Second Blogger Resigns From Edwards Campaign

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Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare’s Sister has joined Pandagon blogger Amanda Marcotte in resigning from the John Edwards presidential campaign. McEwan, in her announcement, makes it clear that she was not forced out by the candidate, the campaign staff, right-wing bloggers, or even the media, but by the vicious and threatening behavior of individuals who opposed her opinions.

How nasty and threatening do people have to be before they force someone out of a campaign? McEwan said she felt increasingly uncomfortable for herself and her family. Visit at your own risk, but here is a small collection of some of the things that were said to Amanda Marcotte, and Marcotte names names.

Naturally, since Marcotte is female, many of the attacks are sexual in nature, and all of them are unspeakably vile.

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