Maryann Tobin

Women are not as dumb as Mitt Romney apparently thinks. We know when we are being insulted and Romney did that very well in his second debate with President Obama.

Romney did some real damage with women voters on the Hofstra, N.Y., debate stage Tuesday. But should we really be surprised?

The real Romney reared his ugly head in his insulting, secretly taped "47 percent" video, calling almost half the population lazy slugs. Tuesday, he reinforced his elitist attitude in front of a national audience, when he suggested that there is a shortage of qualified working women in the state of Massachusetts.

It "took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet," Romney said. "I went to a number of women's groups and said, can you help us find folks? And I brought us whole binders full of — of women."

However, that is not where Romney showed his Neanderthal attitude toward working mothers. Like a true male primate, he complained that he had to make special adjustments in order to actually hire them. In a feat of narrow-minded verbal gymnastics, Romney added, "I recognized that if you're going to have women in the workforce, that sometimes they need to be more flexible. My chief of staff, for instance, had two kids that were still in school. She said, I can't be here until 7 or 8 at night. I need to be able to get home at 5 so I can be there for — making dinner for my kids and being with them when they get home from school."

What does that mean? The men who father these children need not bother taking any responsibility for them if it involves adjusting their work schedules?

As if to justify his belief that accommodating women in the workplace is an inconvenience at best, Romney twisted himself into a pretzel trying to avoid supporting the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act.

It is nice that Mrs. Romney has never had to work a day in her life while trying to raise children, but millions of American women do not have that luxury.

Romney scored political points with his homo erectus position on working women, but they were all bad.

No doubt, the chauvinists of the world would side with Romney. But that only proves that they don't have a clue about what it takes to work full time raising children, and work full time for someone like Romney.

Just wondering now how much Ann Romney enjoys being dragged around by the hair while Mitt brandishes his wooden club in the other hand.

Read the full transcript of the second presidential debate

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