Republican pundits have an unrivaled ability to state the obvious, at the same time entirely missing the point, especially those employed by Fox “News”. Take Bill O’Reilly for example, I know there’s some functioning gray matter in there somewhere, but Bill has obviously made the decision that mining for it is far too dangerous. O’Reilly has adopted an almost visceral reaction to all things Sandra Fluke, for which Priscilla, over at Newshounds poses this theory:
“I don’t know if it’s because Bill O’Reilly’s former producer refused to submit to his amorous advances, but Bill O’Reilly does seem to have a problem with strong women who stand up for their rights.”
I think Priscilla hit the nail on the head. Here’s O’Reilly’s latest comment about Sandra Fluke from his show Thursday night:
“Now the performance today, the importance of it is that it shows America that the Democratic Party is not unified, there are moderate Democrats and there are far-left loons. And the loons have a lot of power. I mean think about it. Sandra Fluke wants us to pay for her birth control and not only that. She now wants us to pay for transgendered medical treatment. That means if Harry wants to become Sally, Fluke wants us to pay for it and she is a featured speaker at the Democratic convention, not someone mumbling on a corner.”
Where does a rational person even start here? First, I should point out that Sandra Fluke does not want taxpayers footing the bill for trans-gender surgery, but let’s say she did believe that; you can hardly paint the entire Democratic Party with the same brush.
Secondly, a political party is unified by core beliefs, not all beliefs; and that is precisely what Republicans don’t get, and why the word inclusive is rarely if ever used to describe them. Sandra Fluke was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention; she is not the spokesperson for the Democratic Party.
Democrats come from every ethnicity, socioeconomic group, gender, belief system, and education level, making the party an accurate reflection of the American people. Sandra Fluke is a bright young woman with her own opinions; maybe Bill O’Reilly should consider some psychotherapy to help him work through his women issues.