John Edwards' statement on campaign bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan

Official statement from the candidate's blog:

The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte's and Melissa McEwan's posts personally offended me. It's not how I talk to people, and it's not how I expect the people who work for me to talk to people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that kind of intolerant language will not be permitted from anyone on my campaign, whether it's intended as satire, humor, or anything else. But I also believe in giving everyone a fair shake. I've talked to Amanda and Melissa; they have both assured me that it was never their intention to malign anyone's faith, and I take them at their word. We're beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can't let it be hijacked. It will take discipline, focus, and courage to build the America we believe in.

Melissa and Amanda also made statements -- they are below the fold.

(Chris @ MyDD received an email):

Amanda Marcotte:

"My writings on my personal blog, Pandagon on the issue of religion are generally satirical in nature and always intended strictly as a criticism of public policies and politics. My intention is never to offend anyone for his or her personal beliefs, and I am sorry if anyone was personally offended by writings meant only as criticisms of public politics. Freedom of religion and freedom of expression are central rights, and the sum of my personal writings is a testament to this fact."

Melissa McEwen:

"Shakespeare's Sister is my personal blog, and I certainly don't expect Senator Edwards to agree with everything I've posted. We do, however, share many views - including an unwavering support of religious freedom and a deep respect for diverse beliefs. It has never been my intention to disparage people's individual faith, and I'm sorry if my words were taken in that way."

He didn't give the rabid right what it wanted, but he certainly could have taken down the extremists who were all over TV calling for Melissa's and Amanda's heads (like William Donohue), but given the length of time it took to get a statement out there, I'm sure every word was agonized over at campaign HQ and they went with a passive response.

As I said in my earlier post, Amanda and Melissa  were selected by the Edwards campaign to put on a different hat, a professional hat -- not to blog as they would in their personal spaces. Sticking by them recognizes that fact.

So — what’s the verdict? Wimpy, on target, what you expected?

Comments

I think this was handled properly

The issue needed to be flattened and it is. He kept them on the job and I know they'll be of great value.

That said, I hope the second shoe drops before too long and Team Edwards takes down Donohue big time. I specifically hope the IRS gets an investigation going into the Catholic League's illegal political activities.

My problems

with this response are a problem with campaigns in general. I wish it wasnt so taboo for campaigns to be honest and truthful.

The fact that candidates cant tell anyone "you are lying and you are a jackass" is annoying.

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as good as we might have hoped

Overall, I'm happy. Good decision.

Agreeing with Pam, this was pretty passive. I wish Edwards' statement hadn't led with the scolding "personally offended" language, and that he had actually defended Amanda and Melissa or at least said something positive about their record, skills, etc. But truthfully, I'm just so relieved that the campaign didn't throw them under the bus that I really can't complain much!

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I don't think it's wimpy

Maybe a little too studied? Almost like they're afraid to make a mistake. I have no problem with Edwards saying that type of language offends him but he could have pointed out that it occurred prior to being hired, etc, I also think he could have easily and in a dignified way pointed out that those making the most noise should check their own words and actions before casting stones.

So many ways to go on this, but since I've never run and never will run a presidential campaign, I'm willing to accept this and look to see how they handle the next bump in the road.



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Offended

People are so easily "offended" these days. Personally, it would take a lot to truly offend me. First, we'd actually have to know each other. Then you'd have to do something on the level of taking a dump on my mother's grave, pointing to it, and telling me that's what she thought of me. Even then, I might not be offended; I'd just think you were crazy.

Besides, I'm not a Constitutional scholar, but I don't recall there being anything in there granting freedom from being offended.

Kinda hard to offend me too

Rule of thumb....don't mess with my mom, my kids and my dog. Funny that I'm not as protective of dad, brothers and husband. Hmmmmmmm......

Oh...and don't mess with my BlueNC. :)

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I love "your mom" jokes

but I only use them on people I like.

Only use them on people you like?

hmmmmm

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I'm not going to give

I'm not going to give a hard time to somebody I don't know. My friends and I give each other a hard time. I guess, however if my best friend's mom really did wear combat boots I wouldn't bring it up.

LOL

my sons mother use to wear combat boots and no one made fun!

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Precisely

Besides, I'm not a Constitutional scholar, but I don't recall there being anything in there granting freedom from being offended.

I am pleased that heads didn't roll; I'm sorry that Edwards sounded so paternal in his statement. A little less finger-wagging, a little more "they were not employed with me at the time of this incident", please.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

I'm glad he did not

give in the hate-wing of the Rethuglican party, however, I do wish he had hit back the same day that it came out. Anyway, I'm in Edwards corner until the final bell rings (whether primary or general).

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