Tuesday, February 13, 2007

"This is a win for no one." [Updated]

[Posted by reader_iam]

Melissa McEwan resigns from the Edwards campaign, and even her resignation post at Shakespeare's Sister demonstrates why she and Marcotte were different cases and individuals, and should have been treated as such. And I think it's possible to say that even if you question Edwards' decision-making process and foresight in the initial hires.

Excerpt added:

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.
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.
I can just imagine.

If the "vitriol and veiled threats" came from people who are supposed to be among "the faithful," than they have far, far, far, far better things they could, and should, be doing--in terms of their own "walk."

Also, it is no accident that I felt comfortable excerpting McEwan's announcement, as opposed to Marcotte's. As I noted in the first paragraph, the differences are telling.

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