Amanda Marcotte has left her position as John Edwards campaign blogger.
I’m not surprised by this at all. I would not at all be surprised if this wasn’t a forced resignation either as a face-saving technique for the Edwards campaign. This way, Marcotte can still play the martyr without incurring the wrath of the netroots on the Edwards campaign. Politically, it would be the best way to handle this situation.
As Jeff Goldstein deftly observes, Marcotte’s pouring on the rhetoric of victimization:
Sadly, it seems, Marcotte hasn’t learned anything from this experience. Instead, she continues to see conspiracies rather than geniune outrage—and in so doing, she continues to lean on the crutch of her collective rather than taking a good hard look at her method of discourse.
Oh, I’m sure her method of discourse is quite calculated. There’s a real market for bigotry out there.
No serious Presidential candidate should have ever hired someone who after all the controversy of the last week writes dreck like this:
The Christian version of the virgin birth is generally interpreted as super-patriarchal, where god is viewed as so powerful he can impregnate without befouling himself by touching a woman, and women are nothing but vessels.
Hate speech such as that has no business in a serious Presidential campaign, and while Marcotte has her right of free speech to make all the foul and bigoted insinuations she cares to make, she was a serious liability to the Edwards campaign.
Michelle Malkin has a large collection of links on the resignation, including many from left-wing Christians who are now feeling the effects of the new wave of anti-religious bigotry in the Democratic Party. I suspect that the reality that religious faith and Democratic Party politics are moving farther and farther apart will have a much wider effect than the fallout of this minor political scandal — the more this bigotry becomes commonplace the more and more moderate and evangelical Christians will find themselves on the outside of the Democratic Party — even more so than they already are.