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. [...]

26 01, 2012

Hillary’s Hair: We Can’t Help Ourselves

By | January 26th, 2012|Democrats, Politics, Women in Politics|3 Comments

Hillary Clinton and her controversial headbands are back!  While President Obama's State of the Union address has been much talked about and we loved seeing now-retired Congresswoman Gabby Giffords make her appearance on the House floor as he gave that speech, the third-most discussed thing about this week's SOTU event was --  Hillary's headband!! Forget [...]

23 01, 2012

Gabby Giffords: I Know We’ll See Her Again

By | January 23rd, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Women in Politics|1 Comment

I think we can all agree that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is an amazing woman.  Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or somewhere in between, I have a feeling you’ve been rooting for the woman many of us now just call "Gabby.  Her remarkable story of endurance and courage on her road to recovery following [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

14 01, 2012

7 Reasons Men Rule in Politics

By | January 14th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Men still rule the school when it comes to the world of politics. I know that's not really news, but it's good to have someone do a study about this sort of thing just to remind us that the more things change (there are more women in elective office today than a couple of decades [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

28 11, 2011

Twittering Teen Ticks Off Governor

By | November 28th, 2011|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Republicans|0 Comments

If your high school senior goes on a school field trip to learn about state government, but isn't a fan of the governor or his politics, what's the best way to express that? (a) A senior thesis on political discourse, (b) Blow off steam with his or her classmates on the bus ride home, (c) [...]

24 11, 2011

Mothers of Intention “Why I’m Political” Series — Jaelithe Judy

By | November 24th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Welcome to this month's edition of the Why I'm Political series. Don't run off! I know the word "politics" can be scary and conjure up images of never-ending presidential debates. But that's not what this is about. It's about thoughtful women from both sides of the political aisle sharing what motivated them to take the [...]

21 11, 2011

Dear Super Committee: Here’s a Little Advice

By | November 21st, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Republicans|7 Comments

Compromise is not a word that a lot of people on Capitol Hill understand these days.  That's particularly true when those who are entrenched in their own view of things can't climb out of those trenches without a 12-foot ladder. The so-called "Super Committee" -- aka the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit [...]

18 11, 2011

“Princess” Nancy Pelosi Should Be King

By | November 18th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain isn’t really making a name for himself as a champion for women. With allegations from at least four women that he sexually harassed them, and possibly sexually assaulted one, you’d think he’d dial back the anti-woman rhetoric, especially in the series of never-ending debates the Republicans are having [...]

17 11, 2011

Pizza: Capitol Hill’s Favorite Vegetable!

By | November 17th, 2011|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Republicans|1 Comment

I am so glad I don't have to worry much anymore about how to get vegetables into my daughters diet -- I just need to have her eat more pizza and fries at school! Well, at least that's what some Republicans on Capitol Hill would like us to believe.  Trust me -- I'm [...]

14 11, 2011

Parenting and Politics are Making Me Tired

By | November 14th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Politics, Republicans|0 Comments

OK, I know we’re all tired.  We’re parents … being tired comes with the territory of night feedings, night terrors and nights waiting up when our kids are old enough to drive. But what I’m really tired about is the news.  I know that’s a bit surprising coming from someone who dubbed herself [...]

4 11, 2011

Mothers of Intention: “Why I’m Political” Series

By | November 4th, 2011|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|0 Comments

What are women voters thinking about for the 2012 election -- when they're not being bombarded by stories about Herman Cain's lady troubles or Rick Perry's very own Howard Dean moment?  It shouldn't come as a surprise that they're focused on other more important things.  So BlogHer asked me to talk to some impressive women [...]

29 10, 2011

Where the Heck Was PunditMom This Week?

By | October 29th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Yes, things have been a little quiet here, but I promise, I have good reasons: Welllll, I've been launching a new project I think you'll enjoy called The Broad Side.  It's a new online magazine that will feature the best women's commentary from around the web. Just in time for the 2012 campaign season, but [...]