. I will miss you here and I hope I have the opportunity to read or hear from you in your new job. But I know if you've chosen this new job it's because it opens up opportunities that excite you and will allow you to use even more of your talents while gaining new experiences. I wish you the best, Steve. Thank you for all that you do. @>----

  • Diane on January 24, 2012 7:47 PM:

    Please add me to the list of first-time posters but long-term lurkers who appreciate your work and wish you well in your next gig.

  • Dave on January 24, 2012 7:56 PM:

    Congratulations! Thank you for your all your fine writing and best of luck with your new role.

    Your writing has been my (several times) daily medicine since I ran across it the Carpet Bagger. However with you leaving I may now get actual work done instead of incessantly refreshing the browser while hunkered in my cube! Who am I kidding, I already bookmarked the new link...

    Good luck at MSNBC, please post often.

  • Dave Swenson on January 24, 2012 7:57 PM:

    I will miss you at this spot. I've been reading this awhile, and I quite like the insights, intelligence, and, yes, gentleness that you conveyed in your posts.

    In my world, decency is the first virtue, and grace the second. You possess those traits in spades.

    Dave Swenson

  • Jim B on January 24, 2012 7:58 PM:

    Congratulations Steve. Thank you for the many years of sharing your astute insight.
    Best regards,


  • yellowdog on January 24, 2012 8:13 PM:

    Steve: Many congratulations on your new role. You have one of the best B/S detectors in Washington. May MSNBC let you keep it in excellent working order for a long time to come.

  • nemisten on January 24, 2012 8:20 PM:

    Ditto on all the accolades, Steve. It's been a great pleasure reading your posts these years. While you'll be missed greatly at WaMo, MSNBC will now be all the better.

    Best wishes always.

  • Bdun on January 24, 2012 8:34 PM:

    Sucks to be us.
    A huge congratulations to you but I'm not sure how I'm going to cope without your posts here at what has become my #1 place to stay in-the-loop on all things political (while also amassing a ridiculous arsenal to be used on all my republican friends).
    Best of luck although you hardly need it.

  • Joe on January 24, 2012 8:52 PM:

    You changed my life. Congratulations to you, and thanks for the inspiration and the fight.

  • debg on January 24, 2012 9:00 PM:

    Steve, I've come to count on you for excellent analysis, so I know you'll be fantastic at your new job. Just don't give up blogging! All the best to you at MSNBC.

  • coralwisp on January 24, 2012 9:07 PM:

    OMG, Steve !!! This is great news but I am going to miss you so much !!! I've been reading you every day since The Carpetbagger Report !! Every day !!! You have never failed to give us the best political news and insight and for that I am so thankful. I am so much more of an informed citizen because of you. Rachel is awfully lucky to get you

  • burro on January 24, 2012 9:12 PM:

    Via The Carpetbagger Report archives:

    Housekeeping notes
    Posted October 2nd, 2003 at 10:03 am
    Spotlight | Permalink

    I just wanted to take a moment to note that The Carpetbagger Report enjoyed its best month ever in September. The site enjoyed all-time highs for unique visitors, total visits, page views, and links from other sites.

    In fact, this siteís traffic has more than doubled since August and more than tripled since July.

    Perhaps best of all, Iíve seen a steady but noticeable increase in the amount of hate-mail I receive. Between February and May, the first four months of the site, I only got a handful of bizarre, poorly-written, right-wing screeds. The past several weeks, however, Iíve been receiving one or two a day. Iím going to interpret that as a sign that Iím doing something right.

    I sincerely appreciate all of you whoíve stopped by and especially thank the readers who keep coming back.


    I've been coming back for quite awhile, and I'm quite sure that I've read more words written by Steve Benen, than any other author of whatever category of subject or genre.

    Thanks to the Washington Monthly for providing you with the stepping stone to this truly significant elevation of your professional endeavors.

    As much as any person who has made a mark in the blogoverse, you have absolutely written your hiney off, (in a relevant and substantial way), and earned the hell out of the continued success you are achieving.

    Congratulations Mr. B. (and to Ms. Benen as well, you guys have done this together). This opportunity couldn't have come to a more worthy person. Well done, and can't wait to see what comes next. Yours is a cool story of our cyber-age.

