Karen Handel, two weeks after her Komen resignation

Since her splashy resignation from Susan G. Komen for the Cure two weeks ago, former GOP candidate for governor Karen Handel has kept a low profile.

But Handel has begun making a few appearances in a way that – if one were a suspicious person who thinks politicians never lose the itch – might be seen as boosting her standing among conservative Christians.

For instance, at 6 p.m. this very evening you can watch a livestream interview of Handel by Marvin Olasky, on the premises of Patrick Henry College in Virginia. The link, I’m pretty sure, is here. Otherwise try this one.

The pitch to Patrick Henry students from Olasky:

“When Karen Handel earlier this month bravely criticized Planned Parenthood executives’ ‘shakedown to coerce a private entity to give them grants,’ many on the pro-abortion side were furious with her. This interview will give students a chance to hear and question one of this month’s big newsmakers, and to see that a woman can knock over one of our contemporary idols and survive.”

Ed Kilgore, author of Washington Monthly’s Political Animal offers this assessment of the venue:

For those of you unfamiliar with Patrick Henry College, it’s definitely one of the Christian Right’s most important power centers. Founded by Virginia-based homeschooling advocate Michael Farris, PHC is very much intended to serve as an elite transmission belt for bright young hard-core conservative evangelicals (a majority of them home-schooled) into entry-level jobs on Capitol Hill and (at least in Republican administrations) the Executive Branch.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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23 comments Add your comment

xdog

February 21st, 2012
3:30 pm

Hard to see how someone with such a political tin ear can still have the itch. Twice now she’s been steamrolled, by the Komen folks when she puts a political spin on granting PP, and by the Georgia goper establishment when she called them all slugs and sleazes. If she had been more skilled either time in focusing her message she might have succeeded.

James Tavegia

February 21st, 2012
3:30 pm

Susan G. Komen was exposed for what they are and their future fundraising will be hurt badly. I doubt our school will ever again be involved in a Pink-Out because of it. Their slight of hand and pocketbook is pathetic.

Georgia, The " New Mississippi "

February 21st, 2012
3:32 pm

I don’t know who got the most bang for the buck with their high school diploma……..Ru$h Limbaugh or Kanren Handel………….$nooki made honorable mention

sheepdawg

February 21st, 2012
3:38 pm

please make her go away!!!! enroll her in some tech college hairdressing courses or something

honested

February 21st, 2012
3:40 pm

So ms. handel is counting on that loyal 6% of the electorate on which to hang her future?

Maybe talk radio would be a better idea.

arnold

February 21st, 2012
3:45 pm

If she sticks to the conservative base, she’s toast. The pendulum has started to swing back.

RAMZAD

February 21st, 2012
3:47 pm

Only the Republican propaganda machine could get a positive spin out of Handels “resignation” from a place she was no longer wanted, welcomed, needed or appreciated. That should tell us a lot about “Republican truth.”

Michael

February 21st, 2012
3:47 pm

The far right will always make room for someone with her views. She can tour with Palin and talk about abortion, guns and gay marriage.

gsueagle

February 21st, 2012
4:16 pm

wish she was madam governor.. a true conservative

Brent

February 21st, 2012
4:17 pm

At least Karen is finally going to a college.

Bernie

February 21st, 2012
4:24 pm

Karen reminds me of the famous quote from Addams Family Values – Morticia: “I’m just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It’s just, I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade.”

The Snark

February 21st, 2012
4:29 pm

Karen Handel “bravely criticized Planned Parenthood executives”? Bravely? Really? That took about as much courage as saying “amen” in a Baptist Church.

@ gsueagle: Handel may well be “conservative,” whatever the hell that means these days, but she singlehandedly wrecked the Secretary of State’s office in record time. She is pretty good at attacking people and making snarky remarks, but she has absolutely no management skills, no knowledge of government, and can’t get along with other elected officials. Governor Handel would have been a disaster.

You're Right

February 21st, 2012
4:30 pm

You’re right, she will likely have a WSB radio show shortly.

Attack Dog

February 21st, 2012
5:04 pm

This is great publicity for a school with less that 350 students. Too bad that Karen does not have enough academic credentials to even be an administrative assistant. Most Dixiecrats don’t know that a parent only needs a high school diploma to home-school their children, but that might be pretty high for those like Handel and Santorum, who despise the intellectual elite. Could pass 8th grade math, but are going to tell us they can teach trigonometry.

Rob Houck

February 21st, 2012
5:27 pm

As to Santorum and Patrick Henry’s home schooling history, is it still home schooling if the government pays you to do it? Can you make your home state (Pennsylvania) pay for it even when you live somewhere else (as Santorum did when he lived in Virginia)? Is this government welfare or a citizen’s right? Being able to define what is socialism (anything people not like you get – welfare, food stamps) and what is your right as a freedom loving citizen (whatever people like you get – Medicare, Social Security) is very helpful when debating policy.

boib

February 21st, 2012
6:05 pm

Al

February 21st, 2012
7:06 pm

[the famous quote from Addams Family Values – Morticia: “I’m just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It’s just, I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade.”]

Most relevant reference in this blog. The former SOS is an excellent counterpoint to the Peter Principle, that says “people rise to their level of incompetence.” She has risen far past hers and that she still has possibilities speaks legions about the so called conservative movement. (Note: I say “so called” because, as a conservative, I share virtually none of the beliefs shared by the people who would support Karen Handel. Conservatism has been hijacked.

honested

February 21st, 2012
7:39 pm

Al,

Comparing my late grandfather to the current group of ‘cons’, I have to wholeheartedly agree with you.

missmollie

February 21st, 2012
7:43 pm

The Ga Legislature with the help of Huckabee, Newt and ND did a real number on KH. I hope she is pursuing her college degree. She will find an important place in State or National politics down the road, …. Her resignation will act in her favor, IMO.

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atlmom

February 21st, 2012
8:57 pm

No one is pro-abortion.

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