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10 11, 2016

White Women, It’s Time to Get a Clue … If It’s Not Too Late

By | November 10th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on White Women, It’s Time to Get a Clue … If It’s Not Too Late

Not all white women are clueless.  But Trump's victory proves that the majority of us are.  I've never understood the election statistic that most married white women vote Republican. Even if they were Democrats before their wedding day, there's apparently something about putting on that ring that turns their blue hearts to red. Yes, I'm [...]

12 10, 2016

Five Things Lester Holt Needs to Ask Donald Trump

By | October 12th, 2016|2016 election, Economy, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on Five Things Lester Holt Needs to Ask Donald Trump

Donald Trump has a well-documented penchant for rarely answering direct questions. If journalists try to pin him down, they get mocked or have their press credentials revoked. They also get physically removed from public events. And, if they don’t have all the facts at their fingertips to challenge him on his evasion tactics, Trump gaslights [...]

8 06, 2016

Historic Hillary Victory a ‘Where Were You’ Moment

By | June 8th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|Comments Off on Historic Hillary Victory a ‘Where Were You’ Moment

The historic nature of Clinton officially becoming the Democratic presidential nominee (barring something unforeseen) isn’t just about Hillary or my own dream of someone like her. Reports abound on social media that parents allowed their children to stay up past their bedtimes on a school night – as so many of us did in 1969 [...]

31 05, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s So-Called Likability Problem Is Our Issue, Not Hers

By | May 31st, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Hillary Clinton’s So-Called Likability Problem Is Our Issue, Not Hers

  Of all the things I’ve learned researching what women voters really think about Hillary Clinton, and whether they love her or love her not as the possible first woman president of the United States, not once has anyone ever said, “You know, I’d really like her lot and she’d have my support, if only [...]

9 04, 2016

Ten Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

By | April 9th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Ten Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has been in the national spotlight since 1992, and has had more than her share of notoriety since her college days as the first woman commencement speaker at Wellesley College. So while I wasn’t sure exactly how the contributors to Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox would feel about HRC, as [...]

8 04, 2016

Will We Ever Be Able to Trust “Ambitious” Women?

By | April 8th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Will We Ever Be Able to Trust “Ambitious” Women?

A Bernie Sanders spokesperson recently played a desperate and sexist political card against Hillary Clinton. It wasn't a new one, but Sanders' representative surely knew that to call the former secretary of state and U.S. senator the "A" word would, for some voters, bring into question her fitness for the White House without actually having [...]

8 03, 2016

Six Reasons “Shake It Off” Should Be Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Theme Song

By | March 8th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Six Reasons “Shake It Off” Should Be Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Theme Song

Hillary Clinton spent tons of time campaigning for many mid-term candidates in 2014 -- did 18 states signal her affection for the 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling? And no doubt she heard a variety of campaign songs chosen by those candidates to inspire the crowds that turned out at rallies. So now that [...]

20 02, 2016

6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You to Forget, 2016 Edition

By | February 20th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on 6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You to Forget, 2016 Edition

Two years ago, I wrote the first "6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You To Forget" post. Surprisingly, it has been a a very popular post. And I had to wonder why? There are things every political candidate would prefer voters not focus on as they run for office, and it seems like these are very [...]

25 01, 2016

Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox on C-SPAN Book TV!

By | January 25th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox on C-SPAN Book TV!

Couldn't get to the Washington, D.C.-area book tour stop for Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox? No worries!  C-SPAN Book TV was there and taped the event! The show aired over the weekend of Blizzard 2016/Snowmageddon/SnowZilla or whatever you called it! But you can watch it here, too!

8 01, 2016

If Angela Merkel Doesn’t Have to Be Likable, Why Does Hillary Clinton?

By | January 8th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on If Angela Merkel Doesn’t Have to Be Likable, Why Does Hillary Clinton?

