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27 05, 2011

Mothers of Intention Has Arrived!!

By | May 27th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

Sorry things have been so quiet here -- I've been working my tail off to get ready for the launch (TA-DA!) of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America!! I saw the actual book this week when I had my first signing at Book Expo America, thanks to the [...]

15 05, 2011

Is It Me or Are My Allergies Really Worse?

By | May 15th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics|3 Comments

I thought maybe I was just being a wimp in my "old age" with the whole seasonal allergy thing this year as I've been complaining that my sneezing seems worse than in other years.  Until all things leafy and green stop blooming, Zytec is my best friend, but I hear from my husband that the [...]

14 05, 2011

I Don’t Think Mommy Liberty is Packing Heat

By | May 14th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics|2 Comments

I don't know about you, but I like this "Mommy Liberty:" ... better than the one another "political mom" who shall not be named is invoking in the name of a political motherhood movement: Even the creator of this image has taken it off her original Cafe Press page because she was tired of having [...]

4 05, 2011

Everybody Wants Me on Mother’s Day

By | May 4th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|6 Comments

If you've got the word "mom" in the name of your blog, Mother's Day becomes a time of year when you're the most popular gal in your corner of the blogosphere.  Many PR and marketing people pay scant attention to the actual content of your site -- if it says "mom" anywhere, your E-mail in-box [...]

3 05, 2011

How Fresh is That Spring Air?

By | May 3rd, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics|0 Comments

As we all move into spring and get to spend more time outdoors -- for the fresh air -- it's hard not to think about that the fact that sometimes, fresh isn't really fresh at all. So here's a round-up of some timely news articles about the state of our polluted air today -- and [...]

30 04, 2011

Mothers of Intention: To Be Tough on Crime, Do You Invest in Prisons or Preschools?

By | April 30th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|1 Comment

American moms aren't the only ones who get all fired up about politics.  With Canadian elections coming up next week, mothers up north are voicing their views on what's happening in their country.  I'm excited to have as my guest Mother of Intention Annie from PhD in Parenting -- a woman many of us know [...]

26 04, 2011

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: To the New York Times, a Mom Before All Else

By | April 26th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|8 Comments

As the author of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America, I know there's a powerful connection between one's motherhood experiences and political inspiration.  Having said that, there's a big difference between parenting experiences as a political motivator and being a woman politician who is defined by the media [...]

25 04, 2011

Clean Air or Cheaper Gas: Another False Choice

By | April 25th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics|1 Comment

As my fifth-grader might say, "back in the dinosaur days" when I was in middle school, the teachers gathered us all for an assembly to talk about the very first Earth Day and why we, as the "next generation" needed to be focused on cutting down on pollution of all types so when we grew [...]

21 04, 2011

Michele Bachmann: Silly Balloon Head or Serious as a Heart Attack?

By | April 21st, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

I don't like Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann as potential 2012 presidential candidates.  No big surprise there.  But I like Charles Krauthammer as a pundit even less, especially when he takes the easy way out on an argument.  So when he jumps on the Karl Rove bandwagon of bad-mouthing women candidates because they're not "serious" [...]

13 04, 2011

GOP Says Buh-bye Clean Energy

By | April 13th, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans|1 Comment

In President Obama's speech to outline his plan for bringing our budget woes under control, he pointed out that Republicans want to cut 70 percent of the money that goes to encouraging clean energy efforts in America.  I guess if you're as close to retirement as many of our lawmakers are, you're not all that [...]

10 04, 2011

What's the Clean Air Act? Ask Senator Jeanne Shaheen

By | April 10th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|0 Comments

U.S. Senator and former New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen has taken up the cause of protecting the air we all breathe.  In this video, she explains clearly and concisely why allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to do its job -- and one that's now been ordered by a federal court --  is so important.  As [...]

7 04, 2011

Tell Uncle Sam Kids Need Clean Air

By | April 7th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Moms are all about clean. Clean clothes, clean kids, clean houses.   If you're like me, the clean house thing usually ends up at the bottom of that list, though now that PunditGirl is a "tween," at least I'm not tripping over baby toys anymore, though I do still find the occasional Polly Pocket part in [...]

6 04, 2011

Five Reasons Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Rock the DNC

By | April 6th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

Guys have been running the Democratic National Committee for the past two and a half decades.  The last time a woman was in charge of the nationwide Democratic show, we hadn't yet heard Bill Clinton deny that he'd had a relationship with "that woman." Takes you back, doesn't it? That's all about to change as [...]

4 04, 2011

Michele Bachmann's Dirty Little Secret

By | April 4th, 2011|Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|13 Comments

There are lots of things to talk about when it comes to Minnesota Congresswoman and wannabe-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.  Her sense of geography is slightly off.  And her grasp of American history is not exactly what I'd hope for in someone who's serious about running for the White House.  But when it comes to hot [...]

28 03, 2011

Teaching All Our Daughters About Geraldine Ferraro

By | March 28th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

As many news outlets reported on the death of Geraldine Ferraro -- the first woman ever to be placed as a vice-presidential candidate on a major national ticket, the voices of politically conservative women were conspicuous by their absence. Sarah Palin, to her credit, did send condolences via her Facebook page (not the most personal [...]

