|In the event that no one has read any of this elsewhere (I've been a bit bogged for the last two days), feminist bloggers Amanda Marcotte of pandagon.net and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare's Sister have both resigned from the Edwards Campaign.|
What began as an exciting marriage of feminism and progressive Democratic politics--Presidential hopeful John Edwards hired Marcotte and McEwan to join his campaign staff--ended when Catholic psycho and head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Bill Donahue had a f*cking free for all, calling for the resignation of Marcotte and McEwan, "two anti-Catholic vulgar trash-talking bigots."
Edwards deliberated firing them. He didn't. Marcotte resigned yesterday. McEwan resigned today. Both ladies assure us that neither Edwards nor his camp forced the resignations, but that it was the highly-malicious and seemingly endless onslaught of bullshit that ushered their departure.
The whole thing is a fucking mess initiated by a dude who heads a 501 (c) 3 which, as many have pointed out, is legally bound to stay out of political mongering.
What a fucking mess, but I think that McEwan puts it best:
There will be some who clamor to claim victory for my resignation, but I caution them that in doing so, they are tacitly accepting responsibility for those who have deluged my blog and my inbox with vitriol and veiled threats. It is not right-wing bloggers, nor people like Bill Donohue or Bill O'Reilly, who prompted nor deserve credit for my resignation, no matter how much they want it, but individuals who used public criticisms of me as an excuse to unleash frightening ugliness, the likes of which anyone with a modicum of respect for responsible discourse would denounce without hesitation.
This is a win for no one.
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