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Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:39 PM

As you might have guessed, Mittnocchio's "Binders" comment, as funny as it was - was bullshit

. . .

Not a true story.

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.


http://blog.thephoenix.com/BLOGS/talkingpolitics/archive/2012/10/16/mind-the-binder.aspx

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Reply As you might have guessed, Mittnocchio's "Binders" comment, as funny as it was - was bullshit (Original post)
ProfessionalLeftist Oct 2012 OP
lumpy Oct 2012 #1
uppityperson Oct 2012 #2
Sophiegirl Oct 2012 #34
reformist2 Oct 2012 #3
ThomThom Oct 2012 #4
ljm2002 Oct 2012 #5
awoke_in_2003 Oct 2012 #36
ananda Oct 2012 #6
ProfessionalLeftist Oct 2012 #9
beac Oct 2012 #7
moondust Oct 2012 #8
Maineman Oct 2012 #32
Honeycombe8 Oct 2012 #10
glinda Oct 2012 #11
LynneSin Oct 2012 #12
SunSeeker Oct 2012 #23
Jennicut Oct 2012 #13
vduhr Oct 2012 #14
Lugnut Oct 2012 #15
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #16
proReality Oct 2012 #17
Coyotl Oct 2012 #18
Kilroy003 Oct 2012 #19
LisaL Oct 2012 #22
caseymoz Oct 2012 #20
TomCADem Oct 2012 #21
AsahinaKimi Oct 2012 #24
Berlum Oct 2012 #25
Skidmore Oct 2012 #26
griloco Oct 2012 #27
EC Oct 2012 #28
Oilwellian Oct 2012 #29
thereismore Oct 2012 #30
Maineman Oct 2012 #31
griloco Oct 2012 #33
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #35
DirtyDawg Oct 2012 #37

Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:42 PM

1. Thanks for the info. Another of Romney's false/lying claims.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:42 PM

2. Well golly, that is a surprise.

thanks, off to share

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 09:42 PM

34. I'm shocked I tell you...

...just SHOCKED.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:43 PM

3. The more the press talks about "women in binders," the better it is for our side. LOL

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:44 PM

4. this is huge ....we need to keep this out there

a complete misrepresentation if true

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:45 PM

5. Gosh, imagine that...

...Romney lied about something? Fetch the smelling salts...

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Response to ljm2002 (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 03:07 AM

36. I am clutching my pearls...

and I am a man, baby. (sorry, bad Austin Powers reference)

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:46 PM

6. I can't open that link.

Bummer. I wanted to post it elsewhere.

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Response to ananda (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:48 PM

9. Wow. "Server is too busy"

That site is overloaded. That's a good thing because it means people are hitting it. A LOT. But it's bad because you can't get to it while it's being slammed. Maybe try again a little later. Sorry.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:47 PM

7. And this lie has a great chance of getting some traction b/c

his delivery-- "binders full of women"-- came off badly.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:47 PM

8. I knew it when he told it.

Bullshit.

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Response to moondust (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:10 PM

32. I also thought it sounded like bull. Now we know for sure.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:48 PM

10. Excellent. nt

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 11:59 PM

11. O pleeeze kick this one! hahahahahahaaaaaaaaa!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:00 AM

12. Like this?

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 02:31 AM

23. LOL nt

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:09 AM

13. Typical Mittens.

Another day, another lie.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:29 AM

14. So.....

not only was it a lie but, for his political gain, he took the credit away from the WOMEN who did all the work and research to put the binder together. I bet they are just so happy with him right now. I hope they will publicly come forward and set the record straight! It would hurt him big, big time! He's a pig!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 01:01 AM

15. I knew it!

I had a gut feeling the prevaricator lied about that.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 01:04 AM

16. He started something big though....

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 01:13 AM

17. Oh, yeah, that's worth a K&R

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 01:25 AM

18. I've got Binders Full of Lies

by Republicans Romney and Ryan

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 01:31 AM

19. That segment was a complete disaster for him.

First, he insinuated that male bosses should be more understanding of female workers - who would likely require flexible scheduling in order to make it home in time to prepare dinner. Then he went on to claim that employers will be so eager to hire new workers under a Romney administration, they will be forced to hire women. A real "read between the lines" moment...

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Response to Kilroy003 (Reply #19)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 02:26 AM

22. Nothing is more important than keeping the man fed.

LOL.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 02:22 AM

20. Lie number 189,271 . . .


. . . I'm afraid to say he's such a liar he threatens to normalize it. Whenever he opens his mouth now, I expect a lie.

That old joke about knowing a politician is lying when his lips are moving? That literally is Romney. It makes him almost a caricature of a politician.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 02:23 AM

21. I Was Expecting To See Some Skanky Magazine Demand To See The Binders...

...along with Romney's tax returns.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 05:42 AM

24. Not at all

Surprising. The man has no clue between truth and fiction.. He's the Baron von Munchausen of our time!!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 05:43 AM

25. Wow - Romney is such a liar

Ptoooey

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 05:46 AM

26. Send it to Ed or Martin or Matthews or Maddow.

When this guy breathes, he lies.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:45 AM

27. Willard Rconterfeit CONFUSED again? n/t

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 10:25 AM

28. While he was telling that story, I thought to myself

that he shouldn't make up these stories because that's where he gets into trouble. I figured he did hire women (everybody does if they value their carreer) but I figured the enhancement of his story to make him look good was a lie...and lo and behold, it is.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 10:27 AM

29. Isn't it just like these assholes...

to steal the ideas and hard work of others and claim it as their own? I'm so sick of the sycophantic culture emanating from the top 1%. They will eat us alive if we let them. I hope our corporate media begins interviewing these professional women TODAY. Their issue is important to all women and they should demand Romney recant his blatant lie.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 11:39 AM

30. I knew it was a lie. Had to be. It's not in Mitt's character to care about women to that extent. nt

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:09 PM

31. Questions I am dying to ask Romney !!

Mr. Romney, you are a religious man. You have given a ton of money to the Mormon church (at least that is your claim). I am wondering what your church's position is on personal integrity, on not lying to people.

Mr. Romney, the Mormon version of life after death is that if you have been good enough you might qualify to be the higher power of your own special planet somewhere out there in the universe. When you reflect on your own life, your business dealings, your political activites, do you feel you will qualify for your own planet? Does giving money to the church help you qualify for your own planet? Or, have you given up and decided to just go for top level power here on earth?

Mr. Romney, by your example, you are teaching your children and grandchildren that lying is acceptable and potentially useful. Are you comfortable being this kind of parent and grandparent?

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 05:59 PM

33. Poor CONFUSED Willard n/t

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 11:14 PM

35. Newt? Is that you?

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 10:45 AM

37. Watching Morning Joe...

...I wanted to pull a Tagg, or Josh, or whichever, and smack the hell out of the intern/staffer killer. He was giving Obama - and his co-host Mika or whatever her name is - a ration of crap over the 'binder gate' business. What he insisted on not paying any attention to was her effort to point out that the whole damn thing was a damn lie. The takeaway/lesson from this is that Rmoney and Ryan 'will lie when the truth will do'. Think about it, Rmoney didn't have to claim 'he' had decided that his administration needed more women and sent his folks out to find em...he could have just said he had appointed more women than any previous one and let it go at that. Ryan didn't have to lie about his time in the marathon he had run at some time or another - the point of his being dedicated to physical fitness was made just by saying he competed in one and didn't finish last. These guys are serial liars and if they'll lie even when they don't need to, think about the whoppers they resort to when it might really matter.

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