Mary Katharine Ham

As you know, you go into a campaign with the electorate you have. They're not the electorate you might want or wish to have at a later time.

Democrats have a really hard time remembering this.

American progressives—the far political Left of this country—do not live in the country they wish to live in. They hate the fact that this country elected George Bush president twice over more progressive candidates. They hate that the country is pro-life and moving more in that direction. They hate that the country is pro-gun, so much so that their effete progressive candidates must endure elaborate RealTree festooning every now and then to appease the masses. They hate the fact that the entirety of the Dust Bowl, Dixie, and the desert, are not filled with the equals of the liberal, intellectual elite of New York City, Los Angeles, or Washington, D.C.

And, they’re not real shy about the way they feel, particularly when they’re progressive bloggers.

This is fine. They’re bloggers. They’re American citizens. They can say what they want.

The problem comes when, in an attempt to garner the favor of the ever-cantankerous left side of the blogosphere, Democratic candidates hire bloggers with profanity-laced, President-hatin’ pasts to helm their online efforts and blogging output.

That’s what happened to John Edwards this week. He hired Amanda Marcotte of the blog Pandagon to be his blogmaster and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare’s Sister to be his online communications person. If personnel is policy, let’s just say those two hires reflect the Edwards campaign’s desire to be “Queen C—of F—k Mountain” and “F—k BushCo.”

It’s not exactly the winning populist message John-Boy was shooting for, I reckon, and bloggers on the right side of the aisle recognized that immediately. Too bad for Edwards, Marcotte, and McEwan, no one on their side did. Or, perhaps more damaging, they did and couldn’t do anything about it.

Mary Katharine Ham

Mary Katharine Ham is editor-at-large of, a contributor to Townhall Magazine.

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