From Pine View Farm

Binded by the Right 3

Leonard J. Pitts, Jr., considers the undercurrents of Mitt the Flip’s binders full of women and finds himself transported back in time:

A pattern takes shape here. Between Romney’s binders full of women, and Rush Limbaugh branding a woman a “slut” because she thinks contraception should be part of her health insurance package, between Rep. Todd Akin’s belief that the uterus somehow filters out unwanted sperm and Rep. Allen West’s chastisement of an opponent’s failure to act like a “lady,” it becomes increasingly obvious some socially conservative men are stuck in a time warp. Akin, West and Limbaugh hunker down like Davy Crockett at the Alamo, behind modes of sexist condescension that were getting old when the Beatles broke up. Romney tries to show he “gets it” by disinterring a trope from the era of Jheri curls and Max Headroom.

When’s the last time any of these boys had a date?

In the world outside their time bubble, women run states and nations, fight fires and litigate cases, perform surgeries and grab rebounds. And yes, they still tend boo-boos and fix meals, too.

Back in time is, natch, where these folks want to be, back in the Never Never Land that never existed of Leave It to Beaver* (never mind that Barbara Billingsley was a working mother).


*I couldn’t stand that show, probably because my brother liked it.



  1. George Smith

    October 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I liked the episode where Eddie Haskell had trick rubber cheese slices and put it in a sandwich. But don’t remember much else. I woulda bought rubber cheese slices. I did buy a whoopie cushion, onion gum, and those things you put in the end of ciggies to make them blow up in the smoker’s face. That was funny to see when someone was playing pinball and trying to look cool.

  2. George Smith

    October 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Were strong women really a species so exotic the governor needed a native guide to their world? Take the picture of the Bain Capital “guyz”. What Mitt Romney really needed when he was in private school and in college was someone to terrorize him with itching powder in the bedsheets and then to beat him around in the wrestling practice room or playing fields a bit until he slunk off. I went to a kind of upper class snob undergrad school and knew some fellows like him, none of whom got famous. That’s how you dealt with them. I’m not sure it makes people better but it never hurt, I’m sure. For short periods of time, at least, it curbed the reflexive condescension but they were probably still mean to girls.

  3. Frank

    October 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    It’s all about the sperm.