Romney cabinet’s women representation better than today’s leading Democratic governors

posted at 3:21 pm on October 18, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

While Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, the state was recognized for its record in putting women in leadership roles. In 2004, “10 of the 20 top positions in Romney’s administration were filled by women, including lieutenant governor Kerry Healey,” the Boston Globe noted.

Romney spoke about the process used to achieve that record in a now famous debate answer Tuesday:

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 I brought us whole binders full of — 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.

The former governor is getting plenty of guff for clumsy construction, but let’s look beyond the binder story to the bottom line.

The upper echelons of Massachusetts government were more representative of the female population than any state in the nation according to a State University of New York, Albany study published in 2004. The university’s Center for Women in Government and Civil Society noted Massachusetts’ 50-percent representation was the nation’s closest to “to parity in terms of the degree to which women are represented in top policy positions.”

Jesse Mermell, head of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus during Romney’s tenure, told a Democratic National Committee conference call Wednesday that those gains were gone by the end of his term.

“Despite what Romney claimed in the debate last night, there were fewer women in his administration by the end than there were in the previous or subsequent administrations,” Mermell said.

But another survey (pdf) published by the same SUNY Albany center in 2008, covering all of Romney’s tenure, puts Massachusetts’ percentage of women in leadership roles at 45.1 percent, for a rank of 7th in the nation and still far above the national average. A list of the governor’s cabinet members over the entirety of his tenure shows 11 women and 16 men, for a percentage over his term of 40 percent. The Boson Globe reports that 42 percent of Romney’s appointments were women halfway through his term, but representation fell to 27.6 percent by the end of his term.

Even at the lower estimate of 40 percent, the representation of women in Romney’s cabinet outdoes the average of today’s leading Democratic governors by double digits. President Obama’s cabinet is 36 percent women.

A look at nine governors in the Democratic Governors Association’s leadership ranks shows the average percentage of women in cabinet positions is 24 percent. If one takes the lowest number the Globe can produce for Romney—27.6 percent—even it outstrips the average of these governors. Despite eight years elapsing during which any number of women’s groups, governors, and binders could work together to improve representation, Gov. Bev Perdue of North Carolina’s cabinet sits at 9 percent representation. Perdue, also Vice Chair for the DGA, comes in lowest on the list, with a woman filling only one of 11 cabinet positions. Her Council of State Agencies includes several women, but Perdue’s office clarified they are not part of the cabinet.

Gov. Dan Malloy of Connecticut leads the pack by a long shot with women appointed to 18 of 45 commissioners’ positions for 40 percent representation, but still falls short of Romney’s percentages while governor of Massachusetts.

DGA Chair and Democratic rising star Gov. Martin O’Malley’s cabinet comes in at about 20 percent in Maryland, with women filling five of 24 cabinet positions. Gov. Pat Quinn’s numbers are identical in Illinois.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, and Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont all post 25-percent female representation in their cabinets. Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington’s cabinet is 24 percent women while Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana outshines most of his peers with five women filling 17 positions— 29 percent. Arkansas and California round out the rest of DGA leadership, but Arkansas doesn’t have a formal cabinet and Gov. Jerry Brown’s office has not responded to a request for an official list. Full list of statistics below the story. Different states have cabinets of varying sizes and breadths, but statistics came from online cabinet lists or straight from the governors’ offices.

Meanwhile the women in the binders have voices, and Romney’s former Lt. Gov Kerry Healey highlighted the governor’s record Wednesday on Fox:

“My personal experience has obviously been extraordinary. Governor Romney is a great leader, and he also creates a work environment which is enormously friendly, it’s family friendly, it’s professional. It’s everything that women in the workforce could hope for. But I also think this is so ironic because it’s giving us an opportunity to talk about one of the great strengths of Governor Romney during his time in office which was that he did want to bring women’s voices into government. That he did have half of the women in his top appointed positions, right there with him; his chief of staff was a woman. Obviously he asked me to run with him. I am clearly a female, and his top policy adviser was also female in addition to all the cabinet secretaries he brought forward.”

Jane Edmonds, an African-American woman and self-described “liberal Democrat” who worked in Romney’s administration, spoke on his behalf at the Republican National Convention.

“One area where he made a positive difference is in improving the representation of women in senior positions in Massachusetts state government, ” Edmonds said. “This achievement happened because Mitt Romney cared about the issue, he took action to fix it, and he delivered results.”

