Wow, you'd think that Republican presidential candidate Romney set fire to a battered women's shelter when he said he had a "binder" of qualified women to appoint to his cabinet as Massachusetts governor.
Makes me want to ask the Obama partisans: Is "binders of women" the best ya got? Can there be a more idiotic reason for hating Mitt Romney and voting for Barack Obama because Romney assembled a pool of women he wanted to appoint to his cabinet? What if he had said he had assembled a "list" of qualified women? Tsk.
What the hell, what if he had appointed no women to his cabinet? Now that would have been something to shriek about. But no, it has been elevated to a litmus test of some kind; a reason for some Obama partisans to squeeze out discussion of serious issues.
I like this analysis of how the adoption of the "binder" issue is an act desperation by the Obama campaign.
Thursday brought a lot of good news for Mitt Romney’s campaign. National polls continue to move in his direction, with poll results starting to take into account the first day of polling after Tuesday night’s debate (though obviously we’ll need several more days of polling to see how the event affected the race). In Ohio, which could determine the outcome of the election, CNN reports that Republicans are significantly improving in early voting from four years ago, a key to winning the state. And the Romney campaign isso confident of victory in North Carolina (which Obama won last time) that it’s starting to pull staff out of the state. But the 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.
I'm sure that if Romney had known that it would have caused such hysterical (and hysterically funny) reactions, he would have picked another word. But Romney isn't the only one to come up with a poor choice of words.
Listen to this word choice by Obama:
Optimal? No, Mr. President, the murder of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in a planned act of terrorism is not "optimal."
Jon Stewart said to Obama on the Daily Show (what's a president doing there?) that it didn't seem to be the "most optimal response" at least to the American people. Obama replied "if four Americans get killed it's not optimal."
The Free Dictionary defines the adjective "optimal" as the most desirable possible result under a restriction expressed or implied, as in "an optimum return on capital."
Conservatives have picked this up as a sign of Obama's insensitivity to the seriousness of the situation. So has the mother of one of those murdered. 'My Son Is Not Very Optimal — He Is Very Dead') It appears to be Obama's effort to minimize the blunder of not protecting our overseas personnel. But he was using the word the Stewart had used in a different meaning. I'm sure if Obama had foreseen the negative reaction, he too would have used a better word. Or maybe not.
Extemporaneous speech can often be dangerous. But to suggest that Romney's use of the word "binder" in any other than its neutral sense, or to claim that it reveals a deep-down antipathy toward women is idiotic.
And I don't use the word carelessly.