In new book, Karen Handel says Karl Rove urged back-tracking by Komen

We have yet to see a copy of her book, and haven’t made it to the bookstore for today’s release, but former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel apparently says she went up against Karl Rove – and lost – during her fight to separate breast cancer group Susan G. Komen for the Cure from Planned Parenthood.

That’s just the kind of tidbit that might give a publisher reason to think of Handel’s brief stint as a senior vice president for public policy as something that might be worth a book.

In “Planned Bullyhood,” Handel – having lost the 2010 GOP race for governor – tells of her efforts to separate Planned Parenthood, a provider of abortion in addition to women’s health services, from the breast cancer group.

Komen CEO Nancy Brinker eventually caved, and Handel had no choice but to make an exit. From an excerpt of the book posted Monday by anti-abortion blogger Jill Stanek:

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!”

I started laughing. Just when I thought things could not get more bizarre. What in the world did Karl Rove have to do with anything?

Rove, the former Bush adviser, is already taking heat from Republican social conservatives for using unpleasant language to describe his feelings about Todd Akins, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, after Akins’ comments about “legitimate rape.”

The Daily Caller tracked Rove down this afternoon:

Reached by phone, the prominent Republican strategist said the charge made by former Komen senior vice president Karen Handel in “Planned Bullyhood” is “not accurate.” He declined to elaborate.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/11/rove-disputes-claim-he-encouraged-funding-of-planned-parenthood/#ixzz26CNgleI9

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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89 comments Add your comment

Tom

September 11th, 2012
1:16 pm

Why would anyone take ‘heat’ for saying anything about Todd Akin? The guy’s an idiot.

Mild Mannered Moderate

September 11th, 2012
1:33 pm

I KNOW, right? Both sides cote for personhood amendments that would enslave women to goo. Both sides! Both sides believe exactly the same thing as Akin.

Both sides are exactly the same!

Two dollars. Both sides.

Mary Elizabeth

September 11th, 2012
1:36 pm

Karl Rove appears to be all about winning. In my opinion, he has helped to create a bitterly divided America. Planned Parenthood should have remained with Komen for the Cure, and for humanitarian reasons, not for political ones.

I hope that Karen Handel will explore ways to serve others in situations that are less high profile than previously. I do not agree with her politically, but I wish her well.

Bernie

September 11th, 2012
1:40 pm

Karen still refuses to see and understand the magnitude of her FAILURE by Her own makings. Karen singlehandly through her alleged Acts, contributed to the destruction of the NAMEBRAND of the SUSAN G. KOMAN FOUNDATION. A unrecoverable tarnish that will live on years longer than the shelf life of this published fiction of hers.

Karen should not have been hired for that position from the very beginning.
That was the initial mistake made by the Komen Foundation.

Karen lacked the EDUCATION,EXPERIENCE and KNOWLEDGE for such a position she was charged with. That Lack is what led Komen to its disastrous outcome. Plain and simple. Any Corporate Leader worth his/her weight in gold would tell you that! No amount of explaining or blaming will ever negate that FACT!

Karen was very lucky to have been hired at the level, she was charged with despite all of the shortcomings that she herself brought to the TABLE.

the cat

September 11th, 2012
1:52 pm

The only people buying this high school drop out’s book will be republican super pacs. Now that the covers have come off the high salaries paid to Komen’s executives their donations are down 35%. I for one will never ever ever donate one penny to them again nor will I buy anything pink.

Give your charity donations to American Cancer Society if you are against PP.

td

September 11th, 2012
1:52 pm

Bernie

September 11th, 2012
1:40 pm

As long as Planned parenthood is the leading abortion provider in the US then the rest of their work does not matter because they are pure evil. They are the ones that need to purge all their leadership or have all their money for the government cut off.

Bernie

September 11th, 2012
2:01 pm

td @ 1:52 pm – Thank-you for the example! :) That is the same mindset that Karen brought to the Komen Foundation and resulted in such a disastrous outcome.

Mr. Holmes

September 11th, 2012
2:13 pm

If memory serves, Handel’s story at the time was that there was no “effort to separate Komen from Planned Parenthood.” Komen simply decided to make an innocent change in its funding policy, and golly gee whillickers they just didn’t even realize PP would be the sole fund recipient affected by the change!

