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 [...]

17 01, 2012

4 Ways Michelle Obama Should Celebrate Her Birthday

By | January 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Women in Politics|3 Comments

Happy birthday, Michelle Obama! Turning 48?  Hey, you’re still just a youngster! You know what they say -- 48 is the new 28. If you’re even a little bit like me, though, at 48 you see can see that big 5-0 staring you pretty clearly in the face. Don’t think about that right [...]

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 [...]

11 01, 2012

Why I Want to Read “The Obamas”

By | January 11th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

I wasn’t lucky enough to get an early peek at “The Obamas,” the just-released book about the First Couple and their family, how they’ve fared living inside the Washington, D.C beltway, and the impact their experiences have had on their personal lives. (I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive via my Amazon [...]

3 01, 2012

Iowa 2012: Batten Down the Hatches

By | January 3rd, 2012|Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  In just a few hours, the caucusing for both Republicans and Democrats will start in Iowa, officially kicking off the 2012 presidential primary season.  I have no doubt it's going to be a long and bumpy road between now and November. There's been a lot of chatter on the talking head shows [...]

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 [...]

16 12, 2011

Plan B & HPV Vaccines: Do Either of These Belong in a Presidential Race?

By | December 16th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

In presidential campaigns, we expect to hear the candidates weigh in and spar on issues like the economy, taxes, military spending -- those issues that impact all of us and which the federal government has some role in dealing with.  But when it comes to making specific reproductive health decisions for our daughters, why do [...]

12 12, 2011

PunditMom’s Holiday Gift Guide!

By | December 12th, 2011|Democrats, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

'Tis the season for gift guides! While I don't usually put one together, my amazing friend Samantha from Garza Girls gave me the inspiration to think about what would make the perfect gift for the pundits in your household.  After all, the 2012 primary election season begins immediately after the holiday season, so why not [...]

7 12, 2011

President Obama: Populist for a Day?

By | December 7th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

Most political observers agree that President Obama has gotten his populist mojo back, at least in front of the camera, just in time for the 2012 campaign.  Recent appearances have proven that the 2008 campaign Obama is out in full force again, as opposed to the 'can't we all just be bipartisan and get along' [...]

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 [...]

21 11, 2011

Dear Super Committee: Here’s a Little Advice

By | November 21st, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Republicans|7 Comments

Compromise is not a word that a lot of people on Capitol Hill understand these days.  That's particularly true when those who are entrenched in their own view of things can't climb out of those trenches without a 12-foot ladder. The so-called "Super Committee" -- aka the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit [...]

18 11, 2011

“Princess” Nancy Pelosi Should Be King

By | November 18th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain isn’t really making a name for himself as a champion for women. With allegations from at least four women that he sexually harassed them, and possibly sexually assaulted one, you’d think he’d dial back the anti-woman rhetoric, especially in the series of never-ending debates the Republicans are having [...]

17 11, 2011

Pizza: Capitol Hill’s Favorite Vegetable!

By | November 17th, 2011|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Republicans|1 Comment

I am so glad I don't have to worry much anymore about how to get vegetables into my daughters diet -- I just need to have her eat more pizza and fries at school! Well, at least that's what some Republicans on Capitol Hill would like us to believe.  Trust me -- I'm [...]

14 11, 2011

Parenting and Politics are Making Me Tired

By | November 14th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Politics, Republicans|0 Comments

OK, I know we’re all tired.  We’re parents … being tired comes with the territory of night feedings, night terrors and nights waiting up when our kids are old enough to drive. But what I’m really tired about is the news.  I know that’s a bit surprising coming from someone who dubbed herself [...]

9 11, 2011

Is Sexual Harassment the New Normal?

By | November 9th, 2011|Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

  Herman Cain now has four women accusers saying he sexually harassed them and at least one recent story suggests that the number may rise. While Cain claims he's not getting out of the 2012 Presidential race and that he's in it to win it, how much longer can he survive, and is sexual harassment [...]

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 [...]

29 10, 2011

Where the Heck Was PunditMom This Week?

By | October 29th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Yes, things have been a little quiet here, but I promise, I have good reasons: Welllll, I've been launching a new project I think you'll enjoy called The Broad Side.  It's a new online magazine that will feature the best women's commentary from around the web. Just in time for the 2012 campaign season, but [...]

