- Fluke also expressed regret that she wore green to a Planned Parenthood rally.
But the superstar was Sandra Fluke, who didn't mince words: "A woman needs affordable access to the care she needs, when she needs it." The only candidate who backed family planning and women's health issues is Barack Obama, Fluke said, and "we have to stand with him." Fluke's lack of political polish was appealing; she politely referred to the Republicans as "Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan," and while she made her case passionately and clearly, this wasn't a stump speech she had recited thousands of times before, which, at a convention, is maybe the most appealing trait a talented speaker can possess. She announced her new rule: "No sleep 'til November!" Fluke called on Planned Parenthood supporters to talk to "everyone...if there is one woman or one man who loves women in America who doesn't understand what these candidates stand for in November," Planned Parenthood supporters will have failed.
Planned Parenthood organizers seemed a bit disappointed by the turnout to their rally, which was blockaded by an Occupy Wall Street standoff with the police down the street. The impromptu Occupy Wall Street march became a clusterfuck of epic proportions, with all the protesters standing in a circle, surrounded by a ring of police, a no man's land, and then a second ring of police. A third stand of policemen down the street were keeping DNC attendees—including at least another hundred frustrated Planned Parenthood supporters—from entering the secure zone.
- Occupy Wall Street, stuck in the middle.