Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on October 18, 2012 by Allahpundit

In the hours after the debate, Democrats began making fun of Romney for saying that as governor he had gotten “binders full of women” to find qualified appointees — a comment they would never have criticized, or even noticed, had it been said by one of their own. Almost nobody objects to making a special effort to find qualified women to apply for important positions, and Romney’s phrasing was not even especially awkward. The attempt to manufacture an example of Romney’s condescension or cluelessness is evidence of how much more deeply invested the Obama campaign is in its “war” than in America’s actual wars…

Romney’s best moment in the campaign was the first debate, after which his poll numbers jumped among men and women alike. He made no gender-based appeal in that debate at all. Instead, he concentrated on making the case that he would be a better president than Obama, and in particular that his agenda would be better than Obama’s when it comes to wages, job creation, energy prices, and health care. He should learn from that success — and worry not about the Democrats’ binders full of talking points.

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[T]he best sign for Romney may have actually been the the Obama campaign’s decision to make the main takeaway Tuesday’s debate Romney’s comment that he received “binders full of women” when he was trying to hire females to top positions as governor of Massachusetts.

The fact that Obama is making an issue of this suggests to me that his campaign is increasingly worried about signs that Romney is closing the gender gap, which would mean lights out for his reelection given Romney’s advantages among male voters.

It’s hard to see what argument Obama is advancing here, however. The attack isn’t even that Romney didn’t hire enough women as governor. It’s that he had to consult a binder prepared by a women’s group to find more female candidates when he wanted to hire more women. Is the suggestion that if he cared about women more he would have just hired his friends and associates rather than draw from a wider applicant pool?

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Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Romney loses women on Nov. 6 by 8.5 points — his average deficit in those three polls among registered voters. (His average deficit among likely voters in those same three polls was 7 points.)

That would be a better showing among women than John McCain made in 2008 (lost women by 13), George Bush made in 2000 (lost women by 11) and Bob Dole made in 1996 (lost women by 16). It would be roughly equal to the eight-point margin that George H.W. Bush lost women to Bill Clinton in 1992.

So, for all of the chatter about Romney’s women problems, he is currently positioned to do as well or better than every Republican presidential candidate among female voters save one: George W. Bush in 2004 who lost among women by just three points to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry.

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In the last half a dozen years, voters have responded more to events, emerging issues, and leaders’ strengths and weaknesses. Many switched parties to vote for Obama. Some, many of them women, are switching now to vote for Romney.

Women tend to be more risk-averse than men, and the gender gap grew when Reagan Republicans were depicted as scaling back welfare-state protections.

The debates may have shifted the perception of risk. The downcast Obama and the cackling Biden may have sounded dangerously risky. Many women may have felt, as my e-mail friend’s wife said last winter, that they would feel safe if Romney were in charge.

Readers who watched Tuesday’s debate can judge whether that still holds.

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Most often, when President Reagan wanted to fill a senior administration position, including cabinet and sub-cabinet positions, top agency posts, and judicial positions, we would put together a binder filled with qualified candidates, as well as recommendations, from which the president would select a candidate.

So, I have a question: how, exactly, did and does Obama decide who to appoint to over 3,000 non-career positions in his administration, including his senior positions? How does his Office of Presidential Personnel recruit candidates? How does it process and collate resumes and present options to the president for selecting candidates for top posts? And if President Obama is not presented with a binder of qualified candidates, exactly how does he make his decisions?

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Via News Busters.

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Click the image to watch.

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Via the Daily Rushbo.

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Women’s activist Erica Payne argued that Romney sounded like he was looking for women to add to his harem and called the comment “moderately offensive,” though she did admit to agreeing with the concept of the program. Payne said that Romney used the “smoke screen” of the binders to claim that he hired a large number of women during his gubernatorial tenure.

O’Reilly continued saying Payne’s viewpoint was crazy, saying that liberals are being too partisan in going after Romney for a “good thing” he did just because he “used the word ‘binder.’” Murphy said many women’s rights groups are less interested in women’s rights than being “shill groups” for the Democratic party. Payne pushed back against Murphy and said she doesn’t want to be treated like a “second-class citizen.”


