• Mitt Romney's Binder Full of Awkward

    Last night, Mitt Romney explained that as a governor of Massachusetts searching for qualified women to fill important government roles, he "went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks,' and they brought us whole binders full of women."

    In the aftermath of this remark, we learned that liberals are just as capable as conservatives at taking a joke and beating it into finely ground powder, having turned "binders full of women" into a meme faster than Bill Clinton could sprint to Office Max (see, like that!).

    We also learned that Romney's binders are full of three-hole punched lies. According to David Bernstein and others familiar with the effort, a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts called MassGAP came together to identify women qualified to assume senior positions in government…

    They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected.

    I have written about this before, in various contexts; tonight I've checked with several people directly involved in the MassGAP effort who confirm that this history as I've just presented it is correct — and that Romney's claim tonight, that he asked for such a study, is false.

    Between binder-gate and Romney's suggestion that gun violence could be prevented by having two-parent households instead of homes headed by single mothers, Romney didn't make much headway with narrowing the gender gap. "Married Women in Binders" may be an okay Fifty Shades of Gray knockoff, but it's a narrow constituency to be targeting.

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    Tags: Debates, Men and Women, Mitt Romney


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