  • Sandy Telander on January 24, 2012 9:13 PM:

    This has been my first read every morning! I will miss you and eagerly look for your wonderful commentary on the Maddow blog!

  • mikefromArlington on January 24, 2012 9:20 PM:

    Glad for you but sad I'll be left in the dark without your daily perspective.

  • Skip on January 24, 2012 9:59 PM:

    Whales...no...wales...damn it...wails...got it...

    WAILS OF LAMENT, GNASHING OF TEETH, AND TEARS OF AGONY that you will not be here anymore. I am screaming in sadness for myself personally and the blogsosphere in general.

    I wish you the very best luck, however. You deserve it. But gawwwd, how you will be missed here.

    Signed, hard corp...no...cord...dang it...core...that's it

    Signed, a hard core Benen fan

  • Michael Lee Epley aka MLE on January 24, 2012 10:08 PM:

    All hail Steve Benen!

    Since the early CBR days, I felt a weird sort of kinship, some sort of mind meld. Every time I think someone needs to speak up and point out some sort of conservative/republican stupidity or highlight some brilliant point of liberal/progressive policy, I refresh your blog and it is there in crisp, clear language--because your work ethic & productivity puts almost every person I know to shame.

    Never stop blogging (I worry).

    Now back to less important things...I think the SOTU is going on or something...

  • PEA on January 24, 2012 10:15 PM:

    Jeez, I get busy for a day, don't read you, and what happens? You leave me!!! Seriously, as many have already said, your analysis is terrific and all too rare, unfortunately. In fact, it's addictive. Like others here, I really do try to read it every day, sometimes checking it several times. One of your strengths is that your blog attracts interesting commenters, so we can have some informed back-and-forth. If I MUST put up with this change, then I really hope it leads to good new things: a terrific new blogger here to keep us going in our habit-trail, and more visibility for your ideas at MSMBC at such a crucial time for our country. I enjoy a bit of Rachael but hope your influence will deepen the quality and reach of her work and give her confidence to be less of an entertainer and more of a serious if entertaining analyst, questioner and educator of the public. More power and good luck to you in this new venture. Not to be too precious, but our nation actually needs you now more than ever...

  • TuiMel on January 24, 2012 10:27 PM:

    I wish you well and mad success, and I am happy that you have been offered your dream job. But, selfishly, I am not happy about this development. I think going to Maddow dilutes your voice. I think I will leave it at that.

  • olie on January 24, 2012 10:28 PM:

    You were my first and last blog tune-in of the day.
    Good luck.

  • stinger on January 24, 2012 10:29 PM:

    Steve, I've been reading your posts for 5 or 6 years - at least twice daily including weekends. This Week in God, in particular, is a favorite. I'll follow you wherever you go (if that doesn't sound too stalkerish), and I'll continue to read here at least for a while.

    I'm only glad I was too busy today to read this post while at work! Bummer for me and your other loyal readers, but fantastic for you! Best wishes!

  • JCA on January 24, 2012 10:33 PM:

    My wife and I discovered Political Animal just a few months ago, and it quickly happened that we were regularly asking each other, "Did you read Steve on ___ today?" It's cruelly disappointing that we were so late to the party. We'll certainly follow you on your next adventure, Steve. In the meantime, great, great work.

  • Karen on January 24, 2012 11:03 PM:

    you have been one of my daily stops and hoping that you will be posting on the
    Maddow blog ... you will be a great asset at MSNBC and I remember Rachel Maddow saying on one of her shows that she would love to have you on her show.

  • pebble on January 24, 2012 11:15 PM:

    Well, I've had hours to absorb the news, and I'm still bummed. I can't begin to thank you for all you've done to try to keep (make?) our democracy sane and rational. I guess I'm worried that we'll lose your influence. TV land gets crazy, but your blog was a sea of responsible analysis.

    May all good things come to you in your new position, and may the Force be with you, Steve.

