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Remember Karen Handel? She was the chief architect of the insane set of moves that destroyed the Susan G. Komen brand and in the process exposed the whole "pink" thing for the scam that it is.

Currently she is sitting in third place in the Georgia Senate Republican Primary - having enjoyed the endorsement of Rick Santorum, Erik Erikson and Sarah Palin!

With a line-up like that you can predict that she's likely going to be self-contradictory and eager to play the whiny little vicitm. And in today's story in Politico, she doesn't dissappoint.

Check this out to see if you don't get whiplash:

“I’m a girl, that means I fight like a girl,” Handel told about 50 supporters enjoying Southern barbecue in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta. “And there ain’t nothing meaner. They better watch out.”

Perdue, a wealthy former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok, has endured weeks of attacks from Handel that he’s an “elitist” and a liberal masquerading as a conservative.

So, when he was asked about Handel during an interview here in Northern Georgia aboard his spacious campaign RV, he had this to say: “She ran five times for five different races, got elected twice, didn’t finish either term.” Perdue was referring to Handel leaving the Fulton County Board of Commissioners to run for secretary of state, then cutting that term short to seek the governorship in 2010. “I just believe that defines self-interest over the interests in serving the constituents.”

Handel seethed at those comments. “Would we be having this conversation if I were a man?” she said. “I would argue not.

To sum up:
1) Handel, who is 52, still refers to herself as a "girl". Maybe that is why she is so avidly anti-choice - she isn't aware that at some point most females of the species reach a stage of development wherein they are ready and prepared to make decisions for themselves.
2) Handel holds the notion that the preponderance of girls like very mean fights. Which is just weird. However, perhaps it is the explanation for here bizarre decision making regarding Planned Parenthood when she was at SGK.
3) As soon as someone levels a legitimate criticism at here, her enthusiasm for the fight evaporates.
4) Her response to a recitation of a string of facts is to whine "that's not fair, you can't do that to me, I'm a girl".

Honestly, it is beyond pathetic.

Politico closes with:

Handel dismisses the criticism, noting her staunch social conservative stands, like opposing federal benefits for gay and lesbian domestic partners. In the interview, she wouldn’t say whether she believes homosexuality is a choice.

“I’m not going to get into the science,” she said, “about any of that.”

I guess that's because math and science are hard??

Originally posted to SantaFeMarie on Fri May 16, 2014 at 08:16 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kos Georgia.

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  •  Oy. Embarrassed to share two X chromosomes (4+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice, rb608, dougymi, mama jo

    with her.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Fri May 16, 2014 at 08:21:27 AM PDT

  •  Okay, it's Politico, so I can understand... (2+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, anon004
    In the interview, she wouldn’t say whether she believes homosexuality is a choice.

     “I’m not going to get into the science,” she said, “about any of that.”

    First off, even the question was stupid.  Scientific evidence is not something that needs anyone's belief to be true.  That question should have been whether or not she understood that homosexuality was not a choice.

    Her answer, however, was even worse on a broader level.  You don't need to "get into the science" to understand its factual conclusions.  Her evasiveness served to deny the legitimacy of science as a whole, all too typical for the knuckle-dragging wing of the GOP she represents.

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Fri May 16, 2014 at 08:34:48 AM PDT

  •  !!!!! (6+ / 0-)
    “She ran five times for five different races, got elected twice, didn’t finish either term.”
    That's how you 'fight like a girl'... assuming the 'girl' is Sarah Palin!
    •  Actually, I hear this about men all the time (3+ / 0-)
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      AJayne, dougymi, Zack from the SFV

      It was a key issue when our worthless state treasurer Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel decided to run for the U.S. Senate against Sherrod Brown within weeks of being elected treasurer, a job he clearly doesn't care about.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Fri May 16, 2014 at 08:56:42 AM PDT

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      •  yah... it's not an uncommon thing about males (2+ / 0-)
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        Zack from the SFV, anon004

        You heard it in '08 about Obama.  He wasn't that long in the Senate before deciding to run for POTUS.  I don't know what handel was talking about there.  Of course you hear it about men.

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Fri May 16, 2014 at 09:51:42 AM PDT

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  •  I can see why palin endorsed her. (3+ / 0-)
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    She's practically a clone. Same views. Same whininess. Same career path of winning and then quitting.  handel will probably end up on some publican candidate's short list for Veep in '16.

    handel does seem marginally smarter than Miss Moose. Staying out of science is a good thing to do if you know nothing about it.  As rubio, todd akin, richard mourdock, herman cain and mitten himself have shown, when you talk about something you know nothing about, good things do not happen to you.  

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Fri May 16, 2014 at 08:35:39 AM PDT

    •  I didnt see your comment. I said the same thing. (1+ / 0-)
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      She is so obvious and transparent, you can see p*lin's influence all over her.  And it ain't nice.

      Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

      by Floyd Blue on Fri May 16, 2014 at 08:58:33 AM PDT

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  •  Well, she wrote a whole book of whining (2+ / 0-)
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    that she was unfairly attacked by radical baby killer and was totally blameless for nuking Susan G. Komen. So what did you expect?

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

    by anastasia p on Fri May 16, 2014 at 08:55:35 AM PDT

    •  "totally blameless"? Well, not quite, but... (1+ / 0-)
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      The pre-Handel executive team at the SGK Foundation supported, defended, and even promoted anti-woman policies for years, albeit behind-the-scenes. Then they decided they wanted to stop contributing to Planned Parenthood. Their problem was they knew they could suffer backlash, depending on how their supporters (donors) reacted.

