John Edwards under siege cause of blog misteps

The political bloggers are working overtime (see Memeorandum’s coverage) because of John Edwards’ missteps in hiring bloggers for his campaign.

I link to this for a couple of reasons.

1) I was on his plane six weeks ago.
2) The lessons here for corporate blog teams are many.

Some lessons here:

1) Hire people who the community will defend.
2) If you want a job as a blogger for a political organization, or a business, you better worry about all those “out there” posts you made.
3) Firing people just makes the problem worse. If you hire them, defend them cause it’s your own idiocy and lack of due diligence that got you here.
4) I’d be more transparent about moves regarding bloggers than either Edwards or, say, Microsoft was when it sent out review laptops to bloggers. Transparency — before a decision is made — will help the community vet moves like these.

What would I do now?

Take the heat and overcommunicate. The more insular the campaign appears the more people will get turned off. It’s time for John Edwards to show up on Daily Kos and take his lumps.

UPDATE: Dave Winer wonders when the New York Times will call off its war on bloggers.

65 thoughts on “John Edwards under siege cause of blog misteps

  1. @29 “I mean, Dick Cheney curses out colleagues on the Senate floor. How crude is that?”

    I suppose that’s true. But, I guess that’s no different than Billary making jokes about Gandhi http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/152686p-134376c.html, or vehemently denying making anti-Semitic remarks (to put it mildly) http://transcripts.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/07/17/hillary.book/index.html. So, I guess there is plenty of stones to throw on both side. My point is, the level of outrage against the right and the smell of blood in the water is usually more apparent on the left.

  2. @29 “I mean, Dick Cheney curses out colleagues on the Senate floor. How crude is that?”

    I suppose that’s true. But, I guess that’s no different than Billary making jokes about Gandhi http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/152686p-134376c.html, or vehemently denying making anti-Semitic remarks (to put it mildly) http://transcripts.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/07/17/hillary.book/index.html. So, I guess there is plenty of stones to throw on both side. My point is, the level of outrage against the right and the smell of blood in the water is usually more apparent on the left.

  3. @Robert McLaws

    I agree that this campaign started too early. It seemed to start right after the Congressional elections. But there’s a good reason for it. The reason is that people can’t wait to get Bush out of there, so they’re already focusing on the next Presidential election. Indeed, there was a recent poll, which said (among other things) that 2/3 of the public wish that the Bush term was already over. It’s at times like these that I wish we had a parlaimentary system, so we wouldn’t have to wait until specific times for elections.

  4. @Robert McLaws

    I agree that this campaign started too early. It seemed to start right after the Congressional elections. But there’s a good reason for it. The reason is that people can’t wait to get Bush out of there, so they’re already focusing on the next Presidential election. Indeed, there was a recent poll, which said (among other things) that 2/3 of the public wish that the Bush term was already over. It’s at times like these that I wish we had a parlaimentary system, so we wouldn’t have to wait until specific times for elections.

  5. @26. No, actually, as Steven Benen of Carpetbagger Report points out, people who spew that kind of drivel on the right are invited into the White House as honored advisors and members of the administration.

    http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/9863.html

    I mean, Dick Cheney curses out colleagues on the Senate floor. How crude is that?

    But the focus here is on Edwards’ *judgment* about the people he hires. I don’t care what Marcotte or McEwan think about anything. Edwards response is, if anything, even worse than the hire as it means he didn’t bother to read even a week’s worth of posts to see what these two had to say for themselves. It is also about the way he handles controversy and conflict. On all three counts, he has not demonstrated qualities I expect from an “A” list candidate.

    Compare this to the way Sen. Obama neatly skewered the liars at FOX over the bogus “madrassa” story. You don’t have to like or support the guy to appreciate the way he and his staff disposed of the non-story and continue to slap FOX around for having dared to broadcast the BS.

  6. @26. No, actually, as Steven Benen of Carpetbagger Report points out, people who spew that kind of drivel on the right are invited into the White House as honored advisors and members of the administration.

    http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/9863.html

    I mean, Dick Cheney curses out colleagues on the Senate floor. How crude is that?

    But the focus here is on Edwards’ *judgment* about the people he hires. I don’t care what Marcotte or McEwan think about anything. Edwards response is, if anything, even worse than the hire as it means he didn’t bother to read even a week’s worth of posts to see what these two had to say for themselves. It is also about the way he handles controversy and conflict. On all three counts, he has not demonstrated qualities I expect from an “A” list candidate.

    Compare this to the way Sen. Obama neatly skewered the liars at FOX over the bogus “madrassa” story. You don’t have to like or support the guy to appreciate the way he and his staff disposed of the non-story and continue to slap FOX around for having dared to broadcast the BS.

  7. @24 Well, there’s leadership for you! I can’t tell from that is she’s still on board or not. Way to be decisive, Edwards!

  8. @24 Well, there’s leadership for you! I can’t tell from that is she’s still on board or not. Way to be decisive, Edwards!

  9. @23. “The huffing and puffing of the ever-so-outraged right deserves to be scorned for the political theater that it is, but the deeper issue is why were either of these people hired in the first place?”

    A fair comment, indeed. But we all know how this would have played out had this happened in Romney or McCain’s camp and it had been a “right” blogger sounding off about Catholics, Jews, or, heaven forbid, gays. They would have been lynched on the front page of the New York Times. And now that we have Edward’s “give them a second chance” response, the hypocricy of the left is what is just as bothersome. Marcotte says she never meant to offend? Well of course not. At least that’s what you say when you are called to account for your comments Uh-huh. Sure! Then what was your point in the first place?

    If Edwards wants to give her a second chance, then he better be prepared to explain away this to his soccer mom contingent”

    http://pandagon.net/2005/09/04/living-in-the-post-freedom-world/

    Now, if she represents the voting bloc Edwards is going after, well, good luck to him.

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