At Salon, Frances Kissling, head of Catholics for a Free Choice, talks about Bill Donohue:
Well, the unfortunate thing is the resignation. That’s the most unfortunate aspect because it only emboldens him. Because Donohue won. And that makes me furious.
It’s also like Mara Vanderslice; she worked for the Kerry campaign as his religious outreach person and Donohue discovered that she had once been in a demonstration with [AIDS activist group] Act Up, and he then went after her, with exactly the same kind of language: “I’m going to get her fired,” etc. She didn’t lose her job and didn’t get fired, but she was totally isolated within the campaign; she couldn’t make public statements or be used well anymore. And he writes about how “I got her.”
There is something about this man and his attacks on women that is frightening. There was a while when I refused to go on air with him [for television appearances] because — you know I am a very strong person — but I felt physically threatened by this man. He never physically threatened me, but I felt like I was in the presence of an abuser. So for a long time I just refused because it was too degrading to be in his presence. I got over it eventually and have done a few things with him since. I understand that he is so offensive that he does himself damage; as long as I can maintain my equilibrium with him attacking me in the most vicious ways possible — that only does me credit and makes him look like the abuser that he is. But the glee with which he went after Vanderslice and the glee with which he has gone after these women marks him as an abuser.
The Edwards campaign is definitely taking a hit over this. However, there are many months of the campaign to go, and Edwards has lots of time to rehabilitate himself. However, I hope the various Democratic presidential hopefuls hold off on hiring any more campaign bloggers for a little while. The righties have tasted blood, and if a blogger hire is announced in the next few days that blogger will be ripped to shreds. It doesn’t matter how inoffensive his or her archives might be.
(Note to Wes Clark: When you are ready to hire a blogger, I’m still available.)
So what’s the good news? Bryan at Hot Air writes that “there will be fewer potty mouthed bigots among the blogs.” Does that mean Michelle Malkin will hang up her keyboard? She may not use cuss words, but she’s unsurpassable in the bigot department.