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9 03, 2008

Can Obama and Clinton Supporters Come Together?

By | March 9th, 2008|Presidential Campaigns|6 Comments

It's time for Democratic women to call a truce. And I'm not the only who thinks so.It's hard for our feelings not to be running high about whether Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton is the better candidate to beat John McCain in November. The discussion here at MOMocrats has certainly been no exception.At least we [...]

5 03, 2008

Our Daughters are Paying Attention

By | March 5th, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Stern. Witchy. The ‘b’ word that rhymes with witchy. Shrill. Scolding.I suspect that few of us would allow our husbands to use those words to describe us (even if they are thinking them on occasion) when they are in front of our children, especially not in the presence of our daughters.Yet, innumerable journalists, especially men, have found it perfectly OK to describe Hillary Clinton in those words as she runs for president, plus many others that get used to describe powerful and assertive women. Hateful and prejudicial phrases that convey an underlying meanness and insecurity about females who challenge traditional stereotypes about women in our society.If these men, many of whom undoubtedly have daughters, paid the tiniest bit of attention to what their children are focused on, they might rethink the vocabulary they are using to pillory Hillary. […]

5 03, 2008

Mothers of Intention — Obama? Not for this Mama

By | March 5th, 2008|Mothers of Intention|31 Comments

Welcome to Week Two of Mothers of Intention! Every Wednesday between now and the November election, I'm inviting a fabulous woman blogger who doesn't usually get all political to write something here about her political views -- be they about a candidate, the campaign or a cause she is passionate about.I'm SO excited that today [...]

4 03, 2008

Thanks, Politico! Hillary CAN Make a Comeback

By | March 4th, 2008|Democrats|8 Comments

At least one news outlet hasn't entirely written off Hillary Clinton -- yet.Take a peek at the Politico's Five Reasons Clinton Could Come Back.Maybe they're just small glimmers of hope, but they're still glimmers!

4 03, 2008

We Have Plenty of Money for War, But Not for Kids

By | March 4th, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|2 Comments

March 4th. Maybe not a day that will live in infamy, but a significant day in our lives and for our future.Of course, we're all waiting and wondering whether the pundits will be correct in their predictions about how many more primary lives Hillary will have after the votes are counted tonight in the Texas [...]

25 02, 2008

Barack, You Don't Have to Worry About My Soul

By | February 25th, 2008|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

I hate to agree with uber-conservative Bill Kristol on anything, but I guess just on pure statistics it was bound to happen at some point in my life.I've been having this nagging feeling that something just didn't feel right to me about Barack Obama that I couldn't quite put my finger on.Ultimately, that's what led [...]

22 02, 2008

Hillary With a Dose of Humanity

By | February 22nd, 2008|Democrats|10 Comments

If Hillary Clinton really wants to be President of the United States, she must continue to do what she did last night in the CNN debate -- be in touch with her humanity.For better or worse, we, as American voters, feel the need to relate in a Dr. Phil/Oprah kind of way to our presidential [...]

21 02, 2008

Hillary Needs a Superhero!

By | February 21st, 2008|Uncategorized|10 Comments

As I’ve been getting over my disappointment about John Edwards dropping out of the presidential race, I’ve been pondering the other candidates — what do they bring to the table?One thing that can be telling about a candidate is identifying their other supporters — are those people I can connect with to help figure out who to vote for?In deciding who to support, I’m not generally swayed by celebrity endorsements. They’re interesting and they sell newspapers, but they don’t influence my vote. But the candidates must think they do. […]

15 02, 2008

How Many Ways Are There to Look at Women Voters?

By | February 15th, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|10 Comments

In last week's New York Times Magazine article 16 Ways of Looking at a Female Voter, controversial author Linda Hirshman pointed to many studies and analyses that supposedly support the premise that, even though there have been many attempts to rally and organize women as a voting bloc, there has been little success.Why? According to [...]

14 02, 2008

Would Michelle Obama Really Vote for John McCain?!

