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Susan G. Komen’s “Apolitical” Planned Parenthood Diss Crafted By GOP Operative Ari Fleischer

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 4, 2012

Know how the Susan G. Komen people have been saying that politics had nothing to do with their defunding Planned Parenthood? This just blows that excuse to smithereens:

Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush and prominent right-wing pundit, secretly helped guide Komen Foundation’s disastrous strategy regarding Planned Parenthood. Fleischer personally interviewed candidates for the postion of “Senior Vice President for Communications and External Relations” at Komen last December. According to a source with first-hand knowedge, Fleischer drilled prospective candidates during their interviews on how they would handle the controversy about Komen’s relationship with Planned Parenthood.

Oh, and furthermore: “Fleischer’s high-level involvement with Komen further complicates its image as an apolitical cancer charity. Fleischer is a prominent partisan commentator and a longtime critic of Planned Parenthood.”

Hear that sound? That’s the sound of the last shreds of SGK’s credibility being torn apart.

5 Responses to “Susan G. Komen’s “Apolitical” Planned Parenthood Diss Crafted By GOP Operative Ari Fleischer”

  1. MEC said

    That also explains why the strategy was disastrous. The Busheviks aren’t known for their subtlety.

  2. Charles II said

    Truth to tell, I wish just one tenth the energy being devoted to Komen were being turned to Cliff Stearns. I think the whole Kamen situation is explained as Wingnut Welfare Meets Home Alone: People with no clear vision of anything larger, with too much time on their hands sit around thinking about what really cool things they could do with $400M.

    The Congress still enjoys something like 95% re-elect rates. Until they start paying a price for the follies they engage in, we’ll have an environment friendly to McCarthyism. Get some decent Democrats in office, tax the s–t out of the superrich, and we’ll see how much inclination they have left to play games with their non-profit toys.

    • The whole thing about SGK — and what got so many people outraged — is that the group’s leaders have been saying over and over how “apolitical” they are, even as they themselves are movement Republicans and hire movement Republicans like Fleischer and Handel.

      The reason there is far more outrage over SGK than over Cliff Stearns is for the same reason most of the outraged are angry at SGK: Namely, most people tune out politics and don’t like discussing it. (Really, they do. Politically-oriented online writers don’t have the audience of even a half-assed cooking or crafts website.)

      Most folks hate politics so much that they hate it when somebody tries to smuggle politics into what they think should be politics-free discussions, or when a very politically-partisan entity pretends to be apolitical. Trying to pivot their outrage over SGK’s unmasked partisanship and its role in attacking Planned Parenthood into attacks on Cliff Stearns won’t work unless one can document why people who are outraged over SGK’s stealth partisanship and attacks on Planned Parenthood should be far more outraged at Stearns. Simply saying “Mister X is evil and he must be stopped” will be ignored as just another political rant; on the other hand, saying “Mister X did this and this and this and here’s the proof” is much more powerful and less easily dismissed by the normally-apolitical masses as “just more political stuff”.

  3. MarkH said

    I remember the movie _The_Spy_Who_Came_In_From_The_Cold_ and there was a scene where an up-coming prisoner trade was being discussed. One guy says it will happen at night and another asks why. The first says, because it involves Russians and they do stuff at night.

    Well, you can say something similar about the Republicans. It’s dirty underhanded tricks like Richard Nixon always went for. Why? Because they’re Republicans. It’s just what they do.

    By now the American people should understand that about Republicans.

    • Charles II said

      Mark says, “By now the American people should understand that about Republicans [that they use dirty, underhanded tricks].”

      The problem is that roughly 50% of them approve.

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