So Much for That Sophisticated Times Readership

Anyone who doubts the Times has a predominantly liberal audience should check out the paper's new political blog, The Caucus. The poststhemselves(by Times staffers)aren't terribly slanted, although liberal assumptions and conventional wisdoms aren't hard to sniff out, but the commenters are a just-as-paranoid-if-less-vulgar version of the mobs at the Daily Kos.

Check out this comments thread on a post about Sen. George Allen of Virginia's response to a weird, hostile question about his Jewish ancestry during atelevised debate with Democratopponent James Webb.In a charming turn, the left net-roots and the Webb campaign have taken to spelling out the senator's full name "George Felix Allen," and "Felix" crops up in the Times' comments section as well.