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September 05, 2012 10:15 PM Live-Blogging Wednesday Night, Part I

By Ed Kilgore

Super-Prime Time kicked off promptly with Sandra Fluke, who is continuing the very regular pounding of Republicans over reproductive health issues.

She was preceded by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who pretty much previewed the critique of the Republican fiscal record and the Ryan Budget we’ll hear more about tonight and tomorrow. And before Van Hollen came three people who worked for companies shut down by Bain Capital, a presentation which if nothing else should keep Team Mitt busy with rebuttals.

10:00 EDT SANDRA FLUKE SPEECH

* Fluke is a solid speaker. I really hadn’t heard her before.

* Best line compares Obama to Romney: “We need a president who when a woman is attacked and abused thinks of his daughters rather than his delegates and his donors.”

* Most direct presentation of the “two futures” theme I’ve heard so far. Echoes Richards’ earlier argument that Republicans are trying to deny women’s rights they’ve had for a long, long time, and didn’t even consider controversial.

10:07 JIM SINEGAL SPEECH

* Jim Sinegal, co-founder of Costco, up now, presumably to rebut allegations Democrats are anti-business. Good line: “job creation requires companies that plant and sow, not those that reap and run.”

* Convention managers should be getting worried about the schedule. It’s 10:13, and Sinegal is in the middle of a fairly long litany about what American businesses need. Elizabeth Warren hasn’t spoken yet, and she’s going to get the kind of reception that drains time.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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