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5 11, 2012

High Anxiety on the Election Front

By | November 5th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

Predictions are always a dangerous thing, especially in an election that has been as contentious as the one between President Obama and Mitt Romney. While there is a feeling in the air that we are in a "perfect storm" set-up for a long election night as a result of self-appointed vigilante-like poll watchers, insufficient early [...]

30 10, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Which Presidential Candidate Will She Help?

By | October 30th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

Hurricane Sandy could not have had better timing for a country that has just about reached its limit on campaign fatigue. Not that I'm glad that the Frankenstorm with the friendly-sounding name has wreaked havoc on the entire Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. I wish there was something more than writing a check to the Red Cross [...]

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 [...]

20 05, 2012

PunditMom Round-up!

By | May 20th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|3 Comments

So where was I this week when I wasn't here? Working away as 2012 Election Editor at iVillage iVote with posts about the biggest and best gaffes of the campaign season (so far!), President Obama's commencement speech at Barnard College where he told women grads they should fight for their seat at the head of [...]

10 05, 2012

President Obama Cries “Uncle” on Gay Marriage

By | May 10th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

My short response is, "It's about freakin' time!" My longer, more thoughtful take on the President's "evolution" on same sex marriage is over at iVillage iVote, where I'm trying to keep up with my duties as 2012 Election Editor!

10 04, 2012

Rick Warren & His Let Them Eat Cake Social Policy

By | April 10th, 2012|2012 election, Economy, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|3 Comments

Rick Warren is one of the most high-profile religious leaders in America. If you're not familiar, he's the head of the Saddleback mega-church in California and an author who apparently is on somewhat friendly terms with President Obama.  But I think that's about to change as Warren is going to bat for the Republican uber-conservatives. [...]

27 02, 2012

Santorum Thinks You’re a College Snob

By | February 27th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|2 Comments

Just when I think Rick Santorum can't say anything else to make my jaw drop, he conjures something new to confirm my suspicions that he's not just an uber-conservative, but that maybe he's gotten a few too many whiffs of those campaign bus fumes. His latest remarks in his  efforts to convince Republicans [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

2 03, 2011

White House Report Says Women More Likely to Have a College Education, but Still Earn Less

By | March 2nd, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Equal Pay, Feminism|2 Comments

The White House chose Women's History Month to release a new report on the status of American women called "Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being." The good news is that it's the first comprehensive report in about 50 years that presents an overall picture of how women are faring in a variety [...]

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 [...]

25 06, 2010

The Rolling Stone Demise of General McChrystal: There’s Much More to Know About Afghanistan

By | June 25th, 2010|Making Our Political Voices Heard|0 Comments

The media has been paying a lot of attention to Afghanistan in the last week, but not because they're telling us what's up with the war.  Coverage of what's going on there is pretty much a back burner thing on daily rundowns -- at least it was until the lead commander there, General Stanley McChrystal, [...]