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Sandra Fluke v. Joe the Plumber
National Review ^ | 03/06/2012 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 03/06/2012 6:17:19 AM PST by SeekAndFind

You may recall that when Joe Wurzelbacher was approached by Barack Obama entirely accidentally, he became something of a political celebrity for having a philosophical disagreement with the president over spreading the wealth around and all that. Before long, the mainstream press went to battle stations to discredit the man. He didn’t even have a plumber’s license! (didn’t need one in Ohio). He had financial problems! He was a fraud! An astroturf plant! Blah blah blah. The Democrats, likewise, were unrestrained in their efforts to ridicule the man. Here’s Joe Biden ridiculing Wurzelbacher (and offering a tendentious argument about taxes): [See update below]

Meanwhile, here’s Sandra Fluke a 30-year-old law student and committed political operative and activist. And yet the mainstream press can’t muster the slightest skepticism about her efforts.

Even Jake Tapper, easily among the fairest of MSM reporters, treats Fluke with kid gloves as if she’s simply a victim of history (note: I think she was an unfair victim of Limbaugh’s ill-advised and offensive attacks, but she has to be delighted with how successful she’s been over the last month). I don’t begrudge Fluke her efforts. She’s an activist and she seized the opportunity presented to her by Congressional Democrats and the press.

Still, I think the comparison is interesting in numerous ways. When average citizens are thrust into the political debate, they are heroes — if they confirm prevailing liberal arguments. When they run against the grain of the preferred narrative, they are ground down, caricatured, and treated to corrosive media skepticism.

Obviously, there are differences between the two cases. Some are relevant, some aren’t. If you think Fluke is special because she’s a woman, that’s awfully chivalrous of you (and I might even agree!). But such old-fashioned deference to the delicate sensibilities of women is not exactly a pose we’re told feminists of Fluke’s stripe support. Moreover, as Kirsten Powers notes in an excellent column, such deference to the fairer sex is not a standard liberals support when the woman in question is a conservative.

Update: For some reason the video I posted above has conked out. So here are some others easily found on YouTube.

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: joetheplumber; sandrafluke; sandytheslut

1 posted on 03/06/2012 6:17:24 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Sandra Fluke is the latest carnation of Cindy Sheehan.

Once the people she thinks love, respect and admire her use her for the only thing they think she's good for, they'll toss her aside like a .....wait....I better not use that word.

2 posted on 03/06/2012 6:23:39 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

I smell a backfire on the way against the left.


3 posted on 03/06/2012 6:25:49 AM PST by toddausauras (FUMR x 1,000)
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To: toddausauras

They’ll over-reach on this...like they always do.


4 posted on 03/06/2012 6:26:21 AM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: ilgipper; toddausauras

Re: Overreach & Backfire...if only it were true. It never seems to happen. The communists and fellow-travelers own all the news organs and completely frame and control the dialog and debate. As Breitbart said, the biggest mortal threat to our nation is the loss of an independent press.


5 posted on 03/06/2012 6:30:39 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: toddausauras

RE: I smell a backfire on the way against the left.

_________________________

I’ll believe this when I see the scramble to exit Rush Limbaugh’s show from sponsors stop, and then see that they get replaced by less cowardly businesses.


6 posted on 03/06/2012 6:34:42 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: Texas Eagle
Sandra Fluke is the latest carnation of Cindy Sheehan.

I don't think so. Fluke is not being used by them, she is one of them.

Right now she has positioned herself to become a future leader in the democratic party. I can see her becoming a congresswoman, a senator, and maybe even a supreme court justice one day.

How does the thought of a President Fluke grab ya?
I am just glad that I am old enough that I won't have to be a witness to where this country is headed.

7 posted on 03/06/2012 6:35:18 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are Marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Been waiting for this one since Libs have accused Rush of “trampling on Sandra Fluke’s 1st amendment rights”. Obama went on Joe’s property. Obama’s minions hacked his computer. The IRS audited him. He never said he was a Plumber. He managed a Plumbing Supply Store he wanted to eventually buy.


8 posted on 03/06/2012 6:35:29 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: toddausauras

—I smell a backfire on the way against the left.—

Yep. The internet has killed this sort of thing. The MSM may be able to pull the wool over the eyes of the average american for a few days, but the truth will get out, and they will look just a little dumber to the average American.

Sure, the true believers will always come to her “pure” defense, but they are a small minority. The rest of us, even “average” democrats, will come to a realization of the truth here.


9 posted on 03/06/2012 6:37:41 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Texas Eagle

Nope, you’re wrong, Fluke is a rising star of the left and they will do all to propel her career.


10 posted on 03/06/2012 6:40:31 AM PST by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: toddausauras
I smell a backfire on the way against the left.

