It seems that Sandra Fluke’s fifteen minutes of fame just ran out. As a surrogate for Obama, her recent crowd turnout numbers have to be, well, the worst on record for any presidential campaign this late in the game.
And with her, hopefully, goes the myth about the GOP’s War on Women and the threat to women’s sexual healthcare. The poster child for the free-contraceptives-and abortifacients-for-all crowd held a get-out-the-vote speech for Mr. Obama in Nevada recently.
The turnout amounted to fewer people than what Vermin Supreme (a genuine presidential candidate who wears a fishing boot on his head) would have had watching him on a soapbox in Grand Central Station at rush hour pontificating about how tooth decay endangers national security and everyone should be given a pony.
If she wasn’t as manipulative, devious, scurrilous, disingenuous, self-absorbed and self-serving as she is (she rivals Obama for narcissism), I might actually feel sorry for her.
She first appeared as a political chew toy for Nancy Pelosi who was smitten by her standing before female classmates at Georgetown University demanding that the school, a Catholic university, be forced to provide free contraception to all female students in its university health plan. I saw that speech on C-Span. She was bemoaning the story of some friend with a condition requiring contraceptives she couldn’t afford. According to Fluke, they cost some astronomical sum that threatened the ability to make tuition payments.
We’ve since learned that the likes of Walmart, Target and other such all-in-one stores charge the absolutely affordable sum of nine bucks a month for contraceptives, rendering her argument completely moot.
But her C-Span performance got noticed by Nancy Pelosi, and the ex-speaker saw opportunity for political exploitation way too good to pass up in light of the Democrat’s mythical narrative about the GOP’s War on Women.
Fluke had approached Darryl Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, first and requested a committee appearance to share the plight of women who couldn’t afford contraceptives. When he properly turned her down (as she knew he would), Pelosi pounced in righteous indignation and assembled a gaggle of far-left female House Democrats. The impromptu committee gave Fluke free voice to espouse a view later proven hopelessly absurd.
Pelosi and others informed Obama, and he, like Pelosi, saw an opportunity for exploitation, so much so, that he took her free contraceptive and abortifacient idea and shoved it down the throat of the Catholic church. When the church pushed back hard, Obama backpedaled and offered an accommodation. The church itself wouldn’t have to provide employees such life preventers and destroyers directly, but insurance companies covering other Catholic institutions would, and for free.
But the “accommodation” is a canard, the quintessential example of smoke and mirrors of the worst sort. Many Catholic-owned institutions such as hospitals, charities and universities self-insure or pay for insurance that, according to Obamacare, must include free contraceptives despite the church’s well-known anti-contraceptive beliefs. It’s a clear cut violation of the First Amendment, and the church has rightly sued. Hopefully it will reach the Supreme Court soon. Should Obama get re-elected, he’ll replace such justices as Ginsberg with a Van Jones type who will declare the entire Constitution unconstitutional.
When you consider current national sentiments, you can see this whole issue is a flash-in-the-pan non-starter. Birth control is readily available for less than ten bucks and is widely used and has been for decades. There is no crisis here. Nobody is being denied contraceptives. Imagine what would happen if men started demanding free condoms and free Viagra? And while the nation takes no offense at contraceptives, the tide has turned on abortion, which is the ultimate contraceptive for those who allegedly can’t afford birth control.
According to Gallup, of those polled, 50% consider themselves pro-life and 41% are pro-choice. That is a seminal shift since abortion was made the law of the land in Roe v. Wade (BTW, Roe now wants the decision overturned).
While it’s perfectly fine for Bill Maher and David Letterman to use crass words and jokes at Sarah Palin’s expense (Maher has called her the “C” word, which rhymes with “punt,” and Letterman let go some stupid joke about how A-Rod “knocked up” Palin’s daughter during a Yankee game, a sophomoric thigh slapper from someone who should have quit when he lost out to Leno. Everybody except the conservative press let that slide. Maher even gave Obama’s PAC a million bucks, something Obama should have returned with a “No thanks.”
