President Obama's partisans are insisting that he won the debate. If that were true, it seems to me that they'd have something more substantive to focus on than Governor Romney's allusion to hiring female staff. Here's the quote and the context:
Thank you. And important topic, and one which I learned
a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my
state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the
applicants seemed to be men.
And I - and I went to my staff, and I said, "How come all the
people for these jobs are - are all men." They said, "Well, these
are the people that have the qualifications." And I said, "Well,
gosh, can't we - can't we find some - some women that are also
ROMNEY: And - and so we - we took a concerted effort to go out
and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become
members of our cabinet.
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.
I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my Cabinet and my
senior staff, that the University of New York in Albany did a survey
of all 50 states, and concluded that mine had more women in senior
leadership positions than any other state in America.
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 you 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 or 8 o'clock at night. I need
to be able to get home at 5 o'clock 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.
The left apparently thinks it's hilarious. I don't know -- I appreciated that Romney actually made an effort (and succeeded) in putting women in positions of authority as governor, and understands the importance of flexible schedules. Apparently, he gets it.
It presents a stark contrast with the President -- whose women staffers make 18% less than the men, and whose own director of communications had this to say about the workplace Obama runs (before later denying it):
'This place would be in court for a hostile workplace because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.'
As always, Obama partisans care only about the words, and not the truths -- or Obama hypocrisies -- that lie behind them.