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11 01, 2008

Mother Hillary

By | January 11th, 2008|Women in Politics|8 Comments

There's been plenty of commentary about Hillary Clinton's teary-eyed moment right before the New Hampshire primaries this week. Well, if you look closely, there wasn't really a tear -- just a some welling up. As Linda Richman might say, Hillary was just a little verklempt.But maybe that's what some of us have been waiting for [...]

9 01, 2008

7.6 Million Women Voters Being Ignored

By | January 9th, 2008|Uncategorized|6 Comments

In 2004, George Bush beat out John Kerry for the White House by just over three million votes.The 2008 race is bound to be a close one, as well. I know the candidates have been a little preoccupied with Iowa and New Hampshire, but with a margin of victory so slim, wouldn’t you think that the candidates would be interested in over seven and a half million women who will probably be voting?Catherine Morgan at Informed Voters can’t believe that those of us who write and read blogs are being ignored by the candidates.And Erin at Queen of Spain is banging her head against the internet firewall.Why? […]

8 01, 2008

Women Can't Get a Break

By | January 8th, 2008|Democrats|12 Comments

Some have suggested Hillary Clinton's campaign isn't resonating being she's cold and unfeeling -- in a word, a bitch.Now, she shows the wear and tear of the campaign trail, wells up for one minute and all of a sudden she's too weepy to run the country?This is the same conundrum all working women have faced [...]

4 01, 2008

Are Hope and Unity Enough?

By | January 4th, 2008|Democrats|19 Comments

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed with the outcome of last night's Democratic Caucus in Iowa. At least my Jayhawks won.Seriously, I've made no secret of the fact that I am an ardent John Edwards supporter and am still keeping my fingers crossed that he can win the Democratic presidential nomination, especially [...]

21 12, 2007

And So This Is Christmas

By | December 21st, 2007|Presidential Campaigns|5 Comments

So here we are, just days away from Christmas. And there are so many non-Christmas things to write about ...Hillary's looks on the campaign trail.Why some people think Jennifer Love Hewitt is fat.How a presidential contender can claim, with a straight face, that women must submit to their husband's direction (PLEASE don't tell Mr. PunditMom!!)Yet, [...]

18 12, 2007

Has USA Today Forgotten John Edwards?

By | December 18th, 2007|Democrats|4 Comments

As a general matter, I'm a big fan of Susan Page at USA Today, especially when she fills in for Diane Rehm on public radio.So I was interested to see her article called Poll: Electability becoming more important to Dems. Clearly, for a lot of us Democrats, we'll be happy to have one of our [...]

16 12, 2007

I Can't Stop Wondering About Obama's Mother

By | December 16th, 2007|Uncategorized|11 Comments

I keep wondering what Barack Obama’s mother would think about her son’s presidential campaign. Unfortunately, she’s not around for anyone to ask that question — she died of ovarian cancer in 1995.But there is one photo I keep seeing again and again of a young Barack and his mother, Ann Dunham. It’s featured in a Time Magazine cover article from earlier this month on Obama — a pretty young woman holding lovingly and protectively on to her young son so he doesn’t fall off the fence he’s perched on top of. It’s really a lovely photo and captures one of those fleeting moments of life and parenthood that are common and special at the same time.Surely, she would be proud as any mother would be. But I can’t help wondering how she, his Caucasian mother, would react to his campaign’s focus on the African-American part of his heritage? […]

7 12, 2007

I'll Have What Ron Paul's Having

By | December 7th, 2007|Uncategorized|10 Comments

Over $4 million in one day.What do you say about a presidential candidate who can raise that kind of cash in 24 hours?That’s exactly what GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul did on Guy Fawkes day, a British holiday that celebrates the attempted overthrow of the British government in 1605. Paul, the libertarian leaning maverick congressman from Texas, who is way back in the polls, was able to pull in $4.3 million in contributions in 24 hours last month. I’m betting that all the other candidates are trying to figure out how he pulled that off and how they can re-create those results before the Iowa Caucuses. […]

5 12, 2007

The Secret to a Democratic Victory

By | December 5th, 2007|Presidential Campaigns|4 Comments

There are at least a dozen people who should be on the Democratic presidential candidates' must-meet list.I’m not saying that the current field of Democrats don't have some good ideas about how to successfully manage their agendas and their campaigns (as a lifelong registered Democrat, I certainly hope they do). The DNC has said in [...]

