Tuesday, February 07, 2012

This is great!

Or maybe I should say this is refreshing.

Usually when you get one of these scandals and they start throwing guys in suits off the cliff, they have the good taste to say they're going to spend more time with their families or something.

Not Karen Handel, though. Her letter of "resignation" embodies the nasty, snarling tone that we've also gotten from the boss. "I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it."

In addition, rather than stick to the story that the defunding of Planned Parenthood was based on their concern for organizations that are under investigation, the letter also confirms what activists and analysts have been saying: that the decision was politically motivated to distance Komen from Planned Parenthood.

At the November Board meeting, the Board received a detailed review of the new model and related criteria. As you will recall, the Board specifically discussed various issues, including the need to protect our mission by ensuring we were not distracted or negatively affected by any other organization’s real or perceived challenges. No objections were made to moving forward.

"Well, I think one of the benefits that has come from this saga is now the broad majority of Americans realize the Komen connection to the world's foremost abortion provider," Brian Harris, the director of Tennessee Right to Life, told The Christian Post. "Millions of pro-life Americans – who have momentum now – will know to avoid any involvement with Komen until they become consistently committed to protecting all human life."

Got that? The anti-choicers were agitating to cut off Planned Parenthood, they were happy when the Komen group went along with their demands, and they got pissed off when Komen changed their minds.

In addition, Handel has now confirmed that the investigation excuse was bogus, and that their decision was political.

Maybe they should have given Handel a better severance package, huh?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read somewhere that Karl Rove himself vetted candidates for the job Handel held, which was created just for this purpose, and Handel was his personal choice, due to her position regarding Planned Parenthood when she ran for office in Georgia. Anyone have a link to this story? (I thought it would be reported everywhere, if it was true ...)

February 07, 2012 11:48 PM  
Blogger Jack McCullough said...

Doing a quick search I'm not seeing that, but I can keep looking, and I'll blog it if I find it.

February 09, 2012 9:51 PM  

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