Monday, February 12, 2007

Edwards' blogger is out.

Amanda Marcotte, blogger for Pandagon, tendered her resignation today as chief blogger for the John Edwards campaign.

This is the same Austin-based blogger who, prior to joining the Edwards team,had some rather unspeakable euphemism for things like the Virgin birth of Christ, as well as other assorted nastiness and vulgarities.

Now she says she is the target of an anti-Semite, i.e., Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. The invective and ranting goes on from there, as you can read.

In fact, he’s made no bones about the fact that his intent is to “silence” me, as if he—a perfect stranger—should have a right to curtail my freedom of speech. Why? Because I’m a woman? Because I’m pro-choice? Because I’m not religious? All of the above, it seems.

Regardless, it was creating a situation where I felt that every time I coughed, I was risking the Edwards campaign. No matter what you think about the campaign, I signed on to be a supporter and a tireless employee for them, and if I can’t do the job I was hired to do because Bill Donohue doesn’t have anything better to do with his time than harass me, then I won’t do it. I resigned my position today and they accepted.

She goes on:

Bill Donohue doesn’t speak for Catholics, he speaks for the right wing noise machine. You guys pointed this out, you made a stink, you refused to walk into the same stupid trap that is laid out for liberals and Democrats by the right wing noise machine and I think you made a difference. While loyalty played into the pushback some, the real story is that we liberals are not taking this crap any longer and we’re pushing back. And now that I’m attached to only myself again, I’m ready and eager to join in the pushing back with you. Like Lorraine say, Jesus did not say to shut your piehole.

Well, isn't that special?

This does call into question here "apology" she rendered just last week. Was she lying then, then? Obviously so.

Liberals simply do not get it. People, folk, Joe Six-pack and Mary Punchclock are not at all interested in the kind of blather and vulgar and debasing cant that passes for enlightened analysis in the angst-ridden world of the lefty activist. And feminists of the hard-core variety like Marcotte are the worst of the lot.

That may play over at DU or DailyKos, but not to the voters Edwards or any Democrat will need in the long run. Fortunately, BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) is not a widespread malady as it is in the LoonyLeftVille.

Update: Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom, had this to say, which cannot be said often enough:

The rest of Marcotte’s resignation announcement decries attacks on her free speech—which is, of course, absurd. It was her choice to step down; the government didn’t demand she do so. And coming from someone who routinely deletes comments that challenge her worldview—both on Pandagon and during her brief stint working for Edwards—the charge is doubly ironic.

I am sick to death of people complaining of an abridgment of their "freedom of speech" when other private actors seek to hold the speaker responsible for his comments. I'm only going to say this once: You have no freedom of speech rights that I am bound to respect. Only the government can abridge your freedom of speech, not a private actor.

Now, shut up!

Update x 2: The DUmmies are casting this as a victory for Donohue, and they arent' too happy about it.

I love it when the DUmmies are unhappy.

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