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'Bindergate:' Evidence Obama is Losing?
Townhall ^ | Oct 18, 2012 | Guy Benson

Posted on 10/18/2012 12:28:22 PM PDT by GonzoII

'Bindergate:' Evidence Obama is Losing?

By Guy Benson

10/18/2012

 

Katie and Cortney have already touched on this brewing "controversy," but I suspect the smallness of the issue -- if you can call it that -- is actually indicative of something larger.  The Left's fixation on Mitt Romney's turn of phrase "women full of binders" in the second debate may represent the pettiest and most trivial chapter of this entire campaign.  And yes, I'm fully aware of the fact that we've witnessed multiple attacks centered around Romney's pets.  At first, I viewed "binders" as a transitory lefty internet meme-generator and twitter sensation.  Romney's word choice was slightly awkward, but nothing more -- perfect fodder for web silliness.  But then the President of the United States tweeted about it, and incorporated the word into his stump speech (while quietly dropping the part about Al Qaeda being on the run).  Ridiculous and unpresidential, perhaps, but so was Big Bird.  Surely Obama was just needling his opponent over a flash-in-the-pan, substanceless verbal misstep, right?  Wrong.  The Obama campaign is now aggressively promoting "bindergate" online, sternly warning Americans that the throwaway sentence is damning evidence of Romney's "condescending views towards women."  Really:
 


 

As a person who enjoys at least a modicum of brain activity, I'm not exactly sure how to react to this.  It's so trifling, so frivolous, that it shouldn't merit any discussion whatsoever.  But here we are.  The leader of the free world and his campaign have decided to elevate is as an issue, so I suppose my response is four-fold:

(1) If Mitt Romney had said "binders full of women's resumes," this whole thing would be less than nothing (I'm not willing to concede that it's actually something).  Every single non-lunatic person watching that exchange understood precisely what Romney was saying, even as it evoked the weird mental image of a giant three-ring binder filled with human beings.  A meaningless 'oops' at worst.  The phrase is not even offensive on its face.  Even out of context, who hears "binders full of women," and is authentically offended or shocked?  Nobody.

(2) The entirety of Romney's answer directly refutes the Obama campaign's puzzling assertion that Romney was exhibiting anti-women condescension.  The whole point of the story is that he walks the walk when it comes to empowering women in the workplace.  Barack Obama talks a lot about "pay fairness," droning on about the triumph of the Lily Ledbetter Act.  Then he goes on to complain that the problem persists -- despite his grand legislative achievement, and without acknowledging the plain truth that the pay gap "problem" is largely attributable to factors other than discrimination.  Nor does he mention that his White House pays female staffers $11,000 less per year than their male counterparts, on average (to say nothing of all this).  Romney, on the other hand, went out of his way to seek and recruit qualified women leaders to serve at the highest levels of state government.  He doesn't need window-dressing, ineffective legislation to prove his commitment; he's lived it.  

(3) The genuine "condescending to women" in this instance flows from the Obama campaign.  Do they believe American women are so stupid that they can't recognize this absurd piece of feigned indignation for what it is?  Women voters are concerned about jobs, take home pay, rising costs, and the dangerous national debt.  Team Obama seems to think they can peel away substantial numbers of these voters by convincing them that Mitt Romney's "binders" is somehow deeply troubling.  It's not.  In any way.  And women know this; they're not children.

(4) This week's USA Today/Gallup poll of swing states showed Mitt Romney in the lead, boosted in part by drawing even with the president among female voters.  The Obama campaign freaked out about the poll's methodology and labeled it an outlier.  But if that survey didn't strike a nerve in Chicago, what explains this new round of transparent and truly desperate pandering to women?  By hopping from Big Bird to binders, the Obama team has not only (again) shown itself to be shallow and unserious; it's tipped its own hand on some very real concerns about a shrinking gender gap.  Without winning a sizable majority of women, this president does not get re-elected.  Period.

