Edwards Keeps Amanda and Melissa, but I’m Still Against Him

Edwards made a clarification about the entire Amanda/Shakes brouhaha, which is supposed to be a reasonable compromise but is likelier to just piss everyone off.

The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte’s and Melissa McEwan’s posts personally offended me. It’s not how I talk to people, and it’s not how I expect the people who work for me to talk to people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that kind of intolerant language will not be permitted from anyone on my campaign, whether it’s intended as satire, humor, or anything else. But I also believe in giving everyone a fair shake. I’ve talked to Amanda and Melissa; they have both assured me that it was never their intention to malign anyone’s faith, and I take them at their word. We’re beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can’t let it be hijacked. It will take discipline, focus, and courage to build the America we believe in.

Knowing what I do about Pandagon, someone’s lying. That’s perfectly alright with me, though; what bugs me is Edwards’ wanton arrogance. People whose entire campaigns are based on firebrand populism shouldn’t complain that “It’s not how I talk to people.” It’s not polite to use the word “Fuck” in political conversation, but it’s not polite to engage in rhetorical class warfare, either.

There’s nothing special about Edwards’ way of talking to people. On the contrary, if I had to create a set of objective standards for acceptable political rhetoric, anything more emotional than the average Al Gore speech would be strictly verboten. People who care about getting a good government rather than a government that pretends to be good would see through the dryness and look at the actual content.

“But that doesn’t inspire people,” I hear you complain. Well, no. Echidne can be just as inspiring as Amanda. And besides, inspiration tends to mask actual content. Hitler was a really inspiring person. If you vote based on how a candidate’s words emotionally resonate with you rather than based on whether that candidate will make a good leader, you deserve people like George W. Bush.

Still, fun as it is to rant about people who prop up empty suits, that’s not my point here. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t be the first to throw stones. Empty suits like Edwards (and, for that matter, Obama, who I think is the best among those who’re in it to win) shouldn’t be the first to castigate styles they disapprove of. Edwards inspires people by pretending the 1960s and 70s were a liberal paradise and the 2000s are the robber baron era; Amanda inspires people by calling religious fundamentalists asshats. Deal with it.

12 Responses to Edwards Keeps Amanda and Melissa, but I’m Still Against Him

  1. muppt says:

    never 4get, joos did wtc!

  2. SLC says:

    Re Levy

    1. The candidates are no worse that their predecessors in previous election cycles. Other then Brownback, who is a certifiable whackjob, they are not worse then the likes of George McGovern, James Earl Carter, George W. Bush, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, Michael Dukakis, Walter Mondale, etc.

    2. The most important qualification any Democrat can have is the ability to win. Mr. Levy might like Russell Feingold, but he most assuredly lacks this vital qualification. I still think that Edwards and Richardson are most qualified in this regard.

  3. SLC says:

    Re muppt

    I agree; there can be no doubt that all the worlds leaders, including Mr. Amadinejad and the Pope, are conscious and willing tools of the international Zionist conspracy, which has its tentacles into every nook and cranny of the worlds capitols. Every newspaper, radio station, television and internet web site in the world is Zionist controlled. What few thing are not controlled by the Zionists are controlled either by the Masons, the Illuminati, or the Mormons. (snark)

  4. muppt says:

    President of the world bank, neocon jew Paul Wolfwitz ordered the 9/11 attack!

  5. muppt says:

    the only difference between Trotskyist communists and neocon zionists is that the latters are not afriad to use firepower.

  6. muppt says:

    members of Al Qeada also confessed that they plotted 9/11 because they are outraged by US’s support for Israel.

  7. muppt says:

    so America should allay itself with arab nations and nuke Israel flat, and give Israel’s stolen land and back to Palestinians

  8. Alon Levy says:

    It’ll never happen. The International Jewish Conspiracy controls the entire world, including Arab states, which it manipulates to engage in low-brow opposition to Israel in order to make it look like there are people who stand up to it.

  9. muppt says:

    jews fooled everyone into accepting circumcision as a legit medical procedure, when in fact, it’s dangerous and has no proven benefit.

  10. Alon Levy says:

    Listen, I hate to say it, but posting multiple comments in succession is spamming. If you want to rant about Jews, feel free to, but put it all in one post.

  11. SLC says:

    Re Muppt

    I think it is now obvious that Mr. Muppt is a puppet of the international Zionist conspiracy who is posting these comments in order to try to convince readers that there is some organized opposition to their dasterdly plots.

  12. joshua says:

    i’m all against ranting about jews. we are all one in this world no need for racism


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