From a reader:
Beg to differ– the debate is illuminating, not heated, and that’s one of the things I love about NR. Heat I associate with friction and loss of control and decorum, and there’s plenty of that elsewhere. NRO is just the coolest rolling dinner party one could ever attend, and to have leveraged all these good brains and hearts (your included of course) for consumption by political junkies like me is a phenomenal achievement.
Passionate is not rude. Letterman is rude.