The President nailed it tonight! I’m sure I will write more tomorrow, but I wanted to write about Romney’s “binders of women” comment.
As you may remember when Mitt Romney was first elected Governor of Massachusetts he ran as a moderate Republican. And he did want to take affirmative action in having some women in his cabinet. The call did go out to various women’s groups, including some I was involved with, and we did provide him with resumes of qualified women for cabinet posts. I guess someone put the resumes in a binder for him.
So Romney said at least one true thing tonight: He got binders of women when he was governor.
But referring to binders of women is probably a natural figure of speech for Romney even if anyone else would call them resumes. His history shows that he doesn’t much like women who have any power. After all, he bullied Jane Swift who was acting governor into deciding she wasn’t going to run after all. (Swift denies the bullying, but she had already picked a running mate and one day, the truth will come out.) He also tried to bully Candy Crowley tonight. I think this is all part of his general lack of respect for women along with our needing flexible hours so we can go home and cook dinner!
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