Ronald Brownstein, who joins the Atlantic Media Company as political director next week, is the type of reporter who reads the 1994 CBO score of the Clinton health care plan. For fun.

He is the political reporter who takes policy seriously, honing his craft at National Journal, after all, before becoming the chief political correspondent at the Los Angeles Times and then its national affairs columnist after the paper objected to the woman he fell in love with.

He is the political reporter who other political reporters secretly envy because he is so damn smart and so damn perceptive. (He was a Pulitzer finalist, twice.)

He's going to write a weekly column for National Journal and contribute to all of our company's publications, and I'm quietly hoping to convince him to blog in this space occasionally... just occasionally, Ron, no worries ... if only to give this column's readers a real treat.

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