8 09, 2010

Working the Social Media Angle at BlogHer ’10: Slowly They Turn

By | September 8th, 2010|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard|5 Comments

What do CNN, Pepsi, and a U.S. Senator have in common? They all tried to reach out to the ever-growing, powerful and influential group known as women bloggers at this year’s BlogHer ’10 Conference. They all had slightly different approaches to turning online connections into real life results for their respective end games, all with [...]

4 08, 2010

Looking for Me? I’m at BlogHer ’10

By | August 4th, 2010|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard|2 Comments

I'm getting ready for the annual BlogHer conference, this year in New York City. If you're attending, I hope you'll join me for my panel on Saturday morning, Radical Mom Blogging: You'd Be Crazy Not to Take These Women Seriously! My co-panelists are Annie from PhD in Parenting and Stephanie Roberts of Shutter Sisters fame [...]

24 07, 2010

Mothers of Intention — I’m on a Plane Again Edition

By | July 24th, 2010|Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mothers of Intention, Republicans|0 Comments

I'm sure I'll have a lot to share after returning from the Netroots Nation convention/conference for progressive politicos and bloggers.  But in the meantime, as I'm winging my way from the heat of Las Vegas back to the heat of the nation's capital, here are a few great posts from some Mothers of Intention that [...]

8 05, 2009

Are You More Interested In Michelle Obama’s Fashion or Her Works?

By | May 8th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

What's more important -- whether FLOTUS Michelle Obama spends time with Congressional wives at a food bank to help feed the homeless or that she decided to break out her designer sneaks for the occasion?The media have decided the real story was all about Michelle's pricey shoes, not that she managed to get over 100 [...]

16 01, 2009

President Bush Farewell Tour: Don’t Let the Screen Door Hit You on the Way Out

By | January 16th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

It's been a very long farewell tour for outgoing President George W. Bush. I've gotten the feeling that he's been phoning it in for a while, but then I decided that's not such a bad thing, given his dismal record in the last eight years.He's had his final news conference, where it became clear that [...]

19 12, 2008

Green Obama

By | December 19th, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

As President Bush announced yet another bail-out, this time for American automakers, it's hard to remember that there are other important problems that will need some serious attention when the administration takes over in January.One of those is a real energy plan. Energy and the environment aren't getting the most play in the media right [...]

22 08, 2008

Writing Hillary Clinton’s Convention Speech

By | August 22nd, 2008|Women in Politics|6 Comments

In just a few days, the long national nightmare for some Barack Obama supporters will be over. Hillary Clinton will have taken her final bow at the 2008 Democratic National Convention as she gives her speech on Tuesday night.Clinton's name will be placed into nomination in a gesture by Obama to honor her historic race [...]

8 08, 2008

Hillary Clinton — Crafting a New Political Role

By | August 8th, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments

While everyone else is talking about Barack Obama and VP roulette, I'm going to talk about Hillary! (You're SO surprised, right?)Hillary Clinton is poking her toe back into the political waters, now that she's taken sometime off to get her head around the fact that she will not be moving back into the White House [...]

24 07, 2008

PunditMom on BlogTalk Radio on Saturday Afternoon!

By | July 24th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Looking for some political chat this weekend? Then come by the MOMocrats show on BlogTalk Radio on Saturday, July 26 at 3 p.m. Eastern/12 Noon Pacific for our show!We'll be talking about the BlogHer conference, our upcoming trip to the Democratic National Convention AND our book club chat about Arianna Huffington's book, The Right is [...]

25 04, 2008

Feminism and "The Wave"

By | April 25th, 2008|Uncategorized|9 Comments

Having a conversation about the state of feminism today should be a good thing, right? There's certainly plenty of fodder to start that chat with Hillary Clinton still in the presidential race and all the gender rhetoric that has surrounded her candidacy.There's been a recent spark of interest in what the most recent feminist "wave" [...]

18 04, 2008

Is It Hot on This Planet or Is It Just Me? Earth Day & The Presidential Candidates

By | April 18th, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|1 Comment

For better or worse, it's probably a safe bet that with Earth Day falling on the same day as the Pennsylvania presidential primary, April 22, the candidates are a little more focused on Pa. than on Mother Earth. For today, I'll let it go. But as I've been pondering about whether my personal life is [...]

4 04, 2008

How Green IS My Valley?

By | April 4th, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|6 Comments

How green is my valley? I suppose a more important question is, how much greener could my valley be? We recycle paper, glass and cans. I haven't gotten around to putting in those compact fluorescent light bulbs yet, but I've been thinking about it. But I really can't claim that we're overly focused on reducing [...]

6 03, 2008

In Pennsylvania, It's Still the Economy

By | March 6th, 2008|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

How do I know that? I have super-secret inside sources that feed my political intelligence from the Keystone State -- my parents!I grew up on a small family farm in Pennsylvania. My parents and my siblings and their families still live there. Most of my extended family lives there, too.So I have a bit of [...]

3 03, 2008

Lessons for the Next 'Serious Woman Presidential Candidate'

By | March 3rd, 2008|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

A few things are clear to me this week.Hannah Montana is the next big thing.I'll need some help to survive the fact that Project Runway Season Four will soon be over.And attacking Hillary Clinton has become a blood sport, even for the comedians.Not by everyone in the media. And not all the time.But to me, [...]

