We joke about it, but Mitt's "binder full of women" is troubling on a lot of levels. Consider the following from a Yahoo News contributor:
"..Instead, Romney gave an answer that could hardly have been worse had he let me write it for him. First, he told a story about assembling his cabinet as Massachusetts Governor that underscored his complete ignorance of the subject. In 2002, at the age of 55, Mitt Romney just got around to noticing that women were underrepresented in positions of power. “…I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men,” he noted, quizzically."
I am not surprised; this is the same Mitt Romney who didn't realize that blacks were his equal until 1978.
This all fits a troubling pattern: An obvious disdain for the feminine gender. (Mitt's line about women getting home in time to cook dinner was downright scary.)The racist food stamp dog whistles, the knuckle dragging sycophants around the campaign, and the obvious cluelessness when it comes to connecting to real people. (Washing already clean dishes at a soup kitchen? Are you serious?)
Finally, I know that we are all having fun with Mitt's "binder full of women" moment, but a couple of things came out of that debate that troubled me even more:
1. Mitt's linking gun violence to single mothers.
"It was a strange answer Romney gave, in a portion of the debate during which I must have tuned out while writing something for the site. In response to a question about limiting the availability of assault weapons, Romney veered off into strange ground. “We need moms and dads, helping to raise kids. Wherever possible the — the benefit of having two parents in the home, and that’s not always possible. A lot of great single moms, single dads. But gosh to tell our kids that before they have babies, they ought to think about getting married to someone, that’s a great idea.”
Ok, the poverty and crime connection; I get it. But single mothers and assault weapons? Mitt, that's one hell of of a stretch
2. And then there is Tagg Romney wanting to jump out of his seat and "take a swing" at his Oness. My man said he didn't like the president calling out his father. (So you resort to violence, Tagg?)
Can you imagine if the president had a son and he made a comment like that? The polls would be heading south for O twice as fast as they are now.
Nobody in America wants to hear a black man talk about doing violence, even in jest.
*Pic courtesy of rumproast.com