When people describe German Chancellor Angela Merkel, plenty of phrases come to mind that have nothing to do with her personality. She's been a player on the global political stage for decades and Chancellor of Germany for ten years. Adjectives to describe her range from "prudent, pragmatic, and down to earth," to "resolutely dull." Merkel, [...]

16 12, 2015

Can Hillary Thread the Needle on Being Likable & Being Ready to Deal with Terror

By | December 16th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Can Hillary Thread the Needle on Being Likable & Being Ready to Deal with Terror

Some say Hillary Clinton was too "hawkish" in 2008. Some say she is too warm and fuzzy for 2016. What's a girl got to do to convince voters she's ready for the White House? [divider] Hillary Rodham Clinton learned during her first presidential run that, at least until we elect the first female president, there [...]

24 11, 2015

I Don’t Need Hillary Clinton to Be Perfect

By | November 24th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on I Don’t Need Hillary Clinton to Be Perfect

  [divider] Today, an appetizer from my essay, "I Don’t Need Hillary Clinton to Be Perfect," that was excerpted at US News & World Report: I confess that in 2008 I didn’t think we were a country that was ready for a woman president. Oh, how I wanted us to be! The 1970s feminist in [...]

3 11, 2015

Is Our Love/Hate Relationship With Hillary Clinton Here to Stay?

By | November 3rd, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Is Our Love/Hate Relationship With Hillary Clinton Here to Stay?

How have we become so conflicted over one woman with the kind of goals and ambitions that most of us would encourage in our own mothers or daughters? To paraphrase Yoda, the force is strong in those who are both for and against Hillary. [divider] Our country has a very complicated relationship with Hillary Clinton. Some [...]

21 10, 2015

Is Congressman Paul Ryan the Unlikely New Face of Work/Life Balance?

By | October 21st, 2015|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|Comments Off on Is Congressman Paul Ryan the Unlikely New Face of Work/Life Balance?

"I cannot and I will not give up my family time." That's what Paul Ryan declared when asked to be the new Speaker of the House. Kind of ironic coming from a guy so opposed to paid family leave for the rest of America. [divider] If you've been trying to stay away from news because [...]

12 10, 2015

Three Surprising Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

By | October 12th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Three Surprising Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

Being a wonky political follower, I thought I had a sense about where certain writers would come out on Hillary. But the contributors to Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox surprised me in a lot of ways. [divider] The first Democratic presidential debate for the 2016 election is almost upon us and cable [...]

7 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Inner “Val the Bartender” is Her Key to the White House

By | October 7th, 2015|2016 election, Feminism, Presidential Campaigns|Comments Off on Hillary Clinton’s Inner “Val the Bartender” is Her Key to the White House

“ 'Everyone who wills can hear their inner voice. It is within everyone,' ” said Mahatma Gandhi. That might just be Hillary Clinton's key to winning the White House. [divider] "Val the Bartender" is a wise, wise woman. She's so savvy, in fact, that she should be Hillary Clinton's new confidante who whispers in her [...]

30 08, 2015

Hillary Has to Be the Girlfriend, But Trump Can Be The Grinch

By | August 30th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Hillary Has to Be the Girlfriend, But Trump Can Be The Grinch

Likability wasn’t just a side issue in this research; a whopping 90 percent of women who participated in a 2012 polling said that they had to like a female candidate before they could support her. [divider] Could an unlikable Donald Trump trump a likable Hillary Rodham Clinton for the White House? Hear me out when [...]

30 01, 2013

My Six Favorite Hillary Clinton Moments

By | January 30th, 2013|2012 election, 2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|7 Comments

  Hillary Clinton is now a retired woman. She has officially stepped down from her post as Secretary of State. She's no longer a U.S. Senator or First Lady. She's not waging a presidential campaign -- yet. And those pesky Benghazi hearings are over! What are we political women going to do without [...]

10 01, 2013

The Great Hillary Clinton Bash of 2013

By | January 10th, 2013|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

  Oh, neo-cons. What are you going to do in a few weeks when Hillary Clinton retires? For the past 20+ years, you have made Hillary-bashing an Olympic sport. No matter what Hillary does. No matter where she goes. No matter what her title or job description at any given moment, even when Hillary Clinton [...]

