- Posted September 5, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Sights and sounds of the DNC
Fluke Gets The Spotlight
Sandra Fluke came to national attention last year after appearing on Capitol Hill on the issue of providing free or little cost contraception to women. At issue was Georgetown University not offering the law student contraception coverage in the health plan provided. She became the symbol of the "war on women" chaged by Democrats.
Originally shut out from a congressional hearing made up almost exclusively by men, female congressional members called Fluke back to speak. After her testimony she became the victim of a scolding and rudely called a "slut" by Rush Limbaugh, the mouthy conservative talk show host. This prompted a phone call to Fluke from President Barack Obama.
Tonight speaking at the coveted 10 o'clock hour, Fluke called the GOP, a "relic of our past". Fluke pitted Republicans as anti-women and wanting to keep women silent and abused.
Fluke described the GOP America as one that victims would be victimized over and over again. In essence Fluke tried tonight to paint those of the opposition as wife beaters, rapists and killers of women.
It was surprising how little rallying cries were heard from the audience. This was especially so when she tried to paint the Republicans as worse than human. Yes, she did get her share of applause, but it was not the same roars that were heard by almost all speakers last night or earlier in the evening.
Fluke went on to note that the President was the only one fighting for women. The President displayed his support of women by inviting her to speak at the convention, Fluke contended.
Fluke tried to say that the GOP would have women fighting battles that had already been won. Her tone seemed one of bitterness as I sat here in Mark's Den listening as a train rolled through the Cornfield.
Fluke came on strong. But contrary to the gushing of Democratic PAC executive Paul Begala...Fluke did not have the convention on its feet.
From the Cornfield, though the pundits are saying how powerful Fluke's speech was, to me it came across as a woman out for revenge rather than a woman making a stand for women's rights.