Sandra Fluke spoke at the Democratic National Convention tonight, and pretty much called Mitt Romney out for being a coward. In front of eeeevvvveryone. If she'd made her speech in a lunchroom with middle school Democrats on one side and middle school Republicans on another, there would have been a low, rumbling "Ooooo" when she was finished.
The Democratic Party's emerging ringer explained to her audience that having Mitt Romney and Paul Romney Batman and Robin the presidency would be like living in a bizarro Hadleyville where Gary Cooper leaves town with Grace Kelly like an hour before the Miller gang shows up:
Your president could be a man who stands by when a public figure tries to silence a private citizen with hateful slurs. A man who won't stand up to those slurs, or any of the extreme, bigoted voices in his own party.
Fluke had some even harsher words for Paul Ryan, who, by her estimation, is the more sinister impetus behind Mitt Romney's cowardly facade:
It would be an America in which you have a new vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventable deaths in our emergency rooms. An America in which they humiliate women by forcing us to endure invasive ultrasounds that we don't want, and our doctors say that we don't need.
Take a gander at the speech — Rachel Maddow was certainly impressed, although major networks like ABC and CBS didn't deign to carry Fluke's speech. Regular NBC, meanwhile, is totally entranced with national football-is-back night, which features Eli Manning doing a Mr. Potatohead and Tony Romo falling down.
Sandra Fluke Blasts Romney And GOP On Women's Health [Mediaite via MSNBC]