I used to find reassurance in feeling a rolled up copy in my back pocket, always there to be read cover to cover whenever I had a chance.
It's always been a stalwart friend and I forgave it its transgressions, including its oh-so-late-to-the-party views on Israel's crimes against the Palestinians -- and its hesitations in unmasking the lies of Zionists.
But, well, you know.
Over the last few years, however, it's been interesting to watch how The Nation is treating Putin since the Ukraine crisis and the seizure of Crimea.
Steven F. Cohen is The Nation's preeminent expert on all things Russian.
I have no doubts that Obama helped engineer that conflict and America has been aggressively squeezing Russia.
But Putin is Putin: a thug who murders critics with impunity and has established an oligarchy of Russian mobsters and thugs.
Yet to call call Cohen an apologist for Putin is an insult to Cohen's intellectual honesty and his lifetime of research of the Soviet Union and Russia.
Still, it has become increasingly difficult to accept his arguments without feeling somewhat like Albert Camus when confronted with Sartre and others who bent over backwards defending Soviet crimes.
Be your own judge: Here's a link to his essays in The Nation.
As -- at least to me -- I find Cohen less and less tenable, I can't help but wonder if his continued prominence is because he's married to The Nation's editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel.
Yes, that's sexist on my part, but it still has the appearance.
At the least The Nation should post a disclaimer and describe what I suspect is some method deployed to minimize any undue influence.
And, for whatever reasons, The Nation seems increasingly twisted into knots about Russia.
Nonetheless, I'll still keep reading The Nation, Cohen and vanden Huevel.
The Nation deserves that much.
After all, part of being a liberal is trying to understand the other side's viewpoint.