Biggest loser Mitt Romney employs some real lumps, as evidenced by a spokesperson’s comment Wednesday regarding the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which, in the words of its namesake, and YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS, but, heh, Mr. Romney doesn’t, “ensures women have the tools to get equal pay for equal work.” When Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein asked during a Romney conference call whether Romney supported the act, there was a long pause, and then a gentleman responded, “We’ll have to get back to you on that.” A million political years later, another spokesperson, who may or may not have a Twitter Problem, finally coughed up a response — on Twitter, because that is where she feels most comfortable. It went something like: (flirtatious eye roll, dismissive hand gesture): “You sillies.” Away from the prying eyes of Twitter, a vase of flowers was thrown across a room.

There is some backstory here, namely that the Romney camp has been saying things all week about how the “war on women” was really started by General Barack Obama, and that “92 percent” of jobs lost under the Obama Administration have belonged to women. QUE? So! Among other things the conference call was, not that the Romney camp even knew this, intended to delve deeper into those remarks.

Here is the audio from the conference call!

OH BUT THEY ARE BACK! Watch your back:

As an aside, can you imagine having Mitt Romney as your Twitter wallpaper, as Andrea Saul does?

Anyway, very quickly, the Obama team got Lily Ledbetter herself to release a statement on Romney’s non-remarks:

I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families. If he is truly concerned about women in this economy, he wouldn’t have to take time to ‘think’ about whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This Act not only ensures women have the tools to get equal pay for equal work, but it means their families will be better served also. Women earn just 77 cents to every dollar that men earn for the same job, which is why President Obama took decisive action and made this the first bill that he signed when he took office

Does Obama support jobs for women? omen? en? n?

Andrea Saul got off Twitter for a sec to tell the media that they are being DICKS! No, really, just to say that, in the words of Talking Points Memo:

Mitt Romney will not repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fairy Pay Act…

Fairies will continue to get paid. Good. [Talking Points Memo, Various Twitter Accounts]

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  • Barb

    He pays his wife in Cadillacs.

    • sewollef

      Or jousting ponies. I hear they're all the rage in the Hannity household.

      And we know how you women loves ponies…

      • themcwow

        ponies: omit the o, move some vowels, and it's jousting penis

    • chicken_thief

      But the men on his staff (men on his staff!!!!) get Mercedes'.

    • JustPixelz

      These guys don't believe in money. Newt pays Callista in diamonds. Rick Santorum gives his wife the gift of pregnancy.

      • Barb

        For Romney, equal pay for women is allowing them to work extra hours to get it.

        • BornInATrailer

          Why are you people talking about Santorum and equal pay for women? He can't get past the equal work.

        • SorosBot

          Well they have to make up for that time of the month when they're not productive enough.

          • FakaktaSouth

            And all the time off from infections in ditches. Don't forget the infections. I will NEVER be able to get Newt talking about such things out of my head.

          • SorosBot

            While we menfolk are busy hunting giraffes for the family. And this was the "intellectual" Republican candidate!

    • HELisforHEL

      And endless babies, because that's all we wimmen folks want and are good for anyways.

      • Jus_Wonderin

        Hey, you, pipe down and get in the kitchen!!

    • HippieEsq

      Not when it takes her half a day to tell him how to answer a question about women. Will Mitt enjoy firing Ann for not being around to answer the question!?!?!

  • noodlesalad

    "Romney campaign stumbles badly, then claims Obama is Even Worser" as a story line is not going to get tired at all for the next, let's see, ohmygodsevenmonthswheredidIputmypills…

  • metamarcisf

    I miss Ricky. One of the high points of the primary campaign occurred in an early debate. Rick Santorum posed this foreign policy question: If Iran attacked Turkey from the rear, would Greece help? Mitt said it wouldn’t. Newt said it does for him.

    • Schmegeg

      If anybody gets attacked from the rear, Rick is the go-to guy,

    • Wile E. Quixote

      I see what you did there, you stole that from the "Letters from the Editors" section of the late 1970's National Lampoon. Good job resuscitating a classic.

  • ChernobylSoup

    No Romney, that does not mean you have to pay each of your wives the same rate.

  • Do women voters support Gov. Romney? We'll get back to him on that….

    • Pragmatist2

      …in December

  • Callyson

    Oh God, how long until the campaign releases the next sappy video by Ann Romney, telling us about how great her hubby is, in a desperate attempt to deflect attention from this crap?

    • "You can't imagine all the showering and rough-housing those boys got into when Mitt would come home! They even had secret games they were never supposed to tell 'good ol' Mom' about!!"

  • Fare la Volpe

    Women are not "jobs." They're people.

