In which The Quick and the Dead is reminded that the inevitable doesn’t always happen immediately:
Amanda and Melissa safe, for now
John Edwards isn’t going to fire his two new bloggers for being, well, bloggers. And that’s a good thing. It would have cost him more in the long run to cave to the likes of Donohue, than it has to apologize and deal…. So you have to wonder why intelligent people like Vox Day were so sure that Amynda would be tossed to the wolves.
Where on Earth do I come up with my crazy, crazy ideas? I swear, sometimes I think I should be kicked out of Mensa and forced to wear a dunce cap!
Oh, and by the way, Amynda has a little announcement for everyone:
Regardless, it was creating a situation where I felt that every time I coughed, I was risking the Edwards campaign. No matter what you think about the campaign, I signed on to be a supporter and a tireless employee for them, and if I can’t do the job I was hired to do because Bill Donohue doesn’t have anything better to do with his time than harass me, then I won’t do it. I resigned my position today and they accepted.
I’m sure they did, with alacrity. And yet the whole thing really wasn’t Amynda’s fault – although if she understood the first thing about politics she never would have accepted the position in the first place – so if John Edwards has any executive capacity at all, he will wait one week and quietly fire the person responsible for creating the media debacle in the first place.
Of course, by attempting to place all the blame on Bill Donohue, Amynda demonstrates that she hasn’t learned anything from her experience. Donohue was simply the first of what would have been many fingers on the trigger, Pandagon was the gun and Amynda’s words were the plentiful bandolier of bullets.
It is, of course, vastly amusing that she managed to publicly eschew the integrity of her writing before being forced to exit anyhow. As I wrote last week, she’ll be making a regular meal of these words for a long time to come.
The manner of her exit is a good lesson for everyone else, though. Never crawl. Few things are worth it and such crawling seldom serves its nominal purpose anyhow. No doubt she wishes she had shown some backbone and stuck by her words now.
UPDATE: Some people simply will not learn:
“On the why did I apologize thing—I never apologized for my opinions or beliefs. I do feel bad if people read my comments out of context and are hurt, but I don’t think that’s my fault so much as the fault of people who take my writing out of context.”
– Amanda Marcotte
Amynda’s grasp of “context” is as accurate as Alannis Morrisette’s grasp of irony.