Ditto that, and the Left has laid the groundwork for some of it.

Fluke is a pampered yuppie college student at an elitist East Coast institution. Clearly she is part of "the 1%". Middle America is just full of plumbers, carpenters and waitresses who are not going to be pleased when their insurance premiums rise to pay for her birth control. Not to mention she is studying to be a Lawyer, the most hated group in this country.

11 posted on 03/06/2012 6:41:23 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Texas Eagle

I think she’ll end up somewhere between Anita Hill and Cindy Sheehann.


12 posted on 03/06/2012 6:42:07 AM PST by MNDude
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To: SeekAndFind

The whole “Joe the Plumber Controversy” was a media construct. Joe’s question wasn’t the problem, but Zer0’s answer with the phrase “...spread the wealth” was. Everything after was to distract from Zer0’s answer.


13 posted on 03/06/2012 6:44:28 AM PST by Roccus
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To: SeekAndFind
This farce has clarified what this election is all about:

Freedom vs. Free Condoms
Choose Wisely America
(You May Not Get Another Chance)

14 posted on 03/06/2012 6:44:38 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: All

"I told Pres Obama that after non-stop sex, I get constipated.
Obama said he'll sign an Executive Order---taxpayers will pay
for all sex-related constipation."

15 posted on 03/06/2012 6:50:40 AM PST by Liz
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To: toddausauras
The backfire will occur in the conservative alternate media. The MSM still has the ability to turn issues like this on when it benefits them, and when it stops benefitting them they can turn it off.

I expect this will drop off the radar fast, but the damage is done.

16 posted on 03/06/2012 6:53:44 AM PST by skeeter
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To: All

"I have sex with women---mostly. But now I'll have to
get it on with a 1-2 disgusting men, since testifying
before Congress for free birth control."

"Yes, I'm an agent for Planned Parenthood. Planned
Parenthood buys b/c on the cheap and sells it to the
govt for big bucks."

17 posted on 03/06/2012 6:58:47 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz

call me crazy but does anyone else think she is kinda hot?

with that thick dark hair...MMMmmmm

(except for the brain, I know)


18 posted on 03/06/2012 7:43:31 AM PST by Mr. K (Were the Soviet-Era propogandists as gleefully willing as our Lame-stream Media?)
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To: oldbrowser
"I am just glad that I am old enough that I won't have to be a witness to where this country is headed."

While I share that emotion, I agonize over the world my grandsons will face.

19 posted on 03/06/2012 7:45:44 AM PST by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: SeekAndFind

The lines have been drawn. If people haven’t done enough homework or are too lazy to figure this stuff out with what’s available, that’s too bad.

I have to say that when one or more of my liberal friends brings up a particular topic in the news, I am able to counter with a well-framed counterpoint. Time after time, they’ve seen it play out the way I’ve described. Even if they don’t agree with my point of view, they are much more discerning and not willing to just ‘accept’ whatever the media pablum is this week. It’s a time consuming process. ;-)


20 posted on 03/06/2012 7:46:17 AM PST by SueRae (Tale of 2 Towers - First, Isengaard (GOP-e), then, the Tower of Sauron on 11.06.2012)
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To: SeekAndFind
Rather than bemoan the double standard, go after the little harlot Jonah. You know she is a liberal slut. You know she has embarrassing skeletons in her closet. The dems will never stop destroying conservative lives until we bring the same back to them tenfold and they cry uncle.

Whining about a double standard will not stop the leftists. Smashing them in the mouth at every turn will force them to cry for civility again.

21 posted on 03/06/2012 7:49:42 AM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Mr. K

Hot? Nah. More like someone halfway between a transgender operation for which she has also advocated.

“[B]irth control is not all that Ms. Fluke believes private health insurance must cover. She also, apparently, believes that it is discrimination deserving of legal action if “gender reassignment” surgeries are not covered by employer provided health insurance. She makes these views clear in an article she co-edited with Karen Hu in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.

The title of the article… is “Employment Discrimination Against LGBTQ Persons” and was published in the Journal’s 2011 Annual Review.”

http://spectator.org/archives/2012/03/06/a-nation-of-breitbarts-rallies/print


22 posted on 03/06/2012 8:00:58 AM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Catholic Church should offer to include a “personal allowance” in all tuition payments, to be disbursed to the student monthly for whatever purpose the student chooses. The Church would then promise that the tuition will not go up (just like the insurance companies are promising) by virtue of this disbursement.

So its “free” right?


23 posted on 03/06/2012 8:05:41 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: SeekAndFind

Sandra Fluke makes news.Meanwhile in other news mrs LaFongs cat is removed from tree by the fire dept.
Boy the crap the media call NEWS.


24 posted on 03/06/2012 8:34:14 AM PST by Vaduz
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