I’m starting to wonder if Governor Romney isn’t actually alarmingly shrewd in some ways, and if supposed gaffes and “meme-worthy” moments like Big Bird and binders full of women aren’t crafted precisely to keep everyone talking about those the morning after, rather than just about anything else that came out of his mouth last night. The media coverage focuses on the absurd and totally lets slide the lies, prevarications, and obfuscations — and so he gets away with them all.
And the fact that it’s working really scares me. So many people are clearly missing the many important things that got said last night.
My recap, for anyone who missed it (or who has been so snowed by “binders of women” memes that they can’t remember anymore what happened):
- Gov. Romney apparently totally reversed his opinion on the Blunt amendment, swearing that he has no intention of allowing employers to deny birth control — even though, yes, he does want to do that. I am astonished that no one is calling him out on this this morning.
- Gov. Romney also apparently totally reversed his opinion on the DREAM act — though with some subtle implications that, really, he would just like it if we could just get nice white well-behaved immigrants.
- Gov. Romney continued to totally fail to provide any details of his economic plans. He assured us that, yes, he knows we needs jobs and wants to see us get them — but he still won’t say how he’s going to make that happen. Just that he will! Trust him!
- Gov. Romney also apparently believes that most middle class families are really worried about their capital gains being taxed. Uhm.
- Gov. Romney admitted to his “let Detroit go bankrupt” statement and followed it up with a convoluted explanation of managed bankruptcy which, I’m going to guess, went over most people’s heads.
- Gov. Romney still does not know how math works and is apparently incapable of being told, considering how many real studies (not, y’know, blog posts or things he made up) have pointed out that there is literally no way to cut everyone’s taxes and still have more money, no matter how many loopholes he supposedly intends to close.
- Gov. Romney once again demonstrated that he has no idea how the global oil market operates — or, at least, he’s banking on the fact that most Americans don’t. The US government has almost no ability to affect your price at the pump. What the US government can do is provide incentives to other energy options to get us off of oil sometime soon — which, of course, Gov. Romney is not going to support, given that he’s hand-in-glove with oil tycoons.
- Gov. Romney implied — while standing next to the son of a single mom who went on to, y’know, become President — that single parents are the most significant cause of gun violence.
- Gov. Romney again reiterated his viewpoint that “we are all children of the same God”, a statement that may be seen purely as pandering to his base, but which is also a pretty horrifying glimpse into how he would treat the rest of us, who aren’t. I’m a female bisexual pagan. That’s three counts on which the children of your deity would like to see me made a second-class citizen. Add in the fact that I’m an uppity female who is single, works, lives alone, enjoys sex, and generally takes charge of her own damn life, and, well, I somehow don’t think that your god and mine are seeing eye-to-eye.
- And the binders comment actually is important, but not because it just plain sounded stupid and awkward. Because the implication behind that entire story is that Mitt Romney made it to the Governor’s office apparently without knowing a single woman who was qualified to join his staff. And that points to a pervasive sexism with very deep roots in his worldview.
- That sexism was reinforced when Governor Romney totally failed to explain his position on the Lilly Ledbetter pay equity act. He apparently believes that flex hours will solve all problems with pay equity — and that women need those flex hours because they are, of course, the ones picking up the kids from school and fixing dinner for their husbands. Not all women are mothers, Governor Romney. Not all women are the primary caregivers for their children. This attitude reinforces the backwards notion that all women and only women have those domestic responsibilities in addition to their professional lives.
So, basically, I would like to ask both the MSM and the Internet if we could please put the memes down for a minute and talk about what was actually important in that debate?
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.
Yeah so basically a woman’s group got together in an effort to create change and a white dude in power took credit for it. What else is new.
So in polls among the people Obama has a massive lead, but among the people who are actually going to vote it is neck and neck. This is feeling more and more like the 2004 election every day. The news made it seem like there was no possible way that George Bush could win and yet he did. Not a single person I knew even considered that he might win. Now the republicans are coming out full force to suppress the vote.
If you’re young and this is only your first or second election don’t feel comfortable that Romney is going to lose. Go register to vote and show up on election day. You’ve only got about 2 weeks left to do it my state and possibly yours. Do it now. It is very possible that Romney will still win the election. George Bush was just as big a moron (very possibly worse) too. Arguments or how you look in the news don’t matter on election day. Turnout is the only thing that matters at this point.
People who felt comfortable that everyone else would go vote in 2004 are actually the ones most responsible for the financial collapse. Don’t be responsible for putting this rich guy who doesn’t care about any of us in charge of us. It’s not an abstract idea. He’s pretty fucking close to actually getting the job.
I was really really hoping that this wan’t true because this is pretty far for anyone, and I hoped it was a really bad tan where he covered his hands and didn’t turn over, but it literally stops at his jawbone. Just stops. Go to 2:14 and look at that perfect line. What the blap?