Recap: The 2nd Political Debate and Binders Full of Women

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For those of you who did not watch the Political Debate last night, you may be awfully confused as to why people keep telling you that they have many “binders full of women”. Or, are you confused at Obama being called Mr. Oil? Held at Hofstra University on Long Island, NY, the politicans battled it out in what appeared to almost be more of a shouting match than an intellectual argument.  For those of you who have been hiding under a rock for the past 24 hours, let’s get political.

Sibling Rivalry

Although President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney planned to debate, the battle became more about arguing in a fashion similar to sibling rivalry. Like two brothers, the candidates interrupted each other and accused each other of lying. At one point, Obama reflected on Romney’s plan as “sketchy”.

Unlike the first debate, Obama came into the second one ready to fight. Democrats have been worried about the lack of passion saw in the president during the first debate. Luckily, the shift in energy provided a much needed lift in the campaign. Obama accused Romney on his ever changing shifts on key issues, and stood behind his policies. Romney attacked Obama’s policies, saying not only that they have failed, but haven’t helped whatsoever.

The 90 minute debate was more about dick measuring than telling us what they were going to do with America. The politicians raised their voices, interrupted each other, and spoke in way that would NOT have given them dessert after dinner.

Boys, you’re both grounded.

Binders Full of Women

When Romney was addressing gender inequality, he decided to turn to one of his favorite speech fundamentals: a personal anecdote. Instead of explaining “Hey United States, I didn’t like that all the potential cabinet applicants were men, so I worked towards more of a gender balance”, he so aptly explained “I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

Talk about a “insert foot into mouth” situation. (I’m expecting a rap song to have that term in it)

This phrase singlehandedly had a Tumblr, multiple memes, and a Facebook page (with me as a fan included) within a few hours. The phrase was in the top three rising internet searches during the debate.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Besides the classic Romney awkwardness, he stood firm. However, his “specifics” were broad. He failed to provide further specifics of his plans such as his tax policy, and ran Obama’s 4 year term through the mud. His debate strengths were early on as he explained the President failed to live up to the promises that he had made in 2008. He promised his term would bring less debt and more jobs.

The weaknesses were clear for both candidates. Obama still has alot to prove if he were to be re-elected for the next four years.  Mitt Romney was obviously caught off guard when President Obama was confirmed to have called the Libya attack a terrorist act. Obama asked for it to be fact checked, which indeed turned out FALSE.

Although he fought back, Romney wasn’t able to achieve the same passionate advantage that he had over Obama in the first debate in Denver. Unlike the first debate, Obama did not shy away from getting a little dirty. “No I haven’t looked at my pension”, he said to Romney, “It’s not as big as yours, so it doesn’t take that long”.


According to polls, Romney won the first debate, but Obama won the second.

The third and final debate will take place October 22nd in Florida.


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