Wednesday, January 31, 2007

'Two Americas' Hires 'Too Angry'

[posted by Callimachus]

Serious presidential (and even Congressional) candidates nowadays have to have a recognizable Internet presence, which means bloggers get the call. John Edwards has chosen his.

It's the woman who has written, among other similar things, this profanity-laced tirade in support of looters after the Gulf Hurricane, that rose to this crescendo of bile:

And as for the racist fucks behind this foot-dragging and lying and all those that support them, I hope that when you get to hell, after you’ve been greeted nicely by Satan and checked in by Ronald Reagan, your punishment is to be drowned over and over and over again until you fucking realize that suffering is suffering, no matter what race or class or ethnicity the people suffering are.

Now, it's going to be hard to find a blogger anywhere in the political spectrum who gets more than 1,000 hits a day who hasn't written like that at one time or another. Sad fact is, with the exception of Instapundit or Juan Cole, that kind of writing is what brings on the traffic, which brings the name recognition, which is what gets you hired by John Edwards.

Her words and thoughts are not his words and thoughts. But we all know how this works. Politics. Perception. Does John Edwards really want to be associated with that? Does it persuade you to vote for him if he hires people to speak for him without knowing or caring what they have said in the past?

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