With each debate, Mitt Romney says a bunch of hogwash, but one remark tends to stand out as particularly egregious every time.
Last time, it was his contention that while he loves Big Bird, he wants to pull funding from PBS.
(It seemed so bullying and misguided, and besides, does he really think all PBS is is Big Bird???)
This time, it was his remark that when he was governor and looking for qualified females to appoint as state cabinet members, womens groups sent him “binders of women.”
Facebook pages have launched around that one phrase, and they’ve gotten tons of “likes”–even from binders of men.
And one article is quoted saying this:
“Why did the phrase resonate? Because it was tone deaf, condescending, and out of touch with the actual economic issues that women are so bothered about.
“The phrase objectified and dehumanized women. It played right into the perception that so many women have feared about a Romney administration–that president Romney would be sexist and set women back.”
Gosh, Romney’s suddenly in a binder–I mean bind.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 17, 2012