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17 10, 2012

Binders Full of Women: More Than a Meme

By | October 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized, Women in Politics|4 Comments

The blogosphere loves a good meme. Who doesn't like a little Ryan "Hey Girl" Gosling (especially that feminist Ryan Gosling!) or some bad-ass Texts from Hillary. They're good fun with a grain a truth -- women's collective love for both the hunky actor and the Secretary of State many of us want to run for [...]

17 10, 2012

Binders Full of Women: Romney and His Feminist Awakening

By | October 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

I wasn't surprised that President Obama was ready to take on Mitt Romney in the second of their three presidential debates. And I wasn't surprised at the variety of topics -- Libya, student loans, oil and coal, birth control and more. But sometimes Mitt Romney just can't help himself when it comes to channeling his [...]

16 10, 2012

Debate Number Two: 15 Reasons It’s More Than the Economy, Stupid

By | October 16th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

As we count down the hours to presidential debate number two, we know that the town hall style questions have been pre-approved and pre-scripted by the respective campaigns.  Odds are, we're not going to learn much new about either candidate in this debate and the winner will, again, be decided on style points rather than [...]

2 10, 2012

Presidential Debates: Here They Come!

By | October 2nd, 2012|2012 election, 2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

It's presidential debate time! The moments we've all been waiting for in the 2012 campaign! OK, so maybe you haven't been on the edge of your seat about the stand-at-the-podium, semi-scripted events that are a presidential campaign rite of passage.  So much of the lead-up coverage for the first debate is about what zingers we're [...]

8 09, 2012

Five Reasons I Liked President Obama’s DNC Speech

By | September 8th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  For a Democrat like me, it was hard not to like President Obama's nomination acceptance speech at the DNC. Since it was coming on the heels of Mitt Romney's speech in Tampa for the RNC, I knew he'd be ready to take on the attacks. Five things really struck me, though, including his decision [...]

6 09, 2012

Democratic Spirits Not Dampened by Rain or Change in Plans

By | September 6th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

When I asked some of the volunteers at the Democratic National Convention about Barack Obama's acceptance speech being moved from the outdoor Bank of America Stadium to the more weather-friendly Charlotte Convention Center, I could see the disappointment on their faces. They've been working long hours all week, helping things go smoothly, cheerfully directing delegates [...]

17 06, 2012

Father’s Day and Presidential Politics

By | June 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

  Much gets made about whether women candidates for political office are mothers. Do they have young kids? If so, should they be running for office? We ask how will they manage, without giving a thought to the obvious -- that few ever ask that of fathers. As both Mitt Romney & President [...]

6 06, 2012

Progressive Women Rock

By | June 6th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics|1 Comment

Women are going to be the key to which candidate -- President Obama vs Mitt Romney -- will win the White House in November. That's what we're talking about on our Netroots Nation panel on Thursday -- how to engage that crucial voting bloc with online tools. The panel with Viva la Feminista Veronica Arreola, [...]

30 03, 2012

“Sexy” President Obama?

By | March 30th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

Because this is just too fun not to watch ....

3 03, 2012

Super Tuesday, Here We Come!

By | March 3rd, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|0 Comments

Buckle up, because the biggest day of the 2012 primary season is almost upon us.  Ten states will decide on Tuesday, March 6 who their favorite Republican candidate is.  Usually at least by Super Tuesday, we know which way the political winds are blowing.  But as with the Democratic party in 2008, things are still [...]

28 02, 2012

What Will Those Republicans Say Next?

By | February 28th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

As we head into the presidential primaries in Arizona and Michigan, I sense many voters' heads are spinning over what the candidates believe are vote-getting discussions. Rick Santorum says President Obama is a "snob" for wanting all American kids to have a chance at college and that he "almost threw up" when he [...]

22 02, 2012

Rick Santorum Doesn’t Want to be President

By | February 22nd, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mom Vote 2012, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

  Rick Santorum has found his footing as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.  He's gaining attention by the day, which is borne out by recent polls that put him in a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney, the GOP pick who was supposed to be the inevitable challenger to President Barack Obama.  [...]

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 [...]

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:

19 01, 2012

My Hillary Clinton Fantasy!

By | January 19th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Poor Hillary Clinton. She never gets a break when it comes to the political rumor mill. Will she run against President Obama in 2012? Did she say she wanted to retire from being Secretary of State in a second-term Obama administration because she wants to make plans for a White House run in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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' [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

13 04, 2011

GOP Says Buh-bye Clean Energy

By | April 13th, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans|1 Comment

In President Obama's speech to outline his plan for bringing our budget woes under control, he pointed out that Republicans want to cut 70 percent of the money that goes to encouraging clean energy efforts in America.  I guess if you're as close to retirement as many of our lawmakers are, you're not all that [...]

9 04, 2011

My Budget Fantasy: Just Say No

By | April 9th, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Republicans|1 Comment

President Obama, please meet President Bartlet. I know we're in tough economic times, but our country could use a leader with a little backbone right now.  When you let the bully win, you always lose.

24 03, 2011

Henpecked White House?

By | March 24th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Women in Politics|6 Comments

Barack Obama was "henpecked" into our involvement in the current Libyan conflict by three scheming women. That's the meme started by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and continued by MSNBC's Chris Matthews and others about reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and presidential adviser Samantha Power were a nagging [...]

10 02, 2011

President Obama and the Chamber of Commerce: Bad News for Women?

By | February 10th, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|3 Comments

When I saw news clips of President Obama walking across Pennsylvania Avenue to make a much-lauded speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the first thought that came into my head was, "Well, there's one more stake in the heart of working women." In terms of our stalled economy, of course it makes sense for [...]