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Gone fishing (okay, not fishing, but still gone)

All, I'm taking the next week off, but you're going to be in excellent hands: Adam Serwer, who you undoubtedly know from his blog at the American Prospect, will be running this site through next weekend.

Please treat him well, and I hope you readers and commenters will help him keep the conversation going at the high level I've come to appreciate so much from all of you. I'll be checking in periodically, but won't be back in full force until September 7th. Enjoy.

By Greg Sargent  |  August 29, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
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Hope you enjoy your time off!

Posted by: schrodingerscat | August 29, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Greg, enjoy your break; you deserve it. Unplug, relax, have a cold one (or six). :o)

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 29, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Have a great vacation, Greg. You've earned it.

Posted by: AllButCertain | August 29, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Good times, Brother!

Posted by: wbgonne | August 29, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Another voice for the chorus: enjoy your well-earned time off, Greg.

And we expect at least a few vacation pics and/or anecdotes when you get back.

Posted by: BGinCHI | August 29, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Relax, recharge, don't forget the sunblock.

Yes We Can...take a nap in the afternoon!

Posted by: tao9 | August 29, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Welcome, Adam. I read your blog every day at American Prospect (while I'm on sabbatical.I expect a time shortage soon); and Greg, enjoy your vacation! in other advanced countries, besides our benighted one, every worker has a paid guarenteed vacation, longer than than the 1 or 2 weeks most unionized workers may get here.

Posted by: nancycadet | August 29, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Plumliners, let's hear what you think Greg would enjoy reading/viewing/listening to on his vacay.

These suggestions are non-binding, but we haven't done Plumline After Dark in a while so I thought it high time.

Posted by: BGinCHI | August 29, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

BG-

Good idea! Just saw "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" with Robert Downey, Jr. last nite and loved it.

Greg looks like he might be of the '80s Metal generation, so I recommend "Fargo Rock City" by Chuck Klosterman for a fun read.

On an Historical/Political jag if he hasn't read it, "Master of the Senate" by Robert Caro about LBJ.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | August 29, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Just caught the fact that you're out for the week Greg, lucky........... Have a great relaxing time. We'll try to behave, but there's no guarantees. Here's a pretty line from Obama's interview with Brian Williams.

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Asked about persistent accusations that he wasn't born in the United States, the president responded, "I can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead."

Posted by: lmsinca | August 30, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Jounolist taking a week off?

They should at least tell us who will be filling in. Somebody needs to continue to 'direct the dialog'.

Actually, somebody will. They just won't tell us who that might be.

Posted by: TECWRITE | August 30, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Bernie:

"The metrics noted...are what a rational person would consider of rather significant importance re that "bestest" thing."

Ah yes. Anyone who deviates from The World According To Bernie is banished to the realm of the irrational.

"Pick another set of metrics."

Well, one could use GDP as a measure, where the US out-produces the next closest country by more than 2 to 1. And one could use charitable giving as a measure, either in the public sphere where US taxpayers out-give the next most benificent country by more than 2-1, or as a measure of private giving, where numbers are harder to come but one estimate puts it at over 3 times as much as the next nation. Or one could point out that the US is and has been far and away the primary sponsor of the world's largest international peace organization, the United Nations, where the US alone covers almost over 20% of the operating budget, over 25% of the peacekeeping budget, and all in contributed over $6 billion to the organization last year.

But a metric more to the point of my original would be the fact that more people across the world immigrate to the US than to any other nation, and even more want to. According to a Gallup poll, about 700 million people want to migrate to another country, with 24% of them desiring to move to the US, more than any other nation. In other words, when it comes to actually making real world decisions about one's own life, as opposed to the abstract theorizing of egghead intellectuals, the hoi polloi vote with their feet. How ironic that some of those feet turn out to be owned by those very same egghead intellectuals.

Thanks for the vote, Bernie.

Posted by: ScottC3 | August 30, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

tecwrite: "They should at least tell us who will be filling in. Somebody needs to continue to 'direct the dialog'. Actually, somebody will. They just won't tell us who that might be."

Wow. Amazing how you missed the first sentence past the headline.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 30, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Hey everyone, glad to be here. Morning post should be up soon. I'll try my best to fill Greg's (very big) shoes while he's gone.

-- Adam

Posted by: Adam Serwer | August 30, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Sue, I was thinking about people like TEC when I saw his comment. Dealing with the Republican Tea Party set really is like having a debate on astrophysics with a 3rd grader. Except the 3rd grader is rude and has ADD. Honestly, it's no wonder nothing gets done in this country when one of the parties in the dialog is truly unable to act like adults.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 30, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Sue, I was thinking about people like TEC when I saw his comment. Dealing with the Republican Tea Party set really is like having a debate on astrophysics with a 3rd grader. Except the 3rd grader is rude and has ADD. Honestly, it's no wonder nothing gets done in this country when one of the parties in the dialog is truly unable to act like adults.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 30, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Just a quick note to say hi to Adam. Happy to have you aboard, temp captain.

Posted by: bernielatham | August 30, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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