Because so do serial killers!
No, not really. Romney’s quote at the presidential debate regarding his search to find female cabinet members – the one that launched the hilarious binders full of women site – ran:
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…
Now, one of the reasons I was able to get so many good women to be part of that team was because of our recruiting effort, but number two, because I recognized that if you’re going to have women in the workforce, that sometimes they need to be more flexible. My chief of staff, for instance, had two kids that were still in school. She said, I can’t be here until 7:00 or 8:00 at night. I need to be able to get home at 5:00 so I can be there for — making dinner for my kids and being with them when they get home from school. So we said, fine, let’s have a flexible schedule so you can have hours that work for you.
Lets break this down.
Mitt Romney didn’t know a single woman who would be qualified to be in his cabinet? The man ran Bain Capital. There wasn’t one woman there who he knew seemed qualified? The fact that Mitt Romney had to outsource binder assembly to a separate group strikes a very different note than saying “so, when they presented me a list of only men, I called my very qualified friend Jan, and I said, come on board, you would be excellent at this.” Thinking that individual women (Jan) might be qualified in the same way individual men (Bob) might be qualified is very different from realizing “people want to see women, so, I guess, round some up and put them in binders. Doesn’t really matter who as long as they have vaginas.” People don’t really want to see random women pulled out of a binder and employed. They want to feel that a candidate sees women as qualified individuals, just the way he would see a male member of the cabinet.