Melissa McEwan has now submitted her resignation from the Edwards campaign.
I understand that there will be progressive bloggers who feel I am making the wrong decision, and I offer my sincerest apologies to them. One of the hardest parts of this decision was feeling as though I’m letting down my peers, who have been so supportive.
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.
This is a win for no one.
Bob Owens finds it “somewhat ironic that someone who calls my fellow Christians ‘christofascists’ accuses others of unleashing ‘frightening ugliness, the likes of which anyone with a modicum of respect for responsible discourse would denounce without hesitation.'”
I certainly don’t count this as a win for anyone. Edwards comes closest to winning since the bloggers will not be officially with the campaign, although the hire itself, and the fact that Edwards did not fire the bloggers, keeps him from declaring this a win. It is not a win for those on the right because they have lost a really juicy target in the Edwards campaign. It is not a win for those on the left because they have been identified as supporting language and sentiments that few Americans would embrace.
One point I do want to make clear is that anyone claiming these bloggers should not have been held to account for the profanity-laced anti-Christian statements they made on their personal blogs might have a point if they had been hired to do graphic arts designing Edwards campaign logos or something like that. Instead, they were hired for their blogging. The fact that Edwards’ campaign hired them on the basis of their blogging, but seemed to be shocked to learn the content of that blogging tells us a lot about the state of the campaign. If they were aware of the content, but chose to hire them on that basis, that tells us even more. Bottom line — it was fair game to point out their previous writings, as long as they were quoted verbatim, and in context.