    Well, except in Arizona.

    • walterhwhite

      and the many other states with new draconian laws

    • anniegetyerfun

      It's so cute that you think that.

  • Note to Ms Saul: Considering that it's guys like or who support Mittens who are largely responsibility for a considerable number of the job losses… nice try loser.

  • SexySmurf

    “92 percent” of jobs lost under the Obama Administration have belonged to women.

    The other 8% belonged to the other people.

    • Not_So_Much


    • HELisforHEL

      Oh Andrea, so young. You have learned the Republican strategy well–just make up totally false bullshit, rinse, repeat.

  • littlebigdaddy

    He has personally fired thousands of women!

    • "I like to fire women who are not providing services to me!"

      • McDonnellville

        "Especially the ones who aren't my wives/mommies."

  • Callyson

    Also, even Politico sees through Mittens' claim about women losing 92% of the jobs under Obama:

    There’s a simple reason why job losses look worse for women during Obama’s presidency: Almost 3.3 million men were fired during the George W. Bush’s last year in office, while the losses for women were more drawn out over time.


    On a Romney campaign surrogates conference call to bash President Barack Obama's stewardship of the economy Wednesday morning, officials faced a series of questions about the campaign's recent argument that 92 percent of jobs lost during the recession were held by women.
    Three separate times the surrogates, who included Lanhee Chen, the campaign's chief policy adviser, were asked what specifically about Obama's policies are bad for women, and three times the campaign offered no specifics.


  • DaRooster

    "I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families."

    Just hang out a while… he will change his mind… and back again…

    • biblioteq_tress

      One of the nastier little things Romney has done lately is imposed his flippetyness on his own mother. She was pro-choice, until Willard found that inconvenient and posthumously changed her mind for her. Wait a minute… just.. like…posthumous…conversion…mormon…mormon…OOOH.

      • SorosBot

        Or his stepfather, who was an atheist until after he was dead and Mittens had him baptized as a Mormon.

  • "Fairies will continue to get paid. Good. "

    But will Tinkerbell's partner get her medical coverage?

    • The Disney Fairy Union has its own medical plan. Just ask Flora, Fauna and Merryweather.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Only Bondage Fairies should get paid…..that's my position….

  • Fare la Volpe

    Of course Mitt Romney supports pay equity for women.

    He believes men and women should both receive slave wages.

  • biblioteq_tress

    To be fair, Bain Capital fired women at proportionally equal rates to men. So, yay, girls!

  • teebob2000

    I love how he's oh-so-tenderly fingering the mic on that wallpaper.

  • Lizzietish81

    Sure he'll kill Planned Parenthood and doesn't think that birth control is really a women's issue, but sure he'll let us keep our jobs for now.

  • JustPixelz

    To be fair, when Romney was laying people off, he supported equal no-pay for men and women.

  • bureaucrap

    "I think it's clear that I have always believed whatever you believe. Just don't make me say it."

  • chicken_thief

    Tits or stfu, Andrea.

  • FakaktaSouth

    I got the distinct impression they had no idea what the Lily Ledbetter Act was when the question was asked, so ya know, they suck there too. I wonder who Mitt is going to specifically to find out what he says on this? Anyone have any idea? Is it Karl now?

    • emmelemm

      Yeah, that's kind of how I saw it… "Ledbetter Act? Whuzzat?"

    • Exhausted66

      In what respect, Charlie?

  • Another "gotcha" question. Why does the liberal media hate America?

  • sewollef

    "Women account for 92% of jobs lost under Obama"

    Really? Now I wonder what orifice she [or Mittens] pulled that little cracker out of?

    I'd love a real journalist to call him on that stat…. and provide a citation.

    • freakishlywrong

      When Dubya was hemorrhaging 800,000 jawbs a month, most of those jawbs were man-jawbs. Now that all the mens were laid off, the womens are just catching up, thus, this absurd talking point.

      • Not only that, but coming up with that particular figure requries counting the entire month of January 2008, which is pretty funny, since Obama was only president for 10 days of that month.

        Also too, ignoring the fact that the biggest source of predominantly-woman teacher-and-healthcare layoffs comes in the form of the wingnut-endorsed austerity measures, but that's actually fine, because Republicans like blaming Obama for the consequences of policies that they agitate for, by saying "weak leadership" over and over again.

        • sullivanst

          Also too, ignoring the fact that the biggest source of predominantly-woman teacher-and-healthcare layoffs comes in the form of the wingnut-endorsed austerity measures

          That would be "teacher" layoffs, there were at no time mass healthcare layoffs. In fact healthcare employment increased throughout the recession (unfortunately the BLS's graphs are not directly linkable, but if you go here and click the dinosaur on the line form "Employment, All Employees" you see the lack of a dip).

