Congratulations, Andrew Breitbart and James O'Keefe. You killed ACORN. Who's next? The Salvation Army?
Yes, it's true. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now—known by most of America as ACORN, and by Inner America as "that dastardly evil fifth column of race-baiting, socialist election racketeers"—is officially kaput, having announced its own demise just a day after Congress passed sweeping reform that would provide health insurance—for the first time—to many of the same urban poor ACORN sought to help.
"It's really declining revenue in the face of a series of attacks from partisan operatives and right-wing activists that have taken away our ability to raise the resources we need," ACORN spokesman Kevin Whelan said in announcing the group's intentions to fold.
This was not a terribly surprising move; last month, we at Mother Jones predicted as much after ACORN's biggest state organizations—in California and New York—shuttered. And while no one's shocked that the overwhelming tide of right-wing rancor made the group's business—mostly advice and voter registration—impossible, it's still mystifying why this group got retrogressives' goat to such a grand extent.