Thursday, October 18, 2012

Romney's "binders full of women" comment based on another lie

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During the debate with President Obama this week, Governor Romney evaded a question about equal pay for equal work for woman by talking about something he had supposed done for woman. Listen to the video clip via the Daily Kos:

Of course the phrase "binders full of woman" turned into an instant Internet meme, but in fact Romney never asked for that information as he claimed. As David S. Bernstein explains, it's a fabrication.
What actually happened was that in 2002 -- prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration -- a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.
They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected. 
I have written about this before, in various contexts; tonight I've checked with several people directly involved in the MassGAP effort who confirm that this history as I've just presented it is correct -- and that Romney's claim tonight, that he asked for such a study, is false.
This lie on Gov. Romney's part was further elaborated upon by his Democratic opponent in his 2002 race for MA governor. Via The Rachel Maddow Show:

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So Romney lied during a debate. So what, an undecided voter might ask. As has been noted previously here, the fact is Mitt Romney has been lying throughout this campaign for president. Romney dodged this question about equal pay for equal work because his campaign considers equal pay for equal work to be on the "left wing agenda." Woman, who want the same income as men for doing the same work are "leftists?"

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Someone might wonder why this is being covered on The Glenn Beck Review, and the answer is because 1) Beck is heavily engaged in this race and encouraging his listeners to get out and get involved in this election and 2) Romney selected Paul Ryan, Glenn Beck's soulmate, to run with. Liar Beck, of course, is accusing the President of lying. Beck is a professional liar, a deceitful propagandist, and to have him point his finger at anyone and accuse him or her of lying is one of Beck's greatest (of many) examples of hypocrisy.

For more Review coverage of this campaign and Beck's lies and associations with Romney and Ryan, check out these other posts:

  • Beck is ecstatic over Romney's choice for V-P
  • Like Beck, Ryan is hypocrite and liar
  • Murdoch bombshell the media is ignoring (Guess who NewsCorp is supporting?)
  • The many lies of Beck's "soulmate," Paul Ryan
  • Beck sees the invisible Obama too
  • Bill Clinton buried Beck's deceitful propaganda
  • Tale of two [Facebook] pages
  • Beck dons rodeo clown hat to distract followers from Romney's tape
  • Governor Romney: the flip-flopper who will say anything to get elected
  • NY Times David Brooks believes Beck's cherry-picked story about Romney
  • Know any undecided voters?
  • Beck is lying about MSNBC and his own history
  • Beck is gloating over Romney's deceitful victory
  • Like Beck, Romney is a liar and a hypocrite

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