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The fact that he had to ask for help finding qualified women makes it look as if his Rolodex was a boys club. Where do you think top political jobs come from?

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Yeah, that Mitt Romney has a lot of nerve seeking out qualified women candidates from his he-man women-haters club. He should have just asked his Lieutenant Governor.

The democrat party suits you. You truly are a jackass.

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 7:30 AM

The fact that he had to ask for help finding qualified women makes it look as if his Rolodex was a boys club. Where do you think top political jobs come from?

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 7:13 AM

The fact of asking for help is a noble and redeeming quality. I know, difficult for a Lib to digest.

hillsoftx on October 19, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Mika’s perplexed tears are delicious, like the darkest, richest chocolate you ever tasted.

More, please. More, more, more.

Grace_is_sufficient on October 19, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Aren’t “binders of women” how Mormons keep track of their wives?

What are your feelings about the fact that in Obama’s WH, he pays his female “inner circle” under 80% of what he pays the males?

Night Owl on October 19, 2012 at 7:17 AM

I’d have to ask the relevant question: are women being paid the same as men in comperable positions?

bluegill on October 19, 2012 at 7:25 AM

As I pointed out earlier, this is an issue not because Obama made it one — though, they’re gleefully helping it along — but because a lot people independently found it condescending and/or goofy. I, unfortunately missed the debate but by the time I logged on (just afterwards) I found that friends of mine (admittedly, Democrats) had been posting about this line before the debate was over.

And while I, too, am a little surprised at the mieage it’s getting, I do indeed believe it made him look a little clueless. “Gosh, boys, isn’t there a girl somewhere we can let into our club?”

And, as for the politics of it, spending a day or two reminding women that Republicans basically think they should be kept barefoot and pregnant is not a bad thing. the fact that it’s Hot Air’s quote of the day shows that it has a little juice, and its keeping the focus where Obama wants it — women — and not where Romeny wants it.

I understand the partisanship here, and the policy differences. What I don’t understand is how little so many know about politics. Remember when the empty chair was going to be the great symbol of the campaign?

You mean like Obama’s 30-something “Czars”?

kingsjester on October 19, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Who’s talking about “Czars?” That’s so 2009.

Or that his Rolodex was filled with people in a completely different area of expertise, since unlike Obama, he had a long successful career in the private sector? Why do you have to try to put the most negative spin on everything?

Night Owl on October 19, 2012 at 7:21 AM

And yet he somehow foung all the males he needed without forming a search party.

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 7:41 AM

I just turned on Moaning Schmoe to see Crazy Larry with a smug smirk on his face ask UpChuck Todd: “UpChuck, is there any truth to the Romney delusion that he can win without Ohio?” and UpChuck say “Yes!!!” and damn if the camera didn’t immediately in a split second go away from Crazy Smug Larry. Would have loved to see the smirk disappear.

Marcus on October 19, 2012 at 7:44 AM

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 7:41 AM

You were talking about patronage, dipstick. Obama hired those Czars (political patronage) on OUR dime.

The fall of your messiah hurts, doesn’t it?

kingsjester on October 19, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Marcus on October 19, 2012 at 7:44 AM

heh

cmsinaz on October 19, 2012 at 7:48 AM

It doesn’t surprise me that the DEMwits are making a big deal about the binders comment. You would first have to understand how a successful business works to comprehend it.

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 7:50 AM

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 7:41 AM

LOL..you’re such a phucking moron.

HumpBot Salvation on October 19, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Marcus on October 19, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Crazy Larry might have to graduate from Zanax to Thorazine when his jug-eared messiah loses.

Naturally Curly on October 19, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Good morning,
The Orlando Sentinel
endorses Mitt.

Knock me over.

As Joe would say..
A big effing deal.

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 7:52 AM

The fact that he had to ask for help finding qualified women makes it look as if his Rolodex was a boys club. Where do you think top political jobs come from?

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Not at all. Mitt Romney is a man who, entering public office from the private sector/Olympics organizing recognized he wasn’t the smartest guy in the room and worked at building an effective administration. That starts with understanding that you can’t find the talent you need by merely looking at your own circle of friends and acquaintances.

