Jon Stewart weighs in on the second presidential debate, and Mitt Romney’s wonderfully odd “binders full of women” comment in which how he basically embraced affirmative action in an effort to make his staff more diverse:
“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.”
And of course, the story itself is a lie. Romney never asked the women’s groups for help. The women’s groups had prepared the resumes even before the election, and had presented them to Romney without him asking.
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.
But hey, why get in the middle of a good Romney lie. His lies are so much more equitable than the truth.
Here’s Jon Stewart’s take: