Someone (Atrios? Ezra Klein?) posted a link to this post last week from TPMCafe’s Reed Hunt, 10 Events that could change the election’s dynamics, and I quoted one line from it last week in an article I posted at LP about the John Edwards campaign hiring bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan.
It remains a point well made (now that the conservative attack-bloggers have managed to get their Amanda-hating into the mainstream press – EDIT):
it is the reaction, not the event, that determines leadership.
UPDATE: Edwards shows a spine (more in comments).
UPDATE 15 Feb: After more manufactured outrage from the attack-bloggers and the so-called “right-wing noise machine” catching the attention of the corporate media, both Amanda and Melissa have resigned from the campaign staff. Plenty of stuff on Pandagon and Shakespeare’s Sister for those still catching up (those two links are just the announcement posts), and we’ve been covering it a bit over at Larvatus Prodeo too.