I guess even she decided that particular pile of manure was no longer worth peddling.

cc

September 11th, 2012
2:23 pm

td @ 1:52 pm:

I can tell by this post that you are bored today and will converse with anything!

td

September 11th, 2012
2:23 pm

Bernie

September 11th, 2012
2:01 pm

Yes, we all know you support killing babies, sodomy and are part of the party that denied God three times.

td

September 11th, 2012
2:24 pm

cc

September 11th, 2012
2:23 pm

td

September 11th, 2012
2:25 pm

cc

September 11th, 2012
2:23 pm

Some times the loons have to be called out for what they truly are and stand for.

The Snark

September 11th, 2012
2:27 pm

Since 97% of Planned Parenthood’s budget goes to family planning and womens’ health, and only 3% goes to abortions, wouldn’t it be more accurate to describe Planned Parenthood as “a provider of women’s health services in addition to abortion”?

Also, if you’re against abortion, why would you target for extinction the nation’s most successful program to prevent unwanted pregnancy?

Shar

September 11th, 2012
2:37 pm

@Tom: Rove took heat because he suggested that Akin should be murdered, and that if he was to be murdered no one should look too closely into Rove’s alibi. Akin is a nasty, tyrannical, self-justifying fool, but none of those characteristics carries the death penalty.

Karen Handel was hired by Komen to sneak through that organization’s detachment from Planned Parenthood, a change that was decided upon for purely political reasons and which Komen knew would be opposed by most of its donors. Thus the need for discretion and sliding it past the primary funders. This underhanded redirection of charitable gifts and the betrayal of the people who give such energy and time to the Race For The Cure seems far more like bullying than anything that PP did. Handel clearly expected PP to ‘lie back and take it’, and when they didn’t she was caught between the Komen executives’ desire to pander to the anti-PP faction and the fury of the donors on which the organization depends. Anyone with a glimmer of intelligence would have seen that this was an untenable position to be in, and the fact that Handel took the job knowing what her brief entailed does not argue that she has such a glimmer.

Whining about ‘bullies’ when her own effort to bully Komen donors and PP adds to the overall impression of stupidity.

honested

September 11th, 2012
2:42 pm

Now the big question is who is less in touch with reality, karen handel or karl rove?

I predict sales as big as for one of gingrhoid’s books (ending up in the recycle grinder).

Does the book go into detail about what happens to most of Komen’s contributions?

Auntie Christ

September 11th, 2012
2:43 pm

td
September 11th, 2012
2:23 pm

Bernie
Yes, we all know you support killing babies, sodomy and are part of the party that denied God three times.
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Gosh, you mean Bernie actually knows St Peter! Way to go Bernie, put in a good word to Pete for td and cc, their hatred of their fellow man is gonna get them banished to he ll unless we good people intercede on their behalf.

honested

September 11th, 2012
2:46 pm

Mr. Holmes,

Apparently, ms. handel is a ‘true modern republican’, therefore, the truth ain’t in her.

Mild Mannered Moderate

September 11th, 2012
2:46 pm

@td There you go again with the m&m snacks! You should be more like cc.

He would never attack ANYONE.

And he’s cute.

MiltonMan

September 11th, 2012
2:46 pm

Why keep giving Karen validity??? She is nothing more than someone who wants nothing more than to be an elected official. She resigned as SOS & then Komen – she is a quitter at heart.

Shar

September 11th, 2012
2:52 pm

td @ 1:52 – You betray yourself. Only someone who is willing to sacrifice all women, and most particularly poor, young and otherwise vulnerable women, to his own rigid dogma would write that the 97% of PP’s works “do not count” and that they are “pure evil”.

Tell that to a woman who had a tumor discovered through a free pap or mamogram. Tell that to women who count on PP for family planning. Or are ALL of those women expendable, too, for the sin of having a uterus?

Abortion is a legal medical choice that is available to women in this country. Without safe, legal abortion many, many women would die at the hands of back-alley providers, just as they did before Roe. Taking away funding from Planned Parenthood will only result in more illness, unwanted pregnancies and deaths by denying vulnerable women access to reproductive health screenings and care of all kinds. Your demand that those women take the consequences for your moral outrage (as you will never have to take the consequences yourself) is far beyond the beliefs of a majority of your fellow citizens, and it is indefensible.

honested

September 11th, 2012
2:54 pm

MiltonMan,

For once we agree!
handel and palin share a qualification, the qualification to quit anything they start and be singularly unqualified to do ANYTHING!

Bernie

September 11th, 2012
2:55 pm

Auntie Christ @ 2:43 pm – No way am I coming close to these two. They are going to BURN BABY BURN! They have their reservation ready and waiting!

