“One anti-Catholic Edwards campaigner quits”
Following the first day of a “public relations blitz” on the part of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, one of the chief campaign bloggers for Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards quit Monday evening. The resignation of Amanda Marcotte came on the same day that the Catholic League publicized a new post she made regarding the Virgin Birth of Jesus.
Marcotte posted on her personal blog that the criticism “was creating a situation where I felt that every time I coughed, I was risking the Edwards campaign.” Marcotte said she resigned from her position Monday, and that her resignation was accepted by the campaign.
This does not let Edwards off the hook, because he didn’t fire her and because she characterizes her resignation not as reparation, repudiation, and repentance, but as a way to end the “distraction” for the campaign.
Nowhere have Edwards, Marcotte, or McEwan said that the vile and disgusting epithets they wrote were unacceptable.
Something I’ve noticed about political blogs is the the difference in tone. While some right-wing blogs use uncharitable and inappropriate language, it is rather the norm on left-wing blogs to see profligate use of profanity, attribution of the worst possible motives to opponents, and posting of the most vile commentary to score debating points and tear down the other guy. Marcotte and McEwan are only distinguished for their instant notoriety by connection to a presidential campaign. They are not unique.
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