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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, [...]

3 04, 2012

Nikki Haley Won’t Be the GOP VP Pick

By | April 3rd, 2012|2012 election, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

Who could be better as a Republican vice presidential pick than a young, attractive, up-and-coming rising star who happens to be a woman of color, a mom of young children and the governor of an important Southern state?  The GOP is sorely in need of repairing the damage it's done to itself with the "woman's [...]

30 03, 2012

“Sexy” President Obama?

By | March 30th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

Because this is just too fun not to watch ....

22 03, 2012

Mitt Romney and the Etch-a-Sktech: Not a Child’s Tale

By | March 22nd, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

Thank you for this, Rachel Maddow Show!

19 03, 2012

Michelle Obama: Middle Class Secret Weapon for 2012

By | March 19th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Vice President Joe Biden is being touted as the Obama re-election campaign's secret weapon to connect with the all-important middle class vote.  But the VP isn't the only one with working class roots on the Obama team -- what about the First Lady? The Romney and Santorum campaigns are relying heavily on their First Ladies [...]

17 03, 2012

A Short, Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

By | March 17th, 2012|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Dear Hillary, I so loved your speech last week from the Women in the World conference, as well as Meryl Streep's brilliant introduction of you. You've had so many wonderful and inspiring moments as someone who has been a tireless champion for women around the world. I love this "best of" reel of just a [...]

16 03, 2012

Political Ambition and Women

By | March 16th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

As part of my ongoing duties over at iVillage iVote during the 2012 election, I get to be part of some amazing video conversations, like this one with iVillage Chief Correspondent Kelly Wallace and author/activist Gloria Feldt.  We had a great time dishing about why there aren't more women running for political office.  Lots of [...]

15 03, 2012

Explaining Political Birds and Bees to a 12-Year-Old

By | March 15th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

PunditGirl: Mom, why don't you and dad like Rick Santorum? Me: Well, remember a couple of years ago, when we talked about how babies get made? PunditGirl: Yeah .... Me: And remember how you got all worried and said, "But Mom, what if I don't want to have a baby?  What if I want to [...]

9 03, 2012

Which Sarah Palin Do You Prefer?

By | March 9th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

If you're feeling a little rogue, get ready for more Mama Grizzly than you can stand because Sarah Palin is coming to multiple screens near you! As frustrated and conflicted Republicans are trying to choose a standard bearer to challenge President Obama, is it any coincidence that Palin's PAC has announced the re-release [...]

7 03, 2012

Super Tuesday and Mitt Romney: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?

By | March 7th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

Mitt Romney was the big winner on Super Tuesday.  Or was he? Yes, he placed first in six of the ten state races. Yes, he came out on top in Ohio, the most watched contest of the night. But it's hard for anyone who's objective about the primaries and caucuses to say Romney got the [...]

6 03, 2012

Super Tuesday Plans? Hang Out With Me at iVillage iVote!

By | March 6th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

    All the political wonkiness is swirling around for Super Tuesday!  What's going to happen?  What will the results mean?  Who's in and who's out?  Third-party candidate here we come? If you're like me, you'll need someone to talk about all this with.  The solution?  Join me over at iVillage iVote!  I'm [...]

28 02, 2012

What Will Those Republicans Say Next?

By | February 28th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

As we head into the presidential primaries in Arizona and Michigan, I sense many voters' heads are spinning over what the candidates believe are vote-getting discussions. Rick Santorum says President Obama is a "snob" for wanting all American kids to have a chance at college and that he "almost threw up" when he [...]

27 02, 2012

Santorum Thinks You’re a College Snob

By | February 27th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|2 Comments

Just when I think Rick Santorum can't say anything else to make my jaw drop, he conjures something new to confirm my suspicions that he's not just an uber-conservative, but that maybe he's gotten a few too many whiffs of those campaign bus fumes. His latest remarks in his  efforts to convince Republicans [...]

22 02, 2012

Rick Santorum Doesn’t Want to be President

By | February 22nd, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mom Vote 2012, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

  Rick Santorum has found his footing as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.  He's gaining attention by the day, which is borne out by recent polls that put him in a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney, the GOP pick who was supposed to be the inevitable challenger to President Barack Obama.  [...]

18 02, 2012

Kate Upton and Barack Obama Walk Into A Bar …

By | February 18th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

You know this year you won't be able to escape political talk at happy hours, cocktail parties or even online.  But you don't have to immerse yourself Congressional Quarterly or CSPAN to keep the conversation going.  So here are a few things political tidbits to keep in mind for any social events you attend this [...]

13 02, 2012

Can Rick Santorum Fix His “Woman” Problem?

By | February 13th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

If Rick Santorum wants women voters to support his presidential candidacy, he might want to stop talking about women. Soon. He’s clearly doing well with conservative Christian voters around the country, as his wins in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado show. But Santorum can’t win the big contest in November without women. And in light [...]

10 02, 2012

Birth Control Fight Isn’t About Freedom of Religion

By | February 10th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|5 Comments

Vocal Catholic bishops and members of the religious right community want America to think that President Obama has launched an all out assault on religion with the announcement that employer-provided health insurance policies have to cover birth control without a co-pay. They're yelling, stomping their feet and have taken to the airwaves to [...]

1 02, 2012

Will Newt Gingrich Get a Second Date with Women Voters?

By | February 1st, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

South Carolina women loved Newt Gingrich. Women voters in Florida? Not so much. The results of the Florida Republican presidential primary show that while the ladies in the Palmetto State liked what Gingrich had to say as a candidate, the gals in the Sunshine State wanted another candidate to take to the general election prom. [...]

30 01, 2012

President Obama Loves the Super Bowl

By | January 30th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

Well, at least he seems to like this Super Bowl between Romney and Gingrich!   Source: NewYorker.com

20 01, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Just Swinging Through the Campaign

By | January 20th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

So the conservative right is coming to the defense of Newt "I will always defend traditional marriage" Gingrich -- the man who tried to bring down President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair while at the same time telling his wife who'd just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis that he either wanted an "open [...]

19 01, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s Very Bad, Horrible, Wonderful, No Good Day

By | January 19th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|5 Comments

It was the best of time and it was the worst of times for Newt Gingrich today.  I couldn't help thinking both of that line from A Tale of Two Cities with the political events of the day, as well as doing a little riff in this post's title from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, [...]

19 01, 2012

Political Crazy Times!

By | January 19th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|5 Comments

There is just TOO much going on in the world of presidential politics to weigh in on all the pundit-y goodness that could surely fill pages of this site!  But what's a girl to do when the whole world of Republican politics looks like it's turning upside down?  I was all set to [...]

19 01, 2012

My Hillary Clinton Fantasy!

By | January 19th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Poor Hillary Clinton. She never gets a break when it comes to the political rumor mill. Will she run against President Obama in 2012? Did she say she wanted to retire from being Secretary of State in a second-term Obama administration because she wants to make plans for a White House run in [...]

14 01, 2012

7 Reasons Men Rule in Politics

By | January 14th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Men still rule the school when it comes to the world of politics. I know that's not really news, but it's good to have someone do a study about this sort of thing just to remind us that the more things change (there are more women in elective office today than a couple of decades [...]

13 01, 2012

Jodi Kantor Looks at “The Obamas” as Parents

By | January 13th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

The just-released, best-selling book "The Obamas"  written by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor is getting a lot of push back from the White House in connection with her reporting of Mrs. Obama's interactions with the President's staff and her portrayal of the ups and downs of the Obama family's adjustments to White [...]