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Tuesday, February 7, 2012 9:20 pm

Shorter Karen Handel: Whinewhinewhinewhinewhine

Filed under: Evil — Lex @ 9:20 pm
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Wingnut Karen Handel resigned today as senior vice president for public policy of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. And her  resignation letter  has to be read to be believed. Commenter BGinCHI at Balloon Juice called it “masturbation for people who are too repressed to touch themselves,” and that pretty much nails it.

In this brief missive, she 1) implicitly criticizes her former employer, 2) makes clear that, as we suspected, most of what we heard from Komen about its decision to defund Planned Parenthood in the first place was crap, and 3) makes clear that CEO Nancy Brinker and the Komen board were all in on the defunding decision and, therefore, ought to resign as well.

I cannot recall a more incredibly self-indulgent, self-centered resignation message from anyone in public life, although I admit I do not have those of former FEMA director Michael “Heck of a job, Brownie” Brown or New York Times reporter Judith “I was proved f—–g right!” Miller handy.

AJC blogger Jim Galloway, to whom the first link above links, notes that Handel declined a severance package, thus leaving herself free to keep talking. If this is any indication of what she’ll say, I hope she keeps talking, because the more she talks, the deeper the poo in which Komen finds itself.

And that needs to happen, because this is far from over.

I’m sure lots of liberals are celebrating Handel’s resignation, along with anyone else who actually, you know, gives a damn about the health of women, particularly poor women. But if what Handel said is anywhere near true, then Brinker and the board need to resign as well. No one should be celebrating until that organization is in the hands of people whose ONLY focus is women’s health, full stop.

That means no money and no volunteering. That means pressuring the group’s corporate sponsors.

This deal ain’t closed yet, and it’s one deal that desperately needs to be. Lives depend on it.

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