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Marcotte under fire by Catholic group (UPDATED)
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, February 07, 2007

As we discussed on the podcast this week, most likely any politician hiring a blogger to be their new media guru (or director or coordinator, etc.) most likely doesn't want them becoming the story or the center of attention. After all if ever there was an "all about me" group, it would be politicians running for office.

However, after an initial round of blogospheric talk about Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon taking a position with the John Edwards campaign as well as criticism for her decision to edit posts on her blog, the story has spilled over into the main stream press. A Catholic group, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, is none to impressed with Marcotte or co-blogger Melissa McEwan:
Two bloggers hired recently by Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards were criticized Tuesday by a Catholic group for posts they had written elsewhere on the Internet.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, demanded that Edwards fire Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan.

"John Edwards is a decent man who has had his campaign tarnished by two anti-Catholic, vulgar, trash-talking bigots," Donohue wrote in a statement. "He has no choice but to fire them immediately."
"Vulgar, trash-talking bigots" who are also accused of being "anti-Catholic" ... no words minced there.

I've read neither of them enough to form an opinion as to whether they're either anti-Catholic or bigoted, but what little I've read certainly affirms the charges of "vulgar" and "trash-talking". My guess is that both Marcotte and McEwan would wear such accusations by a religious group as badges of honor if they were still blogging at their own respective blogs. You also have to consider that at this very early point in the campaign, Edwards and his staff may figure any publicity which draws attention to them is mostly good publicity and they can weather this little storm, and it will be old news in a few weeks.

So it will be interesting is a) to see how Marcotte and McEwan handle this accusation from their new positions with the campaign and b) how the Edwards campaign chooses to handle it as well. Thus far no reaction.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Hmmm ... that didn't take long:
Mr. Edwards’s spokeswoman, Jennifer Palmieri, said Tuesday night that the campaign was weighing the fate of the two bloggers.
 
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Oh, Amanda is definitely anti-Catholic, anti most religion actually. It isn’t that she disagrees with their stands on issues of faith, morality and politics (I often do as well) but that when she disagrees she attaches awful motives. Kind of like claiming that people who sympathized with the Duke lacrosse players approved of rape and that people from the Carolinas were all racist, dehumanizing, sexists. That is pretty much her standard mode of discourse.
 
Written By: Lance
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
John Edwards is a decent man who has had his campaign tarnished by two anti-Catholic, vulgar, trash-talking bigots," Donohue wrote in a statement. "He has no choice but to fire them immediately

Why is Edwards given the benefit of the doubt here?
 
Written By: shark
URL: http://
Edwards needs the Moonbats more than he needs the Catholics right now. I’m predicting that he keeps Marcotte.

I suspect that Edwards knows he won’t capture the Presidential nomination. He is trying to position himself for a future run, and/or for a VP position in ’08. His campaign will calculate that the Moonbatosphere can give him a little extra lift in the North Eastern primaries, as they did for Dean, and his popularity with the "base" will earn him lots of political capital that might be leveraged into that VP spot.

The Catholics will not be important to Edwards until the day he faces a general electorate. If he finds himself in a tough battle in Ohio or Pennsylvania some time in the future he might have to have a "Sista Soulja" moment and kick Marcotte under a bus.
 
Written By: Aldo
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I wonder if Marcotte has packed up her two cats and moved already.

Funny that it is this that may get her fired when her despicable views in terms of justice and our legal system seem to get a pass.
 
Written By: Steve Verdon
URL: http://www.outsidethebeltway.com
Hmm... If she gets fired, will she blame it all on the patriarchy?

My guess: Yes, but then again, she blames everything on the patriarchy...
 
Written By: Brad Warbiany
URL: http://unrepentantindividual.com/
Hmm... If she gets fired, will she blame it all on the patriarchy?

You have to even ask?!?!?

My guess: Yes, but then again, she blames everything on the patriarchy...

Well...yeah, after all you want to steal her womb, just like I do. What we’d do with it, I don’t know, but apparently you and I want it.

 
Written By: Steve Verdon
URL: http://www.outsidethebeltway.com
Export it to Japan to increase the birth-giving machine capacity?
 
