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Election MemeWatch: Romney's 'binders full of women' is the new Big Bird

Gentlemen — and ladies — start your parody Twitter accounts! A consensus has been reached regarding the most viral moment of last night’s second presidential debate. The question that inspired it: “In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?”

President Obama cited the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in his answer. Governor Romney responded by relaying an anecdote about searching for qualified female candidates for his Cabinet — specifically, he “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.”

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Presidential debate: Candy Crowley feels the heat

When CNN’s Candy Crowley was announced as the moderator of the second presidential debate back in August, she was lauded for being the first female to be selected for that honor since ABC’s Carole Simpson in 1992. That seemed to be enough of a historical footnote to recognize her role as referee — typically a thankless, forgettable role that is rightfully overshadowed by the rhetorical combatants. But after Jim Lehrer was roundly criticized for being a pushover in the first debate and Martha Raddatz seemed to respond to his passive performance by asserting herself more boldly in the vice-president’s debate, there’s suddenly a lot of pressure on Crowley to strike the right balance.

Her job won’t be easy. The format of tonight’s debate is town-hall style, meaning she’ll have to juggle questions from audience members as well as the more freewheeling back-and-forth between the candidates. Adding to her challenge are rival camps who have united in their insistence that she limit her input once the debate begins. Perhaps fearing a Raddatz-style grip, Democrats and Republicans have negotiated behind the scenes and attempted to dictate a hands-off policy to Crowley. READ FULL STORY

Rosie Perez blasts Romney for saying 'it would be helpful to be Latino' -- VIDEO

Mention of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remark was absent from the first presidential debate (though Joe Biden sought to rectify that when he had his chance), but the “secret video” is still an issue in this election — especially if you’re a member of a Democratic PAC. Actress Rosie Perez just recorded an ad that focuses on a different part of that secret video: the moment when Romney quipped that if his Mexican-born father had had Mexican parents, he would “have a better shot at winning this.” Romney followed that line with this one: “And I say that jokingly. But it would be helpful to be Latino.”

The new video cuts from the laughter of Romney’s bigwig donors to Perez’s own laughter. In a voice dripping with sarcasm, she notes that the Republican candidate is completely right: “Hispanics represent 17 percent of the population and account for less than 2 percent of all elected and appointed officials. The advantage is obvious!” From there, the star of Do the Right Thing mockingly names all of the U.S.’s Latino presidents — Jorge Washington, Jorge Bush — and makes fun of Mitt for being rich. Watch it below:

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Is 'Laughing Joe Biden' the Democrats' 'Big Bird' moment?

Sorry, Big Bird. The Internet is leaving you for an older man.

After last night’s Vice Presidential debate, the Internet and the media have found new fodder in the blinding grin of the nation’s 69-year-old Vice President Joe Biden. The veep’s exaggerated guffaws and smirks at Paul Ryan’s assertions and figures arguably drew as much or more attention as the substance of the candidates’ conversation. (The Internet has already gifted us with Twitter accounts like @LaughingJoeBiden and @MalarkyJoe.)

While supporters were thrilled his aggressive demeanor, Biden’s critics found him rude and cranky, combining for an Internet buzz not dissimilar to what happened to Big Bird last week after Mitt Romney said during his Debate that he would cut funding for PBS. (Remember when @FiredBigBird was a thing for a hot second? PBS supporters came out in droves, while Michelle Malkin declared the next morning that Democrats were “hiding behind Big Bird.”) READ FULL STORY

Unemployment drives Lindsay Lohan to endorse Romney. No, seriously.

In September, onetime hope and change advocate Lindsay Lohan asked Barack Obama to cut her taxes — and the president had the nerve not to respond to her perfectly reasonable request. As though he’s got other things to worry about! Now it looks like LiLo is taking Obama’s snub to heart: Last night, she revealed that she’s changing her political allegiance to Mitt Romney.

“I think unemployment is very important for now, so as of now I think [my vote] is Mitt Romney,” she told a group of reporters, including a few from Fox News. Evidently, Lohan also has other, more mysterious reasons for endorsing the Mittster — but she’s keeping them under wraps for now. “It’s a long story, but you’re going to have to wait for that,” she explained yesterday. When contacted for comment, Lohan’s publicist declined to elaborate any further.

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Jimmy Fallon visits 'Mister Romney's Neighborhood' -- VIDEO

Did you know that if Mitt Romney gets elected and cuts PBS’s funding, he’ll effectively be canceling his own series? That’s right — unbeknownst to most people, Massachusetts’s ex-governor has been hosting a children’s show on PBS called Mister Romney’s Neighborhood. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon unearthed a clip last night, and it really is a gem.

