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13 08, 2012

Paul Ryan for Vice President: Where’s the Sarah Palin Treatment?

By | August 13th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

What do new GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan and former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin have in common? They're both the parents of young, school-aged children. Ryan's children -- ages seven, eight and nine -- are in that childhood sweet spot. They're just old enough not to need attention every moment of the [...]

10 08, 2012

Will Mitt Romney “Go Rogue” with His VP Pick?

By | August 10th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

Mitt Romney doesn't have it in him to "go rogue" when it comes to his vice presidential selection. In a way, I wish he did -- it sure would make the rest of the campaign season more interesting. But no matter who the GOP candidate ended up being, the queen of the rogues herself, Sarah [...]

16 07, 2012

Republicans Fear Election Zombies

By | July 16th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  Republicans see dead people. Well, they see dead people, and possibly zombies, when it comes to the visions of voter fraud that dance in their heads.  The GOP likes to conjure up images of the dearly departed to convince the rest of us that untold numbers of live voters are using their [...]

11 07, 2012

Michelle Obama’s Miami School Visit Subversive?

By | July 11th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

  Stay in school! Graduate from high school! Register to vote! These are the subversive messages the Obamas have been trying to get into our children's schools! Remember a couple of years ago when some super conservative Americans decried the fact that President Obama was going to make a "stay in school" speech [...]

28 06, 2012

Supreme Court and “Obamacare”: A Win/Win for American Families

By | June 28th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

American families across the country are breathing a major sigh of relief. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as "Obamacare") is constitutional and that Congress was within its power to mandate that Americans buy health insurance or be subject to a financial penalty. Now, there are all sorts of [...]

25 06, 2012

Arizona Immigration and the Supreme Court: Not Really Good News

By | June 25th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

  The Supreme Court surprised me this morning by ruling that Arizona lawmakers had overstepped their bounds when trying to pass immigration legislation known as SB 1070, reinforcing that the Constitution provides that immigrations laws are only to be made by the federal government, not the states. The bad news is this -- [...]

19 06, 2012

Stay-at-Home Moms Caused the War on Women?

By | June 19th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Politics|0 Comments

  Excuse me, moms. Have you ever stepped off your work or career path to be a full-time stay-at-home parent? If so then you, like me, are to blame for the impending demise of feminism. At least that's what one so-called social critic is trying to get everyone to believe. Just when you [...]

17 06, 2012

Father’s Day and Presidential Politics

By | June 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

  Much gets made about whether women candidates for political office are mothers. Do they have young kids? If so, should they be running for office? We ask how will they manage, without giving a thought to the obvious -- that few ever ask that of fathers. As both Mitt Romney & President [...]

16 06, 2012

When it Comes to Women’s Health, GOP Can’t Have it Both Ways

By | June 16th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

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6 06, 2012

Progressive Women Rock

By | June 6th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics|1 Comment

Women are going to be the key to which candidate -- President Obama vs Mitt Romney -- will win the White House in November. That's what we're talking about on our Netroots Nation panel on Thursday -- how to engage that crucial voting bloc with online tools. The panel with Viva la Feminista Veronica Arreola, [...]

5 06, 2012

Scott Walker’s Fight Against Labor & Its Impact on Women

By | June 5th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics|3 Comments

  Just a reminder about what's going on in the Wisconsin governor recall election today. I wrote this last year for Politics Daily ... I don't want to see a conspiracy where there isn't one, but as some politicians push to cut reproductive and economic rights for women, it's hard not to view [...]

28 05, 2012

Women in Politics: The Hard Truth

By | May 28th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

I came across this great graphic about women in politics I wanted to share -- not great in the fact that so few women think about running for office, but great because this sums up pretty clearly that women are still on the short end of real political influence in America. As for the question [...]

20 05, 2012

PunditMom Round-up!

By | May 20th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|3 Comments

So where was I this week when I wasn't here? Working away as 2012 Election Editor at iVillage iVote with posts about the biggest and best gaffes of the campaign season (so far!), President Obama's commencement speech at Barnard College where he told women grads they should fight for their seat at the head of [...]

14 05, 2012

Women and Social Media: The Key to Electoral Success

By | May 14th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

I'm looking forward to this year's Netroots Nation conference where I'll be on a a great panel with three amazing women I know -- Veronica Arreola of Viva la Feminista, Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising and Carol Jenkins, the former president of the Women's Media Center. I always enjoy being on panels where we talk about [...]

13 05, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day, President “Mom!”

By | May 13th, 2012|2016 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

  The first woman elected to the White House will answer to many names -- Madam President, ma'am, and, most likely, Mom. That's something I like to think about on Mother's Day. Given the demographics and family status of many of the women in politics today, there's a pretty good chance that the first female [...]

11 05, 2012

Mother’s Day: Just Another Political Opportunity for Mitt Romney

By | May 11th, 2012|2012 election, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

    After all the hub-bub and faux hand-wringing by many Republicans and the Mitt Romney team about Romney's wife Ann supposedly being the target of political "mommy wars," the Romney campaign has apparently decided they can't let this Mother's Day go by without making some more hay. It's easy in the fast-paced [...]

