Rachel Maddow’s group had the good sense to hire Steve Benen for their blog. Washington Monthly had the equally good sense to hire Ed Kilgore to replace him. I’m proud to call Ed a co-author. Few people can match his encyclopedic knowledge of American politics, particularly the politics within the moderate and conservative locales of the Democratic Party. This weekend, our friend Rich Yeselson has been writing great stuff in the same place. Rich brings a powerful combination of historical scholarship and hard-nosed strategic analysis that few people can match. If you’re not reading each of these guys regularly, you are missing out.