The Democratic National Committee’s spokesperson Brad Woodhouse declared Wednesday in an e-mail to reporters that the campaign was “Gonna Talk Binders at 12:15 PM EST.”

Maybe a little less talking the binder talk and a little more walking the walk are in order.

Update: A commenter reminds me I should just post Jane Edmonds’ speech because it’s great:

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Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland: 20 percent
Five women of 24 Cabinet members

Gov. Bev Perdue of North Carolina: 9 percent
One woman of 11 positions

Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware: 25 percent
Four women of 16 positions

Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont: 25 percent
Six women of 24 positions
The Burlington Free-Press published a story featuring a smaller list, with three of 12 positions filled by women, but the percentage remained the same.


Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington:
24 percent
Seven women in 29 positions

Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana: 29 percent
Five women of 17 positions

Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois: 20 percent
Five women of 24 positions

Gov. Dan Malloy of Connecticut: 40 percent
18 women of 45 positions

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York: 25 percent
Seven women in 28 positions

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BISHOP!

UltimateBob on October 18, 2012 at 3:24 PM

he doesn’t give a shit about equal employment for women.
 
Constantine on October 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

rogerb on October 18, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Vermont: 25 percent
Six women of 24 positions

Connecticut: 40 percent
18 women of 45 positions

New York: 25 percent
Seven women in 28 positions

Umm…why does Connecticut and Vermont have so many positions?

LoganSix on October 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Magic binder on the wall,
Who’s the dumbest one of all?

BobMbx on October 18, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Umm…why does Connecticut and Vermont have so many positions?

LoganSix on October 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

New England Sutra?

BobMbx on October 18, 2012 at 3:27 PM

BINDERS OMG!!!1

wargamer6 on October 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Bill Clinton is going through the binders to get more women.

Oil Can on October 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

On the other side of the coin, the Obungler Administration pays their female staff less than the male staff in similar positions.

Thomas More on October 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Since when is Jack Markell considered a “leading Democratic governor?” He sucks.

UltimateBob on October 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Bill Clinton filled lots of positions with women during his term as Gov.

Mr. Bingley on October 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

So..this is still a thing, huh?

changer1701 on October 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Vermont: 25 percent
Six women of 24 positions

Connecticut: 40 percent
18 women of 45 positions

New York: 25 percent
Seven women in 28 positions

I’m kinda turned on. 45 positions? Kinky!

lorien1973 on October 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I thought the thing bho/team did with the dog on the roof, Ann’s horse, bain, that bird, and all the other krap they came up with was bad, but this takes the cake! As a woman, this whole thing is just another major distraction that will backfire as the others has done! With Mitt’s age, I am 68, we would call a file on someone a ‘binder’ of said subject!

BTW, Ann was in the lions den at the view and she seems to have done good on those harpies questions. Stay strong Mitt/Ann/family.
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letget on October 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Bill Clinton filled lots of positions with women during his term as Gov.

Mr. Bingley on October 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Positions from the Kama Sutra don’t count. ;)

totherightofthem on October 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

As a non-woman binder, I feel it is only fair that the government pay for my transition from a D-Ring Binder to an O-Ring Binder.

nitzsche on October 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Nice post, MKH.

jaime on October 18, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Anyone take a look at the GOP States? That would make an interesting comparison.

karenhasfreedom on October 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Big Bird: good
Binders: better
Binders of Big Bird: woo hoo!

22044 on October 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Romney had more lady parts in his cabinet than Clinton had in his closet.

TXUS on October 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Once again, Democrats jumped the shark regarding Romney.
Binders will be getting blinders. Post haste.

Jabberwock on October 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

What isn’t mentioned is that Rombo gave all the women in his administration cancer.

Bishop on October 18, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Has anyone seen this:

Chris Matthews: Challenging Obama unconstitutional
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0I7Isjz3mQ&feature=player_detailpage#t=12s

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Romney challenging Obama is totally unconstitutional
http://twitchy.com/2012/10/18/msnbcs-chris-matthews-romney-challenging-obama-is-totally-unconstitutional/

Bless your heart, Chris. Further proof of tingling entering the brain occurred last night, when the MSNBC host said that challenging Obama during a debate is totally unconstitutional.

After the clip ended, Matthews seemed appalled. “I don’t think [Romney] understands the Constitution of the United States,” Matthews said. “He’s the president of the United States. You don’t say, ‘You’ll get your chance.’”