Written By: looker
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The word is they have been fired.
 
Written By: Lance
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
From the NYT article linked in the update to the post:
The two women brought to the Edwards campaign long cyber trails in the incendiary language of the blogosphere. Other campaigns are likely to face similar controversies as they try to court voters using the latest techniques of online communication.
Translation: Dear reader, Ms. Marcotte’s rhetoric may get a little "incendiary" at times, but no more so than is typical in the blogosphere. Everybody in the blogosphere writes in this same style. The conservative Catholics singled out Ms. Marcotte for their reactionary attacks, but their criticisms of her could apply to anyone else who has ever written a blog, so political campaigns should beware of bloggers. Indeed, anyone who disdains lowbrow writing should just keep reading the Old Grey Lady and avoid the nasty blogosphere.
 
Written By: Aldo
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I’m just loving how the Moonbat Set is condemning John Edwards for firing these two. It seems they can recognize that bowing to their enemy’s desires will only serve to embolden said enemy, as long as that enemy are evil nasty Americans with a different point of view and might VOTE differently, but they still just can’t quite make that logical connection that surrendering in Iraq to radical islamists who want to KILL them if they won’t convert will have the same emboldening effect.

I never thought I’d ever see a day when Americans hated other Americans with such unreasoning, almost suicidal, fury.

It IS nice to see them paying a price for their hysterical rantings, though. A little more civil and reasoned discourse in favor of vitriolic raving in their past would have served them well.






 
Written By: Augustus
URL: http://
LOYALTY QUESTIONED, SUSPICIONS RAISED

"A chief concern of the U.S. military is Islamist infiltration," the conservative Investor’s Business Daily said in an editorial. "Yet the Army, in a show of blind tolerance, just made that easier with the dedication of a new mosque at West point.

"Erecting mosques at our military bases and academies ... gives berth to erect a Fifth Column inside our military."

Warnings of fifth columnists, a staple of right-wing bloggers since September 11, 2001, gathered momentum after an Army sergeant who converted to Islam, Hasan Akbar, rolled grenades into the tents of sleeping soldiers at a base in Kuwait and opened fire on those who ran out.

—-I think they need to start specifically mentioning blogs by name if they plan to throw generalizations around.


 
Written By: Harun
URL: http://
Funny that it is this that may get her fired when her despicable views in terms of justice and our legal system seem to get a pass.
Really?

Huh.

Let’s see:

Number of Catholic voters who might vote for Edwards except for nutjob rantings of hired blogger: 1,000,000+

Number of conservative bloggers who might vote for Edwards except for nutjob rantings of hired blogger: 0

Seems pretty straightforward to me.
 
Written By: Dale Franks
URL: http://www.qando.net

The word is they have been fired.

It’s nice to see that sometimes bad things do happen to bad people...
 
Written By: shark
URL: http://
"... gives berth to erect a Fifth Column inside our military."

Lousy editing over there at Investor’s Business Daily. I think I also detect a little homophobia.

"The word is they have been fired."

All that digital document shredding wasted. Pity. Maybe she made a backup and will now restore.
 
Written By: timactual
URL: http://
Geez, why is it that the most vile of bloggers are "offended" by these gentle ladies’ twisted knickers. They have commented about things that they see right wingers (mostly religious nuts) wanted to do to them and to their families and have responded in righteous indignation. The left has consistently been accused of being unpatriotic and "hating the troops" as if you could just say it and it would be so.

For Edwards to back down over the opinions of a few wingnuts such as are posting here would show poor political sense. I remember the Republicans sending teams of folks down to harass the vote counters in Florida just outraged at the possibility that a recount could turn the election when George and Jeb had spent so much money purging "ex-cons" from the voter list. They HAD to protect their investment. What was the count? 10,000 names purged that were primarily african american and were in fact eligible to vote?

And you guys are offended? What a joke!
 
Written By: Larry Bumgardner
URL: http://
They only offended about 44% of the electoral votes. I say keep em...yeah that would be smart politics. I wish the democrats would get their act together.
 
Written By: Drifter
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