Romney has a knack for explaining tricky concepts like “wallet” (“Do you know what money is? I’m guessing no, because you’re watching public television”) and “choke,” a.k.a. what his mailman Mr. Obama did at the debate last week. And he really seems more approachable when he arrives home each day and trades his suit jacket in for a different suit jacket. Come, join the Republican candidate in his house and on a trip to the land of make-believe, the magical world where he and Paul Ryan find most of their facts:

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Dionne a Democrat? As if! 'Clueless' actress Stacey Dash takes heat for endorsing Romney

Democrats outnumber Republicans in California’s 30th congressional district — which represents rich L.A. suburbs like Santa Monica, Malibu, and Beverly Hills — 48 percent to 26 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times. But there’s one high-profile resident of the Fightin’ 30th who isn’t afraid to voice her support for Mitt Romney: Dionne Davenport, fashionista and graduate of Beverly Hills’ Bronson Alcott High School. Or, at least, Stacey Dash, the actress who played Dee in the big screen and TV versions of Clueless.

Fresh off the pages of EW’s Reunions Issue, Dash made waves yesterday when she tweeted a Romney endorsement. “Vote for Romney,” she wrote, calling the candidate “The only choice for your future.” Dash included a photo of herself posing against a giant American Flag backdrop at the end of her message.

The reaction on Twitter was swift and snarky.  READ FULL STORY

Obama gets advice from 'West Wing' president Jed Bartlet -- courtesy of Aaron Sorkin

While watching Barack Obama’s halting, pause-filled performance in last Wednesday’s debate, liberals across the country found themselves wishing that the president had been prepped by someone more focused, someone more aggressive, someone like, say, snappy dialogue writer extraordinaire Aaron Sorkin. Unfortunately for them, there’s no way to grant this wish short of stealing Professor Frink’s time machine. But at least those folks can take solace in Sunday’s New York Times, which contains the next best thing to a Sorkin-penned debate: a Sorkin-penned dialogue between President Obama and imaginary ex-president Josiah “Jed” Bartlet, last seen thinking about “tomorrow” on The West Wing‘s series finale.

Sorkin pal Maureen Dowd invited her famous friend to imagine a post-debate conversation between the real commander-in-chief and the one Sorkin made up. Sorkin obliged, just like he did in 2008 when Dowd first asked him to write Obama/Bartlet fan fiction. The final product features vintage Sorkinese, cigarettes, a barrage of statistics, and cameos from Jim Lehrer and The Newsroom‘s Will McAvoy. Here’s the real meat of the conversation:

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Steve Martin endorses Bob Kerrey for Senate, plugs paper wadding skills -- VIDEO

A blank piece of paper, paperclips, a few brads, stapler, stick of gum, a pair of scissors, and a hammer. According to “Home Crafts Expert” and occasional actor and comedian Steve Martin, that’s all it takes to create a wad of paper — while also endorsing good friend Bob Kerrey for the open U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska.

Alas, Martin’s unconventional backing of Kerrey — who presided over Martin’s 2007 wedding — comes as the former Democratic governor (1983-87) and senator (1989 to 2001) of the Cornhusker State is down by double digits in many polls to reclaim his former post against Republican opponent Deb Fischer. New York Times polling guru Nate Silver gives Kerrey a measly six percent chance of winning. But maybe Martin’s support can turn the tide? Check out his video below and decide for yourself:  READ FULL STORY

Big Bird winner of the debate -- on social media, anyway

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared early on in the first presidential debate Wednesday night “I love Big Bird,” but said he would still vote to cut funding for public broadcasting, everyone’s favorite oversized, yellow-feathered friend got a whole new level of fame: Internet fame.

During the debate, several twitter feeds popped up, including @BigBirdRomney, @BigBird, @FiredBigBird, and more, each gaining from hundreds to thousands of followers within minutes. There’s even a Big Bird for President Facebook page. #BigBird and his friend #OscartheGrouch both became Twitter trending topics during the course of the debate. Romney’s quip also spawned several memes and .gifs.

Twitter’s official politics feed, @gov, posted that there were “17,000 Tweets per minute for ‘Big Bird’ and 10,000 Tweets per minute for ‘PBS’” after that moment during the debate.

Some tweets from the newest birds on the Twitter block:

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