          Teacher layoffs were caused by wingnut-enacted austerity measures – that President Obama sought directly to prevent or limit with the transfers to states in ARRA.

  • SorosBot

    Of course Mitt supports equal pay for women; he just thinks that women who do face pay discrimination shouldn't have adequate legal resources to get recompensed for that discrimination. No biggie!

  • Goonemeritus

    Even Romney's organization can’t keep up with his own Parties conspiratorial positions. If I didn’t think he was a soulless Wall Street vampire I might actually pity him.

  • The fair pay issue is somewhat distorted in that large amounts of undeclared income in the form of cash stuffed into G-strings is rarely taken into account.

  • There is no "War On Women"!! It's a "Police Action" on women!!

    • not that Dewey

      And the republicans are just "advisors".

      • No combat troops are being used!! Halliburton and Xe are simply providing technical support and security for the transvaginal probings.

        • Blueb4sunrise

          Still looking for Women of Mass Destruction.

        • iburl

          We can assure you that there are instructions that none of the video of the probes will be shared beyond the contractors' and government's own internal networks.

    • Blueb4sunrise

      Authorization to Use Monetary Force.

  • Extemporanus

    Leave the presidency on the dresser on your way out, Mitt.

  • MissTaken

    Why should women get paid to work, anyways? It's not like doing dishes and mopping floors is actual work.

    • ChernobylSoup

      We think you should at least be compensated for the bunking parties with tickle fights.

    • SorosBot

      You should just be happy driving your kids to soccer practice and getting your allowance from your husband!

      • Does he know about your guys's "thing"? Don't worry, I won't say anything!

    • widestanceromance

      For reals, even children can mop a floor.

    • Steverino247

      By this logic, women should only be paid for "jobs" such as blow jobs and hand jobs.

      Hmm. I'd hate to have to start paying for such loving services at this late date, though. Can I just pay you for doing the dishes and mopping the floors so I can pretend you like me enough to give me those other services for free?

      • widestanceromance

        It's the cost of those BJs why we need to make more money, but the vag-ramming feminazis keep it all hushed up.

    • UnholyMoses

      Speaking of which … you missed a spot. Over there. By the fridge.
      –Mitt, right before firing you

    • Wile E. Quixote

      Well of course it isn't. You women all have servants to do it for you while you lounge around and eat bonbons.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I'm sure Mitt will enjoy the hell out of firing Andrea this November when she joins the rest of his entire campaign staff on the unemployment line following his electoral sodomization by Obie.

  • Radio福井県

    Well, if womenz weren't so stupid then maybe, just maybe, he'd consider equal pay.

  • freakishlywrong

    RMoney probably thought Lillie Ledbetter was one of his dressage ponies.

  • widestanceromance

    The spotlight that is now all yours is a cruel mistress, ain't she, Willard?

  • Not_So_Much

    In fairness, Mormon women mostly do crafts and baking while constantly pregnant. It's not like they need money for anything other than canning turnips and butter-beans. As long as they ask their shared Celestial God husband nicely to borrow the checkbook, there's no story here.

  • Somebody needs to reboot the Romneytron and adjust it's programming to "pivot towards the center, ya Etchasketch Reptiloid Robot".

  • Radio福井県

    He must not have had his Etch-A-Sketch with him at the time.

    • not that Dewey

      The Left-Right knob got stuck on "Right", and now he can just go up and down.

      • Radio福井県

        Worst fapping on a knob evah.

      • widestanceromance

        Not according to Number One Wife.

  • OneYieldRegular

    There's another election going on across the Atlantic, where French First Lady Carla Bruni, from one of Europe's wealthiest families and who always dresses so chicly, is suddenly just hanging out in sweats and t-shirts and having "Tupperware" parties (I kid you not) to convince women to vote for her husband, who is currently polling abysmally among women. I predict that multimillionairess Ann Romney will soon undergo a similar transformation.

    • MadBrahms

      The way she talks, they'll be pleasure parties.

  • anniegetyerfun

    I went on a couple of dates with a man who turned out to be a gun nut and an anti-abortionist (he seemed smart at first), and he had the same job as me. Only he had been doing it for two years, as opposed to my seven years, and he made 30% more.

    When I finally saw his work, I was horrified. But he DID have a penis (not that I ever saw it), and apparently that's worth more in the tech world.

    • freakishlywrong

      annie, it's worth a buttload more.