25 01, 2008

Race, Gender and the South Carolina Primary

By | January 25th, 2008|Women in Politics|5 Comments

With the South Carolina Democratic primary upon us, I'm on pins and needles.Maybe I'm naive, but I really hadn't anticipated the whole ratcheting up of the gender vs. race issue with the Democrats in the way that it seems to be playing out.But how can one avoid moving into the waters of identity politics when [...]

18 01, 2008

Finding Her Inner Hillary

By | January 18th, 2008|Women in Politics|11 Comments

As Tim Gunn would say, Hillary Clinton needs to tell a story.For better or worse, it appears that we are a nation of voters who want to get something warm and fuzzy from our candidates before we cast our ballots. And I'm afraid we still seem to need it to be a story about likability.Since [...]

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? […]

24 10, 2007

Something in Common — Blog Day for The MOTHERS Act

By | October 24th, 2007|Women in Politics|14 Comments

Being a mother by adoption, there are some things my motherhood experience has not included -- stretch marks, 36 hours of labor, epidurals. But there have been other challenges.PunditGirl was about 12 months old when she arrived home with us, so she was pretty much sleeping through the night. I smugly thought that I had [...]

17 08, 2007

Does PunditMom Look Good in Red?

By | August 17th, 2007|Moms & Politics|20 Comments

Isn't IzzyMom a-MAZ-ing?Here I am with the equally amazing Her Bad Mother and IzzyMom at BlogHer. (No, this is NOT a BlogHer rant!)But I am calling Izzy amazing today because just look at this shiny new place she designed for!Just for me! Isn't she the best? Isn't it PRET-ty?So even though she's praying for something [...]

13 08, 2007


By | August 13th, 2007|Women in Politics|15 Comments

Even though it took us almost two hours to get through customs last night (yeah, I'm SOOO glad they're spending our tax dollars building that fence along the Mexican border and skimping on customs agents at busy major airport), we made it back safe and sound after many days of croissants, Croque Monsieurs and wine [...]

1 08, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards for President

By | August 1st, 2007|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

If you want straight answers to straight questions, then Elizabeth Edwards is your gal.After hearing her speak at last week's BlogHer conference, I know if she was the one running for president, she would be getting my vote -- hands down.Not only is she exquisitely tuned in to the issues many of us think are [...]

31 07, 2007

Special Summertime Guest Stars!

By | July 31st, 2007|Women in Politics|8 Comments

We're goin' on va-CA-tion!Yup, I've gotta get that laundry done (again!?) and pack, (again!!?)But, I can't complain, because by this time tomorrow night, we should be winging our way across the pond to exercise the little bit of French I possess, as long as the flights are more reliable than they were for the majority [...]

31 07, 2007

An Open Letter From the Candidates (as Imagined by PunditMom)

By | July 31st, 2007|Democrats, Republicans|27 Comments

Dear "Mommybloggers,"We are so sorry that we couldn't be at your cute, little ladies' soiree in Chicago last week. You know how hard it can be to fly into O'Hare in the summer time -- it can really throw the campaign off schedule with those thunderstorm delays.We want your votes next November, we really do. [...]

30 07, 2007

I Deny It!

By | July 30th, 2007|Women in Politics|8 Comments

I was NOT trying to drink more wine in The Blogess' room at the BlogHer Conference with LawyerMama, Kari's Couch, Mayberry Mom and Lady M.I was merely trying to do some oenology research for my other very important blog!Thank goodness, Mrs. Chicky, wasn't there -- we would have needed MUCH more wine! ;)(Sorry -- I [...]

30 07, 2007

MSM Not Interested in BlogHer??

By | July 30th, 2007|Women in Politics|10 Comments

One of the main items of business at this weekend's BlogHer Conference was to announce the results of the BlogHers Act survey of thousands of women bloggers to determine what main issues we, as women, want to hear the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates address if they want to get our votes in 2008.It wasn't [...]

30 07, 2007

I'm Too Old for the W

By | July 30th, 2007|Women in Politics|15 Comments

Nothing says "Welcome to Chicago" like the body-thumping music and tres chic employees of those trendy W Hotels.The W Lakeshore was one of the conference hotels for this past weekend's BlogHer Conference. (WHOO-HOO, BlogHer!)I'm not sure if I was more excited about the conference, finally getting to meet so many of my favorite ladies in [...]

25 07, 2007

Info You Need to Know!

By | July 25th, 2007|Uncategorized|8 Comments

OK, I should be packing and I will be doing just that as soon as I pass along the all important info you'll need if you're stalking, er, I mean, looking for PunditMom at BlogHer tomorrow.TOMORROW!! YEAH! Tomorrow, tomorrow. I'm leaving for BlogHer tomorrow!! Can you tell I don't get out much?Sorry, I'll get a [...]

22 07, 2007

Little Ol' Me?

By | July 22nd, 2007|Uncategorized|7 Comments

So I'm counting down the days until I hop on that short flight to Chi-town and meet up with some hot blogging chicks!In an effort to get right to the meat of some serious conversations (!), the BlogHer goddesses have come up with the idea of pre-introducing ourselves, but nothing too lengthy!So this is me [...]

1 07, 2007

Go Vote!

By | July 1st, 2007|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Don't worry -- it's not time for THAT election yet!But it is time to take the BlogHer Acts survey to help determine which global issue and which four national issues we, as voters, would like to see the red and blue presidential candidates address in the next year as they campaign around the country.No need [...]