Comments policy

I invite and enjoy substantive comments from any ideological perspective. I especially welcome those who disagree with me.

Please help me make this site a place of impassioned and respectful debate by following these commenting guidelines:

  1. No profanity or patently offensive language.
  2. No personal attacks on anyone, including other commenters.  Treat this as a discussion among friends.  Debate vigorously and play nicely, please.
  3. Please stay on topic.  If your post begins with, “You’re missing the point, the real problem is …” then please start your own blog.
  4. No commercial advertising or spam.

During more than seven years working in the United States Senate, I developed respect for the Senate floor rules of decorum. Senators must always address the Chair, rather than speaking directly to each other. Personal attacks are a violation of the Senate rules. Members from radically different ideological perspectives refer to each other as, “My good friend, the Senator from [State],” even when they despise each other. Personal attacks are a violation of Senate rules.  Over time, this artificially created politeness creates an environment of vigorous, impassioned, yet civil debate that mostly focuses on policy questions and infrequently descends into gutter attacks. I hope to create the same environment here, and will do what is necessary to enforce a respectful discussion.

If you’re a jerk, I’ll ban you. Permanently.

I am now using Facebook’s commenting system on this blog.  When you post a comment using a Facebook ID, there is a checkbox labeled “Post comment to my Facebook profile” that defaults to on.  If you don’t want your Facebook friends (or others you have allowed to view your profile) to see your comment, you will need to uncheck this box each time you comment.

I reserve all rights to ignore, edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any and all comments, for any reason, even if they don’t violate the above guidelines. I also retain the right to block anyone from commenting or accessing this blog.

Your comments are your responsibility. By submitting a comment on this blog, you agree that the comment content is your own, and you agree to hold this site, Keith Hennessey, and all representatives harmless from any and all repercussions, damages, or liability.