Let us hearken back to those long ago days of autumn when Mitt Romney committed a major gaffe:
Mitt Romney showed up Tuesday night talking about “binders full of women” being brought to him when he was governor. Sounds kind of kinky and certainly not something you want to be touting.
The phrase was part of Romney’s answer to a question from an audience member at the second presidential debate about how he would “rectify the inequalities in the workplace.” Referring to when he took over as Massachusetts governor, he said, “I had the chance to pull together a Cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men,” he said. “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.”
The “binders” moment went viral immediately on Twitter, spawning @RomneysBinders and @womaninabinder Twitter handles. As of Wednesday morning, almost 300,000 people had supported a Facebook page about what a politically dumb statement it was. Romney may soon say it was “inelegant” phrasing or he didn’t finish his statement or some other excuse, but the comment shows why voters, especially women, don’t trust him and don’t believe he has their back.
The media and internets went wild. Feminists in high dudgeon took turns explaining how insensitive and offensive the comment was. The general consensus on the left was that it was further proof of a GOP War on Women (GOPWOW).
Good thing for you wimmens that Romney lost, right?
Yesterday’s NY Fishwrap:
In an Oval Office meeting on Dec. 29, 11 of President Obama’s top advisers stood before him discussing the heated fiscal negotiations. The 10 visible in a White House photo are men.
In the days since, Mr. Obama has put together a national security team dominated by men, with Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts nominated to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the secretary of state, Chuck Hagel chosen to be the defense secretary and John O. Brennan nominated as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Given the leading contenders for other top jobs, including chief of staff and Treasury secretary, Mr. Obama’s inner circle will continue to be dominated by men well into his second term.
The White House itself employs almost exactly the same number of men and women, and administration officials said they hoped to even out the ratio across the government and help ensure that future Democratic administrations have a diverse and deep bench of candidates for high-level jobs.
But Mr. Obama’s recent nominations raised concern that women were being underrepresented at the highest level of government and would be passed over for top positions.
Boy, nobody could have predicted that!
Obama was the candidate who called women reporters “Sweetie” and “Hon”. Obama was the candidate who paid his female staffers less than women. Obama was the candidate whose campaign weaponized misogyny. And now Obama’s White House has turned out to be the He-Man Woman Haters Club.
But wait! There’s more! The Times can’t let Obama go undefended:
Interviews with current and former members of the administration, both men and women, suggested that there was no single reason for the gender discrepancy in administration appointments, and several repeatedly spoke of the administration’s internal commitment to diversity and gender equity.
But several said that the “pipeline” of candidates appeared to be one problem. They said it seemed that more men than women were put forward or put their names forward for jobs. In part, that might be a result of the persistence of historical discrepancies: men have traditionally dominated government fields like finance, security and defense.
Sounds like a good place for some affirmative action!
Last but not least, the classic gender discrimination defense:
She noted that women with young families, more so than men with young families, tended to drop out of jobs that demanded long hours — a trend also noted by administration officials. Perhaps as evidence of that skew, there were about 57 percent more male appointees than female appointees at the assistant or deputy assistant level.
Statistics can be deceiving, but not in this case. Obama has shown a persistent pattern of discriminating against women. Oh, sure, he hires women. But he pays them less than men and promotes them less than men. Women in his administration tend to end up in subordinate positions or find their authority undermined.
Hillary was an exception but she didn’t end up as Secretary of State because Obama wanted her running foreign policy. That was the deal they made in exchange for her and Bill’s support. If he didn’t need her to get elected she wouldn’t even have been appointed as dog catcher.
I spent the past four years feeling sorry for all the people who were duped into voting for Obama. But I’m not feeling sorry for them any more. If you were stupid enough to vote for him you deserve what you get. The same thing goes for anyone who threw their vote away on somebody other than Mitt Romney.
You had your chance. You blew it. Now you own it.