Just because Barack Obama won the 2012 election, in large part, by dishonestly portraying Mitt Romney as a cold, uncaring, out-of-touch plutocrat does not mean our readers have grounds to level similar personal charges against our (and their) critics.
And please do not make assumptions about my left-of-center friends.
As I’ve said on numerous occasions, take issue with the arguments they raise, but do not level personal attacks on the individual making them. You don’t know that person. You don’t know why he has made the case that he has.
I do not check the comments all that regularly, but in the past few days, have received repeated reports from readers about commenters using ad hominem attacks in exchanges with their adversaries.
More on this after I’ve discussed the matter with Bruce.