Okay, for all you TPM readers who have been quietly tapping away at your keyboards looking for that find or catch that will earn you one of the prized Special Edition Privatize This! TPM T-Shirts, your wait is over! Or at least, it's over if you've already won one! Or, well, something like that. But the bottom line is we've got the T-Shirts.
We've already awarded a number of them to TPM readers who tracked the evolution of the Social Security speech code and we'll be giving out ten more tonight and tomorrow for eagle-eyeing the State of the Union address and its aftermath.
And of course, if you'd rather just drop down a few bucks and buy the T-shirt as a straight cash transaction, well, we can help you there too.
It turns out there's a men's version and then a women's version of the shirt. Why each gender gets their own version I don't precisely understand. But my one-and-only tells me that's how it is. So that's how we're going to do it. And if that isn't enough there's even the obligatory 'Private This' mug.
If you want to see what the thing looks like, click here to see the front and here to see the back. And to buy one you can go here.
A couple quick points. We make five bucks a piece off the shirts and the money goes to supporting TPM. On the image of the front of the shirt, you can't really make it out clearly, but the smaller text under "Privatize This!" says "*eyes and ears on loan to talkingpointsmemo.com", which we thought was kinda cute and had the added advantage of accurately describing how involved, watchful and vigilant readers are what makes this sort of enterprise possible.
In any case, on to other posts now. But politics isn't just about beliefs and policies and arguments. It should also be fun. Because fighting for things you believe in with some punch in your step, a glint in your eye and a confidence in results is fun. The center-left managed to lose a lot of that moxie over the years for a long list of reasons, some of them inevitable. But it's recoverable.