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The Great Binder Blunder (Steyn)
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Posted on 10/20/2012 5:41:16 PM PDT by chessplayer

So the other morning a reader e-mails me a picture of a handful of women demonstrating outside the headquarters of the Ohio Republican party — in what we expert analysts round about this point in the quadrennial election cycle like to call the critical battleground of the Buckeye State. The women each wore two giant pieces of cardboard, front and back. Ah, I thought, a timely protest. These activists understand that, with Obama’s flatline economy drifting inexorably to a $20 trillion federal debt, we’ll soon be living in cardboard shacks in shantytowns in the parking lot of the bankrupt Solyndra factory. Or it’s what they’ll be using for the x-ray plates at your local hospital once the Obamacare rationing kicks in. Or maybe it’s the perfect visual metaphor for the flimsiness of U.S.-government security at its Middle Eastern embassies before the “Death to the Great Satan!” crowd punched through the compound like so much soggy cardboard.

But no. The women were chanting “Equal rights, not binders,” and they were protesting the following remarks by Mitt Romney at the presidential debate:

“And so we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I 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.”

Yes!!!!!!! With one bound, Obama was unbound! Romney had just made the worst presidential-debate gaffe since Gerald Ford declared there was no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. In the previous weeks, Obama had attempted to have a serious conversation with the citizenry, as befits the electoral process of a mature republic. He had raised the critical questions of our time — free contraceptives for middle-aged coeds, the outrageous right-wing Muppophobic assault on Big Bird — but the public had failed to bite. Now, in one fatal error, Romney had handed him the winning issue: binders!


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1 posted on 10/20/2012 5:41:19 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

HUH??

Romney had just made the biggest gaffe in Presidential Debate since Ford??

WTF??


2 posted on 10/20/2012 5:48:55 PM PDT by dodger
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To: chessplayer

3 posted on 10/20/2012 5:49:08 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: chessplayer

This and Big Bird. What a great campaign strategy.


4 posted on 10/20/2012 5:49:50 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Barrak has now won the contest. He is even worse than Jimmah.)
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To: dodger

Apparently, sarcasm is lost on you. Is this the first time you’ve read Steyn?


5 posted on 10/20/2012 5:50:24 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: chessplayer; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; ...
RE :”Yes!!!!!!! With one bound, Obama was unbound! Romney had just made the worst presidential-debate gaffe since Gerald Ford declared there was no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. In the previous weeks, Obama had attempted to have a serious conversation with the citizenry, as befits the electoral process of a mature republic. He had raised the critical questions of our time — free contraceptives for middle-aged coeds, the outrageous right-wing Muppophobic assault on Big Bird — but the public had failed to bite. Now, in one fatal error, Romney had handed him the winning issue: binders!”

Yep, its bindergate!

Mark Shields just said (on Inside Washington) that Hillary is the most popular woman of all time. ???!!

6 posted on 10/20/2012 5:51:54 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: dodger
Laugh track. Maybe it'll help if you carry it with you.
7 posted on 10/20/2012 5:56:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: dodger

Don’t feel bad (if you are feeling bad). I showed this article to a professor of political science and Mark Steyn’s sarcasm was lost on her too.


8 posted on 10/20/2012 5:56:13 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: chessplayer

Be still my beating heart..I love him so!
BRILLIANT article.


9 posted on 10/20/2012 5:57:49 PM PDT by kimchi lover (Obyebye 2012)
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To: w1andsodidwe

And Romnesia!


10 posted on 10/20/2012 6:01:28 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
"Binders full of women" or "Ledgers full of red ink".

Choose wisely.

11 posted on 10/20/2012 6:02:31 PM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: sickoflibs
Mark Shields just said (on Inside Washington) that Hillary is the most popular woman of all time. ???!!

I'm sure there are Yahoo Polls to prove it...

12 posted on 10/20/2012 6:04:50 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; Pan_Yans Wife; ...
Actually this happened on MSNBC Thursday Morning
Poll-Panicky Mika Fights With Producer To Lead With 'Binder-Gate' NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

In fact she jumped in on this first thing ~ 6am EST before even saying HI to the viewers. It was great entertainment. She kept on trying to get the others to agree but they just told her it was silly.
Then Joe read an email sent in to the program :"Back off guys, Mika is relevant", best laugh watching TV in a while.

13 posted on 10/20/2012 6:07:29 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: chessplayer
Keep your Averys off my ovaries!

I am soooo stealing that. BTT.

14 posted on 10/20/2012 6:08:55 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: chessplayer

“Keep your Averys off our ovaries”


15 posted on 10/20/2012 6:10:34 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (YEE HAW)
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To: Jyotishi

She apparently doesn’t think women should be bookish!


16 posted on 10/20/2012 6:12:12 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (YEE HAW)
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To: dodger
HUH??

