by Chris Bodenner

Mary Elizabeth Williams credits the Internet with the foundation's about-face:

Within minutes of [the story breaking], the tale had become not just a news story but a social media explosion, with a flurry of responses pouring out across Facebook, Twitter, and Komen’s own message boards – overwhelmingly disapproving of Komen for the Cure’s severing of its ties to Planned Parenthood. … One could argue that the uppity, snark-lobbing types who tweet their rage and create blogs aren’t the kind of people who can hit Komen where it hurts – in donations. But the backlash was so strong and so sustained that it didn’t take long to ripple right out there to America’s wallets.

A reader zooms out:

We are witnessing a sea change. Facebook, Twitter and others exploded on this one, and protesters won. The same happened with SOPA and PIPA. When I heard that those bills would not be brought to the floor of their respective chambers of Congress, I honestly couldn't believe it. Something that I did had real-world impact. And fast. This is the kind of revolution that my generation can get behind. Relatively tiny victories, but quick.

Tempering the excitement, Greg Sargent's reporting casts doubt on whether Komen will actually resume funding for Planned Parenthood.