Senator Handsome’s Official Blogger
Amanda Marcotte is now John Edwards official blogger. She joined the Edwards campaign from Pandagon and I must say it is a rather disappointing pick. The problem with Ms. Marcotte is the following post she wrote (and later deleted…guess she didn’t like the criticism),
Naturally, my flight out of Atlanta has been delayed. Let’s hope it takes off when they say it will so I don’t miss my connecting flight home.
In the meantime, I’ve been sort of casually listening to CNN blaring throughout the waiting area and good fucking god is that channel pure evil. For awhile, I had to listen to how the poor dear lacrosse players at Duke are being persecuted just because they held someone down and fucked her against her will—not rape, of course, because the charges have been thrown out. Can’t a few white boys sexually assault a black woman anymore without people getting all wound up about it? So unfair.
As I’ve noted the problem here isn’t that just that Nifong is some incompetent prosecutor, but that the entire case has completely fallen apart. The DNA evidence has come back (after being suppressed by Nifong and Meehan) and not only is there no DNA form any of the accused, there is no DNA from any team member who gave a sample. Further, there is DNA from multiple other males to whom we don’t know the identity. Reade Seligmann has a solid alibi complete with phone records, taxi cab records, video and ATM records that he was not at the scene of the alleged rape. The accusers story has mutated more times than a batch of fruit flies in a scientists genetics laboratory. And, we find out that there is no evidence from the rape kit consistent with a rape and that the nurse doing the rape kit was woefully un/under-trained.
Marcotte is so woefully ignorant of these facts and just goes off on the defendants simply because it fits with her pre-concieved notion of how things work. White males are apparently bad and hence the black female accuser is telling the truth. Any other facts to the contrary simply don’t matter.
K. C. Johnson who has been following this case from the start has a lengthy and scathing post on the complete lack of integrity on the part of Ms. Marcotte. And Jeff Taylor at Reason’s Hit & Run sums it up nicely,
So you might be thinking, at last and at least, a presidential candidate has had the balls to hire on a full-fledged, out-front propagandist, someone boldly willing to not just fudge facts, but fuck them in the ass. A Marcotte-led Net communications op may actually give the jaded among us some reason to pay attention to this 08 election-thing — there’d be no telling what she’d say.
Alas no. Marcotte chickened out. She went back and deleted the post, presumably after it was linked to today by a conservative North Carolina blog
If this is the kind of stupidity that Edwards will hire, it doesn’t look good for his Presidential campaign, and God help us if he wins.