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30 05, 2012

Michelle Obama Tells Her Girls to “Get Tough.” Should We Tell Our Kids the Same?

By | May 30th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|9 Comments

Tweens are steeped in the world of slights and hurt feelings. Wear the wrong head band to school, and your day could be ruined by one small comment. Someone says they hate you, but the next day they're all chummy again. And as our kids get older, and more connected online, there's the cyber-bullying to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

1 03, 2012

Democrats to Court Suburban Moms. Will the GOP Come Calling, Too?

By | March 1st, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mom Vote 2012, Moms & Politics, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|2 Comments

Women decide elections. That's a fact that's been proven by a variety of studies.  Yet, political parties and candidates often don't want to engage with women in any meaningful way.  And when it comes to women voters who happen to be moms, well, it's just been easier for so-called political masterminds to put [...]

4 01, 2012

Michele Bachmann is Out. Or Is She?

By | January 4th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

It was really just a matter of time until Michele Bachmann’s presidential race was over.  I had a sense that things were close when her children showed up with her on interviews right before the Iowa Caucuses.  When a candidate starts appearing with their extended family mid-campaign, it’s almost never a good sign.  [...]

26 12, 2011

Mothers of Intention — Ilina from Dirt and Noise: Involving Your Children in Your Political Passions

By | December 26th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Welcome to the latest installment of BlogHer's series Why I'm Political. I know lots of people steer clear of the world of politics or anything that makes you think about one more televised candidate debate! But the political means a lot of different things to different people, especially women. I learned that as I was [...]

24 11, 2011

Mothers of Intention “Why I’m Political” Series — Jaelithe Judy

By | November 24th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Welcome to this month's edition of the Why I'm Political series. Don't run off! I know the word "politics" can be scary and conjure up images of never-ending presidential debates. But that's not what this is about. It's about thoughtful women from both sides of the political aisle sharing what motivated them to take the [...]

3 11, 2011

New Study Calls “Mom Bloggers” Politically Influential. Isn’t That What I Said?

By | November 3rd, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

A recent study entitled, “Mom Bloggers Voices and Votes Influence State of Union” comes to the conclusion that women online have a huge impact on politics and social issues.   The graphics proclaim “Mom bloggers vote!” “Mom bloggers care!” Mom bloggers are “motivated!” To that I say, ya’ think? Now, I’m not a pollster [...]

1 11, 2011

Mothers of Intention: Moms are the New Activists!

By | November 1st, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|7 Comments

  If someone asked you to take a day out of your life to help mothers and children who are the poorest of the poor, who need the things we take for granted every day – enough food to feed our children, vaccines to prevent diseases, medicines to keep our families as healthy [...]

24 11, 2010

Political Thanksgiving

By | November 24th, 2010|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Things a pundit can be thankful for this holiday season: 1. Sarah Palin. She's the politico's gift that keeps on giving. 2. The fact that women rule the blogosphere and the online world of social media.  This is going to make world domination a lot easier than I thought. 3. Knowing that there are spaces [...]

9 01, 2009

Sarah Palin’s Whining Isn’t Helping Anyone

By | January 9th, 2009|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

After watching the new Sarah Palin interview clip from the not-yet-released movie Media Malpractice, I recognized another thing about Palin.While I'm betting she was a Tracy Flick kind of gal in high school, that teenage girl also had insecurities. And a girl with political ambition and underlying self-esteem issues about who she is and how [...]

14 11, 2008

Will Michelle Obama Spark the Next ‘Mommy Wars’ Skirmish?

By | November 14th, 2008|Moms & Politics|16 Comments

Loads of media types are already wondering aloud, what kind of parents the Obamas will be. For me, that question is sort of silly -- won't they continue to be the same kind of parents they've always been?My question, hopefully not as silly, is whether Michelle Obama's presence in the White House as a highly-educated, [...]

12 11, 2008

The Post Where PunditMom Defends Sarah Palin

By | November 12th, 2008|Moms & Politics|24 Comments

No, I did not suffer a severe head injury or have a GOP epiphany since yesterday. My progressive bona fides are very much intact, thanks (I am the Goddess of All Things Liberal, after all!).But as I was thinking about all the appearances Sarah Palin has had in the media since the Republicans' defeat last [...]

11 11, 2008

Sarah Palin Revisionist History?

By | November 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|8 Comments

I suppose it's only natural that people try to revise the part of their histories that doesn't fit with their self view. So I guess Sarah Palin is no exception. But it's important to be careful how far one goes with reinvention or revisionism, 'cause ya' know -- these tapes are going to be around [...]

11 11, 2008

Is Michelle Obama Ready for All the Parenting Advice?

By | November 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|2 Comments

The Obamas were pretty successful through the presidential campaign keeping one kind of criticism at bay-- whether Michelle was home enough as a mom and who was caring for the kids. The few times that Sasha and Malia Obama were permitted to be on the public stage, they presented like lovely, well-adjusted little girls.But criticizing [...]

9 11, 2008

PunditMom Two Years Ago — And the First Woman President Will Be …??

By | November 9th, 2008|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Two years ago, I wasn't sure that Hillary Clinton would be elected the first woman President of the United States in 2008. Turns out my sense about the common wisdom at the time was right. But now, I'm wondering what slot in the new Barack Obama administration is available for the woman I WAS thinking [...]

7 11, 2008

Time to Move On

By | November 7th, 2008|Uncategorized|16 Comments

If you read my blog with any regularity, you know that I was slow to support Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. Part of that was because I had ardently supported one candidate at the beginning of the race and, then when he dropped out, chose to support Hillary Clinton, with a little less [...]

7 11, 2008

Political Moms Are Here to Stay!

By | November 7th, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|4 Comments

Politics aren't just for old white guys anymore! You know the ones I mean, the ones on the cable news talk shows. They don't have a lock on pithy political commentary anymore. (I guess some of them aren't so old, but you get my point!)Don't get me wrong -- many of those guys are good [...]

6 11, 2008

MomsRising on PunditMom Radio!

By | November 6th, 2008|Moms & Politics|0 Comments

Need something to do while you're eating lunch on Friday?Please join me and my guest Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director of MomsRising Friday at noon Eastern time on my new BlogTalk Radio Show!We'll be talking about how an Obama administration may address the core issues of MomsRising -- maternity/paternity leave, flexible work hours, health care for [...]