As Sandra Fluke Runs For Congress, Five Democratic Careers Fired Up By Republican Drama

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Believe it or not, Republican drama just keeps giving rise to Democratic careers. With Tuesday's news that Sandra Fluke is running for Congress in California this year, the GOP has in one sense lived up to their core promise: job creation. After all, they do often succeed wildly in creating new jobs for Democrats. Would you have heard of Wendy Davis without Texas' ridiculous abortion restrictions?

Everywhere you look, there's another liberal or left-leaning political figure getting a helpful career bump from the right's fervency, virulent rhetoric, and often intractable policies. Fluke isn't the only one who's reaped success thanks to the Grand Old Party's tact (or lack thereof). Here are five figures whose career trajectories were given a helping hand by the GOP...

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