30 11, 2007

Politics Immobilized

By | November 30th, 2007|Presidential Campaigns|4 Comments

A lot of politics were percolating in my mind this morning as I was waiting at the doctor's office.The Republicans' agenda of fear. Hillary trying to avoid and manage the press the way the current administration does. How I feel about the Democrats' cancelling their debate because they won't cross a picket line.But after my [...]

29 11, 2007

Political Haiku

By | November 29th, 2007|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Republicans at debateCNN, YouTubeWhen do we get real answers?

28 11, 2007

Oprah and Obama

By | November 28th, 2007|Democrats|18 Comments

Oprah and Obama. Obama and Oprah. OK, enough alliteration. But here’s my question. With Oprah’s announcement this week that not only is she officially supporting Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, but will also campaign for him, where does that leave the other candidates? Because isn’t a nod from Oprah the uber-endorsement?The one that [...]

26 11, 2007

Do Republican Candidates Care About Women Voters?

By | November 26th, 2007|Uncategorized|14 Comments

As we are now counting the days to the primaries and caucuses in January, I’m assuming (hoping? praying?) that voters will become more focused on the candidates, both Democratic and Republican, and where they stand on the issues that are most important to them.As you can probably guess from reading my posts, I tend to lean just a teensy little bit to the left in my politics!I’ve paid a lot of attention to where the Democrats stand on issues that impact women, regardless of the political affiliation of those women — work/family balance, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Roe v. Wade, child care, and health care for mothers and children, just to a name a few.So, in fairness, I thought I should take a quick tour of some of the candidates’ official websites to see what they’ve chosen to highlight in terms of issues that would resonate with women voters. […]

20 11, 2007

Punditry and Popularity Do Mix!

By | November 20th, 2007|Presidential Campaigns|5 Comments

When I was in high school, I ALWAYS wanted to be popular. But I ALWAYS fell into that middle nether world of not quite a cheerleader but not in the geek squad, either.It was a comfortable enough place to be -- didn't have the pressure of performing at football games on Friday nights and didn't [...]

20 11, 2007

Iowans Are Inscrutable

By | November 20th, 2007|Women in Politics|3 Comments

I'm not quite sure why anyone is paying attention to polls about the Iowa caucuses. Caucusing is not like voting. If you're lucky, at voting time you spend a few minutes waiting in line, a few minutes voting and then you're done. Not too much of a time drain on your day.But agreeing to show [...]

16 11, 2007

Married to the Monster

By | November 16th, 2007|Uncategorized|5 Comments

No, not that monster, though that would have been a good Halloween costume!I’m talking about the political monster.Michelle Pfeiffer found out what it was like being married to the mob, but I don’t envy the women who are hoping that their husbands make it to the White House in January 2009.What it would be like to be married to the political monster, having to deal with the day in and day out demands of being “on” every moment until November 4, 2008 and beyond? […]

14 11, 2007

Fun Political Facts to Know and Tell!

By | November 14th, 2007|Uncategorized|2 Comments

While I was writing up a little something on one of the Democratic presidential candidates, I also stumbled on his MySpace page! I had forgotten that in this era of online social networking that the White House hopefuls were making their presence felt in cyberspace as well as the more traditional outlets.The main stream media [...]

5 11, 2007

Is Everyone Playing Fair?

By | November 5th, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|4 Comments

For a second-grader, PunditGirl is pretty tuned in to when others are getting picked on unfairly.I guess that's the upside to all the time spent on the playground at school "dealing" with the boys. As you might guess, PunditGirl can hold her own with those seven-year-old alpha males!So I wasn't surprised when she caught me [...]

4 11, 2007

Rising to the Occasion

By | November 4th, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|5 Comments

The Democratic candidates were all pretty animated last week, especially with talk about Iraq and Iran.The candidates were all much less scripted in their responses -- I'm not sure if that was because of the format or because something has happened to shift the dynamic of how they're going to interact with each other now [...]

31 10, 2007

Is It Just Me or Did Hillary Really Not Answer Any Questions?

