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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 [...]

10 01, 2012

5 Things About Mitt Romney and New Hampshire

By | January 10th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|0 Comments

Unless most Republican voters in New Hampshire have been lying to the pollsters, Mitt Romney will be the winner of the first primary of the 2012 season (don't forget -- Iowa has a caucus, not a primary!).  Odds are the results will be in pretty early.  No waiting until the wee hours like [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

31 10, 2011

Herman Cain: Do Claims of Sexual Harassment Matter?

By | October 31st, 2011|Feminism, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

To the extent that you've been paying attention to the 2012 presidential campaign, you've probably heard of Herman Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza guy who has this 9-9-9 plan for taxes and fixing the economy. No one, probably least of all Cain, thought he would gain the kind of traction he currently has as the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

2 10, 2011

Sarah Palin: “Winning” Like Charlie Sheen

By | October 2nd, 2011|Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

In politics, as in Hollywood, "winning" is in the eye of the beholder. Most pundits and politicos say there's no way that Sarah Palin is going to run for president in 2012 because time has run out.  She's dragged her feet and teased us with her coy 'I'm thinking and I haven't ruled it out' [...]

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 [...]

18 09, 2011

Sarah Palin in Your Pocket!

By | September 18th, 2011|Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

You KNOW you want it!  Once Sarah Palin announces her 2012 Presidential candidacy, good luck trying to find one of these babies! And while I was out shopping for this, I wandered into the dangerous territory of taking PunditGirl, who now has to change outfits three or four times before heading to school, to stock [...]

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 [...]

10 09, 2011

PunditMom Gets Around …

By | September 10th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  Where have I been hanging out this week besides PunditMom? No, I wasn't in that beautiful Giverny garden in France, but I was a few other fun places .... I was honored to be selected by Working Mother Magazine as one of the most powerful mothers in social media! I'm in some amazing company.  [...]

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 [...]

28 07, 2011

Michele Bachmann and Me

By | July 28th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|9 Comments

Michele Bachmann and I had lunch together.  It's true!  She even had these lovely Tea Party cookies! OK, there were about 200 other people in the room, too. But we were both eating in the same place at the same time! Bachmann was at the National Press Club and, as a member, I was lucky [...]