Planned Parenthood victory provides a lesson

Planned Parenthood’s heartening victory this week in overcoming the boneheaded decision of the Susan G. Komen Foundation (which, as an aside, sure seems to have left extremists like Renee Ellmers hung out to dry) should provide an important lesson for progressives here in North Carolina. It is this:

Most Americans are not with the radical, conservative  extremists; that group’s current power and influence is hugely disproportionate to its actual support in the public. In North Carolina’s capital county, this reality was evidenced last fall in the school board elections. Pollster Tom Jensen also made this fact clear in his presentation at yesterday’s Crucial Conversation luncheon as well.

Another classic example can be seen in the North Carolina General Assembly, where the public’s unfocused “no on all incumbents” vote in 2010 allowed a group of far right ideologues to seize control and attempt to take the state down a road most voters don’t support. As Chris Fitzsimon noted at yesterday’s luncheon, voters didn’t like the way things were going in the state, but they sure as heck didn’t vote to defund and privatize public education or to do any of the other extreme items on the far right agenda that the legislature spent its time on in 2011.

In other words: Perk up people. The public isn’t for these crazy right-wing policies. Remember this as you approach the 2012 political year. 



  1. thomas

    February 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    The only thing pandering to the Religious Right will get you is syphilis.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    February 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    This is not a victory. The President of Planned Parenthood makes 465,000.00 per year. The CEO makes $365,000.00. That is money taken from the poor that is used by this organization to further their own pockets. Do you know how many medical services this would afford poor woman and their children? This should be about the poor but it really is about saving the salaries for the high end staff. The truth matters.

  3. gregflynn

    February 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    The median pay for CEOs of large charities in the Mid-Atlantic / Northeast region is about $325,000. The last reported compensation for a Komen CEO was $468,000.

    The President of the Heritage Foundation receives $1,092,000 in compensation. His Executive Vice-President receives $702,000. These are the people who would have us believe that anyone owning a microwave oven or a TV is not poor.

  4. Frances Jenkins

    February 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    And your point is?

  5. david esmay

    February 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

    His point is, your arguement is as weak as water and your nuts.

  6. frances

    February 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

    But my greater point is the Obama administration is considering a toning down of the HHS ruling in relationship to the Catholic Church. Catholics are coming out of the everywhere in anger and he may lose a battle ground state like Pennsylvania if a change is not made. Even Mika on Morning Joe has harsh words for the president and Al Sharptin was struggling. So, it does go to show what a public reaction can do.

    David, take a mean pill. It might help you.

  7. James

    February 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Frances, it is not mean for someone to point out the gaps in your logic and your tenuous relationship with reality. In fact, you might consider embracing the comments as a contribution that could help make you a more enlightened, compassionate, and liberated person.

    That’s certainly how I look at criticism directed my way.

  8. Frances Jenkins

    February 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm


    I would like to talk about your gaps. You only view issues from one camera. Sometimes your information is way off base but you have trouble with anyone who might disagree or think outside your box. You are not nearly as smart as you believe yourself to be. You are a control freak. You, like David, have a mean line a mile long. How can you not defend what the Catholic church does for the poor? Write this down, this has the best chance of getting Obama of anything I have seen on the pipeline in three years. I just heard on MSNBC 98% of Catholics are upset. That is a big bunch. Obama will change the HHS policy before November.

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