Matthew Yglesias decides that the ends justify the means ... any means ... even niceness.
At any rate, it does occur to me now and again that the netroots could probably use some more good cops to go along with the bad cops. If, say, Klein not only got a torrent of critical email when he wrote something that pissed us off but also a torrent of positive email when he wrote something liberals liked, then he'd probably find himself writing more liberal stuff over the long haul, no? Being nice is no fun and I'm basically an asshole as a general matter, so I don't really want to do it, but surely a big community site like dKos could get the job done.
Ah yes, but who will bell the cat ? I am planning a very nasty anti Klein post (see above). There are some bloggers who don't seem to love nastiness (Kevin Drum comes to mind and ... so does the washingtonmonthly blogger and calpundit and maybe one of his cats).
The only consistently very very nice person I have met on the blogosphere is frequent DeLong commenter Anne.
Come on Anne, it's a dirty rotten job but someone has to do it.