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26 07, 2016

Defending Debbie Wasserman Schultz

By | July 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Defending Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The current state of affairs is a needless persecution of someone who has long been described as “… beloved by the Democratic rank and file for her aggressive, outspoken advocacy for liberal points of view.” It’s a persecution that fits nicely into Donald Trump’s playbook of embarrassing Democrats, making them look like fools and convincing [...]

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 [...]

1 02, 2016

If Hillary Clinton Wins Iowa, Media Will Still Call Her a Loser

By | February 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on If Hillary Clinton Wins Iowa, Media Will Still Call Her a Loser

From a media standpoint, there is no way Hillary Clinton can win Iowa even if she wins the somewhat inscrutable caucuses. How is that possible you ask? Three words - Hillary. Industrial. Complex. Now, the "HIC" I'm talking of isn't about Hillary herself or her ambition or her political machine. The real Hillary Industrial Complex [...]

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 [...]

20 07, 2012

The Aurora Shooting: Maybe It’s OK to be a Helicopter Parent

By | July 20th, 2012|Uncategorized|14 Comments

The shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado has parents like me thinking a lot about sending our kids to the movies. What we might have done yesterday probably won't be what we will do tomorrow. I let our 12-year-old daughter go to the movies "alone" with a friend for the first time a couple of months [...]

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 [...]

15 03, 2012

Slut or Snob: Which is the Bigger Political Badge of Honor?

By | March 15th, 2012|Uncategorized|9 Comments

Did anyone seriously think that in 2012 we'd be calling people "snobs" for suggesting that every American child should have the opportunity to go to college?  Or that women taking responsibility for their "ladies' health" issues would be "sluts?" Maybe I've been taking this all wrong.  I've been all offended and hurty, when maybe I [...]

25 12, 2011

Happy Holidays from the “Pundit Family!”

By | December 25th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Happy Holidays from the "Pundit Family!"

6 12, 2011

Newt Gingrich Has Got Scrooge & the Grinch Beat!

By | December 6th, 2011|Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized|4 Comments

What do you get if you cross Ebeneezer Scrooge and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?  Why, Newt Gingrich, of course! Well, at least in demeanor, if not in actual appearance.  You may recall that old Ebeneezer was a man who thought eating too much was a wasteful sin and the former Speaker of the House [...]

20 10, 2011

What I’m Reading Today

By | October 20th, 2011|Uncategorized|1 Comment

As I'm getting ready for this weekend's Blogalicious conference and the panel I'm on to talk about philanthropy in the digital age, I'm trying to catch up on a little reading, too.  Here are some articles I thought you'd enjoy, as well! If reports are accurate, Libya's Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Fighting the War on [...]

29 09, 2011

What if We Were Really Honest?

By | September 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|1 Comment

What would the never-ending debate about what it's like to be a stay-at-home mom vs. a work-at-home mom vs. a work in an office mom look like if we all talked honestly about our experiences?  No worn-out cliches about pretending we love everything about whatever choice we've made?  No acting like our lives are perfect [...]

2 05, 2011

Osama bin Laden is Dead: Time to Re-stock the 9/11 Emergency Kit

By | May 2nd, 2011|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Osama bin Laden is dead. Do you know where your duct tape and canned foods are? The man we've been tracking for a decade, and the reason so many American lives have been lost in Afghanistan and Iraq, has finally been taken out by Navy SEALS in a Pakistan mission worthy of a Tom Clancy [...]

8 04, 2011

The GOP Will Blame a Government Shutdown on Women

By | April 8th, 2011|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Women are the scapegoats of the GOP's push for a government shutdown. You heard me.  If the federal government closes because lawmakers can't agree on whether women should be allowed to get annual physical exams, contraceptives or cervical cancer screenings, they'll blame it on us because we want low-income women to have access to important [...]

23 03, 2011

Calling All Moms for Clean Air

By | March 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When The Clean Air Act was signed into law back in the peace, love and flower-child days of the 1970s, I'm sure there were plenty of  parents who believed their children and grandchildren would be able to inhale a little deeper and breathe a little easier as they grew up.  But in the decades since [...]

24 02, 2011

Chelsea Clinton's Marriage: Can We Just Leave Her Alone?

By | February 24th, 2011|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Just when I thought we were done speculating about Chelsea Clinton's marriage, the gossip rears its ugly head again.  After reports a few weeks ago that the relationships between Chelsea and her new husband Marc Mezvinsky was on the rocks after only a few months, new stories are popping up that perhaps Mezvinsky needs to [...]

28 01, 2011

I Get the Message

By | January 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|3 Comments

These go perfectly with my "Stop me before I volunteer again" Post-It notes.

