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The other shoe drops: McEwan resigns
Posted by: mcq on Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Her announcement:
I regret to say that I have also resigned from the Edwards campaign. In spite of what was widely reported, I was not hired as a blogger, but a part-time technical advisor, which is the role I am vacating.

I would like to make very clear that the campaign did not push me out, nor was my resignation the back-end of some arrangement made last week. This was a decision I made, with the campaign's reluctant support, because my remaining the focus of sustained ideological attacks was inevitably making me a liability to the campaign, and making me increasingly uncomfortable with my and my family's level of exposure.

I understand that there will be progressive bloggers who feel I am making the wrong decision, and I offer my sincerest apologies to them. One of the hardest parts of this decision was feeling as though I'm letting down my peers, who have been so supportive.

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.
No need to get ugly, granted (and for those of you who did, shame on you), but it wasn't "public criticisms" of her that were the excuse or the reason, but instead her public writings. To her credit McEwan's announcement is much more measured and much less hostile that Marcotte's. Hopefully she'll get on with her life having gained a valued lesson from her 15 minutes of fame.

Marcotte, otoh, hasn't figured it out yet.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

This isn’t a victory.

To declare victory, the blogophobians would have had to totally destroyed Ms. McEwan. If she had stayed at the Edwards campaign, it is more possible that this could have been achieved.

Rather, her resignation is more akin to seppuku. It denies victory.

So Ms. McEwan is tacitly accepting responsibility for her fate and whatever vitriol comes her way as a result of her own personal views.

Way to go !!
Written By: Neo
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making me increasingly uncomfortable with my and my family’s level of exposure.
Comes with the public platform honey.

Back to obscurity
Written By: shark
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It doesn’t speak well of the Edwards campaign that noone saw at least the possibility of at least a little controversy.
Written By: timactual
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McEwen was, for reasons understandable yet indicriminate, splattered by the Marcotte blowback.

Edwards could have made an immediate, and verifialbe, distinction between Marcotte and McEwen. Their opinions were, after all, there for anyone to read, McEwens irreverance contrasted to Marcotte’s abject and utter scorn of all things Christian. Yet Edward’s indecision condemned McEwen to the same fate. (I wonder if McEwen will ever publicly realize this) And this ineptitude from a man that wants to be our President.
Written By: bains
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...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.
Well I guess the irony meter is really broken. For good.

I wonder if she even knows anyone "with a modicum of respect for responsible discourse"?
Written By: MichaelW
Marcotte warns that "real bigots follow the siren call of the fascist right wing."
But I shan’t belabor the point.
Of course not.
Written By: Linda Morgan
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Marcotte is, as far as I can tell, a silly little person. She posts stuff in a public forum which any reasonably informed person, certainly a politically aware liberal, knows will likely provoke a certain amount of hate mail. She then takes ownership of it, this wasn’t a case of someone’s anonymity being comprimised. Then she gets involved in a major presidential campaign. When the hate mail predictably flood her in box, she cries rape. Typical drama queen. And now I’m supposed to feel sorry for this poor "victim". Not happening, babe.

Look, I once trolled a Duke basketball board posting stuff about how Coach K was overrated and how his players were all goons, and I never missed a chance to flog the old "Duke-gets-all-the-calls" line. When I was flamed into oblivion, I didn’t go cry to my therapist about it. It’s my opinion that the Duke University Men’s Basketball program is evil and must be destroyed, some people object to this worldview. Que sera sera.

So as far as Ms. Marcotte’s claim of martyrdom, (and I know this is terrible and I’ll probably go to hell for it) from the looks of it...

she was asking for it.
Written By: Big Red One
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So Big Red One, I take it that your more than happy with Duke’s four game skid and subsequent drop from the Top 25? (Not that I really care - Gig ’em Ags! Whoop!)
Written By: Warrior Needs Food Badly
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