Women in binders: It's Romney's positions that will bind women down

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A binder full of thoughts about Mitt Romney's muddled reference to "whole binders full of women" in the second presidential debate ...

Is the gleeful mockery, which went viral on the Web, unfair to Mr. Romney? Maybe. After all, in answer to a question about pay equity for women, he was trying to explain what he did as governor of Massachusetts. What he meant to say was that he had asked for binders full of women's resumes to help him find female candidates for jobs in his administration.

News reports from Boston say what actually happened is a bipartisan coalition of women's advocates presented Mr. Romney, before he asked, with recommendations of qualified women for various posts. To his credit, said the Boston Phoenix, 42 percent of the governor's appointments between January 2002 and July 2004 were women.

Yet the fuss over the Romney malaprop is not trivial. It's a binder full of poetic justice for his positions now on issues involving women. Mitt Romney wants to stop funding Planned Parenthood, an indispensable source of health care for many low-income women. He has never recognized the disgraceful injustice done to Lilly Ledbetter, whose equal pay suit was rejected by the Supreme Court, and he opposed the Fair Pay Act. He opposes abortion rights except in certain cases.

Mitt Romney does not have a binder full of women. He has a binder full of women's issues he intends to ignore, scorn or obfuscate.

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