17 01, 2011

"Chinese" Mothering Isn't for Me

By | January 17th, 2011|Uncategorized|4 Comments

2011 is a tough time to be a parent in America.  Explaining to our children why a nine-year-old was shot and killed in a rampage in Arizona.   Managing the amount of pop culture exposure one's child should have (if any) to keep from being a social outcast at school.  And now if one isn't [...]

15 10, 2010

52?! How the Hell Did I Get Here?

By | October 15th, 2010|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Yes, I'll just put it out there. 52. How the hell did I get here?  Wasn't I just graduating from law school the other day?  I try really hard not to obsess about the age thing this time of year -- after all, there's nothing I can do about it and I do try my [...]

18 06, 2010

No Cyberbullying — Yet

By | June 18th, 2010|Uncategorized|7 Comments

My fourth-grade daughter was very excited when I finally allowed her to have her own E-mail address.  A few of her school friends had them, and they started E-mailing each other after school which she really enjoyed.  It was about little things like what they were going to wear the next day, if they had [...]

7 06, 2010

Why Helen Thomas and Not Rush Limbaugh?

By | June 7th, 2010|Uncategorized|27 Comments

I've been a longtime fan of veteran journalist Helen Thomas, especially since she was the first woman to be allowed into the White House press corps.  She helped forge the way for later women journalists like myself, she's written some wonderful books about presidential history, and I was lucky enough to meet her a couple [...]

26 04, 2010

Thanks Amy Poehler, I Feel Smarter Already!

By | April 26th, 2010|Uncategorized|3 Comments

I've come to the conclusion that former Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler is on a stealth mission to use humor to promote girl empowerment. First, she created this cartoon called The Mighty B! Now, she brings us Smart Girls at the Party, a show that focuses, on girls changing the world just by being [...]

19 03, 2010

Ready or Not, Here We Come!

By | March 19th, 2010|Uncategorized|14 Comments

At the Summer Palace in Beijing, there is a tourist attraction called The Long Corridor. It doesn't seem so long at first, but it's a hefty little stroll along Kunming Lake.  The paintings almost bring the ancient royal families to life, but for the throngs of tourists who take the stroll now. As we're closing [...]

6 02, 2010

Snowpocalypse Part Deux? Snowpocalypse the Squeakuel?

By | February 6th, 2010|Uncategorized|2 Comments

It started out, as it did in December, as such a pretty snow. It really wasn't so bad Until it got dark And it just hasn't stopped Snow cake, anyone? Of course, we're all tweeting about it!  #snOMG

26 01, 2010

Ed Rendell, John Edwards, Barack Obama & Lilly Ledbetter

By | January 26th, 2010|Uncategorized|3 Comments

No, I don't have a bad joke that includes them walking into a bar or being on a life raft.  But I do have a few random political thoughts about each of them today.  Hey, I can share here just as well as on Twitter, right? I'm really liking Ed Rendell these days! As I've [...]

26 11, 2009

Thankful

By | November 26th, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

2 11, 2009

Not "America's Next Great Pundit" — Yet!

By | November 2nd, 2009|Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Uncategorized, Women in Politics|8 Comments

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed that I didn't make the cut for finalists in the Washington Post's "Next Great Pundit" contest. I'm not quite sure why the Washington Post is doing such a thing. Last time I checked with Katie Orenstein from The Op-Ed Project, major newspapers didn't exactly have a [...]

31 10, 2009

PunditMom Photo Saturday — Even in a Recession, We Can Be Polite

By | October 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Mr. PunditMom and I did eat at this establishment on a quick 24 hour getaway to Virginia.  And the sandwiches were DEE-licious!

26 10, 2009

PunditMom Monday Reading

By | October 26th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

For your morning reading pleasure! This 0p-ed by former Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor Joanne Lipman. She has some interesting thoughts on the Shriver Report and it's relationshipto 9/11. And while I won't be reading Going Rogue, I might think about reading Going Rouge!

24 10, 2009

Do You Blog for "the Man?"

By | October 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure to be on a panel at the Women, Action & the Media conference with my good friend Veronica Arreola from Viva la Feminista and Diane Farsetta from the Center for Media and Democracy on a topic that's become pretty timely recently with the Federal Trade Commission's interest in [...]

17 10, 2009

PunditMom Photo Saturday — Trying the Nikon L100

By | October 17th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

While my Nikon D60 is in the shop getting evaluated from some problems I've been having with it, it's nice to have a loaner camera! I'm trying out the Nikon L100, which is sort of a hybrid -- a cross between a point and shoot and a full SLR.  It's a little more complicated than [...]