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Edwards Won’t Fire Obscene Webmistresses

From a relieved Associated Press:

Edwards’ Bloggers Apologize for Comments

Thursday February 8, 2007 5:31 PM

By NEDRA PICKLER

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said Thursday he was personally offended by the provocative messages two of his campaign bloggers wrote criticizing the Catholic church, but he’s not going to fire them.

Edwards issued a written statement about the fate of Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan, two days after the head of the conservative Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights demanded they be fired for messages they wrote before working on the campaign.

The campaign distributed written apologies from the two women, who stressed they were writing on personal blogs and not on behalf of the campaign. Edwards said he believes 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,” Edwards said. “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.”

Edwards remained silent as the controversy grew over two days on the Internet, as did Marcotte. McEwan defended herself Tuesday in a two-sentence posting on her blog, Shakespeare’s Sister, that noted her vote for 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

“I’m not going to say a lot about this right now, but suffice it to say that the fact I cast a vote, without hesitation, for a Catholic during the last presidential election might suggest I’m not anti-Catholic,” her post read. “My degree from Loyola University might also suggest the same.”

Donohue cited posts that the women made on blogs in the past several months in which they criticized the church’s opposition to homosexuality, abortion and contraception, sometimes using profanity.

It sounds like these two foul-mouthed harridans won’t even have to go to “rehab.”

Talk about getting off easy.

Here is Mr. Edwards’s courageous pronouncement from his website (which these two harpies now run):

Statement on Campaign Bloggers

John Edwards
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 suspect it is the first time in Ms. Marcotte’s brilliant internet career she has posted so many words without resorting to even one "F-bomb."

But lest we forget, here is just one example of Ms. Marcotte’s non-maligning posts, courtesy of National Review:

Q: What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?
A: You’d have to justify your misogyny with another ancient mythology.

I wonder if Mr. Edwards would be so forgiving if these women had mocked Islam?

BTW, it should be noted that the site Pandagon, such as it is, was not created or even run by Amanda Marcotte. The site was started and run by Jesse Taylor. Ms. Marcotte just contributed her droppings.

So why did John Edwards hire her again?

For her mind?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 8th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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