  • jon on January 24, 2012 11:20 PM:

    Although many will be jealous of your new gig, I just want you wish you luck in your new position as Rachel Maddow's bikini


  • Ted Frier on January 24, 2012 11:43 PM:

    Congratulations Steve. Kevin Drum was a tough act to follow but you did it very well. I was wondering how long it would be before your joined the Maddow show after she announced you were her favorite blogger and she was trying to win you for herself! You were always a daily stop for me and you will be missed.

  • skippy on January 25, 2012 1:11 AM:

    as a long time reader (since the carpetbagger report), i can only say congeatulations steve; the monthly's lost is rachel's gain. you should be a great fit on the show, and i'll be watching for you (and still reading your stuff in the maddow blog)!

  • M. Paul on January 25, 2012 1:31 AM:

    Hmmm. Moving up?

    Good luck,

    M. Paul

  • IOKIYAR on January 25, 2012 1:51 AM:

    Good luck and congratulations!

    I've been a fan since some point at CBR, your work has been my daily required reading for so long that I have only vague memories of where I went for political analysis before that.

    I hope you get your own RSS feed there, but if not, well, I'll sift through for your gems anyway.

    Thanks for so many years of such high quality (and high volume, an amazing combination) writing.

  • smartheart on January 25, 2012 5:53 AM:

    Well deserved!

    You've been a daily read for me since I discovered you. Keep up the great work. Tell Rachel she needs a "This Week in God" segment.

  • bob h on January 25, 2012 6:17 AM:

    You'll really be missed.

  • Daniel on January 25, 2012 6:39 AM:

    Thank you for years of thoughtful and humorous commentary. Best of luck at MSNBC - they are lucky to have you.

  • Bob P on January 25, 2012 7:09 AM:

    Over the past couple of yeas your blog has become my number-one, go-to site for political commentary. Like many others, I've been in the habit of visiting many times each day.

    I wish you every success at MSNBC and with Rachel's show. Although while I admire Rachel very much, I watch very little TV, so I do hope that you'll continue to blog with some frequency over there.

    Thanks so much for your consistently outstanding reporting and opinion. I will miss it tremendously.

  • Richard Crossman on January 25, 2012 7:12 AM:

    Best of luck to you, Steve!

  • howie on January 25, 2012 8:36 AM:

    A couple of years ago I emailed you to thank you for making this site even better than it had been under Kevin (something I didn't think was possible).

    Since then, this has been my first stop every morning. I only wish I had stopped back midday and seen this post timely.

    While I congratulate you on your new gig, I can't help thinking that Rachel's gain is our loss. Her site seems nowhere as user friendly as this one, at least for this fifty something tablet user. Plus, with all your other duties I doubt blogging for our benefit will be the major point of your day.

    Here's hoping your new job is as rewarding as you hope it to be...and that NBC corporate doesn't censor you too much.

  • CRA on January 25, 2012 9:13 AM:

    Wow. Well good luck at the new gig. I have enjoyed your work and will look forward to seeing you elsewhere.

  • Ruth on January 25, 2012 9:17 AM:

    Congratulations, and heartfelt thanks for your years of dedicated, top-quality work on this blog!

  • AndrewBW on January 25, 2012 10:15 AM:

    It's a long way from the Carpetbagger Report Steve. I'm afraid I'll see less of your work since I'm not a TV watcher and likely won't catch your work there, or on the MSNBC site so much. Congratulations and good luck. Keep up the great work.

  • Peter on January 25, 2012 10:22 AM:

    Man, I just added you to my favorites! I'll look for you on MSNBC and hope Washington Monthly has someone ready to take your place at this corner. Good Luck!

  • Wallys Son on January 25, 2012 10:38 AM:

    Congratulations, Steve! Like many others here, I read you every day, many times a day. And I'll look forward to keeping up with you @ MSNBC... where you had better keep blogging!!! Many of us rely on you.

    All the best! to you going forward.

  • Jon on January 25, 2012 10:55 AM:

    Don't leave me Steve!!!! I have to admit when you took over this blog I was a little concerned. However you have become my go to guy when I want to sort out fact from fiction!! I will miss you!

  • SFinch on January 25, 2012 2:09 PM:

    Maybe instead of Rachel's Best New Thing of the Day she could instead use your This Week in God. It is so much better and I always looked forward to it every week.