The Sandra Fluke episode hasn't done much for Democrats in terms of public opinion -- Obama has slipped a bit with women since it occurred -- a little-appreciated truth about their social issue portfolio more broadly. But when it comes to fundraising, there's no better way of opening liberals' wallets for their campaigns.
The Dems clearly get this, and they've left no drop unmilked with the Fluke incident. I noted yesterday that I've received 23 fundraising emails on the topic from just the two Democratic congressional committees (the DCCC and the DSCC). You know that silly game Republicans play with flag-burning amendments? The Democrats' version is the "war on women."
Today I've received the 24th, and it is a hysterical wonder to behold. Supposedly penned by Rep. Diana Degette -- more likely by some nameless staffer at the DCCC, and that's giving Degette the benefit of the doubt -- this email manages to use the phrase "Republican war on women" or a close variant four times in just 254 words, as IBD's Sean Higgins observed on Twitter this afternoon.
The fundraising pitch includes the typical "we're almost at our arbitrary goal and we need your help" meassage. It contains three links through to the donation page, and it goes so far as to accuse the GOP of wanting to "prohibit women the right to participate in the debate about women's health care." (Presumably this refers to one's constitutional right to testify on particular panels before congressional committees.)
If you read through it and listen carefully, you can hear the gullible entering their credit card numbers.
Mitt Romney: "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that."
[Name redacted] --
Republicans have a clear agenda for women: Defund Planned Parenthood, deny women access to health care and birth control, and even prohibit women the right to participate in the debate about women’s health care.
Grassroots Democrats around the country have united against the Republican War on Women to launch a Women's Health Accountability Fund. Our goal is to expose the truth about Republicans' war on women with an aggressive rapid response operation including ads, on-the-ground organizing and more.
It's important that national Republicans and their allies like Rush Limbaugh are held accountable for their vile, outrageous, and unceasing attacks on women’s health care. We are only $19,433 away from our Women’s Health Accountability fund goal before tonight’s midnight deadline.
Please chip in $3 by midnight tonight so Democrats can launch an urgent rapid response campaign against the Republican War on Women.
Republicans in Congress thought they could silence us by refusing to let Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke testify on their all-male panel on birth control coverage.
They were wrong.
There are only hours to go before Democrats launch an urgent grassroots campaign to hold Republicans accountable for their War on Women.
Can you pitch in right now?
Rep. Diana DeGette
Co-Chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus
P.S. While Republicans double down on their radical agenda that would restrict women’s access to reproductive health care and the right to have a seat at the table to discuss women’s health care, we are making sure American people know the truth. Will you join us?