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Amanda steps aside

[UPDATE: Melissa steps down, more after the flip.]

She tells everyone why she decided to resign from the Edwards campaign over at Pandagon. I don’t have any inside scoop, btw, or any news about whether Shakes is still on board. More when I know it.

Tuesday, 6AM: There are plenty of folks talking about the developments; I’m in the unfortunate position of not having time to post my thoughts this AM (my other posts written overnight are slated go up on their own), but I’ll get something up on this topic when I can.I’ve been offline for quite some time, so I just found out that Melissa McEwan (Shakes Sis) has resigned from the position of netroots coordinator for John Edwards campaign. A snippet:

I would like to make very clear that the campaign did not push me out, nor was my resignation the back-end of some arrangement made last week.  This was a decision I made, with the campaign’s reluctant support, because my remaining the focus of sustained ideological attacks was inevitably making me a liability to the campaign, and making me increasingly uncomfortable with my and my family’s level of exposure.

I understand that there will be progressive bloggers who feel I am making the wrong decision, and I offer my sincerest apologies to them.  One of the hardest parts of this decision was feeling as though I’m letting down my peers, who have been so supportive.

No, you haven’t let anyone down. Far from it, and you don’t have to be the martyr for the blogosphere.. The Malkin and the LGF set decided to pile on two junior staffers of a Democratic candidate, partying while burning the house down, incinerating not only the left blogosphere, but the right as well. It’s certainly time for Patrick Hynes, the blogger hired by John McCain as a consultant (see Glenn’s post on his classy handiwork), to be held accountable for his past written shenanigans if that is the measure of makes one employable by a campaign.

On the matter of bloggers and vetting them for mainstream political employment by judging past opining (and that’s what it is, not straight reporting), thoughts from Michael Bérubé are wise:

OK, because we’re in new political territory here, let’s treat this as a legitimate question.  Clearly, blogging involves a very different kind of rhetorical compact with one’s readers than campaigning does.  But not until last week, so far as I know, has there ever been a demand in this country that ordinary campaign staffers account to the candidate – and to the general public – for everything they’ve written prior to becoming campaign staffers.  If you sincerely think that the fault lies with Amanda for not alerting the Edwards camp to the full metal Pandagon archives, well, I think you’re being played.

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