Romney said that when he was governor he wanted a diverse Cabinet, so after noticing most of the applicants for positions were men, he went to women's groups seeking qualified candidates...and they brought him binders full of women.
While it made for a funny quote, HOW MANY WOMEN WORKED FOR BAIN CAPITAL during his tenure?
Yeah, my Facebook feed was filled with this quote, and I saw the tumblr too. Such an awkward phrase, and just reinforces his image as an awkward robot - like women are a commodity you can just gather up in boxes, rather than people.
"I need some women here! Bring me binders of them!"
Also, I'm not sure how his response will go over with the anti-affirmative action crowd - his response sounded very much like, "I wanted to fill a quota for diversity purposes, so I had them bring me binders of women".
A much savvier answer would have been to focus on the individual women he met, how strongly qualified they were, and how he wanted to ensure that qualified people of both genders could serve under him.
Now that I'm single, I'm having sex with binders full of women.
While so many of the images on the tumlr link made me laugh ('hey girl,' Walter Sobchak, etc.), this one is extra amusing because it's from the debate. T lets you see the barely veiled scorn on each woman's face.
"Romney said that when he was governor he wanted a diverse Cabinet"
He said no such thing.
He really revealed so much in his crazy answer to this question. More damning than the 'binders full of women' that he lied about (he didn't ask for them, they were forced upon him) were his comments about letting a female employee leave at 5 so that she could go home to cook dinner....
He is living in the 1950s, which explains his ancient attitudes toward planned parenthood, homosexuality, et al.
ITA, R12. But lots and lots of Americans WANT to go back to the way things were, or the way they fantasize they were, in the 1950's-- a simpler time. The future is scary, so let's turn back the clock to the "good old days."
R4, the page as 240K likes at this hour.
"Binders Full of Chicks" by Rocky Mountain Mike of the Stephanie Miller Show.
Seen on Twitter:
"If you like it then you shouda put 3 rings on it."
It's a Mormon thing, which is what makes the phrase so supremely creepy. They keep picture books of the sister wives, thus, "binders full of women".
Does anyone remember the binders from 'Big Love'? Apparently all the 'girls' are in the book for marrying.
*On fire* at Twitter!
This one has legs.
Binders full of hot chicks sounds like fun!
Going through life with binders on, it's tough to see...
r17, r18. Holy crap. He is so transparent sometimes.
On Big Love they were called the "joy books."
I didn't realize there was such a strong Mormon connection with the stupid binders comment.
He really IS a freak.
And? Women DO have three holes. I counted mine this morning.
Ann Romney, America's Sweetheart
It was also a LIE.
[quote] First, Romney's story about seeking women applicants was a lie. Second, during Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, there were exactly zero women partners (not enough binders?). Third, during his one term as governor, he invalidated a half-dozen executive orders establishing affirmative action policies for women.
From blog . ThePhoenix . com :
What actually happened was that in 2002 -- prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration -- a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.
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.
R5 Binders full of "women". I don't believe you Tom.
"By the middle of the debate, the dial group had decided they didn't like Romney and punished him with tepid responses to even his better answers. See what had happened here?
People realized that Mitt Romney is a dick. Some of them realized this for the first time. Others had their already existing feelings validated. Either way, this debate highlighted Romney's biggest negative.
And that could be the lasting legacy from this debate. Romney had gone a long way toward improving his favorabilities after the first debate. They'll go backwards after this one. And no matter how unhappy people might be about the economy, fact is they'll vote for the guy they like over the guy they don't like every single time.
One last point: Remember that stuff about connecting with human beings? After the debate, Romney was swarmed by his family, and they quickly high-tailed it out of the debate hall. Meanwhile, Obama was still in the hall signing autographs and taking pictures with audience members 20-30 minutes after the debate was over. They had to push him out the door so they could shut the place down.
So if you're wondering which guy will have more empathy for you, which one looks better? The guy who can't bear to stand being around other non-wealth units, or the guy who hangs around until the lights got turned off? The difference couldn't be more stark."
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Binders full of women
Where Mitt Romney gets his women from
Joe: Bit of a sausagefest we've got going on here, we need to find some ladies!
Mitt: Not to worry, I've got binders full of women we can choose from!