21 10, 2011

Miss Representation: A Must See Movie

By | October 21st, 2011|Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

  “You can’t be what you can’t see.” That’s how the award-winning film Miss Representation begins, a movie that takes a critical look at negative portrayals of women in the media and how that undermines the ability of today’s generation of girls to see themselves as future leaders. As the mother of a daughter, I’ve [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

25 08, 2011

Where in the World is PunditMom?

By | August 25th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard|0 Comments

Well, fortunately we made it back from a few lovely and restful days in the Outer Banks before Hurricane Irene sent everyone scurrying, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we don't lose power as she heads our way this weekend.  In case you're wondering where I've been lately, here are few places you can [...]

16 07, 2011

Ridiculous Politics

By | July 16th, 2011|Economy, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Just when I think that the world of politics can't get any more ridiculous, someone comes along to prove me wrong. Some Americans are still holding the Vietnam War against Jane Fonda and apparently they all watch QVC.  Because there aren't other places (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, who am I missing?) we need to be more [...]

3 06, 2011

Anthony Weiner’s Top Five Life Lessons

By | June 3rd, 2011|Democrats, Republicans|4 Comments

Congressman Anthony Weiner is having the worst week of his political life. It seems that his enemies got a hold of some "naughty" close-up photo of a crotch they claim is his and then tried to get people to believe that Weiner was tweeting the pic to unsuspecting co-eds.  It looks like the part about [...]

23 02, 2011

Unions and Health Care: What's a Country to Do?

By | February 23rd, 2011|Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard|1 Comment

What am I reading today?  Some excellent articles from around the web: Think you understand the state vs. unions battle in Wisconsin?  You should read this piece by Connie Schultz at The Plain Dealer. Health care reform is unconstitutional?  Well, maybe one Florida judge thinks so, but a Washington state judge says think again. Texting [...]

2 02, 2011

Is Fair Pay Dead in Minnesota?

By | February 2nd, 2011|Equal Pay, Feminism, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

I've never been to Minnesota, but I'm a big fan -- I like it's current Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken ('cause he was smart enough, good enough and gosh darn it the voters liked him!), someone was ingenious enough to come up with the idea of connecting most of the buildings in downtown Minneapolis [...]

31 01, 2011

Sarah Palin Moratorium? I'm Not With Dana Milbank on This One

By | January 31st, 2011|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|7 Comments

No Sarah Palin news for a whole month.?  Ahhhh. Sounds sort of heavenly, doesn't it? No videos from her Alaskan home television studio.  No reports of her playing the victim.  No stories of the obscene sums of money her PAC has raised. No mentions of her reality show reruns.  Sort of like a tropical vacation [...]

12 01, 2011

Mothers of Intention — Aftermath of Tucson Edition

By | January 12th, 2011|Mothers of Intention|5 Comments

In the days since the massacre in Tucson and attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, many people have been weighing in on the tragedy.  Here are a few thoughtful posts worthy of your time: Ilina from Dirt and Noise takes a look at all the ways violence has permeated our society.  No one's got a [...]

7 01, 2011

Things That Made Me Mad This Week

By | January 7th, 2011|Changing the World, Feminism|3 Comments

Not enough women writers to keep the column Broadsheet going at Salon.  Really?  I wish they'd called -- I could have given them a really long list of great women writers who think about the broad spectrum of politics from a woman's point of view. Governor Chris Christie couldn't come back to New Jersey to [...]

6 01, 2011

Breastfeeding Moms Equal Capitol Hill Bipartisanship

By | January 6th, 2011|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Republicans|1 Comment

Networking in non-traditional settings is nothing new for women. When our husbands think we're just hanging out with the girls or managing the soccer game and birthday party schedules for our kids, we know that those relationships can be, and usually are, much more than just lost time. So when I read a recent New [...]

14 12, 2010

What’s John Boehner’s Crying Game?

By | December 14th, 2010|Democrats, Republicans|5 Comments

Ohio Congressman and House Speaker-elect John Boehner is our town crier. Not a cry-baby crier, but an 'It might be politically expedient to show my softer side' kind of crier. He cries when he talks about his childhood, his family, Iraq war veterans, schoolchildren, and how he's pulled himself up by his bootstraps to achieve [...]

3 11, 2010

John Boehner & Compromise Go Together Like Bologna & Peanut Butter

By | November 3rd, 2010|Democrats, Republicans|5 Comments

It's November 3, 2010 or to borrow a gimmick from Keith Olbermann, it's the first day since our nation declared it was changing the change. Or should I say embracing the patented obstructionism of John Boehner's Republican party? The wave of Republican candidates that swept into office last night was not a surprise based on [...]

1 11, 2010

Five Things for Politicians to Remember About Women Voters on Election Day

By | November 1st, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

For the last year and a half, I've been working on a book about the increasing involvement of mothers in the world of politics as a result of our new social media world.  When I submitted my manuscript (what feels like a decade ago!), few were really writing about or analyzing the idea of motherhood [...]

31 10, 2010

Sanity, Thy Name is Jon Stewart

By | October 31st, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|2 Comments

While the PunditMom household is readying for the annual Halloween festivities, please enjoy Jon Stewart's speech from the Rally to Restore Sanity (and/or Fear!). Many conservatives have already been loudly protesting that this was nothing more than a liberal love-fest, but this speech doesn't sound political to me. Rather, I suspect that the Comedy Central [...]

11 05, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Mother’s Day Edition

By | May 11th, 2010|Changing the World, Mothers of Intention|0 Comments

Just because our official once a year Mother's Day celebration is over, doesn't mean we should forget about what mothers are thinking about.  So, I thought a special Mother's Day edition of Mother's of Intention was in order.  So, here is some excellent reading from some moms I like, and they're not just thinking about [...]

25 01, 2010

Game Change — Sexism at its Worst

By | January 25th, 2010|Democrats|8 Comments

So let me get this straight -- with the exception of Michelle Obama, all the women who were center stage in the 2008 presidential election (whether they were candidates or not) are bitchy, stupid, whining shrews? If this is where we are in 2010 when it comes to permissible portrayals of women, I may have [...]

8 06, 2009

Camels, Elysee Palace & Why it’s Cooler Than Ever to be President

By | June 8th, 2009|Democrats|0 Comments

As you can tell by the title of this post, my political brain has gone a little soft as I'm trying to sort out keeping up with my wonky stuff, a few new projects and "strategic alliances" as they call them in the business world, and managing a nine-year-old for 13 1/2 weeks of summer [...]

30 01, 2008

Political Moms Dish

By | January 30th, 2008|Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

My friend MojoMom has plenty of mojo, but she's pretty political, too.So, in light of Edwards and Giuliani getting out of the race and Super Tuesday almost upon us, she invited me to participate in a "Special Election Edition" of the MojoMom podcast.If you have a few minutes and you're still up for some more [...]

1 08, 2007

I'm From Iowa, and I'm NOT Going to Applaud!

By | August 1st, 2007|Uncategorized|9 Comments

Greetings, my name is Sonia and occasionally, Sunshine, as that was what my hippie dope smoker parents had every intention of naming me. But then I think some reverberating voice from above struck fear into their hearts and they refrained. For more about hippie dope smokers, see my blog. If you really want to know [...]