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Happy New Year!

Well, 2004 certainly hasn't been my favorite year, but still, I've had a good time with everyone out there in blog land. So happy new year, and here's hoping 2005 looks a bit better.

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Fat chance. Whenever I think about 2005, I find myself thinking of Auden: "I smell blood and an era of prominent madmen." Not all of them foreigners.

Posted by: Bruce Moomaw | Dec 31, 2004 7:21:16 PM

Happy New Year to you too, Matthew!

Posted by: Michelle | Dec 31, 2004 7:36:23 PM

I hope we all have a better 2005. Some of us are gearing up for this next election cycle and I hope others are as well. There is no time to lose!

Posted by: Paul | Dec 31, 2004 7:44:34 PM

Man, you've had a tough year, haven't you? Well Amen to a better 2005. I've enjoyed becoming one of your readers this year. Please keep it up through the next.

Posted by: Saheli | Dec 31, 2004 7:46:30 PM

Bonne année.

Posted by: abb1 | Dec 31, 2004 8:03:05 PM


Posted by: def | Dec 31, 2004 8:48:27 PM

What was the last year that when it ended one could say it had been good?

I think Prince was right.

Posted by: SamAm | Dec 31, 2004 9:10:13 PM

Good question, SamAm. 1998 and 99 weren't all that bad, were they?

Anyway, thanks for the blogging, Matthew. As my friend Jeff Heald say in his high school yearbook quote, 'I can't say it's been fun, but it has been real.'

Bruce Moomaw is right - 2005 is gonna be the pits for anyone who cares about the poor and disadvantaged. They must be hysterical with giddiness over at The Corner at all of the reactionary promise that 2005 holds - if they play their cards just right, they might even get an invasion of Iran! - but it's looking forgettable from here.

If everyone on the Indian Ocean rim has a steady source of potable drinking water a month from now, the year will be off to a great start. Let's hope for that - pray if you think it does any good - and go from there.

Posted by: Navigator | Dec 31, 2004 9:39:35 PM

Actually, the Mullahs running Iran are among the Prominent Madmen I'm most worried about -- we may actually have to bomb the SOBs next year, with far greater justification than our Iraq invasion.

Posted by: Bruce Moomaw | Jan 1, 2005 1:07:16 AM

Happy new year, Matt -- and thanks so much for the great blog.

Posted by: julian | Jan 1, 2005 1:10:53 AM

Well, as my dad said tonight, at least we know that this year Bush is guaranteed not to be elected president.

Posted by: Charlie Murtaugh | Jan 1, 2005 3:05:31 AM

Yeah...I realize that given the circumstances this sort of came across as election commentary, but I actually had "bad year" business of a more personal nature in mind, too. I don't see any realistic chance of an upturn in political fortunes. At a minimum, maybe we can avoid having 100,00+ people get killed in a giant tsunami. That'd be something.

Posted by: Matthew Yglesias | Jan 1, 2005 3:27:32 AM

"Well, as my dad said tonight, at least we know that this year Bush is guaranteed not to be elected president."

Don't be too sure, Charlie. This may be the year he gets the 22nd Amendment repealed.

Posted by: Bruce Moomaw | Jan 1, 2005 4:01:48 AM

A year in which the Red Sox win it all can't be all bad, right?

Happy New Year!

Posted by: oodja | Jan 1, 2005 9:29:17 AM

"Yeah...I realize that given the circumstances this sort of came across as election commentary, but I actually had "bad year" business of a more personal nature in mind, too."

In my book, you get a full calendar year to work through the grief of a major loss.

And a happy new year to each and every one of us.

Posted by: Petey | Jan 1, 2005 10:02:38 AM

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