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Edwards: Stand Up Guy? or Noodle-Necked Dood?

Waiting to see if the Edwards campaign has the chops to go on the offensive or if they are going to stand down, back down, throw their hires to the dogs, and slink away with their tails between their legs. Stay tuned!

A few days ago Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare’s Sister announced that they been hired by the John Edwards campaign, as Blogmaster (Blogatrix) and Netroots Coordinator respectively, in an effort to reach out to the leftiesh blogosphere. Both are well-known, well liked bloggers and the news of their hiring made quite a little splash among both political and feminist blogs and other sites.

BUT… both also have a history, as all bloggers do. I’d imagine that the Edwards campaign would have taken that into account before hiring them - read through their archives, talk to people who read their sites and so on. That’s what I would do, anyway. And then decide how to face off right wing critics, because there always are some and sure enough, they’ve shown up.

I have my own issues with Marcotte, sometimes disagreeing with her on various matters; I quite like Shakespeare’s Sister. I also have issues with bloggers becoming part of campaigns (although transparency deals with some of those) and I’ve not yet figured out how to like Edwards… but still. Not a lot of that matters in the long run.

As of this writing, their fate is up in the air, with conflicting reports of the Edwards campaign caving in to the right wing and firing them, or not firing them, or firing them and rehiring them. On the one side you have the right wing attack dogs scenting blood in the water.. er… or wherever attack dogs scent blood, and on the other side you have any number of essentially uninvolved leftish bloggers (and voters) watching to see if the Edwards campaign has the chops to go on the offensive (because a good many of those who are screeching about Marcotte and McEwan have very offensive screeds under their own belts) or if they are going to stand down, back down, throw their hires to the dogs, and slink away with their tails between their legs.

I’m not going to pretend that I’ll like the guy either way, but if he can’t stand up to right wing attacks even in a small instance like this, what good is he to anyone at all?

Update: Liza Sabater of Culture Kitchen is collecting all (or all that she knows of) the posts on this matter. If one wants to know all the ins and outs, as well as join action campaigns about this, click on through. (via Jill/feministe)


Posted by Nanette on 02/07 at 03:37 PM
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