Salon reports that the decision may have already been made, though.
The right-wing blogosphere has gotten its scalps — John Edwards has fired the two controversial bloggers he recently hired to do liberal blogger outreach, Salon has learned.
The bloggers, Amanda Marcotte, formerly of Pandagon, and Melissa McEwan, of Shakespeare’s Sister, had come under fire from right-wing bloggers for statements they had previously made on their respective blogs. A statement by the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue, which called Marcotte and McEwan “anti-Catholic vulgar trash-talking bigots,” and an accompanying article on the controversy in the New York Times this morning, put extra pressure on the campaign.
Speculation from sources that the two bloggers might be rehired was bolstered by Jennifer Palmieri, a spokeswoman for the Edwards campaign, who said in an e-mail that she would “caution [Salon] against reporting that they have been fired. We will have something to say later.”
Some people on Feministe are making that their litmus test – for example, Hugo said,
If Edwards keeps Amanda, he gets my money and my endorsement. If he’s got the guts to buck the swifties on this, I’ll abandon my quixotic attachment to Kucinich and come on over to John-boy.
If he dumps her, the money gets split between Hillary and Barack and he will, indeed, lose huge cred.
For me, it’s just a hoop test. If Edwards dumps Amanda, whatever credibility he regained when he went public with his health care plan will evaporate, making me a fairly confirmed supporter of Obama. If he doesn’t dump her, I’ll still support Obama to some extent, but will change my support to Edwards as soon as Obama says something I don’t like about Iran.
My prediction is that Edwards will cave and dump Amanda, though, based on his previous record on having a spine.