For John, BLUF: Setting the tone is important. Nothing to see here; just move along.
This is just a theory, but it seems that when the blogger is cranky and argumentative, the comments are cranky and argumentative. I cite as my example this post from Law Professor Ann Althouse. The post is titled "A bill in Massachusetts that would require you to get permission from a judge in order to have sex in your own home."
Remember, this theory isn't about the proposed law or even about the Commonwealth's Constitution, which allows a citizen to put forward a bill. Nor is it about George Soros and his tools, such as Think Progress.
Hat tip to Ann Althouse.
Regards — Cliff