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2 10, 2012

Presidential Debates: Here They Come!

By | October 2nd, 2012|2012 election, 2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

It's presidential debate time! The moments we've all been waiting for in the 2012 campaign! OK, so maybe you haven't been on the edge of your seat about the stand-at-the-podium, semi-scripted events that are a presidential campaign rite of passage.  So much of the lead-up coverage for the first debate is about what zingers we're [...]

24 09, 2012

Why I Can’t be a “Sh*tty Mom”

By | September 24th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics, Women Online|21 Comments

Sh*tty moms unite! That's the new message giving mothers a good, collective laugh these days. And I confess, I have absolutely NOTHING against so-called "sh*tty moms." I have plenty of sh*tty motherhood moments that I could regale you with and I can certainly laugh about plenty of them. But when we live in world that [...]

21 09, 2012

Ann Romney’s Political Mom “Stop It!” Moment

By | September 21st, 2012|2012 election, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

  "Stop it! Stop it, RIGHT NOW!" What parent hasn't had that moment of "I'm at the end of my rope" frustration with a tired or petulant child? You know you shouldn't yell.  You know you're supposed to remember all the good parenting stuff you've been taught -- talk in a calm voice, get down [...]

18 09, 2012

Mitt Romney’s Marie Antoinette Moment

By | September 18th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

Ann can't help Mitt Romney anymore. She tried to paint a portrait of a kinder and gentler Mitt at the Republican National Convention. Just a boy who wanted to date a girl. Just a dad devoted to his kids. Just a husband who would care for his ailing wife, even though he wouldn't offer to [...]

14 09, 2012

Ann Romney Wears the Political Pants

By | September 14th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

  On the cover of TIME Magazine's online convention daily coverage, Ann Romney was pictured in a lovely plum-colored blouse and a pair of jeans. Or, should I say, she's wearing the pants. How apt. I'm convinced that Ann Romney wears the pants in her household, both when it comes to their family and when [...]

8 09, 2012

Five Reasons I Liked President Obama’s DNC Speech

By | September 8th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  For a Democrat like me, it was hard not to like President Obama's nomination acceptance speech at the DNC. Since it was coming on the heels of Mitt Romney's speech in Tampa for the RNC, I knew he'd be ready to take on the attacks. Five things really struck me, though, including his decision [...]

6 09, 2012

Democratic Spirits Not Dampened by Rain or Change in Plans

By | September 6th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

When I asked some of the volunteers at the Democratic National Convention about Barack Obama's acceptance speech being moved from the outdoor Bank of America Stadium to the more weather-friendly Charlotte Convention Center, I could see the disappointment on their faces. They've been working long hours all week, helping things go smoothly, cheerfully directing delegates [...]

6 09, 2012

DNC Jobs Panel: Will STEM Jobs & Community Colleges Be the Answer?

By | September 6th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|0 Comments

The 2012 election is about jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs. And the economy. That's what everyone says, and that's what many convention speeches are about. But what jobs? For which segments of the population? Working parents? Kids just out of college? Students trying to work their way through college? Or high school grads just trying to [...]

29 08, 2012

5 Things I Hated About Ann Romney’s Speech

By | August 29th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|20 Comments

So, I've already weighed in on Ann Romney's attempts to make her husband out to be all warm and fuzzy and the kind of guy you not only want to take home to the parents, but who will also work his darnedest in the White House. There are plenty of people kvelling over her speech [...]

29 08, 2012

Dear GOP: Something’s Missing

By | August 29th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

I watched pretty much all of the live coverage of the first full night of the Republican National Convention. I even watched it on C-SPAN so I wouldn't get the spin of my usual (and favorite) talking heads! I truly wanted to hear what so many of these Republicans were going to say, and I [...]

29 08, 2012

Ann Romney and the GOP: Courting the Mom Vote

By | August 29th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

Ann Romney was after the mom vote big time at the Republican Convention last night. Moms hold the country together. Moms sigh a lot. Moms worry a lot. She was a mom who worried a lot. But she trusted Mitt and she got through her motherhood experience. So all of us moms should trust Mitt, [...]

28 08, 2012

Delegate Moms: Where’s the Child Care?

By | August 28th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Mothers and Daughters, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

  As increasing numbers of women who have young children become involved in the political process, the issue of child care gets more attention. That's good as far as it goes. But with the GOP Convention going on in Tampa and the Democrats getting ready to nominate Barack Obama for a second term, I've been [...]

27 08, 2012

Going to Charlotte!

By | August 27th, 2012|2012 election, Adoption, Democrats, Mothers and Daughters, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  Guess who's going to the Democratic National Convention? Yup! I'm super-excited that I'm going to be headed to Charlotte to experience my second presidential convention and my first one with the Democrats. (I covered a Republican Convention back in my broadcast journalism days, but I won't tell you which one, as it would totally [...]

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 -- [...]

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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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 [...]

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!

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 [...]

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 [...]