By | February 14th, 2008|Moms & Politics|17 Comments

Michelle Obama might not vote for Hillary Clinton if Clinton is the Democratic presidential nominee.“I’d have to think about that,” Mrs. Obama said on “Good Morning America” on ABC. “I’d have to think about — policies, her approach, her tone.”That's the quote that appears in today's front page New York Times profile of Michelle Obama.My [...]

6 02, 2008

A Chance to Make a Difference

By | February 6th, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

Another thing that is weighing on my mind as I try to come to grips with the decision I will make before Potomac Tuesday (although my new favorite station on XM Radio, POTUS 'o8, is calling it Pundit Tuesday -- thanks guys!) is that for once in a very long time, my primary vote in [...]

6 02, 2008

Damn the Voters!

By | February 6th, 2008|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

I was hoping that I'd get a little help with the Super Tuesday outcome in arriving at a final decision about who is going to get my vote in the Democratic primary I vote in next week.I'm not the only MOMocrat who's having a teensy problem trying to let go of my support for former [...]

5 02, 2008

Blogging Super Tuesday — Huckabee "Hearts" West Virginia

By | February 5th, 2008|Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns|8 Comments

I didn't see this one coming -- a big win already declared for Mike Huckabee in the West Virginia caucuses.A result like this says one thing -- Americans are desperate for a change -- ANY change.Some voters want a more progressive administration, and others, like the West Virginia Republicans, want something even more conservative than [...]

5 02, 2008

Blogging Super Tuesday

By | February 5th, 2008|Women in Politics|0 Comments

Well, it's HE-re!The day many have looked forward to and others have dreaded -- Super Tuesday! Almost half of our states are going to be voting today and it looks like the outcome is going to be significantly different that what some had expected a few months ago.The GOP was not counting on John McCain's [...]

4 02, 2008

Kos and I Agree on One Thing …

By | February 4th, 2008|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

... the people on our dream presidential ticket.Kos says Obama/Edwards, but I say (and have said before) Edwards/Obama.Elizabeth Edwards and Michelle Obama, that is!

4 02, 2008

Super Tuesday Not So Super for the Working Poor

By | February 4th, 2008|Democrats|6 Comments

I don't live in a Super Tuesday state, so I'm getting a bit of a pass on making my electoral decision. I get to put it off for another week.I was really hoping that John Edwards would hang in there long enough for me to cast my ballot for him, even though things weren't looking [...]

3 02, 2008

Don't Worry. PunditMom Isn't Changing

By | February 3rd, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|1 Comment

As some of you may have noticed, things on the right sidebar here would suggest that PunditMom is expanding to include other political moms.Well, yes and no.The PunditMom family is making its way to warmer climes later this week for a few days, and I've invited a few bloggy friends to weigh in on their [...]

31 01, 2008

I See the GOP Freight Train Coming

By | January 31st, 2008|Republicans|9 Comments

The cranky white men are getting in touch with their inner heroes.No, not those Heroes, though that would be interesting!To paraphrase Steve Martin from SNL, some of them have started joining hands to sing together in a spirit of harmony and peace.Arnold Schwarzenegger, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani were all SOOOO chummy yesterday in a [...]

31 01, 2008

Single Moms Can Rock the Vote!

By | January 31st, 2008|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Women’s Voices, Women Vote has launched its new get out the vote campaign. In 2006, the theme was “Do You Remember Your First Time?”For 2008, WVWV is targeting single women again — 20 million of them in the “20 Million Reasons” campaign. Many pollsters and pundits have said that women voters will be the key to this historical election. But single women historically haven’t voted in the same numbers as married women.Of those 20 million women being targeted, slightly over half are single mothers. […]

30 01, 2008

Political Moms Dish

By | January 30th, 2008|Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

My friend MojoMom has plenty of mojo, but she's pretty political, too.So, in light of Edwards and Giuliani getting out of the race and Super Tuesday almost upon us, she invited me to participate in a "Special Election Edition" of the MojoMom podcast.If you have a few minutes and you're still up for some more [...]