Romney had just made the biggest gaffe in Presidential Debate since Ford??

WTF??

"Sarcasm's a foreign language to you, eh, Pumbaa?"


17 posted on 10/20/2012 6:13:54 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: Right Brother
Apparently, sarcasm is lost on you. Is this the first time you’ve read Steyn?

I believe he was being facetious in his reply.

18 posted on 10/20/2012 6:17:06 PM PDT by CodeJockey (Barack 0bamacide... Destroys economies on on contact!)
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To: COBOL2Java

Ha!

Obama had a book of resumes himself... All Muslim. Chicago Tribune story from 2009.


19 posted on 10/20/2012 6:18:15 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: CodeJockey
I believe he was being facetious in his reply.

Really? If his post was sardonic, he needs to work on his delivery.

20 posted on 10/20/2012 6:26:46 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Heh. It seems that sarcasm just doesn’t work as well as it is intended to work. Talk radio is another example. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the host is being sarcastic if you’re a newcomer to his or her show.


21 posted on 10/20/2012 6:36:20 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Jyotishi
It seems that sarcasm just doesn’t work as well as it is intended to work.

I respectfully disagree!! I think Styne's sarcasm is penetratingly sharp, focused, and brilliant!! I love to hear him on the radio and to read anything he has written.

22 posted on 10/20/2012 6:46:44 PM PDT by Momto2 (I am praying for Israel...)
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To: Momto2

Oh I like Steyn’s articles very much and try not to miss reading them. My remark was about sarcasm in general and about newcomers to it.


23 posted on 10/20/2012 6:57:27 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: chessplayer

At least Romney knows where a women’s place is

Between the covers........


24 posted on 10/20/2012 6:59:15 PM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: Jyotishi

We are so often sarcasm and irony challenged without the laugh track of the idiot box. This malady oughta be a recognized disability with generous government benefits.


25 posted on 10/20/2012 7:00:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: TigerClaws

http://patriotupdate.com/31261/obamas-binder-full-of-muslims


26 posted on 10/20/2012 7:10:27 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: w1andsodidwe
This and Big Bird. What a great campaign strategy

Sarah Silverman's next commercial is her lesbian scissoring Big Bird instead of that hapless dog.

27 posted on 10/20/2012 7:20:59 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: COBOL2Java

Steyn was very funny in that remark. Incidentally, MahaRushie says that second debate between Ford and Carter had little to do with Ford losing the race. MahaRushie says it was Saturday Night Live, that depicted Pres. Ford as a bumbling oaf, that really contributed to Carter’s victory (I did not vote for Carterm btw...).


28 posted on 10/20/2012 7:24:43 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: chessplayer

The Democrats have gone insane. There’s no other explanation. Reality and their ideology have finally clashed so hard that they’ve all gone into another world, where nothing has to make sense and they are always right.


29 posted on 10/20/2012 7:56:10 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: sickoflibs

Mark Shields is still alive ? Oh my goodness. That brain-dead buffoon used to pollute CNN with his always-wrong prognostications and pontifications (especially on the old “Capital Gang” four-on-one leftist gang-bang of the late Bob Novak). He’s like Bob Beckel without the wit or charm.


30 posted on 10/20/2012 8:00:03 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
RE :”He’s like Bob Beckel without the wit or charm.”

Beckle didn't become the more likable guy until his FNC job on the boring Five. He was very annoying before that.

Yep, Mark Shields was a total AH on CNNs The Capital Gang. Always went into an indignation dramatic make believe fit on every thing Bob Novak said.

31 posted on 10/20/2012 8:19:15 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: chessplayer

Obama implies that low gas prices tanked the economy, and the media is talking about binders?

Can we say “control the narrative”?


32 posted on 10/20/2012 8:45:05 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Deb
Two-fer ping. Hysterical and brilliant article from Steyn and a panicky Mika struggling to carry the water for a pathetically bankrupt party and Administration.

This is all they got?! Big Bird, free contraceptives, and binders?!

33 posted on 10/21/2012 5:47:43 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Right Brother; CodeJockey; dodger

Take it easy on dodger there!

Poor guy hasn’t been the same since his operation.

He had his sense of humor surgically removed. They gave him a total funnybonectomy.

(He can still tell jokes alright, but they have to be explained to him afterward, ‘cause he no longer “get’s it.”)


34 posted on 10/21/2012 6:18:49 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: chessplayer

“Muppophobic” - that deserves a hearty LOL!


35 posted on 10/21/2012 6:53:17 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (The Left blaming Jim Lehrer for the debate is like blaming Liencoln's assassination on the play.i of)
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To: sickoflibs; chessplayer; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; ...

This whole thing is obviously pissing women off : )


36 posted on 10/22/2012 7:44:23 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: chessplayer
Yes!!!!!!! With one bound, Obama was unbound! Romney had just made the worst presidential-debate gaffe since Gerald Ford declared there was no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.

