Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wants more civility. (ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

First, in case you thought things were just getting a little too ugly in the public square these days (exhibit A: the booing of debate moderator Juan Williams on Sunday), here’s an antidote. Crook those pinkies when you lift your teacup, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton convenes a meeting of those engaging in her initiative to create a “dialogue with civil society” today.

Sound like just what Washington needs these days.

And just in case you were feeling a little too optimistic about the prospects for the new year, the Council on Foreign Relations stands ready to squash those good feelings. The council is hosting an event Wednesday with the hilariously downbeat title, “What to Worry About in 2012.”

Thanks, Debbie Downer.