2. Ezra Klein, Health of Nations. Okay, this is a series of posts rather than a single post, but they gave me - and the rest of the blogosphere - a badly needed tutorial on health policy.
3. Belle Waring, "No One Is That Crazy. Right? Ummm…right?". It would be on here even if its only virtue was the phrase "OMG THE HIDDEN IMAM". But the rest of it is funny as sin too.
4. Michael Bérubé, "On the Production of Fresh Wingnuts". A brilliant dissection of the liberal hawk phenomenon, complete with the sentence "I used to consider myself a Democrat, but thanks to 9/11, I’m outraged by Chappaquiddick."
5. Josh Marshall, 2005 Social Security blogging. The invention of the Conscience Caucus and the Fainthearted Faction was instrumental in stopping privatization. It was great writing, and even better activism.