I'll leave you with three videos, all of which are relevant to this battle.  The first is Romney's new ad correcting the record and fighting serial distortions of his stances on abortion and birth control.  The second is a web spot featuring some of the very women who emerged from Romney's binders to serve in positions of influence and power in the Massachusetts government.  Finally, an Obama classic that feels more relevant today than ever before: 
 



 "If you don't have a record to run on...you make big elections about small things:" 


UPDATE - On MSNBC, Time's Mark Halperin was decidedly unimpressed with 'bindergate:'
 

Guy Benson

Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bindergate; dopeydems; obama; romney2012
I'd say so...pray God these people are out of Washington next year.
1 posted on 10/18/2012 12:28:26 PM PDT by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII

BinderGate is awesome. It shows how far ahead Mitt actually is.

Obama’s October surprise is BinderGate and I couldn’t be happier.

What a pathetic loser, Obama is.


2 posted on 10/18/2012 12:30:49 PM PDT by Noamie
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To: GonzoII

I love Team Barry’s new campaign slogan. “Big Bird, Binders, Bill and Bruce!”


3 posted on 10/18/2012 12:30:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (This is America! Being dead is no excuse not to vote!!!)
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To: GonzoII

Please forgive my extreme ignorance, but just what do they mean by “binder?”

I can’t figure it out.


4 posted on 10/18/2012 12:31:28 PM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!")
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To: GonzoII

Obama be sub-Mitten.


5 posted on 10/18/2012 12:32:15 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: GonzoII

Biden tells a guy in a wheel chair to stand up Chuck. Obama says he never goes to intel briefings an 4 people die. Crickets. Romney uses the word binders instead of resumes and it’s a national scandal. Lord save the USA!


6 posted on 10/18/2012 12:32:54 PM PDT by pnut22
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To: GonzoII; Nachum; SJackson; blackie; LucyT; ExTexasRedhead; ExSoldier; MestaMachine
Flashback: Keith Ellison gave Obama binder full of "Qualified" Muslims to consider hiring….

Snip: CHICAGO — In a bid to get more Muslim Americans working in the Obama administration, a book with resumes of 45 of the nation’s most qualified — Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and public servants, all carefully vetted — has been submitted to the White House.

7 posted on 10/18/2012 12:34:27 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: FlingWingFlyer

1. Who is Bruce?

2. I have a kid in middle school. This binder thing is SO juvenile. Keep it up, Obama. “Folks” need to know that this is what you think will get them to the polls for you.

3. Would grown ups come back and run the country, please?


8 posted on 10/18/2012 12:35:49 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Noamie
Obama’s October surprise is BinderGate and I couldn’t be happier.

I hope that's true, but I wouldn't count on it. There're no depths the Obama campaign won't sink to try and manufacture a "surprise." 'Bindergate' just seems like a knee-jerk attempt to salvage the perception of a debate that Obama lost in terms of the issues.
9 posted on 10/18/2012 12:36:16 PM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
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To: EggsAckley

Three ring notebook thing or file folder.


10 posted on 10/18/2012 12:36:22 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: EggsAckley

“Please forgive my extreme ignorance, but just what do they mean by “binder?””

I didn’t know that office supplies were so offensive.


11 posted on 10/18/2012 12:37:01 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: married21

Springsteen. He’s out there with Willie telling the DUmmies to vote for Barry.


12 posted on 10/18/2012 12:38:10 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (This is America! Being dead is no excuse not to vote!!!)
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To: GonzoII
So, Romney says "binders full of women" but leaves out "resume" and this is proof of something nefarious.

Obama says "No acts of terror will shake our resolve" and that's supposed to mean specifically Benghazi and not a generalism.

I think I understand now.

-PJ

13 posted on 10/18/2012 12:39:40 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't I naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: GonzoII

the incredible shrinking president


14 posted on 10/18/2012 12:41:49 PM PDT by Pietro
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To: GonzoII

This “bindergate” nonsense is even stupider than the dog in the pet carrier. The dog thing was desperation, this is abject panic. Can the RATS really think even the moronic MSNBC audience is so stupid?


15 posted on 10/18/2012 12:42:04 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: GonzoII

             

16 posted on 10/18/2012 12:42:11 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: EggsAckley

Mitt pops a women out of his binder when he needs one.


