I am a lurker. I started reading TPM when Tom Delay was redistricting Texas (again) and found Josh to be the best if not only source of information as things were unfolding. I used to post and comment regularly with the old iteration of TPM Cafe. Life happens. For a while I couldn't be as actively involved. Once I returned to more regular reading, I found enough change that I couldn't find a place to fit in as before. I finally joined The Hive to get rid of the ads (and because I now had the money to support Josh).
So I've been around for a while. These days I give a few likes, but rarely comment. Why? I used to find TPM to be a place with a decent quality of discussion, little adversarial argument, and frequent bits of sound analysis or new information in the comments. Now I am uncomfortable with the discussions. I particularly don't care for the name calling. I myself cannot bear to use the words "president" and "trump" as a phrase, but I feel that with him and with any other person or group that we label in a derogatory manner, we are dehumanizing them, making them objects of hate or disgust. I don't find that a productive way to approach solutions. Frankly, once the name calling starts--whether the object is George Bush, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or anyone else--I stop reading the comments.
Thanks for asking.