    • widestanceromance

      Settle down, little lady. You don't want to be in a cross mood when your more-money-making, policy-understanding husband comes home from a long day. He'll feel you don't understand him and he will be forced to find a real woman.*

      *for what it's worth, I cringed when I typed that. so all you hysterical womens can just settle as well.

    • Wile E. Quixote

      I wonder what would happen if Andrea Saul got her hands on the salary spreadsheet for the Rmoney campaign?

    • Wile E. Quixote

      Hmmmm, now I'm wondering if i should bring up my penis in my next annual review. "Hey, for what it's worth did I mention that I have a penis? Just wanted to let you know in case you were wondering." I mean my boss might be taking my penis for granted.

      • anniegetyerfun

        Oh, definitely do this. It has to be worth at least 10K per year.

        • Wile E. Quixote

          Awesome. I've cannot begin to tell you how long and how much I've wanted to be able to say Excuse me while I whip this out" during my annual evaluation.

  • Guppy

    Women account for 92% of jobs lost under Obama.

    Apparently operating a tanning bed is woman's work.

  • anniegetyerfun

    You'd think Romney could find someone to come up with these answers. You know, like politial advisors, who are aware of things like policy and current affairs.

    • ChernobylSoup

      Seems months of primaries consumed with make believe issues didn't prepare them too well.

  • rickmaci

    How will we know when Romoney or one of his spokesholes is talking? Listen for the sound of flipflopflopflipflopflopflipflopflopflipflopflopflipflopflopflipflopflopflipflop.

  • spends2much

    "Women account for 92% of jobs lost under Obama.

    I think Mittens means that 92% of the "help" he fired last year were maids and such, since he needs men to work the car elevators.

  • Baconzgood

    Bitch bitch bitch. You womenz are too busy whining to make me a sandwich?

    • BaldarTFlagass

      I really miss having freshly ironed bedsheets.

  • Wilcoxyz

    Mitt's plan is to Mormon marry all Merikun women and give them each their own Austrian warmblood dressage horse and a credit card.

  • Doktor StrangeZoom

    Mitt Romney supports the rights of men AND women to work an honest day for an honest half-day's wages.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I wonder if old Andrea there gets paid the same amount as Mitt's male spokes-holes. I wonder if she has ever asked.

  • owhatever

    Etchy Sketchy asked in surprise, "Women work? Like getting paid to fold laundry and stuff?"


    Get ready for Romney dodging Louboutins during press conferences.

  • ttommyunger

    Well, well, well! Seems like Mrs. Romney got her wish; we're seeing Mittens unzipped and lo and behold: a dick! A very small, selfish woman-hating dick.

  • Governor Romney supports the Leadbelly Act, which mandates that homeless black girls must sleep in the pines, where the sun don't shine and the cold wind blows.

    • James Michael Curley

      I've been looking for "Howard Hughes" by Leadbelly. I haven't heard it performed since the mid-70's. Know it?

      • The all-seeing eye of Youtube proffereth:

        • James Michael Curley

          Thanks, I forgot about youtube. I’m still lamenting the carpet bombing of Napster by the RIAA. Now to sit down figure out the lyrics and do the Mitt Romney version. Any volunteers?

  • Mitt does support equal pay…lowering the pay of men to match that of women.

    • paulabflat

      problem solved.

  • CapnFatback

    Mitt Romney will not repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fairy Pay Act…

    Fairies will continue to get paid. Good

    Screw that noise. I'm tired of fantastical creatures taking away jobs from hard-working American tax payers.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      I was surprised that the GOP would agree to give gay people equal pay.

  • Steverino247

    I think that 92% number came directly out of her ass.

  • OneYieldRegular

    "Mitt Romney will not repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fairy Pay Act"

    And Rick Santorum's indignation knows no bounds.

  • Slim_Pickins

    Mitt loves the women so much that he would marry several of them if the law allowed.

  • Troglodeity

    Reporter: "Gov. Romney, do you support equal pay for women?" (Long silence.) Romney flack: "Um, we'll get back to you on that."

    To quote Rick Perry: "Oops."

  • MissTaken

    ♫ I can bring home the bacon (well, 75% of it)
    Fry it up in a pan (cuz that's also my job)
    And never let you forget you're a man (who makes way more money than me doing the same damn job you fucking dick)
    Cause I'm a woman ♫

    • Man0nTheStreet

      As long as you remain barefoot and pregnant while doing all that chick-stuff, the RMoney/Santorum 2012 campaign approves.

    • Those of us who remember that ad are at least creeping up on the border of our salad days!

  • gout

    "Women account for 92% of jobs lost under Obama."