What? No one dare speak in the presence of Dear Leader! He, and fellow noted Constitutional expert, James Lipton, then fretted and wrung hands over how rude Romney was. By not paying the proper deference to Obama and “looking down on him as a person.” Good grief! Did they scrawl entries about meany pants Romney in their tear-stained diaries?

Southern by choice22 on October 18, 2012 at 3:34 PM

“I see the senator from Massachusetts has changed his position on offshore drilling.”

—-former Senator Hal Heflin of Alabama

(When shown photos of Ted Kennedy on his boat with several hookers.)

viking01 on October 18, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Mary Katharine Ham (or any other Hot Air contributor),

Please, please, please do a post featuring:

Jane Edmonds at the 2012 Republican National Convention

ITguy on October 18, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Once again, Democrats jumped the shark regarding Romney.
Binders will be getting blinders. Post haste.

Jabberwock on October 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Perfect imagery of the Obama voter: Binder Blinders….

Or is that Blinder binders..

Don’t bind me to that statement please.

Chip on October 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Bill Clinton filled lots of positions with women during his term as Gov.

Mr. Bingley on October 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

No. Bill Clinton filled lots of women in positions during his term.

Washington Nearsider on October 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Possible line for Romney:

The President wants to talk about Big Bird and binders — what he doesn’t want to talk about is Benghazi.

bobs1196 on October 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Nina Gonzales, the woman who asked the gun question during the debates, works for the Obama campaign out of Nassau Co.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1379283_NBC_Nightly_News_Showcases__Undecided_Voter__Trashing_Romney_Hours_After_She_Declares_for_Obama__Rea.html

rayra on October 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Speaking of individuals who graduate broke… (well in this case morally and ethically broke)

SWalker on October 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Dossiergate

Big Bird Turd

The land needs a colonoscopy.

Schadenfreude on October 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Mary Katherine,

Shoot me. Shoot me now. I commented before reading the post. You’ve done exactly what I was asking you to do.

(I asked Erika Johnsen to do this back in August, and was disappointed that it wasn’t done… until now!)

Thank you. I apologize for not reading the post before commenting!

ITguy on October 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Possible line for Romney:

The President wants to talk about Big Bird and binders — what he doesn’t want to talk about is Benghazi.

bobs1196 on October 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

..and Jobs

Schadenfreude on October 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Link…

I asked Erika Johnsen to do this back in August

ITguy on October 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Of course. All their talk is just that. Talk used to try to manipulate people emotionally into doing something stupid, voting for a democrat.

yhxqqsn on October 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

As long as hirings are based on merit, I don’t give a flying rat’s ass about skin color or gender.

If any of the women were hired to fill a quota, or simply because they had a vajayjay – then I am repulsed.

That’s the problem with affirmative action – those who were hired on merit are stigmatized with the presumption of preference.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland:

Ugh. Wish we could have shook him loose in 2010…

Gatsu on October 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

You know, it just hit me.
For the crap the Dems have thrown at Romney, the one with the most legs is Seamus the dog. ( pun optional ).

Funny.

Jabberwock on October 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

The President wants to talk about Big Bird and binders — what he doesn’t want to talk about is Benghazi.

bobs1196 on October 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

..and Jobs

Schadenfreude on October 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Fast and Furious…..

SWalker on October 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

There’s a TV ad running now in Virginia featuring Jane Edmonds and three other women who worked in Romney’s administration.

rockmom on October 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Everyone is laughing at the dems for making this a big deal…keep it up dems, you have yourself and it makes you feel good, well do it.

But the few indies I know are just shaking their head, imagine the presidential campaign, in these times, worrying about the word binder…as one of my buddies stated “I am not going to vote for someone because they should have used the word portfolio instead of binder, that will be the day.”

But that is what we have, a desperate man making a big deal out of the word “binder”….good grief.

right2bright on October 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM

The Obama campaign just jumped a binder full of sharks.

They’ve got nothing to run on. They are finished.

HumpBot Salvation on October 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM

The Democratic National Committee’s spokesperson Brad Woodhouse declared Wednesday in an e-mail to reporters that the campaign was “Gonna Talk Binders at 12:15 PM EST.”

That’s quite pathetic, isn’t it?

RepubChica on October 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM

So now affirmative action is conservative?

