It’s weird, but the most memorable moment of the latest debate isn’t going to be Willard getting caught in an out-and-out lie. It’s going to be his “binders full of women” from his days as the Governor of Massachusetts, a place which (understandably) hates him with a passion.

Why do they hate him? Massachusetts struggled economically the entire 4 years he was Governor, and the Legislature overrode his vetoes of bills HUNDREDS of times (thus his “we got things done and passed bills in a bipartisan way” bullshit also goes into the dustbin.) He was not, as he likes to claim, an effective Governor. Senator Kennedy bested him by a 2-to-1 margin when he tried to leave the Governor’s job for one in the Senate. The voters of Massachusetts found him to be problematic, and certainly shifty, in no small part because he had trouble keeping his stories straight even THEN.

That, at least, hasn’t changed a bit, even if Willard’s stances on almost every issue have.


Mitt Romney’s troubles with his “binder full of women” comment isn’t over as Massachusetts women are challenging his version of how he got that binder and his record of hiring top women managers.


In answer to a question from a voter about pay discrepancies between men and women during Tuesday night’s debate, Romney recalled how when he became governor of Massachusetts he sought out top level women.


“I went to my staff, and I said, ‘How come all the people for these jobs are all men?” Romney said. “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,” Romney added.


He said his administration had the highest number of women in top positions of any governor in the country.


That version is under fire by a coalition of women’s groups known as MassGAP, which is affiliated with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. The group compiled the names of female applicants before Romney came to office and offered them to both Romney and his Democratic opponent Shannon O’Brien.


“It didn’t really have anything to do with Romney asking women to give him names,” said Carolyn Jones, who was secretary of the Massachusetts Womens’ Political Caucus during the time that Romney was governor.


MassGAP, which is non–partisan, issued a statement saying that while the Romney administration started with women comprising 42 percent of newly appointed positions, by 2006, that number had dropped to 25 percent.


“So when the spotlight was on him, sure he paid some lip service. But when no one was looking, those levels plummeted to 25 percent, below where they were in the previous governor’s administration,” said Jesse Mermell, a Democratic selectwoman in Brookline, Mass., who was the executive director of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus from 2004 to 2008. During that time the organization commissioned a report on women in government positions in the state.


So, yeah…. his whole spiel was bullshit. But it was REVEALING bullshit.

His “flexible schedule so them wimmins can go home and cook” was disturbingly sexist, and indicative of a guy who doesn’t understand how the world works. I’ll give you a small example: I am the cook of about 90% of everything that’s eaten in this house. That’s what you do in a partnership. There are no defined roles anymore, and there shouldn’t be. Those who still have those roles defined must be relegated to the wayside.

In the case of Willard, he can’t get relegated soon enough.

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