By comparison, your rat-eared idol treated administration jobs as a jobs program for radical Chicago thugs and Harvard elites. Nevermind all he organized beforehand was protest mobs. He didn’t look for talent, he looked for like-minded fellow travelers.

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Good morning,
The Orlando Sentinel
endorses Mitt.

Knock me over.

As Joe would say..
A big effing deal.

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Everybody seems so damn excited over the Orlando Sentinel endorsing Mitt. I don’t get it. Yes, they endorsed rat-ears the last time but newspaper endorsements are meaningless.

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 7:55 AM

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 7:41 AM

None of us believe that Romney meant anything negative by the obviously innocuous comments. I don’t know anything about you, but I doubt that you even believe it. Sorry, but voters are really not that stupid. Right now Obama is running a losing campaign.

I say we should just sit back and let the Democrats carry on with this binder nonsense. It will get them about as far as the Big Bird idiocy did.

How sad for Obama that he is going to end his political career in such a petty, embarrassing way. Serves him right. So long, Barack Obama.

bluegill on October 19, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 7:55 AM

I live here..so I get it.
May be meaningless as an endorsement
but it speaks volumes as to where
this stands as of now.
Lets just say..they dont heart cons.

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Big bird,binders and birth control.
Not a winning message.

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Debate one: Obama’s team defense of his four failed years;
Whoa he’s gonna hurt big bird!

(It’s silly, it’s un-presidential, it’s contrived, it’s demeaning of the very intelligence of those who use it.

Debate two: Obama’s team defense of his four failed years;
Whoa he’s gonna put women in binders.
(It’s silly, it’s un-presidential, it’s contrived, it’s demeaning of the very intelligence of those who use it.)

Yet, the leftist intelligentsia and their media side-kicks still thinks we don’t notice…heh!

Don L on October 19, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Everybody seems so damn excited over the Orlando Sentinel endorsing Mitt. I don’t get it. Yes, they endorsed rat-ears the last time but newspaper endorsements are meaningless.

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Not to a bunch of impressionable senior citizens who only get their news through newspapers and the alphabet media.

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:01 AM

The Democrats are still attempting to scare voters by trying to paint Romney as some kind of evil, racist, sexist man. It’s just not working. The more voters hear from Romney unfiltered, the more they like him and the more they see he is absolutely nothing like what the Obama campaign has spent almost a year trying to portray him as.

The only people who get excited over that kind of character assassination of Romney are the MSNBC watchers and other highly partisan liberals. While Romney is talking about what people actually care about, the Obama campaign is engaging in petty, dishonest insults. Don’t think people don’t notice, because they do.

bluegill on October 19, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Not at all. Mitt Romney is a man who, entering public office from the private sector/Olympics organizing recognized he wasn’t the smartest guy in the room and worked at building an effective administration.

That smug bas**** has never not though he was the smartest guy in the room.

That starts with understanding that you can’t find the talent you need by merely looking at your own circle of friends and acquaintances.

By the time you run a company and manage Olymoic Games, you have have a pretty strong network. And yet, the applicants were “all” men.

By comparison, your rat-eared idol treated administration jobs as a jobs program for radical Chicago thugs and Harvard elites.

Harvard elites like Mitt Romney? Chicago thugs like Kathleen Sebelius?

Nevermind all he organized beforehand was protest mobs. He didn’t look for talent, he looked for like-minded fellow travelers.

Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Do name these thugs. Did Axelrod say something mean today, is that why your upset?

Look, I’m just trying to help. I’m not saying that the binder thing isn’t a little silly. I’m not saying that Romney is a clueless, condescending sexist pig who thinks that any atavistic print shop owner or Koch brother should be able to dictate his female employees’ birth control choices and flagrenly discriminate against them (as long as he doesn’t get caught for six nonths. I’m just trying to help you see what others saw in that moment of the debate, so you can disagree with them while actually knowing what you’re talking about.

Romney may or may not be clueless about women, But, to a lot of people he ceratinly looke like it.

Don’t shoot me, I’m just messenger.

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 8:03 AM

I’d have to ask the relevant question: are women being paid the same as men in comperable positions?

And yet he somehow foung all the males he needed without forming a search party.

