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18 02, 2012

Kate Upton and Barack Obama Walk Into A Bar …

By | February 18th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

You know this year you won't be able to escape political talk at happy hours, cocktail parties or even online.  But you don't have to immerse yourself Congressional Quarterly or CSPAN to keep the conversation going.  So here are a few things political tidbits to keep in mind for any social events you attend this [...]

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 [...]

9 02, 2012

All the Presidents’ (Candidates’) Wives

By | February 9th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|0 Comments

Much ado has been made about Jodi Kantor’s book, The Obamas, for its focus on the First Couple’s marriage and the role that First Lady Michelle Obama has a White House influencer. Critics (of both Michelle Obama and Kantor) have chimed in with the question, “Why do we need to know about married [...]

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: NewYorker.com

24 01, 2012

Mom Vote 2012 — Who Are the GOP Candidates?

By | January 24th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|Comments Off on Mom Vote 2012 — Who Are the GOP Candidates?

Who are the current Republican candidates running for president?  The list is changing every week, as some of the candidates we thought we'd see through more of the primary season have dropped out.  We've said goodbye to Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman.  But here's what you need to know about the remaining candidates [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Flat Tax Policy: The New New Thing for 2012

By | October 24th, 2011|Economy, Republicans|8 Comments

Have you noticed that tax policy is the new new thing for the GOP presidential candidates? Not thoughtful, analytical or well-reasoned tax policy, mind you.  But some of the Republican presidential wannabes are embracing the idea of a federal flat tax scheme thanks to Herman Cain and his now infamous "9-9-9" plan. Sadly, [...]

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 [...]