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 [...]

1 02, 2012

Will Newt Gingrich Get a Second Date with Women Voters?

By | February 1st, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

South Carolina women loved Newt Gingrich. Women voters in Florida? Not so much. The results of the Florida Republican presidential primary show that while the ladies in the Palmetto State liked what Gingrich had to say as a candidate, the gals in the Sunshine State wanted another candidate to take to the general election prom. [...]

30 01, 2012

President Obama Loves the Super Bowl

By | January 30th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

Well, at least he seems to like this Super Bowl between Romney and Gingrich!   Source:

20 01, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Just Swinging Through the Campaign

By | January 20th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

So the conservative right is coming to the defense of Newt "I will always defend traditional marriage" Gingrich -- the man who tried to bring down President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair while at the same time telling his wife who'd just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis that he either wanted an "open [...]

19 01, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s Very Bad, Horrible, Wonderful, No Good Day

By | January 19th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|5 Comments

It was the best of time and it was the worst of times for Newt Gingrich today.  I couldn't help thinking both of that line from A Tale of Two Cities with the political events of the day, as well as doing a little riff in this post's title from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, [...]

19 01, 2012

Political Crazy Times!

By | January 19th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|5 Comments

There is just TOO much going on in the world of presidential politics to weigh in on all the pundit-y goodness that could surely fill pages of this site!  But what's a girl to do when the whole world of Republican politics looks like it's turning upside down?  I was all set to [...]

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 [...]

9 01, 2012

Two GOP New Hampshire Debates in Five Minutes

By | January 9th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

This was a big weekend for political junkies. Two, count 'em, two GOP debates took place back-to-back on the eve of the Republican New Hampshire primary election scheduled this coming Tuesday. After Republican front runner Mitt Romney barely won the Iowa Caucuses by a mere eight votes, observers were confident that Saturday night's [...]

6 01, 2012

Hey Ron Paul Fans: Leave Huntsman’s Daughters Out of This!

By | January 6th, 2012|2012 election, Adoption, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|17 Comments

Last time I checked I thought that using candidates' children as targets of attack was pretty much off limits, especially after the 2000 presidential campaign when supporters of George W. Bush engaged in "push polling" to suggesting that John McCain's daughter, Bridget, who was adopted from Bangladesh, was actually an African-American child he [...]

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.  [...]

4 01, 2012

Rick Santorum: The “Bain” of Mitt Romney’s Existence?

By | January 4th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

Who really won in Iowa last night?  Sure, Mitt Romney was declared the official winner of the Republican Iowa Caucus.  But I have the feeling that Rick Santorum is doing a political happy dance right about now, after basically producing a tie with the so-called Republican frontrunner. Voters endured weeks of spinning and [...]

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 [...]

2 01, 2012

Iowa Caucuses: Do They Really Matter?

By | January 2nd, 2012|Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

Pundits, journalists and politicians alike have been talking about the impending January 3 Iowa Caucuses to the exclusion of almost everything else over the holidays, with the exception of Anderson Cooper, of course, who kept us amused with his annual New Year's Eve date with Kathy Griffin. But just how important is Iowa to the [...]

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 [...]

9 12, 2011

Is Rick Santorum Getting a Pass Because He’s a Dad?

By | December 9th, 2011|Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

Moms on both sides of the political aisle are well-acquainted with the heat high profile women candidates, who happen to be mothers, take when someone raises the "Who's taking care of the kids question."  It's something I devoted a whole chapter to in my book, Mothers of Intention. Even before she was a candidate, Hillary [...]

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' [...]

6 12, 2011

Newt Gingrich Has Got Scrooge & the Grinch Beat!

By | December 6th, 2011|Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized|4 Comments

What do you get if you cross Ebeneezer Scrooge and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?  Why, Newt Gingrich, of course! Well, at least in demeanor, if not in actual appearance.  You may recall that old Ebeneezer was a man who thought eating too much was a wasteful sin and the former Speaker of the House [...]

5 12, 2011

Herman Cain is Done. Or is He?

By | December 5th, 2011|Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

Herman, Herman, Herman. Where do I even start with the end of the strange political journey of Herman Cain and his now-defunct presidential campaign?   Cain announced over the weekend that he was suspending his presidential bid because reports of certain lady problems were creating unwanted "distractions."  His speech was an odd combination [...]

29 11, 2011

Herman Cain’s Sex Life: I Don’t Want to Hear About It

By | November 29th, 2011|Changing the World, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

I've been trying not to bang my head against the computer over the latest in the 'Herman Cain Tries to Go to Washington' saga.  My already-brewing migraine has to do with the revelations of his supposed thirteen-year affair, but not for the reasons you might think. I'm not holding a possible affair against [...]

28 11, 2011

Twittering Teen Ticks Off Governor

By | November 28th, 2011|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Republicans|0 Comments

If your high school senior goes on a school field trip to learn about state government, but isn't a fan of the governor or his politics, what's the best way to express that? (a) A senior thesis on political discourse, (b) Blow off steam with his or her classmates on the bus ride home, (c) [...]

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

Is Gloria Cain in Denial?

By | November 14th, 2011|Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

I hate to break it to Gloria Cain, but I think she might be in denial about her husband Herman. For Hillary Clinton, accusations against her husband President Bill Clinton about potential sexual extra-curricular activities could only be viewed as part of an ongoing "vast right wing conspiracy." The late Elizabeth Edwards initially [...]

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 [...]

7 11, 2011

Mississippi “Personhood” Amendment Isn’t About Saving Babies

By | November 7th, 2011|Feminism, Republicans|3 Comments

How would you feel if your doctor declared, "No more birth control for you!"  Or what if your life was at risk because you had an ectopic pregnancy and doctors wouldn't operate on you for fear of being charged with murder? Openly talking about and seeking treatment for our reproductive health with our [...]