Amanda Marcotte, one of the two anti-Catholic trash-bloggers who quit as official bloggers for the John Edwards campaign, complains that the reason she had to leave was because of right-wing misogyny.
That two young feminist women were the targets of such a strenuous harassment campaign from bloggers and the Catholic League hints of more being at stake than scalp-collecting for conservatives. The posts that sent Donohue into a well-financed swoon were on topics such as the right to abortion, the right to contraception and gay rights. Donohue and the long list of culture warriors on the league’s board of advisors are dedicated to stomping out those very rights McEwan and I were defending. It’s unlikely they took issue with just the coarse, comedic vernacular that we used to defend those rights.
Ah yes, she falls on that old liberal tactic: when in doubt claim victim status. She doesn’t take any responsibility for what she actually wrote, even as she acknowledges them. In fact, she even puts scare quotes around the word “vulgar” as if she doesn’t understand what the big deal is. I’ll quote what is the least offensive of her statements that is still so blasphemous I hesitate to reprint it:
Q: What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?
A: You’d have to justify your misogyny with another ancient mythology.
She defends the statement as typical of her “satirical tone”, it was intended to “mock a common rhetorical ploy of abortion opponents”, and was not intended to “mock anyone’s personal faith.” Of course. How could anyone be so sensitive as to find such a statement as offensive, blasphemous, and outrageous?
The willing self-blindedness, self-pitying, and narcissism are all too common among this generation of liberals. Melanie’s stories of her classroom encounters with other specimens of the type were especially chilling because they show potential graduates with all those qualities plus an ignorance of history and current events that is staggering. In a way, it’s too bad that Marcotte and McEwan resigned because their presence on a Democratic presidential campaign would have provided a daily education in the consequences of the policies espoused by that candidate and most of his party for the past 50 years.
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