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

O/T, It seems that TX has done good again. Gov. Perry and AG Abbott got a judge to say cheerleaders can have their 1st! I’m sure that this won’t be the end of this though.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/judge-sides-with-tx-cheerleaders-ban-on-bible-banners-violates-their-free-speech-rights/
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letget on October 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

What has sunk Oblamer is the binder of obviously loaded questions and “transcripts” he gave hack Crowley.

viking01 on October 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

So now affirmative action is conservative?

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Kinda my concern, too, supra.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Romney also employed women in high positions at the Olympics. One of them is a friend and a southern Democrat who had worked on the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. She was so impressed with Romney that she followed him to Massachusetts, and she is now campaigning for him.

rockmom on October 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Hillary for Romney

Bill for Romney

Schadenfreude on October 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

The Democratic National Committee’s spokesperson Brad Woodhouse declared Wednesday in an e-mail to reporters that the campaign was “Gonna Talk Binders at 12:15 PM EST.”

At the local Staples, I’m sure.

Jabberwock on October 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

So now affirmative action is conservative?

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Better not be or I’m out of step. I think the effort is to show they don’t live by their own rules. I think Alinsky covered that even.

DanMan on October 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

But that is what we have, a desperate man making a big deal out of the word “binder”….good grief.

right2bright on October 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM

ROTFLMAO… this is a trap… Romney is a very smart man, Obama a damned crooked lawyer. Romney set Obama up with this… Obama has reason to be wary of the term “Binder” as it not only describes something one puts papers in, but is also a legal term with connotations of a restraining order.

binder n. a written statement of the key terms of an agreement, in particular insurance policies, so that the insured as well as lenders can be assured there is valid and adequate insurance coverage. (See: insurance)

Both of the Obama’s were disbarred over legal binders, something that I believe Mitt is fully aware of, and is poking them in the eye with…

SWalker on October 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

So now affirmative action is conservative?

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Kinda my concern, too, supra.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Stuff like this is why I think Romney can potentially do more long term damage than Obama. He will move the entire spectrum of what is called ‘conservative’ to the left.

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Better not be or I’m out of step. I think the effort is to show they don’t live by their own rules. I think Alinsky covered that even.

DanMan on October 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

But the point is also that Romney does live by the rules of the left.

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

She binded me with science.

Someone had to say it!

D-fusit on October 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Holy balls: Romney up 4 in PA per Susquehanna!

wargamer6 on October 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Stuff like this is why I think Romney can potentially do more long term damage than Obama. He will move the entire spectrum of what is called ‘conservative’ to the left.

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

That shit’s been happening ever since H.W. Bush.

[Just gettin' that out there - not sayin' that you weren't aware of it]

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

She binded me with science.

Someone had to say it!

D-fusit on October 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

LOL – Okay, D-Dolby-fusit.

That song reminds me of my law school days – waaaay back when. Was listenin’ to some B-52′s yesterday.

LOL.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 3:59 PM

That shit’s been happening ever since H.W. Bush.

[Just gettin' that out there - not sayin' that you weren't aware of it]

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Yup. You won’t get an argument from me in support ‘compassionate conservatism’.

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

So now affirmative action is conservative?

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Just because you sought out more diversity in your ranks, doesn’t imply you’ve lowered your standards to get it.

lorien1973 on October 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Rock Lobster!!!!!!!

D-fusit on October 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM

The former governor is getting plenty of guff for clumsy construction, but let’s look beyond the binder story to the bottom line.

I still don’t understand what’s clumsy about it. Would it have been better had he asked for a file of resumes? This is pathetic.

I will say that on Morning Joe today, Mika B. thought this is this is a huge issue. In her case, she seemed to think that it reflected poorly on Romney that he didn’t know anyone off the top of his head to hire. I don’t understand why. Mitt had left a career in the private sector, and he’d just finished a stint salvaging the Winter Olympics. So, he wins an election back in Massachusetts, and he asks for (or accepts) a binder of resumes for qualified women in the public sector. Sure, no rule book forbids choosing those who worked with him in the past. But if he did that, Dems would be screaming cronyism.

Even liberal columnist Halperin thinks this is a bogus issue. I’m with Scarborough: Obama should play this up for all it’s worth. I just demonstrates Obama’s cluelessness when it comes to executive experience.

