Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

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Looks like John Edwards just can’t win. The netroots drama that has transpired over the past few days doesn’t show signs of letting up. Not only may Edwards have isolated the progressive online audience he sought to reach through liberal bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan (who he fired yesterday and rehired today), he looks to also have upset religious Democrats, a group he has worked long and hard to win over. His wife, Elizabeth Edwards sits on the board of Call to Renewal, a popular religious left organization. Maybe the lesson learned here is: do your homework. If you want to use liberal bloggers to reach out to a progressive audience, but you don’t want to isolate a group whose favor you have worked hard to cultivate, you should read their blogs before you hire them.

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