Its been confirmed already! First Class Seating!

Not to worry they have plenty of friends they will join with. they will not be alone, for sure!….:)

the cat

September 11th, 2012
2:58 pm

Shar-excellent post!

the cat

September 11th, 2012
2:58 pm

Abortions=legal, safe, rare.

yuzeyurbrane

September 11th, 2012
3:14 pm

td–does your wife agree with you?

the cat

September 11th, 2012
3:25 pm

td’s wife is barefoot and making sammiches. she is not allowed to have an opinion.

Bernie

September 11th, 2012
3:26 pm

Mitt met with POPE Pat Robertson and his Cardinal Ralph Reed over the weekend. They have planned together to reawaken the Christian Coalition to combat the efforts of overturning Roe vs WADE with Mitts election. We all must be diligent to insure that their efforts, do not return us to the Back alley ways and back doors of yesterday. We are presently in a struggle for America’s Soul.

The return to the 1950’s sector of The Republican Party are willing to do anything within their power to insure this goal is achieved. We must remind ALL of their silent intent to reverse the gains that we ALL have fought and worked so hard for over the
years. Karen and her actions are just another example of what is to come, if they prove to be successful in their effort to elect MITT & Paul in November.

Mitt sounded the Alarm this weekend with the falsehood that President Obama wants to remove GOD from the U.S. currency. A claim that was never uttered by the President nor anyone close or in his Administration.

A change that was made to include ” IN GOD WE TRUST” in 1954.

How did America ever survive all of the years Before, without it, anyway?

Liars never change…..only the lies they spout!

td

September 11th, 2012
3:38 pm

yuzeyurbrane

September 11th, 2012
3:14 pm

td–does your wife agree with you?

Not only does she agree but since she came from a communist country and knows about the one child policy, she believes all Doctors performing abortions should get an instant death penalty.

My wife is 100 times more conservative than I am. She has no patients for Welfare recipients excuses for not working or for excuses of Americans not being straight A students with free education. She thinks Obama is the same type of communist she left 25 years ago to come to this country to escape.

td

September 11th, 2012
3:44 pm

the cat

September 11th, 2012
3:25 pm

td’s wife is barefoot and making sammiches. she is not allowed to have an opinion.

My wife came to this country at the age of 13, could not speak English and had not been been in school since the third grade because the dang Obama following communist sent her to a farm to work in the fields. She had to repeat the 8th grade and then graduated HS and received a college degree on time. She is way smarter and works harder then you could every conceive of being.

td

September 11th, 2012
3:44 pm

Bernie

September 11th, 2012
3:26 pm

Mitt met with POPE Pat Robertson and his Cardinal Ralph Reed over the weekend. They have planned together to reawaken the Christian Coalition to combat the efforts of overturning Roe vs WADE with Mitts election.

We can only hope and pray that you are right on this one.

Kris

September 11th, 2012
3:55 pm

@ the cat 2:58 pm “Abortions=legal, safe, rare.”

I agee 100% although SAD but RAPE is RAPE. The alternative is the charlatan’s from the planet Kolob practicing medicine in the back alleys. (coat hangers and cheep booze for antiseptic…if the poor lady is lucky..)

Shar

September 11th, 2012
4:08 pm

td: I am curious.

You advocate making all abortions illegal, with felony charges against providers who perform them. You have also written in opposition of requirements that birth control be mandated for insurance coverage, and in support of the de-funding of Planned Parenthood.

Surely you don’t believe that the world will change the habits of the milennia and that women will stop having sex unless they intend to become pregnant. Or, of course, are forced into it. Therefore, unwanted pregnancies will continue unabated, or actually rise if birth control becomes less available to women and men continue to avoid using it. With these new unwanted fetuses coming to term in unwilling hosts, and with at least some of those unwilling hosts unable to afford adequate prenatal care (a lack that today makes the US something like 40th in maternal death rate, behind Albania) leading to damaged babies, where do you see the positive outcome? Not to mention the thousands of women who will take their chances on illegal abortions and who will follow in the sad footsteps of their sisters in the ’50’s and before, suffering pain, infection and death at the hands of unscrupulous and incompetent hacks.

There are already far more adoptable children in the US than there are adoptive parents, so claiming that these unwanted pregnancies will all result in happy new families has already been disproven. More women dead, more babies unwanted, more doctors incarcerated, and much more money spent to try to ameliorate these issues.

What is the upside that you apparently see so clearly that could possibly justify these outcomes? I just cannot see it at all.

