During my brief tenure as blogmaster for a Democratic presidential contender, I experienced the right-wing smear machine firsthand.
The word "smear" is unfortunate here, given the post that stirred up this trouble in the first place. Marcotte hasn't come to grips with the fact that arguments that work well in bounded networks of activity can and do alienate allies in less bounded networks. When Christians on the left react poorly to questions such as "What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?", you don't have to invent a conspiracy to explain why.
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