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**Strong Language Alert**
Remember how Democrats suddenly started quoting scripture after the last presidential election? Did you think they were for real?
John Edwards–as mainstream a Democrat as they come–hires Amanda Marcotte for his campaign. I won’t link to her site directly, or quote her stuff on my site, but you can click here to read some choice excerpts. [Language Alert #1]
“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.”
He also said that he would not allow his campaign to be “hijacked” by religious conservatives who had pointed out the bloggers’ most provocative comments and demanded their removal.
The two bloggers have since resigned from the campaign. Edwards was in a pickle: if he kept them on, he couldn’t win in his home state, never mind anywhere else; if he fired them, he would alienate a substantial portion of the Democrats. That’s right. A sizable minority of Democrats are consumed by anti-Christian bigotry.
In the WSJ (reg. req.), Mary Eberstadt writes about how this dilemma causes problems for all of the Democratic Party’s presidential hopefuls. Her conclusion:
Sophisticates and secularists have always titillated themselves by despising the Bible Belt. But professional Christian-bashers have never been as “embedded” in the liberal mainstream as they are today. And therein lies a problem for Democrats. More Amanda Marcottes are not what the party needs as it scrambles to re-establish its religious bona fides with wary red-staters. No wonder so many Democratic candidates are in church. Now they really have something to pray about.
Finally, Iowahawk does a good job capturing the characteristic tone of Edwards’ erstwhile blogger-in-chief. [Language alert #2]