John Edwards campaign took another hit Tuesday as blogger Melissa McEwan quit. McEwan joins Amanda Marcotte in early retirement as the two misfit bloggers who John Edwards didn’t bother reading before they were hired.

If Edwards has done the due-diligence expected of a presidential candidate, he never would have hired these bigots. If he had backbone, he would have fired them last week when he learned about their views. As it is, Edward ends up looking indecisive and foolish but that is no surprise to anyone.

At least we can give kudos to McEwan for offering up a respectable enough resignation on her blog, Shakespeare’s Sister.

I would like to make very clear that the campaign did not push me out, nor was my resignation the back-end of some arrangement made last week. This was a decision I made, with the campaign’s reluctant support, because my remaining the focus of sustained ideological attacks was inevitably making me a liability to the campaign, and making me increasingly uncomfortable with my and my family’s level of exposure.

We can’t say the same for Amanda Marcotte who left kicking and screaming in a vitriolic rant one day earlier, leaving like the Wicked Witch of the West in a smoldering puddle of goo.

Read the full story about Melissa McEwan’s resignation. We had earlier coverage of Amanda Marcotte here.

A second blogger working for Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards quit Tuesday under pressure from conservative critics who said her previous online messages were anti-Catholic.

Melissa McEwan wrote on her personal blog, Shakespeare’s Sister, that she left the campaign because she was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the level of attention focused on her and her family.

“This was a decision I made, with the campaign’s reluctant support, because my remaining the focus of sustained ideological attacks was inevitably making me a liability to the campaign,” McEwan said Tuesday night.

Kate Bedingfield, a spokeswoman for the Edwards campaign, said McEwan left the campaign under her own terms. Both Bedingfield and McEwan declined additional comment.

McEwan’s resignation came just one day after another blogger, Amanda Marcotte, left the Edwards staff for similar reasons.

Both had become a flashpoint for conservative critics. Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, called Marcotte and McEwan “foul-mouthed bigots” for remarks he deemed anti-Catholic. Last week, Donohue called on Edwards to fire both bloggers.

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