March 10 2012
The Useful Ms. Fluke?
As I keep saying, Gentle Reader, I try to avoid writing about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student and free contraception crusader, for the simple reason that contraception is not the issue raised by an HHS mandate that would for the first time in our nation’s history force religious people to violate their consciences or pay heavy fines. Ms. Fluke is, to borrow a pet locution from President Obama, a distraction.
But the irresistible Ms. Flake keeps defeating my resolve. It is beginning to appear, however, that the Democrats may have overreached with Ms. Fluke. She may ultimately prove an embarrassment to the Democrats.
An interesting bit of news on Ms. Fluke: She is being represented by the public relations firm of Anita Dunn, former Obama White House communications director. Kudos to Bill O’Reilly for ferreting out this. Warning to Sandra: Ms. Dunn has been known to come out with impolitic remarks. According to the Daily Caller:
Dunn is perhaps best known for her attack on Fox News and for naming Chinese revolutionary and Communist leader Mao Tse Tung as one of her favorite political philosophers back in 2009.
Question: Is Ms. Dunn’s firm handling the Fluke account pro bono? If not, the cost has got to be a lot higher than Ms. Fluke’s outlandish estimate of $1,000 a year as the cost of contraception for a Georgetown law student.
Warning to Ms. Dunn: The more America sees and hears of a 30-year-old woman who attends an expensive law school and wants the Jesuits to pay for her birth control, the less appealing Ms. Fluke’s sense of entitlement becomes.
Fox’s Megyn Kelly captured this breathtaking sense of entitlement in a segment on the O’Reilly show. Kelly, who racked up debts and worked to get a degree from a less famous law school, compares her experiences to Ms. Fluke's:
This story jumped out at me in a significant way, and our viewers reacted to it immediately when we aired the sound bite of her testifying. This is before the whole controversy really erupted. Because I, like Ms. Fluke, went to law school. I also didn't have a lot of money to pay; didn't look like her parents are paying for her. She's got a scholarship. I don't know where she gets the rest of the money. But we have very, very different attitudes about what it meant to be in law school.
Let me tell you... I didn't go to Georgetown; I went to Albany. Georgetown is a top 14 law school. Ms. Fluke would have the world believe that she is somehow a victim because she is at Georgetown Law School and is not getting her contraception paid for by the law school.
When I went to law school, which I put myself through for $100,000 dollars of debt, I didn't expect anybody to pay for my health insurance, which I had none of. No health insurance. And I'm sure a lot of your viewers can relate right now, because they, too, didn't have health insurance. They too didn't have anybody paying their way through college or for… or through professional school.
So, I put myself $100,000 dollars into debt. Didn't have health insurance at all, never mind contraception coverage. And never once did I think of myself as a victim who needed somebody else to step in and pay for those things for me.
The Democrats have seized upon Rush Limbaugh’s crude and coarse characterization of Ms. Fluke, for which he has apologized, as another attempt to do what they most want to do: demonize Limbaugh and then portray him as the head of the GOP. You’ll remember that the notion that Limbaugh is head of the Republican Party was a favorite mantra when the Obama administration first took power and visions of permanent Democratic rule were dancing in their heads.
Gloria Allred, the celebrity lawyer, has called for Limbaugh to be arrested for his remarks! Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post has argued that the fixation on Limbaugh has hurt the Democrats because it allowed conservative women to raise the issue of foul-mouthed media personalities who routinely say scurrilous things about conservative women. (Indeed, one of the most foul-mouthed personalities--we can't tell you what he called Ms. Palin, but, since we can print the word slut, you can guess it had to be bad--had been invited to address the Radio and Television Correspondents dinner. Alas, the organization has been forced to disinvite this charmer.)
The Democrats may believe that they can use this controversy to injure Limbaugh, but they forget something: they can call him the puppeteer who controls the GOP all they want. But in the end, in November, Rush is not going to be on the ballot. They are going to have to run against the GOP nominee, not Rush. I predict that by November Sandra Fluke’s fans in the Democratic Party will have realized that, as we get to know this entitled young woman better, she may not resonate in the hinterlands.
I have this sad, sad vision of Ms. Fluke and Cindy Sheehan, the marginalized anti-war heroine who was riding high when she could be used to embarrass President Bush, getting together and talking bitterly about how they are victims. Sandra’s newfound friends will have no compunction about dropping her, as they did Ms. Sheehan, when her usefulness proves ephemeral.