Melissa McEwan (better known in the blogosphere as Shakespeare’s Sister) has posted an announcement that she has resigned as a technical advisor to the Edwards campaign. This follows the announcement yesterday that Amanda Marcotte had resigned. Shakes wrote:
There will be some who clamor to claim victory for my resignation, but I caution them that in doing so, they are tacitly accepting responsibility for those who have deluged my blog and my inbox with vitriol and veiled threats. It is not right-wing bloggers, nor people like Bill Donohue or Bill O’Reilly, who prompted nor deserve credit for my resignation, no matter how much they want it, but individuals who used public criticisms of me as an excuse to unleash frightening ugliness, the likes of which anyone with a modicum of respect for responsible discourse would denounce without hesitation.
Besides no doubt also receiving similar “vitriol and veiled threats,” Pandagon was also faced with denial of service attacks today. Amanda Marcotte also had more to say on the controversy in a post on People who claim to love Jesus write me:
Reminder: Donohue was claiming to be so hurt by my “bigotry”. Yet, for some reason, his supporters write me and they are more interested in telling me that my womanhood is repulsive to them. Interesting—almost as if his claims to speak for Catholicism were in fact dog whistles to scare people about women’s equality.
As I told some close friends in the days that Donohue was on the news, spraying code words about “get the feminists” (which explains why he roped Shakespeare’s Sister into this, even though she really had nothing to do with any of this—except she’s pro-equality, which is what is really what offends Donohue and all the people who gave that anti-Semite airtime), a good half of my hate mail could be summed up, “You have a pottymouth, you stupid cunt.”
It is ironic, but not surprising because it is so common, that the authoritarian right which despises our freedoms, including freedom of speech and freedom of religion, claims to be the victims as they continue their brownshirt tactics.