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10 11, 2016

White Women, It’s Time to Get a Clue … If It’s Not Too Late

By | November 10th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on White Women, It’s Time to Get a Clue … If It’s Not Too Late

Not all white women are clueless.  But Trump's victory proves that the majority of us are.  I've never understood the election statistic that most married white women vote Republican. Even if they were Democrats before their wedding day, there's apparently something about putting on that ring that turns their blue hearts to red. Yes, I'm [...]

12 10, 2016

Five Things Lester Holt Needs to Ask Donald Trump

By | October 12th, 2016|2016 election, Economy, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on Five Things Lester Holt Needs to Ask Donald Trump

Donald Trump has a well-documented penchant for rarely answering direct questions. If journalists try to pin him down, they get mocked or have their press credentials revoked. They also get physically removed from public events. And, if they don’t have all the facts at their fingertips to challenge him on his evasion tactics, Trump gaslights [...]

12 10, 2016

Huma Abedin leaving Weiner: Private decision, not a public discussion

By | October 12th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics|Comments Off on Huma Abedin leaving Weiner: Private decision, not a public discussion

It’s time to be done with second-guessing personal decisions of those who have been wronged. That, of course, is almost impossible to do in today’s instant social media world where everyone feels they have a right to weigh in on anything and everything. If you watched the recent documentary "Weiner," you probably were not surprised [...]

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 [...]

20 02, 2016

6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You to Forget, 2016 Edition

By | February 20th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on 6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You to Forget, 2016 Edition

Two years ago, I wrote the first "6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You To Forget" post. Surprisingly, it has been a a very popular post. And I had to wonder why? There are things every political candidate would prefer voters not focus on as they run for office, and it seems like these are very [...]

25 01, 2016

Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox on C-SPAN Book TV!

By | January 25th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox on C-SPAN Book TV!

Couldn't get to the Washington, D.C.-area book tour stop for Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox? No worries!  C-SPAN Book TV was there and taped the event! The show aired over the weekend of Blizzard 2016/Snowmageddon/SnowZilla or whatever you called it! But you can watch it here, too!

8 01, 2016

If Angela Merkel Doesn’t Have to Be Likable, Why Does Hillary Clinton?

By | January 8th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on If Angela Merkel Doesn’t Have to Be Likable, Why Does Hillary Clinton?

When people describe German Chancellor Angela Merkel, plenty of phrases come to mind that have nothing to do with her personality. She's been a player on the global political stage for decades and Chancellor of Germany for ten years. Adjectives to describe her range from "prudent, pragmatic, and down to earth," to "resolutely dull." Merkel, [...]

7 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Inner “Val the Bartender” is Her Key to the White House

By | October 7th, 2015|2016 election, Feminism, Presidential Campaigns|Comments Off on Hillary Clinton’s Inner “Val the Bartender” is Her Key to the White House

“ 'Everyone who wills can hear their inner voice. It is within everyone,' ” said Mahatma Gandhi. That might just be Hillary Clinton's key to winning the White House. [divider] "Val the Bartender" is a wise, wise woman. She's so savvy, in fact, that she should be Hillary Clinton's new confidante who whispers in her [...]

30 08, 2015

Hillary Has to Be the Girlfriend, But Trump Can Be The Grinch

By | August 30th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Hillary Has to Be the Girlfriend, But Trump Can Be The Grinch

Likability wasn’t just a side issue in this research; a whopping 90 percent of women who participated in a 2012 polling said that they had to like a female candidate before they could support her. [divider] Could an unlikable Donald Trump trump a likable Hillary Rodham Clinton for the White House? Hear me out when [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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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, [...]

14 05, 2012

Women and Social Media: The Key to Electoral Success

By | May 14th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

I'm looking forward to this year's Netroots Nation conference where I'll be on a a great panel with three amazing women I know -- Veronica Arreola of Viva la Feminista, Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising and Carol Jenkins, the former president of the Women's Media Center. I always enjoy being on panels where we talk about [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

6 03, 2012

Rush Limbaugh & The GOP: You Can’t Take Back “Slut”

By | March 6th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|14 Comments

The last two news cycles have been filled with reports of  Rush Limbaugh's  so-called "apology" to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.  No doubt, you've all heard by now that Limbaugh's faulty understanding of how the birth control pill works (Rush, it's not like Viagra, which we know you know a lot about), led him [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

14 02, 2012

Valentine’s Day Reads for Your Inner Pundit

By | February 14th, 2012|Politics|0 Comments

So, how do you cross Valentine's Day with punditry?  How about a few reads from the PunditMom library on love?  Here are some of my favorites (along with a nice "mocktail").  What are yours? Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History -- This had been on my reading list for a while, and I [...]

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 [...]