Sandra Fluke at the DNC

Sandra Fluke’s DNC Speech Paints Stark Picture of Romney Presidency

The Georgetown law student shut out of a Congressional hearing on contraception earlier this year is basking in the glow of the Democratic National Convention‘s prime time stage.

Speaking before a fired up crowd at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., tonight, Sandra Fluke painted a stark picture of what a country led by Republican Mitt Romney could be, calling it “an America in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will never use it, in which politicians redefine rape so survivors are victimized all over again,” she said to huge cheers from the audience.

Fluke also singled out Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., who worked on legislation that would have redefined rape, banned abortion in all cases, and cut off funding for abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.

“It would be an America in which you have a new vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventable deaths in our emergency rooms,” she said.

The young law student then gave a hearty endorsement for a country headed by President Obama.

“An America in which our president, when he hears a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters — not his delegates or donors — and stands with all women,” said Fluke. “And strangers come together, reach out and lift her up. And then, instead of trying to silence her, you invite me here, and give me a microphone, to amplify our voice.”

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48 Responses to Sandra Fluke at the DNC

  1. myiq2xu says:

  2. carol haka says:

    Yeah that’s how I remember it as does Hillary, Sarah, Bristol, Willow

  3. hope that’s the end of her 15 minutes…’s seemed interminable

    • Lulu says:

      One trick pony and a fifth rate intellect just like her boss.

      • cj says:

        She’s just another Obama hustler and a mediocre one at that. The only good thing about the Fluke hype is that it might make Limbaugh & the other RW jerks think twice before calling another woman a slut. If only the Dems would suffer the same backlash for their blatant misogyny, we might actually get somewhere.

        • wmcb says:

          HONK! I did understand Limbaugh’s exagerrated comedic point: the lead up and POINT was mocking the ridiculous amount of MONEY that Fluke claimed monthly birth control costs, not the sex. The lead up was, “LOL! Look at that inflated number! My god, how many condoms does this woman go through in a month, to be spending that much??!”

          The problem is that he jumped off what started as a legitimate comedic skewering and went over into sexist slurs. That language is not okay, not even to make a pertinent point.

          I listened to the entire thing, not just clips. His gist was not that all women who have sex are whores – that’s not at all what he was doing. It was about the silliness of “poor poor me going bankrupt from the COST of birth control.” He got into hot water when he took the lazy way out, and strayed into using derogatory sexist language to make his argument.

  4. elliesmom says:

    I had a conversation last night with a woman in her 40’s who I’ve known since she was a young teenager. She was furious because “Republicans have reduced women to their reproductive parts.” When I stopped laughing, I suggested that she listen to some of the women’s speeches from both conventions.

    • what was her response elliesmom?

    • wmcb says:

      I have heard lefties talk about how the R’s are all obsessed with social,issues, while the Dems want to talk about serious economic stuff.

      They obviously are not watching either convention – just parroting the stale old talking points and stereotypes. I have watched plenty of previous R conventions where God and gays and abortion were a big deal – sickeningly so. It was STRIKING to me how different this one was. Religion and social issues got barely a passing mention.

  5. Well, I managed to find something for women to celebrate at the DNC—-and it;s NOT Fluke….

    • yttik says:

      I’m glad you sorted through all that nonsense and found something worth celebrating.

    • HELENK says:

      that was very good. I do not know how you can get the New democratic party to understand that women are not just vaginas and uteruses but we have very good brains and know how to use them. I am more insulted by the new democratic party then I ever was by the republican party.

  6. Lulu says:

    The Woodward book quotes are both shocking and amazing in that it is coming out now. The modifying and justifying theme that Obama entered office inexperienced but with good intentions is basically shot to hell. He is stupid and so are most of the people who are still around him in that everyone without shit for brains has left. If Mr Suck-Up of DC Woodward is writing this stuff for publication Obama is one and done. Whomever paid for this wants to see the door hit him in the ass and will not donate another nickel. Someone(s) wants Obama humiliated.

    • whoa—–Obama looks totally lame in that excerpt!!

      • Lulu says:

        Lame is being charitable. If Mr Washington Woodward is writing this, the media is going to have difficulty hiding it and finessing it. ABC and WaPo have excerpts which they are trying to portray as neutral. Obama looks like a fool. The Republicans play him and all Obama is interested in is some kind of deal to get him past the election- the financial health of the nation be damned. Larry Summers is especially vicious. The element of bullying fear that Obama struck from 2008 is gone. For this to come out on the day of his greatly reduced acceptance speech is very instructive. Obama threw out the rule book when he accused Romney of felony tax evasion now he will be portrayed as a egotistical fool.

        • I’m flabbergasted…..

        • Lulu says:

          Me too. Bob Woodward is a toady. He always sucks up to power. If he has swung then the forces lining up against Obama are really big. The fundraising advantage for Romney show it has been going on for a time but this book makes it sort of official. Versailles has had enough of the One.

        • fif says:

          And this is coming on the heels of the Jody Kantor piece in last weekend’s NY Times magazine that blatantly portrays Obama as a petty adolescent who spends large amounts of time playing golf, and practicing bowling and cards so he can beat his friends in rigged games instead of focusing on the war and the economy.

    • mcnorman says:

      Yes Lulu, but does it get to the issue of how Valerie Jarrett runs the village idiot by remote?

  7. wmcb says:

    The thing about the Fluke thing that bothers me was that the entire thing was a setup and staged. The D’s gave the committee 2 names to speak, Fluke and another. There was only room for one on the schedule. The D’s picked the other guy. Then the night before the hearing, they tried to change it to Fluke (whom the committee members had had no time to research her credentials or prepare questions for). The R’s said no, too late to change the lineup. The D’s muscled her in there anyway.

