Sandra Fluke is back
Back at the end of February and early March, Sandra Fluke came to fame thanks to very stupid comments by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Fluke appeared before a panel of Democrats who sit on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. During her testimony, Fluke explained that college women cannot afford the cost of contraceptives, which she said can cost upward of $3,000 over the course of a few years and that it justifies mandates in private health insurance plans.
After Limbaugh’s comments, in which he called her a “slut” and a “prostitute,” President Barack Obama’s campaign and Democrats in Congress began playing up the so-called “war on women,” one of the more annoying, untruthful memes we’ve heard this year.
The underlying problem with Fluke’s comments is that, in her mind, someone should be forced to subsidize the behavior of others. While basking in the sun of her notoriety, Jacob Sullum explained easier options for those that couldn’t afford expensive birth control products, such as buying condoms, which are relative inexpensive, or abstinence. Sullum also noted the holes in Fluke argument, explaining, “By the same logic, religious freedom requires kosher food subsidies, freedom of speech requires taxpayer-funded computers, and the right to keep and bear arms requires government-supplied guns.”
It came as no surprise to many when Fluke endorsed President Obama for re-election back in June and praised some of the legislation he has signed into law, including ObamaCare. It probably comes as even less of a surprise to learn that Fluke will introduce President Obama this morning at a campaign stop in Denver:
In case you needed further proof of the importance of the women’s vote in Colorado this election – and that the Obama campaign is following the 2010 roadmap of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet – word comes that Sandra Fluke will introduce President Obama at his Denver campaign stop.
Obama is scheduled to speak at the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver Wednesday morning. While his talk – and other stops in Grand Junction, Pueblo and Colorado Springs – will be focused on his plans for the economy, the Fluke appearance brings to the forefront another area in which the Obama campaign is trying to differentiate its candidate from Mitt Romney.
The campaign recently launched a new television ad that hits Romney on women’s issues, namely his statements that he would eliminate Planned Parenthood, calling Romney “out of touch” on women’s issues.
The attention that Fluke got, which is entirely on Limbaugh and his inability to keep his mouth shut when he has something dumb cross his mind (and the comments were wrong not just because they created a stir), really should have been an in-kind contribution to Obama in the first place. But again, it’s not surprising that Sandra Fluke is just another Democratic hack.