Mild Mannered Moderate

September 11th, 2012
4:10 pm

@td – your wide is a nurse? That is so nice. Or is she a doctor? She must hate all the changes coming from AHA. It sounds like a super villain laugh. Fortunately Governor deal insured we won’t take any of that dent made money.

I don’t understand about the childhood Obama thing though ..are you implying that he has a time machine does the conspiracy to get him Obama followers used go back that far?

Aquagirl

September 11th, 2012
4:16 pm

What in the world did Karl Rove have to do with anything?

WTF did Karen Handel have to do with anything? That’s a smashingly ironic quote from a failed politician hired for political reasons, who was later fired for political ineptness.

yuzeyurbrane

September 11th, 2012
4:24 pm

td– your wife’s views are quite interesting, especially since she has worked 20 years for DFACS. I have some good friends from former Soviet Union who have been here about as long and they also tend to be somewhat conservative in their views although they are quite liberal compared to you and your wife. One thing I feel certain of is that you don’t keep your wife barefoot and pregnant like 1 poster stated. The communists seemed to at least have done a pretty good job in educating their people since all of the refugees I have met have been extremely well-educated.

td

September 11th, 2012
4:24 pm

Shar

September 11th, 2012
4:08 pm

Look at it a different way:

Were are in trouble in our Social security system because the birth rate has been reduced so low now that there are not enough young people to pay into the system. We have had 50 million abortions in this country since 1973. Where would our SS system been today without all those abortions?

We had to bring in all the illegal aliens that has caused a huge problem on our resources due to in large part of killing 50 million citizens. Where would our state budgets be today?

Last but not least the vast majority of our country believes that our troubles has been caused in large part due to the breakdown of the family unit. I believe that the easy access and paying for abortion has played a large part in the breakdown of the family. If people were held accountable for the decisions they make and have to responsible for the consequences then I believe the family would grow out of the necessity of people having to rely on themselves instead of the government for subsistence.

td

September 11th, 2012
4:32 pm

yuzeyurbrane

September 11th, 2012
4:24 pm

td– your wife’s views are quite interesting, especially since she has worked 20 years for DFACS.

If I would have said some of the things (as a white male) to the clients that she has said I probably would have been prosecuted. She kept the job so that we could have benefits while I started my business. She has stayed so that she has a guaranteed retirement and healthcare.

Aquagirl

September 11th, 2012
4:33 pm

I believe that the easy access and paying for abortion has played a large part in the breakdown of the family.

Parenthood doesn’t make you any smarter or more responsible. Look at Bristol Palin and her babydaddy, both are still idiots.

There’s something really creepy about people who see pregnancy and children as punishment.

td

September 11th, 2012
4:41 pm

Aquagirl

September 11th, 2012
4:33 pm

I did not say punishment you did and it says a great deal about where you are coming from. It taking responsibility for you actions. It is being a responsible citizen.

One could say that forcing children to go to school when they do not want too is a punishment but in reality it is making them responsible citizens.

Aquagirl

September 11th, 2012
4:53 pm

It taking responsibility for you actions. It is being a responsible citizen.

Once again…children don’t make idiots more responsible. For someone who claims to be so concerned for all those unwanted babies, you sure don’t see them as actual human beings. They aren’t little tools to make people behave as you think they should.

Shar

September 11th, 2012
4:55 pm

td, I appreciate your sincerity in responding to my questions. It’s getting all too rare to be able to have a civil exchange on certain topics, and abortion is one of them.

That said, I disagree with most of what you state. While I too believe that the breakdown of the family unit has had revolutionary, and not always (or even mostly) good, results for our culture, I think that abortion has little to nothing to do with that. People divorce for a variety of reasons, but mainly because the husband and wife no longer get along. It becomes more painful to remain together than to separate and try to find another partner, and with the broader availability and acceptance of divorce starting in the 60’s, people have done so. In fact, people actually have babies to try to glue themselves together, not abort pregnancies to cause familial disruption. Divorcing couples are indeed responsible for the consequences of their choices, as the long litany of complaints about single-parenting and grinding alimony/child support payments make clear. Government assistance may become necessary in the event of job loss or inadequate health insurance, but that is true whether people are married or not and such assistance rarely figures in to the divorce plans of a warring couple.

