Friday, February 09, 2007

Catching Up

Since I've not been blogging the past couple of days, I do want to take time to comment on two ridiculous stories that bubbled up in the media during that time.

The first one is about the Edwards campaign bloggers Amanda Marcotte (Pandagon) and Melissa McEwan (Shakespear's Sister). Noted bigot and president of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue, attacked the Edwards campaign for hiring the two because of "controversial" postings the two made on their own private blogs before being retained by Edwards.

For a while, their fate with the campaign seemed to hang in the balance. Luckily for Edwards, he decided to keep the pair. Any candidate looking weak in the face of silly right-wing bitches like Donohue isn't going to make it through the nominating process.

That being said, didn't whoever hired these two, and I assume it wasn't Edwards himself, consider past remarks they have made? While I think their remarks were insignificant and to be honest, rather pale by blogging standards, apparently the Edwards campaign took them fairly seriously as it took them a day and a half to meaningfully respond to them.

The other story that came up was Nancy Pelosi's request for a plane that could make the trans-continental flight from DC to her district in Northern California. I actually didn't know this, but since 9/11 the Speaker of the House flies on military provided aircraft. Since former Speaker Dennis Hastert only lived in Illinois, the same plane he used will not reach California without having to refuel. None the less, the right-wing noise machine cried foul. silly lot that they are, they have been rebuked by everyone from the House Sargent At Arms to even the president's spokesman, Tony Snow.

You gotta find something to bitch about, I guess, and they're going to have a tougher time than we did in the minority. There just aren't enough corrupt bastards on the Democratic side to bitch about. I guess in that respect, we had it easy.


Anonymous said...

What did Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan say? I couldn't find the actual quote?

Phlip said...

What I saw cited was that McEwan had previously used the term christofascists and that Marcotte said "the Catholic Church’s prohibition on the use of birth control forced women to bear 'more tithing Catholics.'"

Also cited was the use of profanity.

Pretty weak really.