Matt Yglesias revels in his 1% lifestyle with $1.2 million townhouse

As a noted Occupy Wall Street fanSlates Matt Yglesias is big time sympathizer with the 99%. He stands up for the normal people fighting the overpaid doctors and other wealthy people. He is arm in arm with the brave souls who speak truth to power — even if that truth requires defecating on a police car.

With such an egalitarian vision, we assume that Yglesias lives a normal life, far from the decadent 1% fat cats who are dragging this nation down.

Actually — hold that thought — look what turned up in the latest issue of the Washingtonian.

 Journalist and political blogger Matthew Yglesias bought a three-bedroom, three-bath condo on Q Street in Logan Circle for $1.2 million. In a converted Victorian rowhouse, the unit has original exposed-brick walls and a private patio. Yglesias writes about business and the economy for Slate.

No, Matt, no! We thought you were down with the Occupiers.

$1.2 million dollars? That’s, like, even more than Dr. Evil wanted! There are so many better uses for that cash. I mean, that would totally buy, like, two years worth of bong hits for all your friends from the Occupy camp. Like, spread the wealth, dude!

It’s okay Matt, we know your heart’s in the right place. We know you’re fighting against all the other filthy rich people. Even if you’ve got a big fancy house in an exclusive neighborhood, you’re still one of us. You’re not dropping $10 million on a condo like Chelsea Clinton did. Besides, $1.2 million is more like the 98th percentile, so maybe you can still be in the 99%.

You’re totally going to invite all the homeless Occupy people to your next dinner party, right?


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  • Maxx

    Yglesias is like most hypocritical libs, who suspend their fight against “the 1%,” every time they need a real estate agent.

  • Cory

    1.2 million isn’t that much money for DC. That’s like a middle class home there.

    • Zanshi

      Sad, but true

    • Jessica L

      Yes, let’s put this in perspective. $1.2 will barely pay for a doghouse in Mitt Romney’s neighborhood.

      • Patrick Dennehy

        Mitt Romney isn’t going around reproving the rich. It’s not the amount Yglesias paid, it’s the hypocrisy that is the issue here

      • RevDrEBuzz

        oh hes so evil.

        but then so is a lefitst who buys a lot of expensive crap.

        what abut allllll those poor people?

      • carla5731

        How many $1.2 million 3 bedroom condos would fit into John “Champion of the Poor” Edwards’ 28,000 square foot palace?

        • RightThinking1


          Yeah, I’ll never, ever forget Edwards droning on and on about the “two Americas”, while was he was building that place. He also had $3.5 million beach house at tony (and privately owned) Bald Island, an enclave of elite Democrats. Disgraced (among decent people) NC Democrat governor (is he in jail?) Mike Easley had a place there too.

    • Todd Hill

      Who cares what the cost of real estate is in DC? With the type of job he does, he could buy a house on the cheap in western Maryland, commute in to DC on a regular basis or work from home. He has that option along with several others which would not push him to shell out over a MILLION dollars for a place to live, yet he willfully did so.

      Must be nice to have that kind of money to squander on a home. Heck, a million bucks would buy 8 or 9 homes outright in my neighborhood…

      • Cory

        Hey man, even though he dogs rich people I don’t expect him to live in a shantytown lol. 1.2 million isn’t really that much, well at least on the east coast. Now if he lived in Texas, he’d be in a palace.

    • $45065723

      If he was able to pay $200,000 down, his monthly mortgage payment is about $4,000, which would be slightly over typical rent for a 3 bedroom place in DC. At that point if you have the equity for a down payment, it’s silly not to buy as an investment.

      • TugboatPhil

        As stated numerous other times here, the total price, or monthly payments are not the issue. The purchase was made by a guy who slams people for having a lot of money and once wrote that there is no private property that isn’t granted by “the state.”

        • gvanderleun

          He probably meant “no private property that isn’t granted by ‘the Slate’ .”

    • carla5731

      According to Zillow the median home price in Logan Circle is $465,800. His property cost almost three times that.

  • Silenttype78

    ” This is what hypocrisy looks like !!! “

    • Elaine

      And THIS, too, from Occupier sympathizer & pretend Socialist, Michael Moore:

  • arttie

    Do as I say, not as I do!

  • V the K

    Wait til George Soros gets the bill for that. He could have bought a state attorney general for that kind of money

    • $23629333

      Wonder if it’s a coincidence that Marvel’s Puppet Master looks an awful lot like George Soros.

  • Spatial Awareness

    @mattyglesias is obviously NOT paying his “fair share”.

  • Brian Cates

    Anybody else remember when Matty claimed private property ownership was a ‘myth’?

    It was right here on Twitchy! 1st time I ever made the site, too:

    • TugboatPhil

      I’d forgotten about that! Looks like I was VERY mistaken about my comment that day:

      “The concept of “redistribution” falsely implies that the existence of property is prior to the existence of the state. #mythofownership”

      Said a guy who is making payments on a futon in his studio apartment.

  • Barack Hussein Sharpton

    I wonder if his new million dollar condo is located in one of those hip, new gentrified urban neighborhoods that are shoving all of the poor Blacks out into the streets with no place to live.

