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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 [...]

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 [...]

19 10, 2012

Your Voice, Your Vote: “Binders Full of Women” Will Make the Difference on Election Day

By | October 19th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Politics, Women in Politics|3 Comments

"Binders full of women" have been the hot political topic of the week! Some observers have lamented that there are many more important things to be talking about --like job reports, unemployment, Libya. But when it comes to winning elections, nothing is more important than convincing the largest voting group that you are the man [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Santorum Ends 2012 Campaign. When Will His Bid for 2016 Begin?

By | April 10th, 2012|2012 election, 2016 election|2 Comments

Political observers knew it was just a matter of time until Rick Santorum dropped out of the 2012 presidential race. The numbers game was against him -- at the moment Mitt Romney has almost three times as many convention delegates as Santorum. Even though the former Senator from Pennsylvania had a bigger fan club, Romney [...]

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, [...]

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 ....

29 03, 2012

Rick Santorum: GOP Ladies’ Man

By | March 29th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|0 Comments

Conservative women voters LOVE Rick Santorum! While those of us on the Democratic side of the aisle worry about what will happen to our access to birth control and our reproductive health rights if the former Pennsylvania Senator were to become president, many Republican women favor Santorum over Mitt Romney by huge numbers. But why? [...]

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!

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 [...]

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 [...]

3 03, 2012

Super Tuesday, Here We Come!

By | March 3rd, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|0 Comments

Buckle up, because the biggest day of the 2012 primary season is almost upon us.  Ten states will decide on Tuesday, March 6 who their favorite Republican candidate is.  Usually at least by Super Tuesday, we know which way the political winds are blowing.  But as with the Democratic party in 2008, things are still [...]

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.  [...]