BuckeyeSam on October 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I tweeted this this morning:

FACT: Only ONE woman in Barack Obama’s inner circle. Only 4 in Cabinet he doesn’t meet with. Maybe he needs a #binderofwomen!

Romney put a woman in charge of his VP selection. That’s a first for any party’s nominee, and a make-or-break assignment. And it was one of the best managed processes ever, with no leaks and a fantastic choice.

rockmom on October 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

“Despite what Romney claimed in the debate last night, there were fewer women in his administration by the end than there were in the previous or subsequent administrations,” Mermell said.

Maybe they left to have babies or some such parental calling. This is the problem with the equal pay for equal work routine. Women go in and out of the workforce which is why they don’t necessarily earn as much as men who do the same job.

Now, to be clear, I don’t feel sorry for working women in the least. Because of affirmative action policies they are the first to be hired, last to be fired and first to be promoted. And many earn far more than men in similar positions – particularly in sales.

Buy Danish on October 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

OT

Awesome new add “Spring Break Barky ain’t gonna like this one.

D-fusit on October 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Rock Lobster!!!!!!!

D-fusit on October 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM

That stuff just hasta put ya in a good mood. That was the beauty of their music.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Just because you sought out more diversity in your ranks, doesn’t imply you’ve lowered your standards to get it.

lorien1973 on October 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM

In a perfect world perhaps. In the real one that’s how it usually shakes out.

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

That stuff just hasta put ya in a good mood. That was the beauty of their music.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Yes indeed. Good Times.

D-fusit on October 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

If you look at Drudge right now, the right hand column top 3 stories is all about women, shill and MSNBC style.

D-fusit on October 18, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Awesome new add “Spring Break Barky ain’t gonna like this one.

D-fusit on October 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

I like it.

UltimateBob on October 18, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Yes indeed. Good Times.

D-fusit on October 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I can’t believe that The Fixx’s Shuttered Room hasn’t been remastered and put out there for old fu%#s like us.

Dunno if you’re familiar with that album, but dayam – it was a good one.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I will say that on Morning Joe today, Mika B. thought this is this is a huge issue. In her case, she seemed to think that it reflected poorly on Romney that he didn’t know anyone off the top of his head to hire. I don’t understand why. Mitt had left a career in the private sector, and he’d just finished a stint salvaging the Winter Olympics. So, he wins an election back in Massachusetts, and he asks for (or accepts) a binder of resumes for qualified women in the public sector. Sure, no rule book forbids choosing those who worked with him in the past. But if he did that, Dems would be screaming cronyism.

Even liberal columnist Halperin thinks this is a bogus issue. I’m with Scarborough: Obama should play this up for all it’s worth. I just demonstrates Obama’s cluelessness when it comes to executive experience.

BuckeyeSam on October 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Great points! I also don’t get Mika’s point. Name me a male politician who walked into any Governorship or Presidency with a list of women he already knew to appoint to top Administration positions. Even Bill Clinton didn’t. He relied on Washington Democratic insiders to send him people. Romney acted like the boss he is, and cast a wide net for recommendations so he could get the best talent he could find. This seems like such a non-issue to me, I can’t understand why it would offend any woman.

Barack Obama has never had any women other than Valerie Jarrett in his inner circle. When he was elected to the Senate, Tom Daschle gave him his entire staff, he didn’t have a single aide to bring from Chicago.

rockmom on October 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Also, David Axelrod’s PR firm has ZERO female partners. LOL.

The whole Obama campaign and White House has been one giant boys’ frat party.

rockmom on October 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM

The President wants to talk about Big Bird and binders — what he doesn’t want to talk about is Benghazi.

bobs1196 on October 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

..and Jobs

Schadenfreude on October 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Fast and Furious…..

SWalker on October 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Obama’s Guns For Gangsters frames the issue of Fast and Furious directly.

Chip on October 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

rockmom on October 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Honestly, bindergate seems about as much of a problem for Romney as not drinking coffee because of the caffeine.

Who gives a sh*t?

BuckeyeSam on October 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

But the point is also that Romney does live by the rules of the left.

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

You saying Romney can’t hire who ever he wants? He was shown a list of old guard males from the ranks of the public sector and he looked elsewhere. Did he choose poorly?

keep diggin’, you’ll get there

DanMan on October 18, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Both of the Obama’s were disbarred over legal binders, something that I believe Mitt is fully aware of, and is poking them in the eye with…

SWalker on October 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

That angle needs some exploitation I’d say.