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Funny your side doesn’t worry about such distinctions when you put out your “war on women” talking points. You don’t know how Romney found the males he hired. You only talk about things you think you can score some points with. Turns out Romney had a very good record hiring women compared to other Governors. Do you really think this “binder” thing is going to win Obama the election?

Night Owl on October 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM

all these polls are outliers this week
-morning joe

cmsinaz on October 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Don’t shoot me, I’m just messenger.

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 8:03 AM

You are a poor messenger. Spell check is your friend.

Night Owl on October 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:01 AM

I am enjoying the comment section there
as we speak..lib heads popping.

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:06 AM

I am enjoying the comment section there
as we speak..lib heads popping.

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Yeah, I read some of them last night. I thought about adding my 2 cents but didn’t want to go through the hassle of registering.

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Everybody seems so damn excited over the Orlando Sentinel endorsing Mitt. I don’t get it.
Happy Nomad on October 19, 2012 at 7:55 AM

It’s a tell, HN.

Cleombrotus on October 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM

cmsinaz on October 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM

I’ve got to admit, I’m a little suspicious of yesterday’s Gallup poll. I just don’t want our side to get too complacent and think we’ve got this thing locked up because of one or two polls that show Romney with a huge lead.

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

only talk about things you think you can score some points with.

Are you familiar with how you play politics?

You are a poor messenger. Spell check is your friend.

Night Owl on October 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Sadly, spell check and I are only distant acquaintences. And popping in and out of the discussion while getting ready for work to see the man about my welfare tends to make me type even more hurriedly.

Ciao.

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Agree flora…just funny when dear leader has a lead, its in the bag…..mitts lead is an outlier

cmsinaz on October 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:12 AM

:) I know..I never go there..
not wasting my time registering.

With an unemployment rate here near 9%
and the housing crush~
hopey is in the trash can.

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Morning CMS.

Whats the happenings in AZ?

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Don’t shoot me, I’m just messenger.

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Pathetic attempt to deflect responsibility. Kind of like 0bama.

It was your message, you delivered it.

cozmo on October 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Did you see this?

Allen West, Patrick Murphy congressional race: West has 9 point lead over Murphy in new poll

Unfortunately, there’s also this.

NEW POLL: Grayson Extends Lead to 15 Points

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Pardon me ladies, I went there but could find no comments.

I enjoy liberal heads exploding as much as righty’s who have been beat down by the 0bama economy. Am I missing them, or is there a link to them that is different from the link in the headlines here?

cozmo on October 19, 2012 at 8:32 AM

NEW POLL: Grayson Extends Lead to 15 Points

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Look at the bright side, he will have very little power and his rants will be every bet as fun to watch as those of another Floridian; DWS.

Nothing happens, and y’all get publicity for your congress critters…win/win.

Heck, y’all haven’t gotten this much attention since “hanging chads”.

cozmo on October 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

No I didnt..60+ hour work weeks right now..

Thx..how does one feel ecstatic and like hurling at once?

I heart West..thank God..I was worried how all that would
shake out-after moving the lines.

I cant comment on the parasite.

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Republicans basically think they should be kept barefoot and pregnant

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 7:41 AM

I am stunned…instead of insulting Republicans like you think you are doing, you make an a@@ out of yourself.

LouBob1980 on October 19, 2012 at 8:36 AM

LouBob1980 on October 19, 2012 at 8:36 AM

SOP for that particular nose in the air stuck up snob.

cozmo on October 19, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Hey bazil…. ok in az :)

Lots of Romney signs….handful of Obama signs

makes me proud

cmsinaz on October 19, 2012 at 8:40 AM

UE throws something against the wall, it doesn’t sick. Sees that he’s failing miserably. and splits. Obama’s Campaign in a nutshell.

kingsjester on October 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

stick.

kingsjester on October 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Morning Coz

Here you are…I pasted it with the comments up..otherwise scroll to the “comment” link for it to appear.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-ed-endorsement-president-mitt-romney-101912-20121018,0,6927962.story#tugs_story_display

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Pardon me ladies, I went there but could find no comments.

I enjoy liberal heads exploding as much as righty’s who have been beat down by the 0bama economy. Am I missing them, or is there a link to them that is different from the link in the headlines here?

cozmo on October 19, 2012 at 8:32 AM

You have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.