Forcing women to bear children they do not want makes the child into an instrument of punishment. Yes, once the child is born there are natural bonds that may (or may not) form that shield the child somewhat from rancorous feelings, but what if that child drains resources that allow the family to survive? Why rip the right to choose family size away from the people most intimately knowledgeable about that family’s circumstances and make blanket pronouncements in the name of extending the Social Security trust fund? Our population is indeed growing, and that trust fund is being supported by lots of those illegal immigrants you note, who will not be eligible to receive any of their contributions back upon retirement. Babies born and raised up in the US can and will draw from SS (assuming it is still solvent, which is highly doubtful) unlike those hapless illegal immigrants, so from a purely financial view it is much preferable to have the latter paying into SS than the former.

Divorce will continue to happen regardless of the availability of legal, safe abortion. So will illegal immigration. So will the political draining of the SS trust fund. So will the crumbling of the family unit. I agree with you, absolutely, that all of these issues are of strong concern, but I differ absolutely in ascribing any causative association with the ability of women to decide when to have children. The things I see coming from a return to illegal abortion – death, incarceration, illness, an overflow of unwanted and likely damaged children – are all directly related to the witholding of a woman’s right to determine and act upon her own best health care choices.

Thanks again for your thoughtful reply.

honested

September 11th, 2012
5:06 pm

td,

“Social Security is in trouble because of the falling birthrate”

Wrong!!!

The only difficulty with Social Security and Medicare is the artificial ‘ceiling’ on payroll taxes.
Lift the ‘ceiling’ to say the first 1.5 million dollars of income or eliminate it entirely and *poof*,
the problem dissipates like robme’s latest lie.

honested

September 11th, 2012
5:11 pm

td,

One could say that forcing children to got to church will eventually turn them into responsible citizens,
as soon as they realize they are wasting their time and stop going, tithing or interfering with other
people’s lives.

Auntie Christ

September 11th, 2012
5:12 pm

td
September 11th, 2012
4:32 pm
She kept the job so that we could have benefits while I started my business. She has stayed so that she has a guaranteed retirement and healthcare.
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Oh the revulsion you must feel at receiving government provided healthcare, and having a spouse working in a government job (tho I am a bit puzzled, seems I remember you saying not long ago that government doesn’t create jobs). And lucky her, she came in legally, but if her parents had brought her here illegally as a 13 year old, when she had absolutely no choice in the matter, you would be screaming to send her back now instead of marrying her. Being a hypocrite must be so hard.

Mild Mannered Moderate

September 11th, 2012
5:12 pm

Yes shar having moderate behavior is best. Thank you for being moderater

Peter

September 11th, 2012
5:14 pm

td, you are so far right it’s scary. If you had your way, the rights of women and minorities would be set back 60 years.
And speaking of that neanderthal Todd Akins, the fact that the social conservatives in the GOP would give Rove heat for speaking out against Akins, just goes to show how far out of the mainstream the social conservativea are.

Shar

September 11th, 2012
5:24 pm

@Peter, the social conservatives agree with what Akin said. They just didn’t want it said aloud, as the political backlash to their up-the-sleeve agenda would – and was – fast and negative. Hence Rove’s suggestion that Akin be murdered for exposing the far right’s point of view, and the resulting heat for espousing murder as a political tactic.

Bernie

September 11th, 2012
5:24 pm

People like td,cc and Karen are now the true foreigners of America. They represent the Strangers at The Door! Just like Mitt & Paul.

Their intentions are good, however misguided. They are the believers of Legislating Morality. Unfortunately, their brand of Morality will be soon rejected by voters in November.

America will not tolerate tyranny, even from those who attempt it through legislative and financial means. She will resist every way possible, as she has resisted so many times before. The People of America saw the STARK difference in the Conventions of both political Parties in past 2 weeks. One whose message was of Fear and exclusive membership. The other of Openness, Pride in Country and Diversity.

The spirit of America will choose Diversity every time. This is who we are as a people. A melting POT of many rolled together as ONE. Even the feeling of it was charged with electricity and emotion. Filled with the Promise of what is to come and all the good days that lie ahead. The spirit of America will never be denied of her growth. She never announces it or forewarn of its coming. Suddenly, she appears and like that….She is HERE! it feels good and we are all happier for it.

Welcome Back!.. America! You have been missed. Now its time to get to WORK!

jd

September 11th, 2012
5:33 pm

“winning!” — hmm — anyone ever seen Rove and Sheen together in the same room at the same time?

td

September 11th, 2012
5:36 pm

Yes, people like me are so extreme that now 50% of this nation considers ourselves pro life while only 41% considers themselves pro choice now.