Well Done Senator Edwards
By: Mark W Adams

There was no other response I could have accepted. John Edwards stands behind his Blog-Girls, and I continue to stand behind him.

He even won over some converts. That looks like a win to me.

Dare I say, he might have just cemented his netroots support?


Statement on Campaign Bloggers

John Edwards in News Feed of
2/08/2007 at 11:36 AM EST

The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte's and Melissa McEwan's posts personally offended me. It's not how I talk to people, and it's not how I expect the people who work for me to talk to people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that kind of intolerant language will not be permitted from anyone on my campaign, whether it's intended as satire, humor, or anything else. But I also believe in giving everyone a fair shake. I've talked to Amanda and Melissa; they have both assured me that it was never their intention to malign anyone's faith, and I take them at their word. We're beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can't let it be hijacked. It will take discipline, focus, and courage to build the America we believe in.

I can accept this. Although some may quibble (okay, a lot of bloggers may accuse) that the statement is whimpy, the results are the same. I'm sure every word was carefully vetted. We move on.

Somehow, I just knew if I walked away from the computer for an hour or so, something might break.

The ladies in question also made statements:
Amanda Marcotte: My writings on my personal blog, Pandagon on the issue of religion are generally satirical in nature and always intended strictly as a criticism of public policies and politics. My intention is never to offend anyone for his or her personal beliefs, and I am sorry if anyone was personally offended by writings meant only as criticisms of public politics. Freedom of religion and freedom of expression are central rights, and the sum of my personal writings is a testament to this fact.

Melissa McEwan: Shakespeare's Sister is my personal blog, and I certainly don't expect Senator Edwards to agree with everything I've posted. We do, however, share many views - including an unwavering support of religious freedom and a deep respect for diverse beliefs. It has never been my intention to disparage people's individual faith, and I'm sorry if my words were taken in that way.

Great girls. Now if only the fascists would follow suit and act more tolerant. Sigh. Not gonna happen, I know. So, I guess it's time to take Bill Donohue down.

Behave Girls, and remember to act like ladies. There's plenty of us knuckldraggers to do the dirty work.

Best quote (so far): TBogg ( I should have guessed.)
Well Played Pouty McYappytypedog. The snarling pursedogs of faux civility lose.

Second best comment. Well, TBogg (of course.)
And since Edwards won't say it: Fuck you, William Donohue.

Yee-Fucking-Haw folks.


Oh, and Jeff Goldstein is still an ass.

Not so much his fellow travelor John Cole, whose stock just went up (a little) in my book. I really was impressed/surprised with his take from the beginning. (But his lack of a thesaurus explains a lot.)

Sorry Powerline and Allah Pundit. Your frame simply wasn't accepted, your world view, once again, is denied as lacking any basis in reality. Opposing some aspects of catholic doctrine does not make you "anti-catholic." If it did, Donohue's support of the war, directly in conflice with the Pope's opinion, would be grounds for excommunication.

Now HUSH. Adults are speaking:

This was a smart and potentially significant move by the Edwards campaign on several levels, the most significant of which is that it signals that Democratic campaigns aren't going to capitulate to contrived controversies manufactured by the lowest and basest precincts in our political culture. There is more Edwards could have done with this, but still, he stood resolute in the face of an intense and ugly coordinated media/right-wing swarm and rendered it impotent.

Nobody is going to be casting their votes a year from now based on the pre-campaign postings of Amanda Marcotte or Melissa McEwan, and the only ones who will ever speak of this again would never have voted for Edwards in the first place, and only raised these issues in the first place with the intent to harm Edwards specifically and Democrats generally. That faction is the last one to which Edwards and other Democrats ought to pay any attention. John McCain will have to spend the next year pandering to the Bill Donahues and Michelle Malkins of the world. There is no reason John Edwards should, and it is good to see that he will not.
And Charles, you may resume your xenophibic rants against the AP. There's nothing to see here, nothing for you. (And no, there's nothing you could say or do which would get the likes of you hired by any legitimate political campaign that didn't have a Klansman on the ticket.)

Yes, Virginia (and you too Ara and Greg) I feel much better now.

Sorry Governor Richardson, my services are not available. Good luck to you.

This one is just too funny.
I want personally to congratulate the stupid cunt hosebags for holding on to their jobs.' I think it speaks well of John Edwards that when he commits to wackjob blowhard dumbfucks he sticks with them.' Besides, it’s going to be more fun this way, and to hell with those Angelfucking Godbag Catholics, and those Duke Rapists who leave other people’s cum on their victims.

And I also want to state for the record that I didn’t really mean this, so try not to get bent out of shape, you dhimmitard assmonkeys.' I was just being outrageous.' So fuck you.

And congratulations.' I mean it.

And I can’t wait to start working for Joe Leiberman.

Meanwhile, Edwards in ahead in the N.Carolina polls. (Of course.)


G. A. Roach said...

JRE showed his Presidential skills today! Problem solved in less than 24 hours. Looks like this thing might take a legal flip on that old wing-nut Donohue. Bravo Johnny!

Mark W Adams said...

Now that Shakes and Amanda are in the saddle, I expect the turn around time to be significantly reduced.

It was good stuff, even though we just know that behind closed doors, JRE actually said, "That's Bullshit! Malkin and Donohue are full of shit, fuck 'em."

At least that's how I imagine the conversation went before Elizabeth, Amanda and Mellissa said, "You can't say THAT!"

BruceMcF said...

Yup, catching Donohue for breaking the law with malice of forethought ... that would be loverly.

How do we get a watchdog group together to challenge Donohue for being a dirty criminal (plus for saying nasty things about Barbara Walters)?