24 10, 2011

What I’m Reading …

By | October 24th, 2011|Democrats, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

As I'm getting ready for some exciting stuff this week (more to come shortly!), I wanted to give you some good reading material for the beginning of the week.  I'd love to hear what you think about these articles from around the web! Lace as a Metaphor for Political Change from The Woman Citizen Not [...]

14 10, 2011

Do Women Need a Woman to Stay Engaged in the 2012 Race?

By | October 14th, 2011|Democrats, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

Women candidates for president or vice president have been far and few between in our lifetimes. Until 2008, to see any woman on a national ticket, regardless of party, was a rarity.  Sure, there were a couple of famous exceptions like Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun.  But it’s pretty [...]

12 10, 2011

Elizabeth Warren: The Every Woman for Both Parties

By | October 12th, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Women in Politics|2 Comments

Whether you're an Elizabeth Warren fan or not (I have admitted in the past that I do have a little girl crush on the woman who says it like it is), this political "ad" should appeal to pretty much everyone: Warren created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, staffed it, got it up and running to [...]

6 10, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: The New Tea Party Movement?

By | October 6th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Republicans|7 Comments

Some on the right are trying to portray the Occupy Wall Street movement as just a bunch of hippies and trust-fund babies who have nothing better to do with their time than smear the good names of all those Wall Street investment bankers who get the fat bonuses at the end of the year while [...]

6 10, 2011

Michelle Obama’s Sneaky Target Outing

By | October 6th, 2011|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|1 Comment

So many women, regardless of party affiliation, are fans of Michelle Obama's fashion sense.  Sure there are some haters, but the First Lady gets tons of attention for her shopping savvy, style choices and updated Jackie Kennedy flair. But no one can keep up the fashion 24/7.  All women have their moments when they are, [...]

5 10, 2011

Chris Christie is Out. Any More Republicans In?

By | October 5th, 2011|Democrats, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Our brief national fascination with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “will he or won’t he” moment is over.  Christie made it official today by announcing that he will not for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination. For months, many vocal Republicans have begged Christie to toss his hat in the ring.  And for months he’s replied [...]

30 09, 2011

What Women Want and Why You Should Care: Women Influencers Online

By | September 30th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

"Networked: What Women Want and Why You Should Care" was the title of the panel I moderated at this year's Activism+Media+Policy Summit to talk about how and why media, policymakers and politicos should be paying attention to the largest and most active group online to advance their goals.  I put together what I thought was [...]

28 09, 2011

5 Reasons Women Don’t Run for Office

By | September 28th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|7 Comments

The White House Project.    She Should Run.   Take Your Seat.    Emerge America.   The 2012 Project. These are just a few of the groups that try hard -- really hard -- to find and recruit women to get into the arena with the political boys.  Their common goal is to train and motivate women [...]

16 09, 2011

Hillary Clinton: Horrible for 2008, But Perfect for 2012!

By | September 16th, 2011|Democrats, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|9 Comments

Political observers are loving Hillary Clinton today as much as they hated in her 2008.  They just can't seem to get enough of her these days. This one kvells over her amazingness as Secretary of State.  That one gushes over how she's raising the profile of advocating for women and children around the world. And [...]

9 09, 2011

The GOP Presidential Debate in Two Minutes

By | September 9th, 2011|Democrats, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|4 Comments

In case you hit the sack early on Wednesday night, or just didn't have the stomach to watch the Republican canned speech event debate, here's a quick recap for your weekend cocktail party discussion pleasure: Newt Gingrich -- You kids get off my lawn! Rick Perry -- Texas: The Death Penalty State.  What's It to [...]

7 09, 2011

Barack Obama Wants to be a One Term President

By | September 7th, 2011|Democrats, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|13 Comments

Am I the only one who senses that President Obama just isn't himself lately?  I guess it shouldn't come as any surprise that the original "Yes We Can!" enthusiasm has waned after two-and-a-half years of the GOP "defeat Obama at any cost" machine. But even taking the usual presidential exhaustion into account, I can't help [...]

27 08, 2011

Hurricane Irene Giving the East Coast a Time Out

By | August 27th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Republicans|0 Comments

I know most of us on the East Coast are busy battening down the hatches for the approaching hurricane (parenting code for "mixing the cocktails") -- but as I was glued to the Weather Channel this week watching the march to Irene, I couldn't help wondering if Mother Nature is trying to use a few [...]