Romney's 'binder full of women'

Romney's 'binder full of women'

Pelican Bay : FL : USA | Oct 17, 2012 at 5:19 AM PDT
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Oh my word, Mitt Romney as governor assembled all the smart men he could fit around an executive conference table and directed them to find one woman who could do the job of a man in state government.

Tell me I was having too much fun watching President Obama eviscerate the "dead cat bounce" Romney got following the first presidential debate of 2012 and did not hear his tale of woe in not having any qualified women to perform state government work.

Perhaps I had consumed too much merlot celebrating three score and one year on the earth prior to the debate. So I purposely steered clear of my trusty laptop until I could have my morning coffee the next day. Yet Romney's imagery haunted my brain cells in a similar fashion as President Obama's flat-line performance in Debate One had left me.

"A binder full of women," the former governor said with pride. A (expletive deleted) binder full of women is Romney's crowning achievement to show how he will ensure that women earn equal pay with men who perform the same or similar job.

It's stuck in my craw this morning, "A binder full of women." The reader may add the expletive.

Where were the women in Romney's race for governor? Were there any? One could argue there are not any women with power and influence in the Romney presidential bid, for surely they would have prepped him better on how not to marginalize women.

Certainly on how not to insult all women who have ever given birth or contemplated giving birth to a child with his chauvinistic statement that the nation’s poor young women should stop having babies. Perhaps the Mormon God can, but the Hebrew God was not able to prevent Adam and Eve from engaging in the passion of the flesh which produces babies.

Romney's condescending attitude toward women reminded me of the attitude of business and state government officials displayed in a different era: "We would hire a Negro, if we could find one qualified."

How is it that a devout Mormon, a husband who loves his wife and is loved by his wife, does not know a single woman to hold a state government job? This is amazing, simply amazing.

More than being amazing, this debate gaffe also points out the character of the man who would be president as it relates to women and issues that are of concern to women. Romney's "binder full of women" remark makes the Obama case that a Romney presidency will be devastating for women and will harken back the Dark Ages when women had no rights to decide matters of health along with their disenfranchisement from the ranks of the employed, effectively emasculating President Obama's Lilly Ledbetter Law.

When Candy Crowley brought the debate to a close, I heard what appeared to be the proverbial "Fat Lady" sing, followed by the sound of ruffle skirts and the clanking sound of stilettos rushing to exit the Romney camp as the cost-cutting Romney shouted, "Will the last girl to leave turn out the lights?"

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Harold Michael Harvey, JD is based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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