Chris Lehmann and Manhattan B D

Chris Lehmann and Manhattan Brian Drain

New York mag* features editor Chris Lehmann is fleeing the city for D.C., and a new gig at Congressional Quarterly—which is not entirely surprising given that wife Ana Cox (a.k.a. The Wonkette) lives in D.C., and one can only be expected to keep Amtrak afloat with round trip tickets for so long.

I was recently informed that D.C. IS THE NATION’S NEW INTELLECTUAL CENTER, and I scoffed—scoffed!—at the notion. (Heresy! New York is the intellectual epicenter! Us! US! It’s all about us!) A couple of days later, I read in a large national newspaper that D.C. IS THE NATION’S NEW INTELLECTUAL CENTER. And if the New York Times says it, it must be true.

Ergo, Chris Lehmann = one more brain drained.

* Full disclosure: I’m a former New York mag employee and the founding editor of, the parent company of which owns