Wow, that's the best political commentary I've seen since Charles Manson retired.

37 posted on 10/22/2012 8:20:58 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Sorry, should have pinged you to:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2947913/posts?page=37#37


38 posted on 10/22/2012 8:22:01 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: DoughtyOne

Thats ok....I read it. LOL!


39 posted on 10/22/2012 8:28:27 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: Jyotishi

I didn’t see this as sarcastic.

Perhaps I’m slow, but over the last five days or so, I’ve been watching the president described as having won the second debate, which I categorically deny.

This commentary seemed like one more person who had bit off on that.

In this atmosphere, I think it might be a little helpful if the writer were to make his attempt at sarcasm more clear.

Nuance needs to be contrasted with something. Here it just blended in. At least for me it did.


40 posted on 10/22/2012 8:28:37 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: DoughtyOne

I should have pinged you to this one also.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2947913/posts?page=40#40


41 posted on 10/22/2012 8:29:55 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: Servant of the Cross

My favorite part of the whole article was the coining of the word

“Muppophobic”.

I like it because it makes fun of the left’s use of “phobic” to describe any judgement of unacceptable behaviorial tendencies.


42 posted on 10/22/2012 8:31:19 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: sickoflibs; chessplayer; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; ...

” Mark Shields just said (on Inside Washington) that Hillary is the most popular woman of all time. ???!! “

Uh....notorious, maybe.

Shields, I guess its too late to ax you to sober up.


43 posted on 10/22/2012 8:36:35 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: stephenjohnbanker

I live in a town that seems like the skunk capital of the world. In past decades I used to make jokes with the family when returning to town. As soon as I smelled the odor, I would quip that we were clearly almost home.

Frankly, the pol-cats are more popular than this woman. For one thing, they stink less.

Bill is beginning to look like he’s at death’s doorstep. Hillary looks like she’s had a fight with a ball bat and didn’t make contact once. She can’t say the same for the bat.

I don’t know of a more vile couple in politics. It was Bonnie and Claude. She had to go on television to get him near the White House. She had to keep other women off television to get him inside.

Folks can say what they want, there isn’t another political figure we can point to with more deaths surrounding them, unless perhaps Huey Long. Frankly, I think Huey would be in awe of these two. “How did they get away with that?”

Hillary the most popular? I guess silencing raped brutalized women does garner you some popularity in some circles.

In what universe I don’t know.

Nice going Mark. Nice going Hillary. You two represent pretty much the best of what it is to be a Democrat these days.


44 posted on 10/22/2012 8:57:20 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: DoughtyOne

” Bill is beginning to look like he’s at death’s doorstep. Hillary looks like she’s had a fight with a ball bat and didn’t make contact once. She can’t say the same for the bat.

I don’t know of a more vile couple in politics. It was Bonnie and Claude.”

The very worst we have ever been subjected to.


45 posted on 10/22/2012 9:06:04 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: chessplayer

46 posted on 10/22/2012 9:11:15 AM PDT by dead (It ain't over until the phone lady sings.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker; sickoflibs; chessplayer; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3
” Mark Shields just said (on Inside Washington) that Hillary is the most popular woman of all time. ???!! “

Is it a popular delusion, or did it really happen some years back, that feminists said that women should get down on their knees for Bill Clinton because he was pro-abortion?

I tried to google it, but could not find it there. Compare that to the leftist manufactured "binders" issue.

47 posted on 10/22/2012 2:09:45 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; sickoflibs; chessplayer; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3

” Is it a popular delusion, or did it really happen some years back, that feminists said that women should get down on their knees for Bill Clinton because he was pro-abortion? “

One prominent feminist said this. I forget her name.


48 posted on 10/22/2012 2:17:08 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: Servant of the Cross
Then on FOX Wendy Murphy of MassGap said she put together the "binders" for Romney "at his request" and Mika is lying. And Brett Baier reported Obama asked for lists of "qualified Muslims to work at the White House".

Binders of women vs. binders of Muslims. You decide.

49 posted on 10/22/2012 3:19:19 PM PDT by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

One poster on this bulletin board seems to agree with your take, although there is no official quote.

- - -

Fen said...

Joe: Who the hell cares? Two adults had an affair

If you grew up being lectured by feminists about sexual harassment in the workplace (Jones), sexual discrimination in the workplace (Lewinsky) and sexual assault in the workplace (Wiley) you certainly cared.

It was the moment the feminist movement got down on their hands and knees and swallowed in exchange for a Clinton veto of a partial birth abortion ban.

True colors revealed.

Thank you Monica.
9/18/12 9:38 PM

- - -

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/lewinsky-was-22-and-chelsea-clinton-15.html

at bottom of page


50 posted on 10/23/2012 1:54:59 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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