Skip to comments.Sandra Fluke and the Democrats’ Sleight-of-Hand
Posted on 03/04/2012 11:29:01 AM PST by Kaslin
Although many of his listeners dont appreciate the significance of this nuance, Rush Limbaugh freely admits that hes an entertainer first. As he explains it, he has to keep his audience entertained and engaged, or they will change channels and not return. Hes right. To provoke and entice his listeners, Rush uses hyperbole and grandiose statements, and it works. His audience is huge. Day after day, they keep coming back to hear Rushs take on the issues of the day.
It should come as no surprise that Rush picked up on the importance of Sandra Flukes testimony before Congress. She wants Georgetown University to pay for her contraceptives as a part of the schools student health care plan. But Georgetown is a Catholic university, and the Catholic Church is against the use of contraceptives. According to Fluke, she spends about $1,000 a year on contraceptives. She says that she cant afford to pay that much and she wants Georgetown to abandon its longstanding traditions and the policies of the Catholic Church and pick up her bill.
Fluke is the archetypical feminazi that Rush and his listeners love to hate. On his radio show, Rush called her a slut and a prostitute. Did he go too far? Maybe, but there is more to this story than meets the eye. Sandra Fluke isnt just a third-year law student at Georgetown University. According to a post on the blog Jammie Wearing Fools,
For me the interesting part of the story is the ever-evolving coed. I put that in quotes because in the beginning she was described as a Georgetown law student. It was then revealed that prior to attending Georgetown she was an active womens right advocate. In one of her first interviews she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetowns insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didnt cover contraceptive services, she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy. During this time, she was described as a 23-year-old coed. Magically, at the same time Congress is debating the forced coverage of contraception, she appears and is even brought to Capitol Hill to testify. This morning, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, it was revealed that she is 30 years old, NOT the 23 that had been reported all along.
In other words, folks, you are being played. She has been an activist all along and the Dems were just waiting for the appropriate time to play her.
While she is described as a third year law student they always fail to mention that she is also the past president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Fluke has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. She has testified before Congress; she has played the role of victim to the hilt; she has taken on the Catholic Church and attracted the attention of the nations leading radio talk show host; she has garnered mainstream media attention; and she has received a personal phone call from the President of United States. What more could she ask for? A public apology from Rush Limbaugh, of course, and she got one yesterday. According to the Washington Post,
Limbaugh, a conservative radio talk show host, was criticized by prominent Democrats and Republicans. A handful of companies suspended their commercials on his show in protest and by Saturday, Limbaugh apologized in a statement on his Web site.
In the statement, he said my choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir.
Rush did create a national stir, but so did Sandra Fluke. The story in the Washington Post goes on to say,
Fluke said she anticipated criticism but not personal attacks from prominent pundits including Rush Limbaugh, who repeatedly has called her a slut, and from hundreds of people who have typed even more offensive slurs on Twitter.
I understood that Im stepping into the public eye, said Fluke, 30, a third-year student studying public interest law. But this reaction is so out of the bounds of acceptable discourse These types of words shouldnt be applied to anyone.
Fluke got more than she expected. She sought the limelight to advance her agenda; she got it; and shes playing it for all its worth. Were Democrats in Congress and the president using her as a pawn in the game of chess that they are playing with the nation as they seek to make contraception and abortion the order of the day for everyone and every institution regardless of religious beliefs? Thats not clear at this point, but Flukes testimony and the attention that she has grabbed dovetails perfectly with President Obamas plan to make America over in his image.
According to another Washington Post article,
Fluke had been invited to testify to a House committee about her schools health care plan that does not include contraception. Republican lawmakers barred her from testifying during that hearing, but Democrats invited her back and she spoke to the Democratic lawmakers at an unofficial session.
President Barack Obama, whose landmark health care overhaul requires many institutions to provide birth control coverage, telephoned her from the Oval Office on Friday to express his support.
The issue has been much debated in the presidential race, with Republican candidates particularly criticizing the Obama plans requirements on such employers as Catholic hospitals. Democrats and many Republican leaders, too have suggested the issue could energize women to vote for Obama and other Democrats in November.
Reading between the lines, it looks as though Sandra Fluke really isnt a fluke. She may very well be a purposeful plant, and if she is, she has arrived on the scene at an opportune time. In effect, Fluke has altered the debate. It is no longer about the rights of religious institutions and individuals to adhere to their beliefs. Its about whether taxpayers should be forced to pick up the bill for people who want to live licentious lifestyles. If Im right, then Flukes case is not good enough to overturn the Constitutional prohibition against the government imposing its will in matters pertaining to religion. In fact, her case highlights the importance of religious beliefs in a country that is becoming increasingly immoral.
Will the Democrats ploy energize women? I hope so because I suspect that most women are as turned off by Fluke as I am. Time will tell if thats true, but for now, Republicans should think long and hard before they backpedal too far. Rush Limbaugh is just a distraction. Republicans shouldnt let the Democrats sleight-of-hand tactics cause them to miss the big picture.
