I can't overstate my respect and admiration for Kevin. He consistently writes one of the smartest, most influential blogs in the political universe. But I can't remember a time when he was nasty, sloppy, or injudicious. And that's no small achievement. Kevin is proof that thoughtful blogging isn't an oxymoron; he sets an example that all of us, myself included, would do well to follow. And while his departure is clearly Mother Jones' gain, the addition of Steve Benen and Hilzoy mean that it's not the Monthly's loss. Although I'm not a Monthly alum, I've known — and admired — many over the years. This is, indeed, just another episode in the magazine's long history as a launching pad for great writers. My only complaint is that now I have one more blog I can't afford to skip.