It’s amazing how quickly new memes spring up and take on a life of their own.
Mitt the twit at the second debate.
We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds who could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women groups and said, “Could you help us find folks?” I brought binders full of women.
Lovely. At the time of this writing (2 AM EST), Facebook’s Binder Full of Women already had over 200,000 fans. Thank you, Mitt. And a thank you to Jessica Luther for tweeting the following and Diana McGinness for directing me to it.
Someone PLEASE photoshop the Sistine Chapel ceiling with God giving Adam a binder labeled "WOMEN." #binderfullofwomen
— Jessica Luther (@scATX) October 17, 2012
As for the rest of the debate, Obama won it hands down. He was calm, in control, articulate and called Romney out on his lies at every opportunity. The highlight had to be Obama taking Romney to task for suggesting that the President and the White House had not taken the murder of four Americans at the Libyan embassy seriously enough.
Wow. President Obama just eviscerated Romney. As an alpha male. It’s hard to convey genuine offense without seeming aggressive. But Obama made Romney look cheap and political over a tragedy like Benghazi.
Highlight two was Romney claiming that on the day after the Benghazi attack, the president failed to refer to the attack as an “act of terror.” As Candy Crowley pointed out, “act of terror” were the exact words Obama used that day. Romney stood there like a hurt monkey trying to fix the damage. Too late. The liar was once again exposed.
Obama clearly prepared for his Libya response. Romney makes a dumb mistake: Obama says he spoke in the Rose Garden after the attack and called it an act of terror. Romney says “no you didn’t.” Obama says “get the transcript.” Crowley says “he did.” THE AUDIENCE APPLAUDS CROWLEY LIVE FACT-CHECKING ROMNEY. Like, twice. They applaud twice. Romney stutters through the rest of his response, and it doesn’t matter what he says: He just got fucking destroyed. By the audience, basically.
It was a great night.
No one should be surprised that Romney’s Women in Binders’ claim that he was so concerned about how few women were up for positions in his Massachusetts’ cabinet that he asked for a study is another fib.
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.
If a position ever opens up for a Liar-in-Chief, Romney’s your guy.