10 05, 2012

President Obama Cries “Uncle” on Gay Marriage

By | May 10th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

My short response is, "It's about freakin' time!" My longer, more thoughtful take on the President's "evolution" on same sex marriage is over at iVillage iVote, where I'm trying to keep up with my duties as 2012 Election Editor!

9 05, 2012

I Like Hillary Clinton “au Naturale!”

By | May 9th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

  I'm glad the Republicans have nothing better to do than trying to make fun of Hillary Clinton's appearance -- AGAIN!! She's the Secretary of State for goodness sake and she's traveling more often than she's in Washington to try to keep the world from falling apart. If this is the GOP strategy [...]

7 05, 2012

Republicans! Get in My Vagina!

By | May 7th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

You know, I thought Funny or Die was a comedy site, but it turns out they are going to a major political player this election year. Ashley Judd taking on Rick Santorum. Bringing President Bartlet back to us. And now, in a mere two and  a half minutes, Kate Beckinsale and some of her friends [...]

29 04, 2012

Where in the World? 4/29/12 Edition

By | April 29th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|4 Comments

Things are hopping in this election year, so I'm not always writing here as much as I'd like to. But I've still got my pundit hat on.  Some other places I was hanging out this week? I was over at POLITICO's Arena with my political strategist hat on talking about the imminent end of New [...]

25 04, 2012

Is “VEEP” the Kind of Veep We Want?

By | April 25th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

If Elaine from Seinfeld turned to the world of politics, and added in a dash of Curb Your Enthusiasm and a pinch of The Office, you'd have Selina Meyer, the vice president of unnamed political party in HBO's new series, VEEP.  I was so excited when I heard this show was getting produced [...]

23 04, 2012

Condoleezza Rice in 2012?

By | April 23rd, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Mitt Romney needs a lot of things to happen and a lot of stars to align for him to become the President of the United States.  But of all the items on that ever-growing list, there's an intangible, yet important, one he just hasn't been able to check off -- enthusiasm. The members of his [...]

20 04, 2012

Mitt Romney’s VP Choice: Who’s on Your List?

By | April 20th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

Now that Mitt Romney is the unofficial GOP Presidential nominee who will be taking on President Obama in the fall, all good pundits are turning their thoughts to vice presidential predictions! (What will we do when there's nothing to predict!) So as iVillage 2012 Election Editor and Correspondent, I sat down with my election partner [...]

19 04, 2012

Ann Romney Can Lose the Victim Card

By | April 19th, 2012|2012 election, Economy, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

We're probably almost done with the life cycle of the Ann Romney vs. Hilary Rosen episode of Mommy Wars 2012. Most major news outlets have pulled in just about as many experts as possible to parse how the presidential campaign was temporarily rocked by Rosen, a Democratic adviser, who said, in the context of Mitt [...]

16 04, 2012

Democratic Women Don’t Hate Moms & Valuing Women’s Work

By | April 16th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized, Women in Politics|5 Comments

It was a super big week for me last week thank to Hilary Rosen and her one crazy comment about Ann Romney and motherhood. After her slip of the tongue about whether Ann Romney had every been a working mom, all media outlets were looking for commentary. I was lucky enough to chat with the [...]

13 04, 2012

Apparently I’m a Socialist: More on Ann Romney & Mommy Wars 2012

By | April 13th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|9 Comments

Well, I knew this whole Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life" showdown with Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen would re-ignite the ever-percolating "mommy wars" (Devra, make it stop), but it's taken on a gargantuan life of its own. I hope for the sake of our country we can move on to [...]

12 04, 2012

More Political Mommy Wars? Here We Go Again!

By | April 12th, 2012|2012 election, Economy, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life. Ouch. I'm counting the seconds until CNN commentator Hilary Rosen, who also is a DNC adviser, gets the boot from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Not that I think Rosen should go, but that lone comment will be an ongoing distraction for weeks [...]

11 04, 2012

Ann Romney as GOP’s Secret Weapon: Should She be the Republican Candidate?

By | April 11th, 2012|2012 election, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

With Rick Santorum out of the presidential race, Mitt Romney can unofficially turn his attention to campaigning against President Barack Obama. But he's been having problems connecting with voters, especially women. Can Mitt turn that around? And if so, how? I had a chance to discuss that with Kelly Wallace as part of the iVillage [...]

10 04, 2012

Rick Warren & His Let Them Eat Cake Social Policy

By | April 10th, 2012|2012 election, Economy, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|3 Comments

Rick Warren is one of the most high-profile religious leaders in America. If you're not familiar, he's the head of the Saddleback mega-church in California and an author who apparently is on somewhat friendly terms with President Obama.  But I think that's about to change as Warren is going to bat for the Republican uber-conservatives. [...]

9 04, 2012

Romney Mommy Issues?

By | April 9th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

  It's no secret that GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney has some issues. He's the front-runner in a field of less-than-perfect Republican candidates, and he's got a little bit too much of the Al Gore thing going in his campaign. You know what I'm talking about -- he's a not comfortable in crowds, [...]