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October 17, 2012

Romney's 'Binders Full of Women' comment goes viral online

Last time it was Big Bird. This time it was "binders full of women."

In response to a question about unequal pay for women at Tuesday's debate, Republican nominee Mitt Romney said that as governor of Massachusetts, he made an effort to seek qualified women for his cabinet. He said he went to ‘‘a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.’’

Romney's awkwardly phrased comment sent social media into a frenzy within minutes, spawning mocking Twitter accounts (@romneys_binder, 14,100+ followers), Facebook pages (Binders Full of Women, 265,000+ likes), and a Tumblr account, as well as countless animated graphics and photo manipulations. The one below, for example, is a play on Patrick Swayze's line from the movie Dirty Dancing: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

President Barack Obama's supporters immediately seized the opportunity. A liberal PAC, American Bridge 21st Century, bought the domain name bindersfullofwomen.com and launched a website criticizing Romney's record on women's issues.

Whether such Internet memes have any effect on how people will vote is unclear, but there's no doubt the online buzz will ensure Romney's off-the-cuff remark continues to be a topic for water-cooler discussions in the aftermath of the debate. The phrase "binders full of women" was Google’s number-three trending search last night.

A cautionary tale for politics in the age of social media?


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Every citizen has right to vote to the people, those who are capable of satisfying their needs.

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It’s only a word guys. And I truly believe whatever Mitt says. He is a true American who wants the nation and the women to do well.


{A cautionary tale for politics in the age of social media?}

Or just a bit of delirious fun in the midst of a campaign that is stupidly boring.

Romney is the pits as a candidate for the highest office in the land. Bright, ambitious ... and witless.

Like so many of his ilk fascinated by the accumulation of money and now bent on his ultimate transformation, the ascension to the presidency.

What fools we may be one day to let that happen. We will become the blind leading the blind.

Thomas Nass

As F. Scott Fitzgerald once said: "The rich do not think like us."
The rich take sport in demeaning all those of lesser financial worth.
This is the way the real Romney thinks. It is not, however, the way he talks!

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