30 01, 2008

Not Good-bye. Just Until We Meet Again.

By | January 30th, 2008|Democrats|13 Comments

John Edwards' campaign website says that he is scheduled to give a "major policy address on poverty" this afternoon in New Orleans.CNN, MSNBC and other major news outlets are reporting that this scheduled speech is now going to be his farewell address to the Edwards' troops.While I knew there was a good chance this day [...]

30 01, 2008

Don't Go, John

By | January 30th, 2008|Democrats|4 Comments

I'm on a paying article deadline at the moment, so I'll write more later, but MSNBC just announced that John Edwards is dropping out of the race later today. He'll be in New Orleans where he started the campaign to make the announcement.I'm personally sad because I still believe he is the best Democratic candidate [...]

25 01, 2008

Race, Gender and the South Carolina Primary

By | January 25th, 2008|Women in Politics|5 Comments

With the South Carolina Democratic primary upon us, I'm on pins and needles.Maybe I'm naive, but I really hadn't anticipated the whole ratcheting up of the gender vs. race issue with the Democrats in the way that it seems to be playing out.But how can one avoid moving into the waters of identity politics when [...]

24 01, 2008

Mom-101 Goes All Political!

By | January 24th, 2008|Presidential Campaigns|4 Comments

I'm about ready to pass out here in my home office.As we are enduring the kitchen remodeling project from hell (OK, they all are!), today the hardwood floors are getting sanded. I thought up here in my third floor office I would escape the dust and avoid some sort of inhalation-related condition. I was wrong. [...]

22 01, 2008

"In Times Like These, We Need a Grown-Up"

By | January 22nd, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

While watching the South Carolina debates on CNN last night, and watching Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama do the "Nuh-HUH! Nuh-UH!" version of political debating, I turned to my husband and said:"It looks like John Edwards is the only grown-up on that stage."Looks like John Edwards felt the same way.During the debate Edwards said:"I was [...]

22 01, 2008

A Few Words about the Presidential Race — Supreme Court & Roe v. Wade

By | January 22nd, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|7 Comments

There are many important issues to consider when deciding who is going to get our vote for President -- health care policies, ending the war in Iraq, the economy (and, at present, the world's financial markets). Ending poverty in America, improving our education system, restoring our integrity on the world stage.But as I felt in [...]

21 01, 2008

I'd Like to Review This Book, But …

By | January 21st, 2008|Democrats|5 Comments

I usually don't ask for things to be given to me for free. My mom raised me right -- she taught me it wasn't really polite to ask for something.Oh, sure, I'm happy to take them if they're offered, especially books. I like the opportunity to review books -- some I keep and some I [...]

18 01, 2008

Finding Her Inner Hillary

By | January 18th, 2008|Women in Politics|11 Comments

As Tim Gunn would say, Hillary Clinton needs to tell a story.For better or worse, it appears that we are a nation of voters who want to get something warm and fuzzy from our candidates before we cast our ballots. And I'm afraid we still seem to need it to be a story about likability.Since [...]

16 01, 2008

Hillary Clinton's New BFF

By | January 16th, 2008|Democrats|11 Comments

I am a conundrum to Mr. PunditMom.He understands the whole political me thing and my addiction to all things political. He embraces the social issues I feel strongly about and nine times out of ten, we end up ordering the same thing at a restaurant.But when it comes to my reality TV addiction, he's at [...]

15 01, 2008

"But Mom, she's a girl!"

By | January 15th, 2008|Feminism|6 Comments

The words I hear frequently from PunditGirl these days -- "But MOM, she's a GIRL!""She," of course, is Hillary Clinton.Being a member of our family, there's no doubt that if my eight-year-old daughter could vote, she'd be casting a ballot in the upcoming Democratic, not the Republican, primary.And she knows that Mommy LOVES her some [...]