I’ll take the “hanging chads” but let CA or MA take DWS and Grayson. And while they’re at it, they can take Corrine Brown too – PLEASE!

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Romney may or may not be clueless about women, But, to a lot of people he ceratinly looke like it.

Don’t shoot me, I’m just messenger.

urban elitist on October 19, 2012 at 8:03 AM

HILLARY TO WOMEN: Stop ‘whining’…

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I read that last night..was surprised myself.

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Cool CMS-
Seeing the same here..
A wonderful feeling.
Be well!

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Hmmmm….call me a dumb lib, still not finding them. And they didn’t show up with the helpful link B9 provided.

Searched all over and all I could find was a link to the legal terms you have to agree to before posting a comment.

Oh well, I’m sure there will many other opportunities to watch lib heads explode.

cozmo on October 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM

cozmo on October 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM

What am I gonna do with you? ;)
Coz..at the top of the page..click on comments.
To the left next to the email:print symbols.

You can then read..cannot comment but view the over 250 comments.

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM

What am I gonna do with you? ;)

bazil9 on October 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I dunno’, spank me?

Top of the page, bottom of the page…all over the page, not seein’ it. Or the email link.

Oh, Sylvia Kristel died…bummer.

cozmo on October 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Weird, the comments (button anyway, there ain’t no comments as of yet) do show up on the Sylvia Kristel story…and I ain’t pulling an Eva Longoria.

cozmo on October 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Well, now the comments button shows up, along with the email one and the print one.

Must be some Florida thing.

cozmo on October 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The Democrats are still attempting to scare voters by trying to paint Romney as some kind of evil, racist, sexist man. It’s just not working. The more voters hear from Romney unfiltered, the more they like him and the more they see he is absolutely nothing like what the Obama campaign has spent almost a year trying to portray him as.

bluegill on October 19, 2012 at 8:02 AM

True enough, and they’re double risking the election with their “Mitt is evil” camo-paign. When they fail to convince the masses, as they are, the masses will only conclude they’re lying to them, hence the real evil ones…poof!

Don L on October 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Most often, when President Reagan wanted to fill a senior administration position, including cabinet and sub-cabinet positions, top agency posts, and judicial positions, we would put together a binder filled with qualified candidates, as well as recommendations, from which the president would select a candidate.

This is what an executive does when there are good appointee positions to fill and then wants to canvas a wider set of applicants to find good people to appoint to such positions. Not just in government but in business.

Hard copy binders allow for a review of personnel and the ability to write notes that go with each individual, which is not the easiest of things to do on a screen: there are ways to annotate such things, but if you are doing a look-up and can’t have a portable system with you, then a physical binder with colored tags that allow you to go directly to individuals for different positions is faster than any digital system you care to name. It is fast, easy, effective, and requires a writing instrument, paper, and adhesive tabs. It helps at meetings, as well, plus allows for a cross-compilation of notes from staff for the executive to use. You can do it digitally but the instant ability to visually cross-reference jobs and candidates, and to hold reviews and ordering of candidates for jobs is just something that isn’t easily done with any digital format.

An HR department can do that, an executive wants the quick overview and the ability to make decisions quickly. If you think this is a bad thing then please, oh pretty please, describe exactly how it should be done in a better way that is quicker, more effective, not tethered to a central database, and offers all the benefits of quick visual referencing in an interview situation. Hard copy does have advantages over purely digital. Plus it is a legal record when hand-written upon so that a legal trail is completed with it as notes are added. In our overly litigious society that last is always the trump card and a vital one for any executive to have.

The Left is acting like a bunch of self-centered fools who have so little experience with executives in any realm that they actually think this is a slur and not just a tool used by executives and executive staff to make decisions. Yet I bet a lot of aspiring women who seek to get into the upper ranks of politics, business and charitable works know exactly what this tool is and how it is used, along with why it is used. The people that the Left normally courts and say they back, in other words. Good job on insulting their intelligence… because these women are more than likely to be VOTERS. Good job on that! Lets see how that works out for ya.

ajacksonian on October 19, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Oh my… Is this jackie dancing to the Scorpions?

(Just teasing Jackie ;) )

SWalker on October 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM

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