Julien A. Sharp

Disappointed, but not surprised...

Filed By Julien A. Sharp | February 16, 2007 10:18 AM | comments

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Please note that this post, and its opinions, are wholly those of the author of this post, and were not written at the request of, nor as the result of any interview with, either of the bloggers about which it was written............................. Julien

I don't even need to delve into my (limited) coding skills to link to all of the posts and features written about Melissa McEwan (a/k/a Shakespeare's Sister) and Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon. There has been so much written about the "bloggers leaving the Edwards campaign" that it is easy to find a link via any search engine.

As I emailed to a fellow "Blog-grl" the other night: I have so much to say but don't know where to begin.

I will begin now, with this: these two women were hired by the Edwards campaign. They were deemed of value in the respective roles for which they were hired.

Head to There's Moresville (below the fold), please, to continue...

They agreed to work and support the campaign of a single (one of SO MANY now) presidential candidate, and gave that support very early into said candidacy. Amanda, taking a full-time position for the campaign, was literally in the process of moving her entire life from Texas to North Carolina. Melissa, whilst part time and working from home, had already made many provisions for her incredible network of co-bloggers to keep up her burgeoning-in-popularity weblog in order to devote her time to the more technical aspects of Edwards' netroots campaign.

Both of these women gave their 100%+, but when a far-right extremist twisted comments and made a small stink, all of the sudden Edwards was "offended" by their remarks. His remarks stating that he was "giving a second chance" to Melissa and Amanda were effete, in my opinion, because by not chastising also the radical that is Donohue, he implicitly added his support to the message that everything Donohue says/said is correct, whilst his OWN EMPLOYEES were "offensive" to him.

However, what happened then is unimaginable. Amanda and Melissa became deluged - not with bible verses or other scripture - but with death threats, rape threats, and other forms of torture or bodily harm. Minutes before a telephone conversation I had with Melissa, someone had driven up to her own home and pounded threateningly on her door, leaving after many, many fear-filled minutes. This young lady lives in a home with a loving husband, and beloved pets. Her home has been violated, her well-being has been threatened, and ...where the F were Edwards or his campaign manager(s)? [That sound you hear is the group of crickets, chirping in the otherwise-silence of the room].

These two intelligent women resigned because of threats to their lives, their families, and their homes.

The Edwards campaign quietly accepted their resignations, and MADE NOT ANOTHER STATEMENT, which can only serve the violent, vitriolic spawn of the Donohue philosophy.

What youngsters like Edwards DO NOT GET is that no matter how many people he throws under the bus, he will never, as a Democrat, get the fringe vote of the Christofacists (oops, there's that durn term again, but I say if the shoe fits...). Once again, a democrat-aligned candidate will not EVER get said votes. Their votes will never go to a "D" no matter how many gays s/he discriminates against, or how many times s/he denies a raped girl access to the morning after pill.

Now, he has lost the support, the respect, the money, and the votes of the reality-based community which, as he will likely find out this time around, are increasing in number, whilst the radical fringe who throw death threats, whose vote he is obviously courting here, will diminish, or crawl back into the holes from whence they came.

Crossposted at The Educated Eclectic

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Sad. But predictable.

I read these bloggers' earlier posts, in their entirety, rather than rely on current news reports or Donahue's selective lifting of quotes. He is a snake, but the entire posts contained some pretty tough remarks.

These ladies are entitled to their opinions. And we all know blog views can get radical and interesting very quickly as posts are made, and comments added.

But the entirety of their earlier posts on this subject, are not the stuff of presidential campaign workers. Someone at Edwards & Co. didn't vett these candidacies very well. I found the blog postings quickly. So, evidently, did the (loud) Catholic far-right.

You can't say or write things like this and expect the world to ignore it. Ask Tim Hardaway.

The lady bloggers maybe uprooted their lives. But the posts referenced by Donahue, and the portions surrounding those lifted quotes, were not national campaign level political writing.

I'd never have hired them in the first place. Once hired, when the storm began, and the selective quotes, plus the entire postings, were made public, Edwards probably had little choice but to let them go.

Presidential campaigns are narcicistic 12-month (or longer) marathons which ebb and flow with every changing wind or news story. If these women hadn't left the campaign, the drip-drip-drip would've been a water torture for them and Edwards.

They are clearly bright, these two women. They'll land on their feet.

And, having read much more of their blog musings, I have to ask: have these women read all of Edwards's views? Also freely available on the net.

They're not exactly simpatico on some issues.

Good luck to them. I have a sense they'll be fine. Their shock about the fallout from their earlier writings, however, is naive.

Actually, they were not "let go" by Edwards. They were retained, and resigned at their own choice, following the threats mentioned above.

The main point is that there seems to be very little (none, actually) outrage by the Edwards camp that two people employed by said camp were stalked at their home(s), threatened with bodily injury, and other related acts that are far more vitriolic than any of their posts that were the subject of the brouhaha in the first place.


I don't think you'll ever find the presidential candidate that always agrees with your views, Anon. And I also take umbrage at your statement:

"The lady bloggers maybe uprooted their lives. But the posts referenced by Donahue, and the portions surrounding those lifted quotes, were not national campaign level political writing."

You're right - they weren't national campaign level political writings. They were, instead, personal writings for their blogs written well before they joined the campaign. If you look at Donohue's screeds you'll see that he's had his own share of "radical" remarks. (Like anti-semitism among other things!).

And most of all, I don't give a flying fuck what they've written on their blogs. That is NO excuse to threaten to kill or rape someone. None. That is absolutely inexcusable behavior.

And for Edwards to ignore it, tells me that he is not a capable leader. If he can't face down a wingnut, he'd never be able to deal with terrorists. He's lost my vote entirely - I'd vote for Guilliani before I would Edwards now. At least G had some balls.

You're right - they weren't national campaign level political writings. They were, instead, personal writings for their blogs written well before they joined the campaign.

Indeed, and both women were more than qualified for their intended jobs.

Donahue is a snit and it's no secret. It's he and his clan that waged the most ridiculous culture wars of the last five years that, for whatever reason, TV and newpaper media reprint without question. The initial article that broke WaPo(?) by Nedra Pickler was essentially a complete reprint of the Catholic League's press release.

Amanda and Melissa do have a quarrel with the Catholic church, but it is narrow, not about personal faith or the church itself, but with factually inaccurate teachings about reproductive rights and homosexuality. Essentially their position is this: Know the facts (repeat: facts) then make your decision. They are rather outspoken and well-known feminists who aren't at all secretive about their positions on reproductive rights and gay rights.

But overall, what makes it more upsetting for me is this. The Catholic League has an amazing Board of Advisors that should lend a little insight to how and/or why this media witch hunt started.

Ah, Lauren, yes, indeed...Alan Keyes. 'Nuff said.