A week late and a few members short

Democrats hear from woman snubbed by GOP lawmakers

Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke was given her chance to talk to Congress Thursday, even though lawmakers were on a break and just a few Democratic allies were there to cheer her on.

But what a difference a week makes.

Last Thursday the Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee rejected Democrats’ request that Fluke testify on the Obama administration’s policy requiring that employees of religion-affiliated institutions have access to health insurance that covers birth control.

This week she received almost rock-star treatment as the lone witness at an unofficial Democratic-sponsored hearing. While the rest of the Capitol was mostly empty, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, three other Democrats and dozens of mainly young women supporters crowded into a House office building room to applaud Fluke as she spoke of the importance of reproductive health care to women.

Prominently displayed by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., was a photo of five religious leaders, all men and all appearing at the invitation of the Republican majority, testifying last week with Fluke visible in the background, sitting in the visitors’ section.

Democrats pounced on that image of a hearing discussing contraceptive rights being dominated by men while the one person Democrats had asked to appear on the witness stand, a woman, was turned away. Pelosi, D-Calif., said they had since heard from 300,000 people urging that women’s voices be heard on the issue.

“We almost ought to thank the chairman for the lack of judgment he had,” in denying a seat to Fluke, Pelosi said.

Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., had said at last week’s hearing that the panel’s focus was on whether the administration policy was a violation of religious freedom. He said at the time that Fluke, invited by Democrats in her capacity as former head of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice, was not qualified to speak on the religious rights question.

“I’m an American woman who uses contraceptives,” Fluke said, when asked Thursday by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about her qualifications to speak on the issue.

What amazes me is the Republicans and SoCons act like they think this issue is a winner for them. This is the kind of whackdoodle stuff that send voters running to the Democrats.

It’s like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you’re wrong. – Molly Ivins

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52 Responses to A week late and a few members short

  1. votermom says:

    I just roll my eyes now at how both sides like to pretend like they care about women. Really, Nancy, really?

  2. votermom says:

    Oh, and Good Morning, Big Sis Janet Napolitano!
    You look great and not at all creepy or evil today!
    DHS! DHS! DHS!

  3. Tellurian says:


    We miss you @ Big Pink-

    C’mon over and post- πŸ™‚

    aka/Mrs. Smith

  4. mothy67 says:

    Won’t obamacare if and when it goes into effect eradicate the need for funding to Planned Parenthood? Would they not go the way of the charity hospital when medicare/medicaid patients were forced to join HMOs?

  5. DandyTiger says:

    Comedy of comedies for the Repubs in the polls. So Mitt is now surging past Santorum in Michigan. Why? No, not because of the social issues where Santorum has been up front about his conservative religious views. The Mitt team and others pushed on that for a long time with no luck. So what did it? In the debates Mitt finally latched onto an issue that worked for him. Santorum was caught doing the most horrible thing a politician can do. He governed. He worked with people. He was a team player some of the time. He voted one way or the other on issues. Bamm, he’s down for the count.

    Now you know why Obama voted present all his career and why for the last three years he’s been sitting on the sidelines. The thing you can’t do if you want to win an election is get caught governing.

    • Lulu says:

      I agree but some of the things he has done are flying under the radar. Today I heard the local breakfast joint old folks coffee klatch going after Obama about the cut in the PO. They cut two levels of sorting mail and have laid off about 160 people in a 50 diameter around here. It will now take first class mail TEN days to be delivered 350 miles away and SEVEN to be delivered 120 miles away. They were furious. They were saying Obama wants them isolated and helpless. Most creative class would consider them bumpkins but they have Obama’s number. And they vote like crazy.

      • JeanLouise says:

        Obama did not do this. The Postal Service made the decision because they’re losing money and the Republican-led Congress has made it clear that they will not provide any funds to keep the post office operating with current services. The article that I read said the a first-class letter will take 3-4 days, not ten.

  6. DandyTiger says:

    I do love how eventually, given enough time and rope, Republican’s will inevitably let their creepy, crazy come out to play. Not that the new Dems are much better, but you can always count on the Repub. crazy.

    Now if we could get rid of both these crazy parties and get some new crazy parties. πŸ™‚

  7. DeniseVB says:

    I enjoyed this analysis, somewhere between the Tea Party and OWS is where I think we should be looking for leadership because I don’t think the Dems, certainly not the Repubs, will ever be the same. Good read …


  8. myiq2xu says:

    Do you feel lucky?

  9. HELENK says:


    If we start impeachment proceedings now, which would come sooner the impeachment or the election to throw him out of the white house

  10. JeanLouise says:

    Where were the male Democrats?

  11. HELENK says:

    I have a question. this panel was about government overreach. The birth control was a subsection not the main topic.
    The democrats turned it in to an issue about women, when it was an issue about the constitution.
    Misdirection seems to be part of their governing policy. How can the average person who is not a political junky be made to understand this?

  12. HELENK says:


  13. mothy67 says:

    Will religious institutions that have charities/hospitals/schools also have to offer coverage to same sex partners in the states that recognize those unions?

    • Three Wickets says:

      For current group insurance plans, I believe so. In my state at least. For self-funded plans from the new health insurance exchanges, I’m not sure.

  14. HELENK says:

    wonder if this owie changed her mind


  15. HELENK says:

    backtrack and bunch say things but people are not listening. They should listen very closely


  16. HELENK says:

    this lady is NOT one of my favorite columnists but this is something we should all read.
    a little boondoggle in the obamacare. It is gonna cost us again


    • Three Wickets says:

      Not being conservative, right wing columnists all sound the same to me. How is Michelle Malkin different from Andrew Breitbart. They seem to say the same things.

  17. DeniseVB says:

    I snark all the time about my 42 year marriage, we stayed together because neither one of us wanted custody of the kids πŸ˜€

  18. HELENK says:

    idiot of the day award


    of all the cars , in all the cities of the world, he had to pick that one

  19. HELENK says:

    iowa hawk

    And lo, The Savior appeared before the multitudes ad feddeth them with a box of Trojans and 24 USDA school lunch chicken nuggets.

  20. HELENK says:



    sorry charlies
    the lady has to wash her hair, do her nails, will not have time for your dog and pony show

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