15 02, 2011

PunditMom's Reads of the Week

By | February 15th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|1 Comment

While I'm off having slightly less than a "pound of flesh" removed by the dermatologist, here's some thought-provoking reading for you: Don't count out Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Before she was shot in the head in the Tucson shooting spree at a January constituent meeting, she had her eye on Senator Jon Kyl's seat in the [...]

9 02, 2011

Mothers of Intention: From Cartoons to Carbon Reduction, by Krystal Ball

By | February 9th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|0 Comments

I'm pleased to have as today's Mother of Intention Krystal Ball, who ran for Congress in the First Congressional District in Virginia in 2010.  Unfortunately, Krystal lost her race, but that hasn't put an end to her political activism.  As a mother of a two-year-old daughter, Krystal is keeping the pressure on policymakers, especially when [...]

31 01, 2011

Sarah Palin Moratorium? I'm Not With Dana Milbank on This One

By | January 31st, 2011|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|7 Comments

No Sarah Palin news for a whole month.?  Ahhhh. Sounds sort of heavenly, doesn't it? No videos from her Alaskan home television studio.  No reports of her playing the victim.  No stories of the obscene sums of money her PAC has raised. No mentions of her reality show reruns.  Sort of like a tropical vacation [...]

6 01, 2011

Breastfeeding Moms Equal Capitol Hill Bipartisanship

By | January 6th, 2011|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Republicans|1 Comment

Networking in non-traditional settings is nothing new for women. When our husbands think we're just hanging out with the girls or managing the soccer game and birthday party schedules for our kids, we know that those relationships can be, and usually are, much more than just lost time. So when I read a recent New [...]

9 12, 2010

PunditMom’s Got a New Gig!!

By | December 9th, 2010|Changing the World, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

Where have I been the last couple of days?  Working on some writing for my exciting new gig at Politics Daily and Woman Up! Check out all the fabulous women who are writing there.  Hey, cable guys -- you say you can't find enough women pundits?  Yoo-hoo!! Take a look over here!  My inaugural Politics [...]

7 12, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards Knew What Was Important

By | December 7th, 2010|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|8 Comments

Elizabeth Edwards died today at the age of 61 after her long battle with breast cancer. While I never met Elizabeth Edwards in person (the line was so long at BlogHer '07, I never made it to the front), I did have a chance to interview her by telephone shortly after that.  I've long been [...]

30 11, 2010

Would Hillary Clinton Move to the Mama Grizzly Side?

By | November 30th, 2010|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

No, I'm not really worried about that, though I certainly don't want to cross Hillary Clinton. She's a woman with a lot of power.  But that's one of the news items i'm finding interesting today ... In an odd move, Christine O'Donnell says she's going to support any efforts by Hillary Clinton if she wants [...]

26 11, 2010

The 1990s are Sarah Palin’s Political Enemy

By | November 26th, 2010|Feminism, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Sarah Palin is out to get the 1990s.  At least that's what I have to assume from some cultural references she's trotted out in her new book, America By Heart. According to excerpts from the book, she's got it in for Hillary Clinton and fictional newswoman Murphy Brown, two female icons of the 1990s.  But [...]

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 [...]

19 11, 2010

Writing, writing, writing!

By | November 19th, 2010|Democrats, Equal Pay, Moms & Politics, Republicans|0 Comments

Yup, still nose to the computer keyboard here for the never-ending manuscript edits!  But that doesn't mean you can't find me some other cool places in the blogosphere! There's plenty of blame to go around for the failure of the Senate to even allow debate and a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act.  I'm definitely [...]

15 11, 2010

Sarah Palin’s Alaska: Crazy Like a Mama Grizzly

By | November 15th, 2010|Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|10 Comments

So, don't ya' know that Sarah Palin has her own reality show on TLC?  Karl Rove and his pals have been sayin' if Sarah really wants to run for president in 2012, voters are just gonna be laughin' at her and her Alaskan posse.   But goin' rogue has been workin' for Sarah for a [...]

1 11, 2010

Five Things for Politicians to Remember About Women Voters on Election Day

By | November 1st, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

For the last year and a half, I've been working on a book about the increasing involvement of mothers in the world of politics as a result of our new social media world.  When I submitted my manuscript (what feels like a decade ago!), few were really writing about or analyzing the idea of motherhood [...]

25 10, 2010

Motherhood: The Definitive Political Qualification?

By | October 25th, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|7 Comments

Women with children bring a unique perspective to the political process.  It's no big secret I believe that and I'd like to think at this stage of the political game, it shouldn't be a surprise to other politicos. But one of the candidates for governor in Oklahoma has taken that idea beyond its logical conclusion. [...]

22 10, 2010

If You Don’t Vote ….

By | October 22nd, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

If you don't vote in the 2010 mid-term elections .... ... Nevada could have a senator who is out of touch with the issues of her state's immigrant population and believes any girl or woman who is raped should be forced to carry the rapist's child because, after all, it's better to make lemonade out [...]

17 10, 2010

WaPo’s Next Great American Pundit? Strike Two.

By | October 17th, 2010|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics|0 Comments

Remember last year I tried my hand at the somewhat oddly constructed contest that the Washington Post created to get free content called, The Next Great American Pundit.  Thousands of people entered and I did not make the cut.  No big surprise. I wasn't going to try this year, but I figured, Ah, what the [...]