Romney Didn't Search for Women, They Delivered His Binders Full of Women to Him

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In case you missed it, Mitt Romney told America last night that when he was elected Governor of Massachusetts, he searched for qualified women for his cabinet, and during the course of that search, he went to women’s groups who delivered in response “binders full of women” (which has since become maybe the most fun Tumblr ever). The fact of the matter is, though, Romney lied. He didn’t seek out this magical stack of binders full of women. These binders full of women were delivered to him in the hopes of closing the gender gap in Mass politics.

Says David S. Bernstein of Boston’s The Phoenix:

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.

So there you have it. Just one of many lies Romney has spewed during the debate process. According to, Romney made almost twice as many false claims last night as Obama, and two of three facts Obama rattled off about Romney could stand as far as I’m concerned. (His comments about Romney’s views on wind energy and immigration – take a look at them and see if you agree.) Romney, on the other hand, has continued to repeat several lies about Obama’s record, in spite of having been previously fact checked on these issues.

Like my people used to say, I don’t trust Romney as far as I can throw him. But I do want to start working out to this: