[W]hat is especially curious about Mr Romney’s constant telling of this tale is that it is totally irrelevant. He was not asked about his personal hiring practices, he was asked about his policies. A president could have a good record of hiring or promoting women, or minorities, while being terrible at protecting them from discrimination by private employers, or state or local governments. In Mr Romney’s case, it is not clear how he would rectify the inequalities alluded to in Ms Fenton’s question. He has not expressed an opinion on the Lily Ledbetter Act, other than to say he would not repeal it, and he has stayed mum on the Paycheck Fairness Act, two relevant pieces of legislation. Given that every Republican in the Senate voted to filibuster the latter bill, it is probably safe to assume that it would not get far in a Romney administration.

Author: Tom Insam

programming / london / san francisco / bacon

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