      Enter Ari Fleischer. He recommends hiring Handel to do the dirty deed. Then if it goes wrong, the organization can rid itself of her and put the blame all on her - hiding its own dirty paws and leaving it still able to seek (and possibly get) donations afterward.

      Li'l Miss Karen sorta was just a pawn in the larger game of their politics. A very wiling pawn who fully supported their actions, but a pawn just the same.

  •  Perdue is a liberal?? AHAAHHAHAAHAH. (3+ / 0-)
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    Handel is vile and contemptible.  There are plenty of criticisms that are levelled at female candidates that would not be mentioned if they were men.  However, position-jumping is not one of those.

    She is so p*lin-like, in her abandoning elected postions, and in her paraphrase of the shitbull with lipstick, mama grizzly meme. (I am SURE that is where "fights like a girl, etc" comes from). She is quite transparent.

    Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

    by Floyd Blue on Fri May 16, 2014 at 08:57:50 AM PDT

  •  It's a "Who's Further Right" Primary (1+ / 0-)
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    So Broun has captured the crazies, hands down, but there ain't enough of 'em.  Perdue is the establishment choice, Gingrey slightly less bonkers than Broun, and that leaves Handel.  Being the only female is an anomaly that could shape a general election race interestingly, but this, no.  

    Her appeal is to women like her, Palin, etc., and the anti-abortion nuts, but most Republican women are going to be analyzing the race like their husbands are and going with Perdue although Broun and Gingrey have female fans too.  

    A snit-fit like this is a Hail Mary play, just like McCain's making Palin his running mate.  It'll boost her a bit, then fall flat after a bit.  If she's the one in the runoff with Perdue she's dead meat.  

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Fri May 16, 2014 at 09:20:52 AM PDT

  •  It's a pattern we see time and time again (1+ / 0-)
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    The modern American Right is about the power of myth, the power of money, and the power of successfully conning people into hamstringing themselves.

    Of legions of blustering paper tigers and loud very scary looking human tanks that are actually all made out of sugar. Propped up by unhinged wingnut sugar daddies and their money and aided and abetted by a gutless corporate media that holds the two sides to different standards.

    Every indication and bit of evidence suggests that you should always ignore their tough talking rhetoric, their reputations for being 'people you don't want to mess with', and the Village concern trolling about civility and bipartisanship that is always ones sided. Just go out and give them all hell without hesitation or pause.

    Movement Conservatives talk tough, and then when they get into an actual fight where the decks are not cleared for them or they have to brawl to get where they want to go they whine, complain, and carry on and on and on.

    Karen Handel's reputation? The one where she is "known" for her toughness, for her leadership, for her never shying away from a fight?

    Total and utter bullshit.

    You can believe her, or you can believe your own lying eyes.

    It doesn't matter if you are talking about her time at Komen, or when she tries her hand at punditry, or when she is a candidate for office.  

    Give her a coronation, and she is fine.

    Give her a fight, and she is finished.

    It can be in a contested primary against other Movement Conservatives, or it can be in a final election for the office.

    Give them a coronation, and they are fine.

    Give them a fight, and they are often finished.

    If the Nunn campaign gives whoever wins the primary hell, that Movement Conservative will be whining and complaining and carrying on too.

    The so-called "11th Commandment" of Reagan-era Republican myth was about silencing moderate and liberal Republicans so conservative Republicans could beat the shit out of them, but they couldn't fight back, else, they would be bad Republicans. Nobody ever excoriated the wingnuts for shredding country club Republicans, but dare a country clubber try to defend themselves? Sheesh. The moderate and liberal Republicans are gone because they respected the rules that were stacked against them as if they were instituted in good faith and applied to everybody.

    There was always a lesson in that for the Democratic Party.

    There are always lessons for the Democratic party staring them right in the face if they will just see them.

    Of course they are going to tell you that standing up to them and giving them hell will be something you will be sorry for. Think twice, and all that crap. They need to be treated with fear, they need their hype to be believed as gospel, because when things get real, so does the whining.

    Else, you might notice them wetting their pants or starting to shake uncontrollably like a scared little baby bunny.


    "Real journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations." -George Orwell

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri May 16, 2014 at 09:21:35 AM PDT

  •  Nancy Brinker, Ari Fleischer, Rick Perry & Doubya (2+ / 0-)
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    were the architects behind defunding Planned Parenthood. Handel was suggested by Ari to be the "hatchet woman" as she "wasn't doing anything at the time". She received a huge check for being thrown under the bus.

    Brinker and her state buddies have been working on this for years. Then in a big show of responsibility Brinker changed her 'post' from CEO to being on the board of directors or some such job where she can still run the organization. Her son is  on the board. And to think that this group was formed to honor her sister, the late Susan G. Komen.  

    Nancy was "best friends" with an antique dealer that I knew in Dallas. He couldn't stand her. He had been telling me for years that she was trying to figure out a way to damage anyone who "performed abortions"  as she is very anti-choice.

    If I wasn't Bob Dylan, I'd probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself. Bob Dylan

    by weezilgirl on Fri May 16, 2014 at 10:05:02 AM PDT

  •  "I guess that's because math (1+ / 0-)
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    and science are hard??"

    For girls, of course [snark]

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