By | October 31st, 2007|Democrats|15 Comments

So I'm sitting in front of the TV with my glass of wine last night.PunditGirl was all snuggled in bed, with dreams of scary pirates and chocolate candy dancing in her head.I was ready for the latest installment of the Democratic debates. I've watched some of the others, but often it was with one ear [...]

28 10, 2007

How Much Are We Willing to Give?

By | October 28th, 2007|Women in Politics|8 Comments

Whether we like it or not, with Halloween just around the corner, we will soon be into the official "holiday season."(Please don't throw anything at me -- I'm just looking at the calendar!)If they haven't already started, pleas for charitable contributions will soon be flooding our mailboxes, inboxes and voicemails, asking us to chip in [...]

22 10, 2007

I Don't Believe It

By | October 22nd, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|7 Comments

“Are more men engaged in politics online than women, and if so, why?”That was the question that Katharine Seelye from the New York Times’ posed in her political blog, The Caucus, a few weeks ago. To my surprise, the answer to her informal survey turned out to be, “Yes.”Seelye points to the fact that men tend to be the ones writing “specifically about politics, reading about politics and putting their two cents in the comments sections.”I say they’re just the ones getting the coverage, as so often tends to happen in other areas of our lives, as well. […]

11 10, 2007

Should I Bother Voting?

By | October 11th, 2007|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

I never thought I would hear myself utter these words or let them cross my mind -- should I even bother voting? After what's happened this week with the scheduled Michigan primary, I don't think the Democratic presidential candidates care very much whether I do or not.You see, I don't live in Iowa or New [...]

2 10, 2007

I Hate It When Frank Rich Beats Me to the Punch!

By | October 2nd, 2007|Moms & Politics|12 Comments

I think I was channeling New York Times columnist Frank Rich this weekend.I was really pondering the 2008 campaign, especially after getting off the conference call the Silicon Valley Moms, DC Metro Moms and Chicago Moms had with Elizabeth Edwards on Saturday.I was reflecting on the recent performance of the Democratic candidates at the MSNBC [...]

29 09, 2007

Live With Elizabeth Edwards!

By | September 29th, 2007|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

I had to keep it on the QT until now, but in about half an hour, many of the Silicon Valley Moms will be meeting with Elizabeth Edwards to talk with her about the questions we have for her husband, Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards!Plus, some of us from DC Metro Moms and Chicago Moms [...]

30 08, 2007

Homemakers But Not Opinion Makers?

By | August 30th, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|11 Comments

Mothers, however we define ourselves in terms of our employment, are not viewed by the world at large as opinion makers.I had this sad revelation while the PunditMom family was away on vacation and I continued to stew about the lack of coverage or interest the media and the presidential candidates had when it came [...]

29 08, 2007

Love 'Em or Hate 'Em

By | August 29th, 2007|Democrats|9 Comments

I guess when it comes to political candidates, there's not much middle of the road.At least that's how it feels today when it comes to the John Edwards campaign.Today, I received an E-mail (you know, those wonderful, "personal," computer-generated messages) that featured this YouTube clip from the campaign trail.I was floored as I listened to [...]

26 08, 2007

Never the Twain Shall Meet?

By | August 26th, 2007|Democrats|7 Comments

As I've been mulling over my thoughts on the field of Democratic presidential candidates, I've been wondering what those who usually vote Republican really think of their field of 2008 contenders.I certainly have my opinions, which should be no surprise to anyone -- I'm not really fond of any of them. Unless you could come [...]

20 08, 2007

$27 = Political Influence

By | August 20th, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|11 Comments

Would you be willing to give up your Decaf LowFat Caramel Macchiato with Extra Foam for a week? Many of us have so few personal indulgences, the thought of going caffeine-free for a week could be tough, especially for those who are newly sleep-deprived.Think you could do it if that meant having a real voice [...]

15 08, 2007


By | August 15th, 2007|Uncategorized|6 Comments

It's a pretty simple question, really.That's what I want each candidate running for President to answer.Really answer.Not the canned soundbites they all could recite in their sleep by rote (and probably do).What we need is a televised event (you know, they're not really debates), where each candidate is grilled on that one question they ought [...]