Oh, but when Rush Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” (anybody remember Ed Schultz of MSNBC calling Laura Ingraham the same) that caused a firestorm, and Obama, never letting a crisis or contentious opportunity go to waste, called the poor, defenseless Fluke to give her his moral support. While the left attacked Rush’s advertisers, some dropped his show, but he wound up with even more when the dust settled.
Hypocrisy is dripping from the roof of the White House as honey does from a bees’ nest.
Obama or his handlers even had Fluke speak at the Democratic convention, which may have resulted in a record number of mute button pushes for any single TV event ever, except for those mesmerized by anything left wing. At the end of that speech, it would seem her fifteen minutes had only seconds left.
Thinking she still had drawing power, Fluke recently made the Obama campaign appearance where she was to power up the base with a rousing speech about women’s health on the first day of early voting in Nevada. There was only one slight problem.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal (online the RGJ) , her speech, planned as part of a day-long attempt to get Nevadans to vote early, did not go as planned. Fluke stood in front of the Sak ‘n Save store in North Reno and delivered her ever-so-poignant views to a whopping crowd of 10 (TEN) people.
There was no way to confirm if the ten then rushed to the voting booth and cast their votes for Mr. Obama, but Fluke’s appearance and message threw wet blankets on Democrat base enthusiasm, at least in that parking lot. That’s why you won’t find this story in the MSM.
The absurd mythology about how Republicans are waging war over women’s reproductive rights just isn’t working, as is evident by how much Romney has closed the gap between himself and Obama in the quest for the female vote.
In fact, Fluke and her cohorts, including Pelosi and Obama, are insulting women’s intelligence by making it an issue at all. They make it appear as if women think only with their reproductive organs (an accusation often made about men), and as such, this issue is a game changer for Obama. How crude, rude and unattractive to women. It’s with Obama, Pelosi et. al. where the true misogyny lies. To both politicians, women are little more than votes.
Out of work women, like men, are concerned far more about the alarming unemployment rate, how many have been pushed below the poverty line and how many find themselves having to get food stamps when they’d rather have a job. They are deeply concerned about the deficits and the debt, as well as Obama’s apologist foreign policy that’s unwinding rapidly as I write this. Whether or not they can get contraception just isn’t top of mind with them. To think otherwise is offensive.
Women rightly want equal pay for equal work, an issue Romney says he supports (and knock it off with the “binder” objections and the Lilly Ledbetter discourse. Would she and other left-wingers have bitched as much if he had said, “boxes full of women’s resumes” or “notebooks full of women’s names”? How anyone can be offended by his saying that his efforts to get women into his administration resulted in “binders” full of women is something only the supercilious, myopic dwarves on the left would call out because they’re out of ammunition).
So, it would appear that Sandra Fluke is now tip-toeing on the cusp of irrelevance and the edge is crumbling beneath her, which is appropriate, indeed. With her should go the non-issue she brought to the forefront of the political discourse.
But what we’re left with because of her quarter-hour of fame is dangerous. The unconstitutionality of forcing any religious group to provide any product or service that is highly inconsistent with that institution’s religious beliefs and convictions are still at issue. What would happen if Obama forced Muslims to start selling pork in stores owned by them? The Middle East would go nuclear.
He’d never do that, of course, because Obama has a special affinity for people of that religion. That’s why he simply cannot bring himself to say that Benghazi was the result of a rapidly expanding al Qaeda purposefully engaging in a planned terrorist attack that killed our ambassador and three others.
Just as he won’t force Muslims to sell pork, he should stop making the insurance companies that insure the church and church-owned organizations be forced to provide the stuff that prevents or kills babies, and especially for free. Granted, pork and babies are very different, but forcing any religious institution to do anything against its core tenets and beliefs is not, and it is patently unconstitutional. For these reasons (unconstitutional mandates and free contraceptives), among many others, Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced with a sane, logical health insurance plan that those in Congress will read before passing it. What a concept! Too bad it’s something about which Pelosi is opposed.