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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' [...]

19 09, 2011

Dear Michele Bachmann, Leave My Daughter’s Cervix Out of Your Campaign

By | September 19th, 2011|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

When political candidates start using our personal lives -- the really personal parts -- for their own political gain, they cross a line.  And some of the GOP Presidential candidates have ventured into dangerous territory as they've been discussing our daughters' cervical regions to portray themselves in a way they hope will appeal to more [...]

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 [...]

25 07, 2011

Understanding the Debt Ceiling Crisis is Easy: It’s About Them, Not Us

By | July 25th, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|9 Comments

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the little boys in Washington, D.C. who pretend to be the men who run our country have walked away from the single most important thing they need to do -- keeping our economy from defaulting.  But at the rate that things are going, Speaker of the [...]

14 07, 2011

The Real Political Armageddon

By | July 14th, 2011|Democrats, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

There's been a lot of talk in Washington, D.C. and on the news shows about how our prolonged national debt ceiling nightmare will be the equivalent of political Armageddon for whoever loses this battle.  It's just a matter of days until we know the outcome of our budgetary War and Peace.  But when it comes [...]

29 06, 2011

Five Pieces of Advice for Michele Bachmann from Hillary Clinton

By | June 29th, 2011|Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

I know Michele Bachmann and Hillary Clinton are at complete opposite ends of the political spectrum, but now that the congresswoman from Minnesota has made her 2012 presidential bid official, she should prepare herself for the inevitable increased amount of media sexism and go to school on Clinton's 2008 experiences. "Flake" and "balloon head" are [...]

5 06, 2011

Sarah Palin’s Political Tornado

By | June 5th, 2011|Democrats, Republicans, Women in Politics|6 Comments

The majority of Sarah Palin watchers seem certain that there is no way, no how the half-term governor from Alaska is going to run  for President in 2012.  Nu-uh, isn't gonna happen, totally sure of it.   She's just going on the road with her motorcycle helmet and personally branded tour bus to stay in the [...]

1 06, 2011

As Bachmann & Palin Shift Into Overdrive, Can We Steer Clear of “Catfight?”

By | June 1st, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

With the rollout of Sarah Palin’s East Coast bus tour extravaganza and Michele Bachmann’s near-announcement on Good Morning America that she’ll announce her presidential candidacy in Iowa in June, analysts are wondering, “Will they or won’t they?”  Is there enough political bandwidth for two dynamic Republican women on the road to the White House or [...]

20 05, 2011

Is Newt Gingrich Your Candidate?

By | May 20th, 2011|Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

Heaven help you. The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cJohn Lithgow Performs Gingrich Press Releasewww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogVideo Archive Maybe this whole "Rapture" thing is a good idea, then.

18 05, 2011

The GOP: ISO or SOL?

By | May 18th, 2011|Republicans|2 Comments

Just as in the world of dating and matrimony, some political character traits or policy positions are deal breakers.   Smoking, chewing tobacco and an addiction to the current version of guy buddy movies? If I were still in the land of dating, any one of those would make me send a guy packing. When it [...]

12 05, 2011

What I’m Reading Today …

By | May 12th, 2011|Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard|0 Comments

Got a few minutes to read?  Here are some links that are more than worth your while today: Don't give up your day job, says Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz.  She knows what's she's talking about on this one when you're a career gal who just happens to be married to a politician. Speaking [...]

11 05, 2011

Newt Gingrich Knows He Can’t Win. He Just Doesn’t Want to be Forgotten.

By | May 11th, 2011|Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

Newt Gingrich will never be the President of the United States. I sound pretty sure of that, don't I?  Do I know something the other pundits don't?  Do I have some nugget of inside information that's tipped me off to a secret Gingrich ruse? Sort of.  The secret is this -- Newt Gingrich is Newt [...]

19 04, 2011

President Obama Turning 50: No Mid-life Crisis for You

By | April 19th, 2011|Democrats, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

Barack Obama has a few "good months" left before he hits the big 5-0.  But according to Politico, the looming milestone that most of us dread also has our president in a funk. I totally understand that -- as I navigated my way through The Year of Turning 50, I had a lot of things [...]

11 04, 2011

The GOP is Full of Busy Bees!

By | April 11th, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

Things are really heating up for the GOP this week!  Speaker of the House John Boehner says he's done talking about billions -- that's just chump change!  Michelle Bachmann says if she does decide to run for President, she promises she'd only be a one-termer.  Yes, we'll all sleep better at night knowing that! And [...]

4 04, 2011

Michele Bachmann's Dirty Little Secret

By | April 4th, 2011|Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|13 Comments

There are lots of things to talk about when it comes to Minnesota Congresswoman and wannabe-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.  Her sense of geography is slightly off.  And her grasp of American history is not exactly what I'd hope for in someone who's serious about running for the White House.  But when it comes to hot [...]

15 11, 2010

Sarah Palin’s Alaska: Crazy Like a Mama Grizzly

By | November 15th, 2010|Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|10 Comments

So, don't ya' know that Sarah Palin has her own reality show on TLC?  Karl Rove and his pals have been sayin' if Sarah really wants to run for president in 2012, voters are just gonna be laughin' at her and her Alaskan posse.   But goin' rogue has been workin' for Sarah for a [...]

12 12, 2008

Friday’s Hits, Quickly!

By | December 12th, 2008|Moms & Politics|0 Comments

So there are 13 days left until Christmas, but Chanukah and the birthday of a certain PunditGril come before that, so that's much organizing to be done here at Chez PunditMom.While I'm running around, here are a few news stories to talk about. I'm especially ticked about the story on fair pay ... you know [...]

24 11, 2008

Thankful for Sarah Palin??

By | November 24th, 2008|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Thankful for Sarah Palin?Really? I think I can find a few things NOT including Sarah Palin to be thankful for on Thursday.H/T to Taylor Marsh for the video.

10 10, 2008

Sarah Palin, 2012?

By | October 10th, 2008|Republicans|36 Comments

Heaven help us.Photo from 538.com.