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Paddy Kraska left us a year and a day ago. We miss her!


I have delayed writing this post because it's just too damned sad. There's everything to say and nothing to say.

Paddy left us a year and a day ago and there has not been a day since that I have not thought of her and I know the same has been true for Laffy, David, Sher, Chris, her brother, Jeff her husband, and many many others who loved her.

I will put up Political Carnival archived posts about and by Paddy in the next few days. We all miss her terribly. RIP Paddy! We love you!


A Paddy K. is worth a thousand words


Paddy eyes

As longtime readers of The Political Carnival know, our dear Paddy unexpectedly passed away last January. We've posted several reluctant good-byes and tributes to her, but none as visually comprehensive and effective as the one at this link.

A picture is worth .... well, you know, and at the link, you'll find beautiful reminders of one of my dearest friends and the best blog partner a crazed liberal woman could have. As painful as it's been without her, somehow we here at TPC have found our way back... thanks to lwdgrfx, Sher, Nicole, Amy, and all our very generous guest contributors, especially David, the Domikes, and KC Boyd.

Lwdgrfx has painstakingly assembled the loving photo tribute to Paddy (special thanks to her brother and TPC guest contributor Chris), and I encourage you to link over and see who we miss so very, very much. Paddy was a joy, a scamp, a tough cookie, a sweetheart, a curmudgeon, a softy, a brilliant commentator, and a loyal friend.

There isn't a day... an hour... that goes by that I don't think about her, tear up, and laugh over the cherished memories she created with me, with us.

So if you never knew Paddy, you missed a good one. And if you were lucky enough to encounter her in real life, or here at TPC, on Twitter, or on Facebook, these photos chronicling her all-too-short life will make it seem-- at least for a moment-- as if she were still here with us, cracking us up, being a wise ass, swatting trolls, and giving us a group hug.

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Paddy younger


A Birthday Gift For Our Late Best Friend, Paddy


paddy laughing

Today would have been our beloved Paddy's birthday. Since her untimely passing about two weeks ago, life has changed for all of us over here at The Political Carnival.

One thing I believe is that Paddy would have loved to celebrate this occasion. She loved life and birthdays are supposed to be fun. So in my personal way, and in honor of this being her day, I found a video that I think she'd have loved and demanded we share with all of our readers. It skewers so much of what's going on with politics today. And I KNOW that anything that shows up bully Bill O'Reilly for what he really is, would be something Paddy would be jumping up and down saying we had to put up there.

So here it is. A birthday present for Paddy from all of us here at TPC. She'd consider it a pleasure to give all of you an entertaining gift to help her celebrate. So, as you watch this, please remember the spirit of the woman who gave her all for this site.

Thanks to the Gregory Brothers, we have another installment of Songify -- the musical fantasm of song, news and snark.

the Gregory Brothers 2

From YouTube:

Congresswoman Jackie Speier debates diplomatic spending with Nice Peter & Kassem G while a variety of pundits & politicians bemoan the biggest dangers of 2014 - zoo closures, marijuana legalization, and texting.

Happy Birthday sweet Angel.

Laffy Note: Thank you David, this was perfect. Just perfect. Paddy would have loved it, and there is nothing left to add except for my deepest wishes that she could have been here to share her birthday with us. I-- we-- miss her beyond words, we ache inside, we will always love and remember her, and we will always celebrate her life and legacy on this day and every day.

i love you so much


A special tribute and reluctant good-bye to our Paddy


paddy laughing

UPDATE: Please remember Paddy by signing this guest book. The Political Carnival will not be adding any other posts today in honor of our dear sweet friend. We will resume regular posting tomorrow. Thank you.


I apologize ahead of time for rambling through this good-bye to the best partner and friend anyone could have. I can't seem to form thoughts lately.

Paddy's wonderful brother Chris put together a loving collage of Paddy's life (below), and what a life she had. He had it enlarged to 18 x 24 inches, laminated and mounted for her funeral service today.

I cropped out the photo above, because to me, that is the mischievous, full of life Paddy I remember and love. But each and every photo in the collage represents something special in her all too short time with us, particularly the ones of her with her sweet husband Jeff.

For those who have been kind enough to ask, yes, the pain is still all-consuming, the tears still well up all day long, and the shock is still excruciatingly fresh, showing no signs of abating; but with time, we will get through this heart-rending time and be left with the best of memories.

We are all so lucky to have known Paddy Kraska. She was a fierce, loyal, passionate, smart-as-hell, talented, sensitive, caring, hilarious, loving friend and warrior.

I miss her so much. So much.

Anyone who knew her-- whether on line or personally-- does.

It's just not the same without my Padlock, not even close.

Rest in peace, dear Paddy. Give Scooby a hug for me.

PaddyCollagePostACRA huge thank you to Lucian (@lwdgrfx) and David (@linzack) for being so strong and keeping things moving as I crumbled.

A special thank you to Anne Laurie at Balloon Juice and to the beyond generous ajijaakwe over at DKos for her post, her huge heart and her continued help with fundraising.

And to every one of you who donated your love and/or what you could to help Paddy's family with today's reception, my heartfelt gratitude.

Thank you for letting me lean on all of you.

Most of all, thank you Paddy Kraska, for letting me in and always being there.

All my love,



For those who are only just finding out about Paddy's passing, here are links to previous posts: