Don’t get too excited by the news but over at Hot Air, Allahpundit posts that ACORN is dissolving its national structure due to a damage to the brand. The article he links to starts with this biased description:
“ACORN has dissolved as a national structure of state organizations,” said a senior official close to the group, who declined to be identified by name because of the fierce conservative attacks on the group that began when a conservative filmmaker caught some staffers of its tax advisory arms on tape appearing to offer advice on incorporating a prostitution business…
and ends with:
“It’s not like this is some kind of hostile thing,” said the New York source. “This is what Fox has produced. National Acorn and Bertha Lewis are continuing doing their thing, but the New York flagship has been foreed into this new organization.”
“As far as the work in the communities and policy campaigns, no one will notice the difference,” the source said. “It’s people who still believe in their basic mission of fighting for poor people.”Too many people have far too much invested in ACORN for it to actually change or go away. Allahpundit accurately describes this as a PR move. Changing the name will allow people to distance themselves from the scandal. In the end this could end up being bad news if operations continue and the public soon forgets. I don’t know how it affects their ability to get federal funding if they are a collection of state organizations. (If anyone knows how the funding issue may be affected, please post in the comments.)
Glenn Reynolds calls it as “Breitbart 1, ACORN 0” but I think that is overly optimistic. Certainly this decision has been driven by the ACORN sting videos released by Big Government so it is clearly an impressive accomplishment for Breitbart and company. But the fight against this sea of corruption is far, far from over.