    Dropped the ball there. Could have sold repealing LL as looking out for the best interests of women because a lot more of them will have jobs if they cost a third less.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      I'm 97.55% sure that that number is totally made-up bullshit.
      And that's not just because there's been a net gain of jobs under Obama

  • proudgrampa

    "Mr. Romney, do you support breathing?"

    "Let me get back to you on that."

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Suggest you not hold your breath while waiting for an answer.

  • Doktor StrangeZoom

    Republicans support equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. This means that women have every right to try and make as much as men for the same job, and that employers have the right to say "Nice try."

  • finallyhappy

    I sent a tweet to Andrea-telling her that it would be sad day in America if I listened to her .It was 5 things you should know about Barack Obama-I didn't read them but I am pretty sure they are 1. Black 2. Muslim 3. Kenyan 4. Democrat 5. Black

  • Man0nTheStreet

    Providing "equal pay" to all the sister-wives and sister-daughters-in-law of RMoney Family Enterprises, LLC (Incorporated in a Swiss bank) is prohibitively expensive!!

  • Wilcoxyz

    Please, some reporter ask Mittens how much "allowance" Ann gets. And does she have to do chores?

    • Ben Romney, Matt Romney, Craig Romney, Josh Romney, Tagg Romney…That sounds like a yes.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Sounds like a chore, at any rate.

    • She might occasionally have to feed the horses herself.

  • Exhausted66

    "Some of my friends own Eli Lilly."

  • mormos

    the Romney campaign finally responded with: "depends, are the women incorporated?"

  • BaldarTFlagass

    If this shit keeps up, he'll be conceding the election in August or September.

  • HippieEsq

    Gee those stats cited by Mitt/Ms. Saul sure make it seem like it's easier for employers to FIRE woman than their male counterparts. hhmmmmmmm?

  • BaldarTFlagass

    OT; looks like Zimmy is gonna get his day in court.

  • Limeylizzie

    OT Criminal charges will be filed against George Zimmerman ,news conference tonight at 6.00pm EST.

    • James Michael Curley

      I hope they include "Being uglier than an over ripe pumpkin squash."

    • Will it be more than some poaching or hunting out-of-season charge?

      • Limeylizzie

        Just realised he is a Perujew, Peruvian and Jewish, that has to be against the law in Florida.

  • If women were corporations, they would have rights.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Heck, they'd even be people, my friend!

  • Antispandex

    It's just a theory, and I am partial to it only because it is mine, but I believe when you have to have a spokesperson look something up, then tell you what it means, and then formulate your respose…well, I know it sounds crazy and unfair…but I just think you may be bullshitting. It's the cynic in me.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Even a panderbot needs data before it can pander properly.

  • ElPinche

    When Mitt can't answer a simple question, his water carrying tools will respond..wrongly. Is that a Mormon thing?

  • SkinnyNerd

    Ugh, this guy sounds like my former boss.

    Skinnynerd: When am I getting that promotion you promised me?
    Asshole: I will get back to you on that.

  • Steverino247

    The latest Mitt Romney campaign ad:

  • Warwhatgoodfor

    Well. I don't really like Leadbelly that much, but all the folks working in my kitchen say he was the best. Wait, what?

  • DahBoner

    If any chick wants to sue her employer for not paying her enough, she should hire a female lawyer. Because for some strange reason, they're cheaper…

    That's because they're always taking off early to pick up the kids and the magic underwear from the cleaners…

  • lochnessmonster

    But aren't the wimunz supposed to be birthing and cookin? Their men should be bringing home the bacon so they can cook it!

  • I'm liking the "BRB" tag.

  • Toomush_Infer

    Sometimes I feel like I should just take morphine and die….oh, that was the other Ledbetter?…never mind….goodnight, Irene…

  • Xan

    So the wingnuts decimate the public sector, a huge employer of women, and then blame Obama for women losing jobs. Classic.

  • labman57

    Standard Romney retort when asked by an interviewer to state his policy position on an important issue: "Uh, which position would your viewers and listeners like me to take?"

    • Wile E. Quixote

      I heard that for a couple of years Mitt took the missionary position, but I'm not sure it counts because it was in France and you know what they say about the French. "Ze French they are a silly race. Zey fight with their feet and make babies with their face."

    • aussiefromafar

      On all fours pleeeze

  • Wile E. Quixote

    So let's see if I have my math straight. Women account for 92 percent of the jobs lost under Obama, but they get paid 1/3rd less and Obama is half blah and blahs only count for being 3/5ths of a human being so obviously this proves that we need a capital gains tax cut.

  • Wile E. Quixote

    "jobs for women?" Is that one of those swap programs like toys for guns?

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