For what it’s worth, this was a conservative blog with Republican readers when John asked me to join as his first co-blogger in 2005. You could hear the bitching and moaning from space. I grew a thick skin (tip: unproductive comments are a waste of time. If a comment is mostly unproductive, answer the productive part and ignore the rest), readers who couldn’t handle it left and the blog is a different place now. Personally I think friction is fine as long as everyone tries to argue in good faith.
In other news, people talking about the new Confederate party would enjoy reading this. It’s a Civil War blog that treats the war as if it’s happening in real time. The author just observed on NPR that teabagger commenters pretty much all embrace the Confederacy as if they never left.