Sandra Fluke Gives the Romney/Ryan Ticket a Stern Talking-To

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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.

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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.

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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]

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Hey Sandra... I'm really concerned about my health, because I can't use any birth control. I can't use birth control because I'm not having sex - I didn't choose to not have sex (so, I'm not "using abstinence as a method of contraception"), I just can't find anyone willing to have sex with me, my abstinence is involuntary. So, I'm using no contraception, and I'm concerned that by not using contraception, my health is in jeopardy. Since, of course, we all know that using contraception is essential to people's health.

But - at least until I die from a fatal overdose of no contraception - I seem to have little need for a contraception benefit through my health insurance. Can I trade in that benefit for one I do need, like maybe a "free unlimited gasoline fillups through my automobile liability insurance" benefit mandate? Or perhaps, more closely linked to health issues, a "free unlimited toilet paper and toothpaste through my homeowner's insurance" benefit mandate?