Alexandra von Maltzan at All Things Beautiful wonders what would happen if all sides in the debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito were, for lack of a better term, civil. No more name calling, insults, race/religion/sex baiting, etc. Sounds like a good idea, right?
In some quarters the argument may have devolved into whether or not Alito is going to march in to unsuspecting females houses and forcibly take charge of their uterus’s, but honestly in the more well regarded blogs on both the right and left I’ve yet to see that happen. Take for example, Jeff Goldstein addressing Kevin Drum and Garance Franke-Ruta. There’s plenty of other places to find investigation into Alito’s record with a minimum of pejoratives, you could read up at Talk Left, Patterico’s Pontifications, Talking Points Memo, and Powerline. Those sites (and many others) are discussing Alito’s extensive judicial record in terms of what they may say about his ability to be confirmed.
It is said that consumers vote with their wallet. In the case of blogs, consumers vote with their eyes and keyboards. For civility to breakout in the process readers, not bloggers, will have to affect that change by averting their eyes from invective and toward civil debate.