I signed the petition, and I hope it has a good effect ... but this article seems to be overstating some things unless there's some news I didn't hear about.
The counter ad could emphasize that Swartz was young, rich, and white, and paint Ortiz's opponent as someone who thinks rich white kids deserve special treatment. That could be a powerful argument with poor, lower middle class, and minority voters.
 See Orin Kerr's article for a detailed look at how Federal prosecution works: http://www.volokh.com/2013/01/16/the-criminal-charges-agains...
Regardless, I don't believe her career is over today. The thing that was interesting to me about the article is that it is the first item in a mainstream publication that has gone as far as to say this case was a career ender (and advocating for it in the process). She hasn't been fired, but if these kinds of articles/opinion pieces continue to show up, she won't be moving up.
Civil war might be justified if we lose all privacy or control of the media/communications, but unless that happens then put the damn guns away and work with society