  • gracepmc

    3 bedrooms? 3 bathrooms? How many does 1 person “need”. Seems a tad beyond one’s “fair share”. Perhaps bed/bath 2 and 3 could be “re distributed” to the less fortunate.

  • $23629333

    Yet another person I know the name of only because I visit Twitchy. What does he do that he can afford to enjoy the lifestyle of the rich and famous?

    Apparently, he is another phony like Earl Sinclair* – living like the 1%, while presenting himself as just another working stiff amongst the 99%. Blathering Dan Rather was another who played this disgusting game.

    Hope someone has the addresses of all these hypocritical portsiders – if ever we “storm the Bastille,” we should also drop in on them.

    (* the man with the summer home on Torch Lake)

  • jody

    Maybe he’ll have an open door policy and take in any and all 99%ers. Ya think?

  • $30423294

    Can you imagine the layers and layers of self-deception required to be a leftist today?

    It’s freakish, actually, isn’t it?

    • TugboatPhil

      Step one: Remove all mirrors and shiny surfaces from house.

    • RightThinking1


      “It’s freakish, actually, isn’t it?”

      ‘Pathological’ is the term I would use.

  • capisce

    The level of hypocrisy is too damn high.

  • DrSamHerman

    That “doctors are overpaid” mantra has been around since the late 80s. It’s nothing new per se, but having it brought up by leftists who don’t understand a hoot about the liability and responsibility that physicians carry versus other health care practitioners is more than insulting.
    I’m sure apparatchiks like Matt would have the best care available, while the rest of society would have to wait six to ten hours in line at the local primary care clinic to hopefully get their vitals taken and told to come back tomorrow to repeat the wait.
    We already are facing a shortage of physicians so much so that many states are considering loosening the practice restrictions on nurse practitioners, pharmacists and physician’s assistants to give them broader authority with decreased oversight. This is a catastrophe waiting for a time to rear it’s ugly head. NPs and PAs are not licensed to do procedures, nor can they be credentialed to do surgery. Equally, there are many classes of drugs which they cannot prescribe due to the complexity of the therapy and/or the potential for adverse drug reactions. And to forestall anyone’s sense of outrage, NO–you can’t be just taught to recognize those side-effects as it takes years to gain that clinical experience with real patients.
    The second part of this is the shrinking reimbursement is causing residency training programs for primary care physicians (internal medicine, famliy practice, pediatrics) to close. These programs are the only way for physicians to gain the type of training needed to go into other medical-related specialties or to provide good general practitioner care.
    The idea that doctors are paid too much emanates less from any study which demonstrates that and more to anger over the fact that a master’s degree in physician’s assistant studies or six years in a nursing master’s program for advanced practice do not equal the same level of training and responsibility required for physicians. Medical school is harder to get into because we have more applicants every year. It’s a function of numbers, and not some conspiracy to keep down the number of physicians as Yglesias, in his conspiratorial paranoiac fantasy would like you to think. It’s just that modern medicine is complex and as a profession, we are ethically compelled to make sure only those who can actually practice competently enter into training.

    • NRPax

      One slight correction to your essay: In the Navy, there are Corpsman with a level of training equivalent to PAs that can do procedures and surgery. They are part of a submarine crew. But they are in for years before they get the nod for an assignment like that.

      • DrSamHerman

        The military provides equivalent training to a PA program to some of its enlisted and some of its officers (ones that are already healthcare professionals). Those PAs are highly desirable once they leave the service, because they are some of the best. I know–I hired two of them from the Air Force to handle my psychiatry and neurology patients respectively. That being said, the types of procedures they might handle are in no way equivalent to what physicians do in the civilian world.

  • FrancisMcManus

    We should stop criticizing success. Nobody is buying GOP faux populism when they readily raise taxes on the middle class and bemoan raising taxes on the rich.

    • willbest

      That was Obama that raised taxes on the middle class. GWB is the one that cut them.

      • Hitt Mann

        Will, yet again basic facts escape the liberal mindset….

  • Matt C Colgan

    not seeing the hypocrisy here – paying a lot for a house means prices aren’t too high?

  • Matt C Colgan

    not seeing the hypocrisy here – paying a lot for a house means prices aren’t too high?

  • Guy_Montag_OG

    Liberal Hypocrites are a dime a dozen, even when a Ben Bernanke Dime has no value.

    For example, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Must-Haves for Spring total a mere 450k…

  • Pseudonym

    So it’s the height of hypocrisy to sympathize with liberal values unless you’re poor (i.e. some kind of moocher)? What’s the hypocrisy here? If he’s willing to argue for more benefits and support for the poor despite not needing it himself, it sounds more altruistic than hypocritical.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Well, you know…he doesn’t actually own that house. He said so himself, “Private property comes from the state,” or something like that.
    Also, still hoping he gets a terminal illness.

  • iamhungry

    This all presumes that he couldn’t have bought a $10 million house but decided to give 9 million to charity instead.

  • gvanderleun

    I guess @mattyglesias either came from money or, by marrying, came into money.