‘Binders Full of Women’

Occasional OTB contributor Chris Lawrence noted the following on FB, which he declared “wins the binder meme and will be impossible to top”


There is also a Tumblr.

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  1. john personna says:

    That’s a pretty good one, but humor on “binders” takes off in too many directions. There is too much for everyone for there to be one winner. Example.

  2. reid says:

    I think I like John’s better!

  3. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Well, as we all know the Internet largely consists of journalists, government clerical workers, full-time academics and young students. Germane to this topic they’ve never made a hiring decision. They’ve never made a decision regarding the operation of an enterprise. Hell, they’ve never made a major decision of any nature, except perhaps whether to dock someone a few points for bad grammar. Or is it poor grammar? And it never ends. Because the demographics never change. The combination of inexperience and such items as DSM-specified transference, envy, pettiness, sanctimony, etc., boggle the mind.

    If we’ve gotten to the point at which “binders of women” is the item over which the left will obsess and snark then the next few weeks will feel like an eternity. Wake me up when it’s over.

  4. Me Me Me says:

    @Tsar Nicholas: So in strides Mitt Romney, who should be president because he knows all about hiring people.

    After living in Boston for how many years? – running Bain. “Helping to turn around all those companies”. And after his second state-wide campaign for office – he still doesn’t actually KNOW any women. He has to ask other people to find him some.

    Except that even that isn’t true – he didn’t ask other people. Other people out of their own initiative put together lists of women qualified for various positions, and then presented it to Mitt – just like they would have done if the Democratic candidate had won.

  5. stonetools says:

    Binders full of lies is what Mitt really is working with.

  6. @Tsar Nicholas: You’re rather the humorless fellow, aren’t you?

  7. Geek, Esq. says:

    That entire answer was full of win.

    “We couldn’t find any qualified women.”

    “Employers will be so desperate for workers that they’ll hire women.”

    Please proceed, Governor.

  8. Franklin says:

    @reid: I prefer the Clinton one. Why? Because an old co-worked used the “? I barely know ‘er!” joke format every day for about 10 years.

  9. Franklin says:

    Sorry, co-worker not co-worked. And yes, this fix leads to the response: “Worker? I barely know ‘er!”

  10. Neil Hudelson says:

    Well, as we all know the Internet largely consists of journalists, government clerical workers, full-time academics and young students.

    This has to be my favorite statement from you…ever.

    Can you please explain to me the demographic breakdown of other global networks?

    “We all know the world trade organization is made up of mixed-race construction workers, cranberry farmers, full-time clerics, and elderly veterans.”

  11. LCaution says:

    It figures that the two of you would choose the Bill and Heff ones rather than this one:


  12. @LCaution: That’s a good one, too.

    I almost posted it, but I figured one was enough.

    I found this one amusing as well.

  13. reid says:

    @Franklin: Yes, I can see how that would spoil it. I only hear it occasionally, so it still hits the juvenile funny bone in a good way. As proof, I thumb-up’ed your followup. 🙂

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  15. gVOR08 says:

    Frivolity aside, it would appear the whole anecdote is mostly a lie. (Mitt, lie?! Tell me it isn’t so!) Via soonergrunt at Balloon Juice:
    Sounds like how W became an education governor. IIRC, TX lost a lawsuit and had to pump up funding for low income districts, their performance went up, and voila, W is an education reformer.