“We’re so sorry,” said Nancy. “We’re so sorry. But we just have to reverse course.” [...]
Nancy’s reply stunned me. “Karen, I’ve talked to a lot of people. And even Karl says we have to backtrack. There’s just no other way.”
“Karl? Who’s Karl?”
She looked at me strangely as if I should know exactly who she was talking about. She said, “Karl Rove!”
“Nancy” would be Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder and CEO Nancy Brinker; “Karen” is Komen’s former senior vice president for public policy.
The quote is from Karen Handel’s forthcoming book “Planned Bullyhood,” where she portrays Planned Parenthood as an all-powerful group of thugs and reveals such juicy tidbits as angry phone calls to Brinker from Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Oh, boo fucking hoo. I don’t know if this story is true or not but if it is, Wasserman Schultz gets my thanks. Because Wasserman Schultz is a breast cancer survivor. So yeah, she has a personal interest making sure women have access to breast cancer screenings, even at places like Planned Parenthood. I would’ve made some pissed off phone calls to Nancy Brinker if I had her direct line, too.
But I’m getting waaay off topic here. No, there’s a lot astonishing here but we can start with the degree to which the Komen organization was (is?) so closely connected to Republican Party insiders and operatives. To the point where they back off a policy because “even Karl said so.”
I mean, I had no idea. I wonder if any of Komen’s corporate sponsors knew they were getting involved with a partisan political organization disguised by breast cancer advocacy?
What’s really amusing is seeing the reaction from the anti-choice crowd. Shocked — shocked! — to discover they have been useful idiots for the Republican Party, trotted out when politically expedient and told to shut up when they start hurting the party’s image.