Much Ado About Binders of Women

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What is all the commotion about?  Binders of women, of course.  Mitt Romney had the audacity during Tuesday’s presidential debate to mention his concerted effort as Governor of Massachusetts to find female staff members with the help of “binders” of qualified applicants supplied to him by various recruiters and women’s organizations.

Perhaps those outraged by this — Barack Obama and the leading members of his administration (and his mouthpieces in the media) — can be forgiven their misunderstanding of the binder concept, given their sad lack of experience in the private sector, not to mention their lack of executive experience, as well.  Of course they are unfamiliar with the binders, which, just so they know, are not limited solely to those of the female gender.  As many have said in the wake of Governor Romney’s apparently unforgivable binder statement, the review of such binders is common practice within various professional environments.  Perhaps those lacking the necessary professional experience, then, would be wise to use this as a “teachable moment” of which their president is so fond.

I remember clearly my own tour through such a binder four years ago or so.  It was, yes, a binder of women, gathered for a Fortune 500 company seeking staff members with two X chromosomes.  Marveling at the collection of such well-educated, experienced, accomplished women, I remember thinking, “Wow.  Any one of these women is far more qualified to be President of the United States than the woman currently leading in the polls for that office (Hillary Clinton, of course).

Meanwhile, Barack Obama, the man who ultimately defeated Hillary and then claimed the White House, the Obama campaign and the democrat party at large continue to reduce the interests and concerns of America’s women to nothing more than condoms and birth control — and now, they hope, outrage over a binder.  Here’s hoping that 19 days from now they will be realizing just how misguided and self-destructive it is to underestimate and dismiss half the population of the United States.