Sandra Fluke is using Rep. Todd Akin's comments about rape to fundraise for the Obama campaign. Fluke gained national fame when she argued before Congress that government should force Catholic organizations to pay for contraceptives.
Democrats will trot out Ms. Fluke for a primetime speaking slot at their convention in early September. In the fundraising email, she referenced Akin's bizarre comments about how "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" when rapes are not "legitimate."
The fundraising e-mail explains that "this controversy is not an accident, or a mistake, or an isolated incident" even though it clearly is an isolated incident given the universal condemnation of Akin's remarks by nearly every Republican and conservative of note.
Fluke tries to tie Republicans to Akin, just like Democrats and the mainstream media have been doing.
"Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan tried to distance themselves from the remark -- but the fact is they're in lockstep with Akin on the major women's health issues of our time," Fluke wrote. "Just this morning, the Republican Party voted to include the 'Human Life Amendment' in their platform, calling for a constitutional ban on abortions nationwide, even for rape victims."
What Fluke fails to note is that the Republican platform has had the exact same pro-life language for over a decade, but she, like the mainstream media, wants to give off the impression that the Republican platform is somehow an implicit affirmation of Akin's comments, which it is not.
"It's a reflection of a Republican Party whose policies are dangerous for women," Fluke writes, playing up Obama's false "War on women" theme even as women in the White House and in Democratic offices in Congress get paid less than men do.
When Rush Limbaugh compared Fluke to a slut (Limbaugh's point was that Fluke was asking the government to pay her to have sex), Fluke gained even more fame and was able to play the victim card.
Since the Limbaugh incident, she has been "even more resolved to continue the fight to make sure every single woman -- and every man who cares about the women in his life -- knows exactly what's at stake in this election."
Fluke tries to tie Paul Ryan to Akin by citing pro-life legislation Ryan co-sponsored with Akin, and then falsely writes that "Mitt Romney famously says he would 'get rid of' Planned Parenthood if he had the chance."
However, Romney never said he wanted to get rid of Planned Parenthood; Romney was merely saying that taxpayer monies should not be given to an organization whose primary objective seems to be to abort babies, especially in the nation's inner cities that are predominantly black.
Sandra Fluke, the highly educated, unmarried and liberal woman, perfectly represents the type of voter Obama is counting on to vote for him in November. And Obama's strategy is to scare voters like Fluke into voting for him by painting Republicans as scary neanderthals that will take the country back to an age when women used coat hangers for back alley abortions (The Huffington Post yesterday had a coat hanger splashed on its front page to hammer home this message).
And, of course, these scare tactics are also used to raise money for a campaign that spent more money than it took in last month. Fluke dutifully solicits money in the e-mail and links to the page where people can donate to the Obama campaign.