Blog: Romney's 'binders full of women' makes Top 10

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Hard to argue with a librarian's Top 10 2012 quotes list but I think Missouri GOP senatorial candidate Todd Akin's should be #1.

Sunday afternoon, Yale University librarian Fred Shapiro, an associate librarian at Yale Law School, released his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year.

Of course, being a Presidential election year, many of the quotes came from the respective campaigns and debates. Shapiro picks quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times, not necessarily ones that are the most eloquent or admirable.

The #1 quote? That came from former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments about "47 percent" of the population being dependent on the government, a sound bite secretly recorded at a private fundraiser in May.

Hey, I think that if Shapiro wanted a Romney quote to top the list, I think "binders full of women," spoken during the Oct. 16 debate with President Obama, should have topped the list, just for the visual images that the statement evoked.

Just sayin.'

Nope, personally, I think the comment that should have topped the list -- not relegated to #6 -- was the outrageous, ill-informed comment "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

That unusually bizarre quote came from Missouri GOP senatorial candidate Congressman Todd Akin, 65, in an Aug. 19 interview with KTVI-TV.

Maybe it's just me or the fact that I'm a woman, or maybe because I am an Independent and neither a Democrat nor a Republican, that makes me pick that quote as the worst/most outrageous/revealing of the intelligence of the candidate.

Or maybe it's just that I have a modicum of intelligence and got an A-plus in Biology in high school.

See, I think that, with politics aside, no intelligent Democrat or Republican could possibly hear that comment come out of Akin's mouth and not be stunned.

But, being a firm believer in Karma, it came as no surprise that Akin was soundly trounced by Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, 59, by a whopping margin of 54.7 percent to 39.2 percent.

And Akin still has his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, having won re-election to a new six-year term in 2010. What's ironic is that Akin has been sitting on three committees in Congress: Armed Services, Budget and -- wait for it -- Science and Technology.

Really? Science and Technology? For a man who said what he said? Hope he doesn't get assigned to that committee next year as it seems like he is lacking in basic biology.

Anyway, judge for yourself. Here is the entire Top Ten list:

1. "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... and so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." (Romney remarks at a private fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla., May 17)

2. "We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet (in Massachusetts). 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." (Romney during the Presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y., Oct. 16)

3. "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business - you didn't build that." (Obama remarks at campaign appearance, Roanoke, Va., July 13)

4."Please proceed, Governor." (Obama in Hempstead Presidential debate, as a lead-in to Romney's denial that Obama had called Libya attack an act of terrorism)

5. "You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines." (Obama in the Presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla., Oct. 22)

6. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." (Missouri Republican senatorial candidate Todd Akin in a KTVI-TV interview, Aug. 19)

7. "You hit a reset button for the fall campaign; everything changes. It's almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again." (Romney senior campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom in a March 21 CNN interview)

"I'm an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability." (Socialite Jill Kelley in a telephone call to an emergency dispatcher in Tampa, Florida on Nov. 11, about media crews that came to her home as news broke of her involvement in the scandal over the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus)

9. "Oppan Gangnam style." (South Korean rapper PSY about Gangnam Style song)

10 (3-way tie) "Under current law, on January 1st, 2013, there is going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases." (Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, testimony at House Committee on Financial Services hearing on Feb. 29)


10 (3-way tie) "I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge." (Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss in WMAZ-TV television interview about Taxpayer Protection Pledge on Nov. 21)


10 (3-way tie). "I have a job to do. ... If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don't know me." (New Jersey Gov. Chris Christiein a  Fox News interview about Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30)  


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