Because no one, ever, has ever questioned the intelligence of American voters in extemporaneous discussions of politics.
James Joyner has had a couple of interesting posts over the last week concerning blog comments, especially here at OTB. Here are some more thoughts.
I have banned a couple of serial violators in recent days after various warnings, deletions, and other signals failed to do the trick.
Is angry and violent language which dominates blog comments sections a sign of broader trends in our political culture?
Comments sections on larger blogs seem inevitably to turn into cesspools. Is it worth trying to stop it happening?