17 posted on 10/18/2012 12:42:22 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Noamie

Ranks up there with “When I was President”....


18 posted on 10/18/2012 12:43:03 PM PDT by databoss
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Springsteen would be his ploy to get white blue collar baby boomers to vote for him? Good luck with that. The older white guys won’t be swayed no matter who sings, and the white women can’t help but notice that Bruce is not quite as sexy in his jeans as he used to be.


19 posted on 10/18/2012 12:44:43 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Where is the Gloria Allred scandal that was going to topple Mitt and Paul? One blurb on Drudge tweets and some Freepers were opening up windows to jump out of. Like there is some illegal Honduran maid who said he had Mitt’s love child. I doubt Obama’s Team would get behind or even tacitly endorse such crap, the backfire would be tremendous. But then again Team Oba a is made up of drug addicted, Ivy league types and ghoulish political operative slimeballs who are divorced from reality and some of them DO NOT want to go work on K street after an Obama wipeout, so I would not put it past them.


20 posted on 10/18/2012 12:46:59 PM PDT by pburgh01
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To: MamaDearest

I’ll take a man who stares at binders of wimminzes over a man who stares at binders of muslims any day...


21 posted on 10/18/2012 12:50:08 PM PDT by Publius Maximus (It was a nice Republic, while it lasted.)
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To: Red Steel

22 posted on 10/18/2012 12:50:49 PM PDT by Alistair Stratford IV (Keep calm and carry on)
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To: EggsAckley

Same here. I don’t get it...Few days away from politics and the landscape changed.


23 posted on 10/18/2012 12:54:18 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: GonzoII

A non-issue. The fact that Zippy needs to make it an issue tells us that he is desperate. He has ZERO issues of substance where he is ahead. He has NO record to run on. He has been reduced to running against absurdities like Binders and Big Bird. And based on his most recent debate performance, he is still trying to run against Bush, since that’s what worked for him in 2008.


24 posted on 10/18/2012 12:56:53 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: GonzoII

In a classic jujitsu move, the Romney campaign should take the ladies from the commercial and have them introduce themselves “I am a Binder woman, he gave me a job, and he’s got my vote.” or something to that effect.


25 posted on 10/18/2012 1:00:04 PM PDT by DadOfFive ("Miss me yet?")
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To: GonzoII

Communists often manifest an unhealthy obsession with retro office supplies. You wouldn’t believe what they do with mimeograph machines and paper clips.


26 posted on 10/18/2012 1:03:28 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Alistair Stratford IV

LOL.... any picture with Bill and binder make me laugh...


27 posted on 10/18/2012 1:04:47 PM PDT by paudio (Post-racial society: When we can legitimately hire and fire a Black man without feeling guilty.)
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To: paudio

Hahahaha...true, very true.


28 posted on 10/18/2012 1:11:17 PM PDT by Alistair Stratford IV (Keep calm and carry on)
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To: EggsAckley

http://www.zazzle.com/binders


29 posted on 10/18/2012 1:13:31 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: GonzoII

We need a photoshop of Mittens holding an “Empty Binder” w the Obama symbol on it with the phrase “Hope & Change”


30 posted on 10/18/2012 1:18:03 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GonzoII

My God it's full of binders!

31 posted on 10/18/2012 1:22:47 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: EggsAckley
“what is a binder?”

Binder and Binder is an ambulance chasing law firm that advertises for blunders and blunderers.

I think they are Obama bundlers.

He wears a stupid hat in the commercial.

32 posted on 10/18/2012 1:28:55 PM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: GonzoII

33 posted on 10/18/2012 1:44:42 PM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: GonzoII

It is pathetic, first its Big Bird and now this


34 posted on 10/18/2012 1:55:39 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
Honestly....this is a scandal???

The left is truly lost in a world of their own imagination....Willy Wonka would be proud...if he existed....just insane...
35 posted on 10/18/2012 2:16:28 PM PDT by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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To: EggsAckley

I think Romney just misspoke... he meant to say “women full of BLINDERS”, meaning women that vote for 0zer0 must have on a full set of blinders. There, fixed it for you.


