That Komen story from last week came out of nowhere…and now it seems to be gone. I can’t find much about it on news sites today. One way or another, we’ve got to keep the pressure on. I know not everyone likes it when I talk this way, but heads to need to roll. Karen Handel, and preferably Nancy Brinker as well (though that might be a tall order), have to go. If everyone keeps their job, then no one on the right will be rattled by any of this at all.
I think the Komen story is important for two reasons:
(1) We need scalps. The right scares the fuck out of the press (for example) because they got people at NPR fired recently, ended Dan Rather’s career a few years ago, etc. The left needs to scare people too. Nothing scares comfortable people more than the destructions of careers and organizations.
(2) It’s a way of moving the reproductive rights battle from abortion — where Republicans have the upper hand — to cancer screenings, contraceptives, and other places where Democrats can have the upper hand.
So let’s not forget about KomenGate. Keep up the heat anyway you can think of.
Update. Here’s something (h/t many of you):
[A] Komen insider told HuffPost on Sunday that Karen Handel, Komen’s staunchly anti-abortion vice president for public policy, was the main force behind the decision to defund Planned Parenthood and the attempt to make that decision look nonpolitical.
“Karen Handel was the prime instigator of this effort, and she herself personally came up with investigation criteria,” the source, who requested anonymity for professional reasons, told HuffPost. “She said, ‘If we just say it’s about investigations, we can defund Planned Parenthood and no one can blame us for being political.'”
Emails between Komen leadership on the day the Planned Parenthood decision was announced, which were reviewed by HuffPost under the condition they not be published, confirm the source’s description of Handel’s sole “authority” in crafting and implementing the Planned Parenthood policy.