As far as conservatism moving to the left…I think it started with Nixon. He wanted the emboldened press that had successfully tormented LBJ over Viet Nam to like him.

DanMan on October 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Was the person who compiled the binder and presented it to Romney a community organizer?

meci on October 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

As far as conservatism moving to the left…I think it started with Nixon. He wanted the emboldened press that had successfully tormented LBJ over Viet Nam to like him.

DanMan on October 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Yup – But, my point was, with Ronnie – we reclaimed things and with H.W., it went back to moderate shit, and has continued.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Looking forward to the Romney Cabinet… get that binder ready, SarahCuda!!

Khun Joe on October 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

MKH: i think it’s worth pointing out that he was govenor in 2003 to 2007. that was 9 years ago. times have changed and you would think that women’s opportunities would have drastically increased by now. so that an average of 25% back in 2004 would mean an average of 50% today.

while i get your point, comparing his numbers in 2004 to governors today is a bit unfair to romney.

jetch on October 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

You saying Romney can’t hire who ever he wants?

DanMan on October 18, 2012 at 4:24 PM

He did hire who he wanted and we got Romneycare, an assault weapons ban, liberal judges, carbon emission limits, free cars for welfare recipients, and almost got a Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Now he can work that same magic at the federal level.

Doubtless it was those evil Massachusetts Democrats who made him do all that of course. Like Obama, Romney isn’t to be held accountable for anything he actually does. I guess it’s the newest political fad.

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 4:46 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

true, true

sharrukin on October 18, 2012 at 4:46 PM

we’re inside of three weeks before the election, who are you voting for?

DanMan on October 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Congressman Keith Ellison gave Obama a binder full of Muslims to hire

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/18/Rep-Keith-Ellison-Gave-Obama-A-Binder-of-Muslims-To-Hire

Resist We Much on October 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

This is something that always makes the left, bounce of the walls crazy! When a Republican lives their lives or works in a manner that the left has wanted to take credit for… it just turns out to be funny! They can’t see the people they hate to their very core, actually being better people then they are. The always present projection of their own Hate & Racism onto the Republicans, makes a person who defies their childish projection, even more hated! That’s also the reason you saw all the Death Threats on Romney after he beat Obama for the second time, in the debates! It’s perfectly acceptable to kill the enemy, in the eyes of a Lib!
Update on:How to take on the Obama Enemy media & Win: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Resist We Much on October 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Somehow I feel jarrett has already given bho a long list, binder’, full of rop types to hire? bho has gobs and gobs in high places since elected!
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letget on October 18, 2012 at 5:15 PM

they prefer the term dossiers letget, recall she came back from Oakland gushing about that hip Maoist Van Jones?

DanMan on October 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Being a woman in Obama’s administration means that you take a bullet for the big Zero. You get thrown under the bus. Hillary is finished as is Susan Rice.

COgirl on October 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

DanMan on October 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Romney – I have no other choice – the other guy is an avowed Communist.

I simply have no other choice.

The last guy I ever voted for was Ronnie. I guess that says it all.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Oh, Nooooooo.
Not better than the Great Liberal Hope from Maryland?
Oh, the Horrors!

Another Drew on October 18, 2012 at 5:47 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Rock Lobster!!!!!!!

D-fusit on October 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Love shack ! Baby Love SHACK!

Your WHAT ?!?!?

cableguy615 on October 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I can’t believe that The Fixx’s Shuttered Room hasn’t been remastered and put out there for old fu%#s like us.

Dunno if you’re familiar with that album, but dayam – it was a good one.

OhEssYouCowboys on October 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Only song I remember by them is One thing Leads to Another

cableguy615 on October 18, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Mary Katherine, listen to what he actually said. Why does everyone keeps misquoting him? He didn’t say “I went to a number of women’s groups and said, can you help us find folks? And I brought us whole binders full of — of women.” He clearly 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 — of women.

(emphasis mine)

DakRoland on October 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Mary Katherine, listen to what he actually said. Why does everyone keeps misquoting him? He didn’t say “I went to a number of women’s groups and said, can you help us find folks? And I brought us whole binders full of — of women.” He clearly 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 — of women.

(emphasis mine)

DakRoland on October 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Yes, and the womens’ group involved has confirmed that this happened.

slickwillie2001 on October 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM

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