I've said publicly that Komen may have skated, and allowing that was a mistake. The problem wasn't the Georgia GOP hack that the CEO hired; it's (1) the CEO that hired her, and (2) that Komen itself is only half a charity — and half an agent of Movement Conservativism.
Yet, after that week or so of terrible publicity, only the hack had resigned. Nancy Brinker, the CEO and loyal Bushie, remained, as did the organization in its current form. (Note: I don't advocate killing Komen; just cleaning its house, thoroughly, of MoveCon dirt and dustballs. That includes, especially, its CEO.)
Now it seems the organization is still teetering. Some data-bits from the Huffington Post (h/t Kalli Joy Gray; my emphasis and reparagraphing):
Komen has been struggling to repair its reputation since the public backlash over its decision, at the beginning of February, to pull cancer screening grants from Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics perform abortions.And:
Komen ultimately decided to restore Planned Parenthood's eligibility for grants, but the public had already soured on the charity for focusing on abortion politics rather than detecting and treating breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen Greater New York City recently decided to postpone its annual fundraising gala because executives "were not certain about our ability to fundraise in the near term," spokesperson Vern Calhoun said in a statement.
A Komen insider told HuffPost that "employee morale is in the toilet" since Komen leadership made the controversial decision to defund Planned Parenthood[.]And about that CEO:
"[CEO Nancy] Brinker [is] in complete meltdown," the source wrote to HuffPost. "People want her to resign but she won't." Brinker did not respond to a request for comment.Let me be clear. Inside this organization there are a lot of people pushing Brinker to get out.
Can't we help them?
Seriously. An organized push now — ideally cored by a small cadre of activist women and supported by the rest of us — could restart the campaign and topple the teetering Brinker. She's ripe for a fall, according to this report.
By the way, there's a danger that Limbaugh will skate as well, and for the same reason. As soon as the news cycle chases the next missing blonde (as it were), he thinks we will let up. Just like with Komen.
Wouldn't it be nice to prove these people wrong for a change? It would, at least in my humble opinion.
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