Wingnut pressure on the Edwards campaign

The John Edwards campaign is getting pressure from Bill Donohue of the Catholic League to fire Amanda Marcotte (Pandagon) and Melissa McEwan (Shakespeare’s Sister) due to postings they have made on their weblogs.

I just sent this message to the Edwards folks:

Keep Amanda and Melissa working on your web presence. The people most enraged by them working on your campaign will never be your supporters, and if you cave in due to their pressure, then you send a message to all Democrats and progressives that the right wing are the only people in this country who have the ability to define the terms of political campaigns. We are the ones who have the right to tell our stories to the rest of the country and the planet; if we let the right wing get away with this, our stories would never get heard. What would our beloved Molly Ivins say about this?

Stay strong.

If you like, go make your voice heard over there.

Bill Donohue does not speak for this particular technopagan Buddhist Catholic, but then according to him, I’m already consigned to various forms of eternal torment. Pthpppt.


  1. Posted February 7, 2007 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m boggled that the Edwards’ campaign allows Donohue to set the terms of debate.

  2. Posted February 7, 2007 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Melissa McEwan is in Shakespeare’s Sister? When did she join? Actually, I thought they’d broken up back in the 90s. *checking Wikipedia* Yeah, I’m not seeing her listed as being in the band.

  3. Cynthia
    Posted February 7, 2007 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    #2–heh, Melissa’s part of the group blog Shakespeare’s Sister. Didn’t know there was a band named that.

  4. Posted February 8, 2007 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    Ah, well, I’d accuse her of stealing the band’s name, but according to Wikipedia, the band stole it from the title of a Smiths song, so there’s thievery all around.

  5. Posted February 8, 2007 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    @Jennifer: didn’t everyone steal it from the last section of Woolf’s monograph A Room of One’s Own?

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