36 posted on 10/18/2012 2:18:04 PM PDT by SDShack (0zer0care = "The Final Solution" - Socialized Euthanasia Healthcare)
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To: EggsAckley

3 ring binders

See, sonny - back in the olden days, we used to use a hole punch and everything was on paper. If you wanted to organize stuff, you punched holes in sheets of paper, snapped open your 3 ring binder and inserted the sheets onto the rings through the holes you punched.

We have computers now and this antiquated junk isn’t so necessary nowadays

What a wonderful modern world we live in - unless you’re a woman and work for Obama, that is. He pays them less because Muslims have a war on women thing going on for many centuries now.


37 posted on 10/18/2012 2:20:09 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: GonzoII

Bindergate is big news today in the MSM, boosted by Axlegrease and Pluffy.

It does show that the Baraqqis are out of ammo.

$4 gas, 17% true unemployment, and bigtime price inflation are killing them in the real world.


38 posted on 10/18/2012 2:21:00 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: GonzoII
Photobucket The women who fall for this, should have wear this 'binder'.
39 posted on 10/18/2012 2:30:50 PM PDT by RetSignman (REMEMBER THE 2010 MOVEMENT)
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To: GonzoII


40 posted on 10/18/2012 2:31:41 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: MamaDearest; MestaMachine; KC_Lion; Godzilla; Domestic Church; dragonblustar; Oorang; jersey117; ...

*
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Flashback: Keith Ellison gave Obama binder full of “Qualified” Muslims to consider hiring

CHICAGO — In a bid to

get *more* Muslim Americans working in the Obama administration

a book with resumes of 45 of the nation’s most qualified — Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and public servants, all carefully vetted — has been submitted to the White House.

See # 76.

Thanks, MamaDearest. Good find.

.


41 posted on 10/18/2012 2:48:19 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: GonzoII

This guy is so petty it’s pathetic. Lessee Romney kills people Romney’s racist, Romney doesn’t like poor people and can’t relate, Romney pulls “ready,fire, aim.” Romney has binders, Romney hates women, Romney never snorted or inhaled, Romney blah, blah,blah He’s shooting blanks


42 posted on 10/18/2012 3:14:54 PM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: GonzoII

When you have to resort to something as silly as that, you are desperate and behind.


43 posted on 10/18/2012 4:19:47 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: SparkyBass

LOL! Silence of the Lambs.


44 posted on 10/18/2012 4:30:14 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Desperate to change the front and center issue on folks minds. Benghazi could end this lying little bastard boy's election hopes, so it must be supplanted with ANYTHING. Sadly, the American people are dutifully focused on this crap instead of the treachery of Obama and company.
45 posted on 10/18/2012 5:11:12 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: verum ago

They’re going to bring out some woman to say that Romney sexually harrassed her 99 years ago, and it will be 3 or 4 days before the election. It will cause Romney’s numbers to plummet, and after the election it will be proven that this woman is lying. Just wait. I can almost bet on it.


46 posted on 10/18/2012 8:10:21 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: pburgh01

Of course Obama’s campaign would endorse this. In fact, don’t be surprised if they instigate such a farce, like I said in my earlier reply. If there are no scandals in Romney’s past, just make one up. The media will jump on it and it will be up to Romney to debunk it. Of course, it will so close to the election that the damage will be done and won’t have time to become undone.


47 posted on 10/18/2012 8:15:25 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: atc23
See, sonny - back in the olden days, we used to use a hole punch and everything was on paper. If you wanted to organize stuff, you punched holes in sheets of paper, snapped open your 3 ring binder and inserted the sheets onto the rings through the holes you punched.

I see law firms still using them all the time, right along side their digital storage of documents.

Cordially,

48 posted on 10/18/2012 9:39:40 PM PDT by Diamond (He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people,)
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To: LucyT; All

Thanks for the ping. A very good and LOL-funny thread. Thanks to all posters. FReeper humor BUMP!


49 posted on 10/19/2012 7:29:00 AM PDT by PGalt
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