Not just clever, but satanic.
who repeatedly has called her a slut,
I object to the use of the word “repeatedly”.
Well they sure played Limbaugh. By making it personal about Ms Fluke, he enabled them to turn this into a discussion of personal behavior and judgmentalims, which is not why Rush started talking bout it in the first place.
It’s not about Fluke. It’s about the idea that the public should be paying for contraception. Yet that issue is buried in the noise because Rush made it personal.
He should know better, after all it was Rush himself who has said all along that it is Obama’s policies and vision for America that he disagrees with, not Obama the man, Obama the first black President, etc.
So let’s do some basic math.
A box of TROJAN-ENZ value PAC contains 36 condoms which retails for $14.25 on-line. $1,000 would be enough to purchase, rounding off, about 67 boxes of condoms. 67 multiplied by 36 equals 2412 condoms. 2412 divided by 365 days in a year equals 6.6 condoms per day. At almost .40 cents per condom you could have sex with 6.6 partners for $ 2.64/day.
My oh my it doesn’t leave much time for studying does it Ms Fluke? So we know what you are now we are just negotiating a price for your services...correct?
The Democrats overplayed their hand and lost. Women see right through Fluke. She was part of a deliberate campaign to twist the “meme” of press coverage. It backfired. She did not succeed as she intended. She failed.
and so what if he did.
I noted the Georgetown student health insurance policy has a co pay of $10 to $45 for a 31 day supply of a prescription drug. Walmart charges $9 for a 30 day supply of birth control pills without insurance. Even if her birth control pills were not excluded under the policy, there would not be a dime worth of difference if she bought the pills at Walmart or Target on her own or paying the co pay under the drug prescription coverage of the policy.Basically this woman was testifying exclusively as part of the Democrat agenda.
That needs to be repeated loudly and often.
There's another failure in all of this.
...Rush Limbaugh freely admits that hes an entertainer first. As he explains it, he has to keep his audience entertained and engaged, or they will change channels and not return.
As an analogy..."The Big Show" (Rush) flattened "Daniel Bryan's" (the MSM/DNC) tiny girlfriend "AJ Lee" (Fluke). Then "The Big Show" is more beloved than ever as he shows remorse for flattening her while "Daniel Bryan" further entrenches himself as "a heel" because he won't "let it go" and keeps holding it over Show's head.
The inevitable outcome is that the heel leaves "AJ Lee" high and dry when she becomes a liability.
ROTFLOL! So entertaining!
Yeah, I'm a fan! What of it? Best damn soap opera on TV!
Her face is birth control.
I think there are a couple of problems with your analysis.
The first would be that in connection with the $3,000/month figure, Fluke specifically said that was for a friend who had to take a contraceptive pill for a specific medical problem unrelated to birth control. The money wasn't for condoms and (and as many of us guessed by the testimony, particularly those of us with daughters on a specific prescribed non-generic brand of birth control for a medical issue), it wasn't for a generic brand of birth control. Fluke never threw out the $3,000 figure in connection with any contraception when she talked about contraception; she only talked about it in connection with a birth control pill used for a medical, non-contraceptive purpose. Fluke won that round.
Second, Fluke never, ever mentioned her own birth control or her own sex life. After saying she heard from women who were affected from the lack of insurance coverage for contraceptives, Fluke introduced her presentation by saying: "Im here today to share their voices, and I want to thank you for allowing them not me to be heard."
Then Fluke talked about six specific women who may or may not exist, and women in low-wage jobs without contraceptive coverage.
That's it. Six other women. Women in low-wage jobs.
Fluke said that the $3,000 her friend had to pay was more money than Fluke made in a summer in her public interest internship.
Fluke never mentioned her own services, much less anything about negotiating a price for them.
We and Rush could have attacked her outrageous claims about the percentage of Georgetown women suffering financially from the cost of contraceptives. Or about how it's not rare that women get medical conditions that need birth control pills to treat them, but insurance companies turn down the pills despite physicians indicating true medical needs because the insurance companies interview the women and decide they only want to have sex.
But Rush and others decided to say Fluke was a slut and was talking about her own promiscuity. Fluke didn't even mention a sex life or her own contraception. I'd respectfully say the "negotiating a price" comeback doesn't work with Fluke's testimony, which was outrageous on other grounds.
Conservatives have to learn to fight like liberals. Until then, we’ll KEEP getting rolled!
This t-shirt company needs to advertise on his Rushs show.
S.L.U.T. - South Lake Union Trolley (Seattle)
I want a decent president and don’t give a hoot about some college broad banging like a barn door in a hurricane. Let’s get back to the problem at hand.
Sadly it worked. Rush has been taken out, and the US Catholic church is in danger of imploding.
Need a new strategy with new players.
Big lie always works. Now that Rush is losing advertisers, look next for Clear Channel anong others to drop his show.
I’m afraid Rush is done.
Really? People keep counting him out for some reason, he has the number show on the Radio and enough personal money to pay for the show broadcast out of his own pocket. People pay good money every month just to live-stream Rush 24/7, he is not going anywhere till he falls over dead at the microphone.
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