Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Binders full of women?

Could this end up being the most memorable part of tonight's debate, even more so than Romney getting President Obama's Rose Garden talk after the Libya attack completely wrong? (Nice job on the instant fact check, Candy.)
ROMNEY: And -- and so we -- we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I 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. I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my Cabinet and my senior staff, that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states, and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America. Now one of the reasons I was able to get so many good women to be part of that team was because of our recruiting effort. But number two, because I recognized that if you're going to have women in the workforce that sometimes you need to be more flexible. My chief of staff, for instance, had two kids that were still in school. She said, I can't be here until 7 or 8 o'clock at night. I need to be able to get home at 5 o'clock so I can be there for making dinner for my kids and being with them when they get home from school. So we said fine. Let's have a flexible schedule so you can have hours that work for you.
Naturally the internet is having a field day with the whole "binders full of women" concept. Is this a great country or what? So much imagination and creativity.

OK, the president was great tonight, but it could be that the answers that hurt Romney the most, he walked into all by himself.

UPDATE: It turns out that Romney's story that he asked his staff and women's groups to help him find qualified women to appoint is a complete crock, and that Romney's record on appointing women to important positions in his administration in Massachusetts actually wasn't all that great.

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