Announced earlier today:
I regret to say that I have also resigned from the Edwards campaign. In spite of what was widely reported, I was not hired as a blogger, but a part-time technical advisor, which is the role I am vacating.
McEwan’s post contains a bit less blameshifting than Marcotte’s, the reaction to the latter’s announcement yesterday probably serving as a guide for what not to do. McEwan finishes on a note with which I agree. Mostly:
This is a win for no one.
Edwards’ rivals scored a big win through all this. He hired them and took no action to control the damage they were doing to his campaign. It’s a telling episode that will probably follow him through the primaries next year.
Among the blogs, what McEwan says is quite true. Edwards did himself no good by hiring those two; they did him no good by letting him. He looks like the weak and indecisive head of a dysfunctional campaign, and a willing prisoner of the worst the left has to offer. They discredited their own work in attempting to hang on to their campaign jobs, playing their readers and their allies and their boss for fools. And their readers and allies and their boss let them so that they might claim a hollow victory over us “godbags.” Some of whom are atheists and agnostics, but never mind that. Blogs in general have a collective new dent thanks to the promotion of two of its worst to positions where they would attract mainstream coverage and attention. The credibility of better, more reasonable bloggers on both sides will suffer for this episode. And to the extent that the two actually received threats, it’s deplorable and unacceptable. Around here at Hot Air, we know that feeling all too well.
More: There may be one silver lining in all of this. If being a potty mouthed bigot limits one’s blogging career opportunities, maybe there will be fewer potty mouthed bigots among the blogs. That, I would consider a substantial win.