Katha Pollitt on Edwards-Blogger Flap
Eduardo Moisés Peñalver February 21, 2007 - 8:47pm
Over at TPM, Katha Pollitt gets it mostly right (IMHO) regarding the Edwards blogger flap. The key point:
[Edwards] wants -- he needs -- the votes of people who have never looked at a blog in their lives, who are deeply religious, culturally staid, and easily offended in about a thousand ways. Would those unemployed mill workers Edwards likes to talk about see Amanda's "vulgarity" as populist and fun? or as smartypants elitism? How many Catholic undecideds think that joke about the Virgin Mary was funny and/or a sly critique of sexism in the church versus how many see it as rude and insulting, or would think so, after they'd heard it a thousand times thanks to William Donohue? It's all very well to dismiss as outmoded people who respond poorly to obscenities and dirty jokes about religion. Fact is, there are a lot of them. A candidate would be out of his mind to alienate them over a staffing matter.
UPDATE: I didn't read the "easily offended" line as referring to all religious people, but I suppose it might have been meant that way. For that reason, I've downgraded my assessment from "exactly right" to "mostly right."
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Eduardo Moisés Peñalver is the John P. Wilson Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the subjects of property and land use law.