Marcotte Resigns


Via MNObserver at Norwegianity comes the news that Amanda Marcotte has resigned from John Edwards’ campaign. Her first post back at the old stand explains why.

I was hired by the Edwards campaign for the skills and talents I bring to the table, and my willingness to work hard for what’s right. Unfortunately, Bill Donohue and his calvacade of right wing shills don’t respect that a mere woman like me could be hired for my skills, and pretended that John Edwards had to be held accountable for some of my personal, non-mainstream views on religious influence on politics (I’m anti-theocracy, for those who were keeping track). Bill Donohue—anti-Semite, right wing lackey whose entire job is to create non-controversies in order to derail liberal politics—has been running a scorched earth campaign to get me fired for my personal beliefs and my writings on this blog.

In fact, he’s made no bones about the fact that his intent is to “silence” me, as if he—a perfect stranger—should have a right to curtail my freedom of speech. Why? Because I’m a woman? Because I’m pro-choice? Because I’m not religious? All of the above, it seems.

Regardless, it was creating a situation where I felt that every time I coughed, I was risking the Edwards campaign. No matter what you think about the campaign, I signed on to be a supporter and a tireless employee for them, and if I can’t do the job I was hired to do because Bill Donohue doesn’t have anything better to do with his time than harass me, then I won’t do it. I resigned my position today and they accepted.

I can understand why she did it but it’s a defeat just the same. Donohue will be crowing about how he silenced her just as he bragged about silencing Vanderslice when she was on the Kerry campaign. We get Amanda back at pandagon but he gets added power and prestige with the wingnuts along with increased invites on tv every time he wants to silence another uppity woman.

Of course, McEwan is still there for the moment. Will Donohue turn his ire on her full-blast now? And on Edwards for keeping her on despite Billy’s disapproval? Will Matthews and Hannity ask him back to attack her once more?

It’s hard to see an upside here. Marcotte may think she’s protecting Edwards and his campaign but the fact is that Edwards is in for it anyway if he isn’t prepared to fight these worms to a standstill. He’s invading their territory and they’re not going to ignore that. Xtofascists like Donohue are lining up to attack every Democratic candidate but especially the ones who try to claim the religious high ground. This isn’t the end, only the beginning.

Incidentally, Amanda was supported by a legitimate Catholic group, “Catholics for a Free Choice”. Its president, Frances Kissling, wrote a letter to the NYT putting Donohue in his appropriately slimy context. You can see it on Amanda’s post.

That’s the only place you’ll see it because the Times wouldn’t print it.

3 responses to “Marcotte Resigns

  1. Sorry, that was MnO again, but I’m glad you like her posts!

  2. Now “aaarrrgh” is a word you may well have lifted from ME. I know it well.

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