    For you lawyers, that’s kind of like waltzing in with a new witness that is not on the list, without so much as a by your leave. No, there is a PROCESS for a reason, and you need to follow it.

    That wasn’t fucking “ZOMG THEY TRIED TO SILENCE HER! “. That was the D’s trying to sandbag the R’s and make them look bad.

    So spare me the whining. If stupid Rush had managed his mockery without using the word slut, it would have been a failed ploy. This whole thing has been an carefully orchestrated dog and pony show to drum up anger at R’s to reelect Obama. “Women” were just the handiest bludgeon, nothing more.

  8. tommy says:

    I view Fluke as an opportunist. The O campaign uses her to rile up his base, and she uses them for her 15 mins of fame. She must be hoping and praying that crazy Rush shoots of his mouth again to give her more credibility and fame with the progs. By the way, now that God and Jerusalem have been reinstated, how about Debbie Whatshername Schultz? Has she come out of hiding as yet? Shes made lying (which I consider an art form) so damn crude and stupid.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    This whole convention seems to be about a $9/month prescription drug and Romney has cooties. Not too inspiring. The bench isn’t very deep for the Dems either, no “rising stars” . Well, Booker blew it with his “giving the government your money is patriotic” and I’ve never been ga-ga over Eliz. Warren. Where were the lady governors to give us a peek into our possible first woman president future?

    Not Hillary in ’16, this should have been her year to come back at Obama with a vengenance and primary his butt (like Teddy did to Jimmy in ’80 and almost got the nom, instead gave us Reagan)

    The RNC had a much stronger bench. I saw a future of good, strong, talented and inspiring people which included lady parts 😀

    The DNC show looks like a desperate attempt to hang on to what’s left of their base. I saw it in Michelle’s speech, then Clinton’s and most definitely will be Obama’s soaring Rev. Wright schtick tonight.

    I’d have more respect for Fluke if she accepted Dana Loesch’s challenge to debate women’s issues. But that would expose her as the phoney she is.

    Just some thoughts, not too deep but enough to mourn the death of my once beloved Dem party. Who are those people ? 😉

    • votermom says:

      ITA. Dem Party is a rotting carcass that doesn’t yet realize it’s already dead.

    • cj says:

      Yes, that’s how I felt too, Denise. Listening to BC made me very nostalgic for my old party but at the same time it pissed me off. The party of FDR is dead & gone and it doesn’t help at all when Bill Clinton tries to temporarily revive it for Obama. The longer Obama stays in power, the more unrecognizable the D Party becomes. The only solution is to purge it, bury it and start all over again from scratch.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Cruising past a few conservative blogs for the Clinton post-speech opinions I was surprised to see many “how could he endorse Obama when Obama treated him and Hillary like sh*t in 2008?” Heh.

  10. yttik says:

    I’m tired of all the melodrama. You’re going to die in an emergency room! Republicans are going to ban all abortion! Romney killed a woman! Just stop it already. Too much drama. We need to live and let live and focus on the positive, lift people up in this country. It’s not healthy to hear about how racist everybody is, how much half the country hates you, how Republicans want you to die.

    • DeniseVB says:

      What else do they have to talk about, Obama’s record ? 😉

    • wmcb says:

      Yep. It’s the constant overblown hair-on-fire PANIC that is getting sooo old. Screaming OPPRESSION AND CHAINS AND DOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!! over what amounts to minor shit. I mean, I might think it would be better for all insurance companies to cover birth control, but it ain’t the fucking Apocalypse of Female Degradation if a church is allowed to choose a plan that doesn’t. No one is going to have their life destroyed if they have to buy a fucking pack of pills, or go to the free clinic to get them. Gimme a break, and STOP the hyperventilating.

      Look, there are plenty of things I disagree with the R’s on to some degree. Or areas where I sort of agree, but wish they’d tweak it a bit. Same goes for Dems. I am perfectly willing to have a rational discussion about any of those things. But stop with the fucking DRAMA, please. Whatever happened to “Gee, I disagree on that point.” or “I understand your premise, but think you went too far, or did not adequately consider adverse effects of this bill.” Nope, it’s all THE REPUBLICANS HATES YOU AND IS GONNA KILL US AAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

      Jeebus Christ. The Dems need to breathe into a paper bag or something, cause they are wearing my ass out.

    • mcnorman says:

      You are correct yttik. The mantra at this time should be country before party, but it still is not.

    • Hyperbole is a rhetorical technique with a limited shelf-life. After a while all it does expose the panic of the rhetorician and bore the audience to tears.

    • Found this a couple of days ago. You should take a closer look at the Gallup pols before and after the lawsuit. There’s been a decided pro-Obama anti-Romney shift. Gallup is now part of OFA and they are ruined. I won’t even consider their polls this year.

  11. yttik says:


    “I always figured that if Bill Clinton landed on Mars. He would know how to do it with them. He would know how to reproduce,” Chris Matthews said.

  12. votermom says:

  13. …we’ll be living in one America or another

    Do the Obama speech writers even realize this message directly refutes his message in 2004 and 2008? Remember?

    There is one America!

  14. Constance says:

    Sandra is a professional victim as are most of the women in the Democrats Ladies Auxiliary. I couldn’t believe the DNC is actually still celebrating Ted Kennedy, I guess chappaquiddickl doesn’t reflect on his character relative to women. Also Michelle’s speech was nice, however I don’t give a rats ass who is First Lady I want to see elected women serving The People not a parade of victims. Who could find this inspiring? Clearly they don’t have any authentic women to advise them on what might appeal to women viewers but you would think they could at least care enough to survey independent women voters. And listen and respond to what they hear.

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