6 11, 2012

Election Pins and Needles: What’s Been Keeping You Awake?

By | November 6th, 2012|2012 election, 2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|2 Comments

I'm too distracted to write anything coherent or pithy, but so many thoughts are running around in my head about the outcome of today's election, so I thought I'd share: 1. My parents live in Pennsylvania -- one of  the states that tried to ram through mandatory photo ID laws for voting. A judge put [...]

5 11, 2012

High Anxiety on the Election Front

By | November 5th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

Predictions are always a dangerous thing, especially in an election that has been as contentious as the one between President Obama and Mitt Romney. While there is a feeling in the air that we are in a "perfect storm" set-up for a long election night as a result of self-appointed vigilante-like poll watchers, insufficient early [...]

31 10, 2012

Political Mothers: The Key to Winning the White House

By | October 31st, 2012|2012 election, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|2 Comments

  I've gotten used to being scoffed at when it comes to my political bona fides. Because the word "mom" is in the name of my site, I'm often dismissed as someone who isn't focused on current events, our political climate or electoral events.  I'm a mother, so I must only be interested in what [...]

30 10, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Which Presidential Candidate Will She Help?

By | October 30th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

Hurricane Sandy could not have had better timing for a country that has just about reached its limit on campaign fatigue. Not that I'm glad that the Frankenstorm with the friendly-sounding name has wreaked havoc on the entire Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. I wish there was something more than writing a check to the Red Cross [...]

29 10, 2012

Can Romney Be President if He’s Afraid of Pop Culture?

By | October 29th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

Ever since Bill Clinton famously donned some cool shades and riffed on his saxophone during his presidential campaign, the power of candidates using non-traditional campaign outlets has been clear. Want to woo young voters? Slow jam with Jimmy Fallon. Want to win suburban women? Hang out with the ladies of The View or have the [...]

29 10, 2012

Ten Ways to Win Women’s Votes

By | October 29th, 2012|2012 election, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Ten ways to win women's votes? Thanks, Ellen Bravo!

18 10, 2012

Binders Full of Women: The Pinterest Page

By | October 18th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

"Binders full of women." That's what Mitt Romney says he asked for (though now we know that's not really true) when he shockingly, all of a sudden in 2003 had an epiphany that, GOSH! There are actually women who want to work outside the home and are qualified to be in high level leadership positions! [...]

17 10, 2012

Binders Full of Women: More Than a Meme

By | October 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized, Women in Politics|4 Comments

The blogosphere loves a good meme. Who doesn't like a little Ryan "Hey Girl" Gosling (especially that feminist Ryan Gosling!) or some bad-ass Texts from Hillary. They're good fun with a grain a truth -- women's collective love for both the hunky actor and the Secretary of State many of us want to run for [...]

17 10, 2012

Binders Full of Women: Romney and His Feminist Awakening

By | October 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

I wasn't surprised that President Obama was ready to take on Mitt Romney in the second of their three presidential debates. And I wasn't surprised at the variety of topics -- Libya, student loans, oil and coal, birth control and more. But sometimes Mitt Romney just can't help himself when it comes to channeling his [...]

16 10, 2012

Debate Number Two: 15 Reasons It’s More Than the Economy, Stupid

By | October 16th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

As we count down the hours to presidential debate number two, we know that the town hall style questions have been pre-approved and pre-scripted by the respective campaigns.  Odds are, we're not going to learn much new about either candidate in this debate and the winner will, again, be decided on style points rather than [...]

4 10, 2012

Romney Thinks Big Bird is a Moocher

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

Mitt Romney threw Big Bird under the bus in the first presidential debate, as he vowed to cut funds from PBS and the big yellow guy in favor of other federal programs. While some uber-conservatives might like the sound of that as a way of fiscal prioritizing, Romney is hoping that we voters [...]