Amanda and Melissa find themselves today with their jobs on the line because some conservatives were offended by a handful of their blog posts, written long before they had any association with any campaign. In the meantime, on the other side of the aisle, there is literally nothing a right-right hate-monger can say to reach pariah status in American society.
Ann Coulter can condemn 9/11 widows, but sheâ€™s still in the conservative mainstream. Bill Oâ€™Reilly suggested that itâ€™d be fine with him if al Qaeda attacked a major American city, but he suffered no consequences. In 2001, just 48 hours after 9/11, Jerry Falwell said liberal Americans were to blame for the attacks and said the nation â€œdeservedâ€ the terrorism, but Republicans are still reaching out to him for political support.
I donâ€™t know what the Edwards campaign is going to end up doing, but the fact that this is even open to debate suggests the double standard that exists isnâ€™t going anywhere for a while.