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13 09, 2008

Why Joy Behar Should be Invited to a Presidential Debate

By | September 13th, 2008|Uncategorized|10 Comments

Joy Behar of The View is no shrinking violet. That's one reason I like her. I'm not a big fan of The View, but I enjoy when she appears on Larry King, she tells it like it is and I like that in anyone talking about politics!Now, I really think Joy should be getting in [...]

12 09, 2008

Sarah Palin, America's Next Top Uber-Mom?

By | September 12th, 2008|Moms & Politics|24 Comments

Sarah Palin is a mother. So am I. That's where our similarities end.Since I'm a pretty progressive Democrat and she's, um, not, there aren't a lot of things we agree on politically. We don't have a lot in common in how our motherhood experiences look, either.I don't have five kids and I'm not a governor [...]

10 09, 2008

Lipstick on a Pig? You Be the Judge

By | September 10th, 2008|Moms & Politics|10 Comments

Bloggers fingers are a flyin' over politics these days, especially when it comes to Sarah Palin.Now, the GOP is trying to turn a phrase about a pig and some lipstick taken out of context against Barack Obama.Today, I'll let my friend Cynthia do the talking at her post ... she's got the historical angle you [...]

9 09, 2008

PunditMom on Fox News: Oprah Winfrey vs. Sarah Palin?

By | September 9th, 2008|Uncategorized|31 Comments

Yesterday morning, it was into the Lion's Den for me, to talk about whether it's a big deal that Oprah Winfrey has said she won't have GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin on her show until after the election.Needless to say, I wasn't sure I had made the right decision -- a liberal entering the world [...]

4 09, 2008

Sarah Palin: How Many Women is She?

By | September 4th, 2008|Moms & Politics|16 Comments

Reformer? Maverick? Defender of motherhood? Independent-minded woman? Former beauty queen? Serious politico? Moose hunter?As soon as John McCain announced that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would be his running mate, the liberal vs. conservative online discussion was off to the races! Progressive bloggers are shocked at Palin's positions on reproductive choice, gun control and religion in [...]

4 09, 2008

PunditMom's Random Political Question of the Day

By | September 4th, 2008|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

I know Sarah Palin can field dress a moose. But how did she convince the moose to put on the dress in the first place?

29 08, 2008

Don’t Dismiss Sarah Palin Out of Hand

By | August 29th, 2008|Republicans|12 Comments

Needless to say, there have been a LOT of blog posts and articles flying around the blogosphere since Friday when John McCain announced that his choice for vice-president is Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. While I hadn't posted about it, I had been saying privately for months that I thought McCain would choose Palin as his [...]

28 08, 2008

DNC on the Homefront: PunditMom’ s DNC 2012 Wish

By | August 28th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

Bloggers of all persuasions were excited when the Democratic National Committee announced that some of us would receive press credentials to cover the convention in Denver. Many in the MSM like to refer to us as "citizen" journalists, forgetting (or perhaps ignoring) the fact that plenty of us also are professional writers and journalists. The [...]

27 08, 2008

Hillary Clinton’s Speech Day Two

By | August 27th, 2008|Uncategorized|6 Comments

It's not enough to have a speech at a national convention. Or to have many of us chat about it and blog about it live!Day Two always provides some good distance to parse and and analyze. Did Hillary do enough to get her legions to wholeheartedly back Barack Obama? Did she not talk about him [...]

26 08, 2008

DNC on the Homefront: Women’s Equality Day

By | August 26th, 2008|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

There is so much I could say about today, Women's Equality Day. But is that really necessary?Shouldn't it all be self-evident at this point?It's important that we remember that not so many generations ago, the women in our families didn't have the right to vote, but those of my great-grandmother's generation were willing to fight [...]

24 08, 2008

Why We Continue to be Our Own Worst Enemy

By | August 24th, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

While there are no statistics to prove this, it feels like there are a record number of events for political women at the Democratic National Convention. That's a really exciting thing in terms of where political women go from here when the 2008 election is done in November.NOW's EqualiTEA, the Unconventional Women forum being put [...]

15 08, 2008

Dooce 1, Pundits 0

By | August 15th, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|17 Comments

I've resigned myself to the fact that writing, ranting and getting snarky (or cranky!) about politics is never going to make me rich. I already knew that, but was disheartened to actually read it in print in the New York Times article Woman to Woman Online.Sure, we all know that Dooce is the bee's knees [...]

14 08, 2008

Maybe Barack Obama Just Isn’t That Into You

By | August 14th, 2008|Moms & Politics|9 Comments

First, Barack Obama wasn't sure he wanted to reach out to Hillary Clinton supporters because they should just get over it, probably feeling that women who traditionally voted Democratic would come around by November.He may be right, but then I read in a column by Joel Stein in Time Magazine about how Floridians like his [...]

14 08, 2008

I’ll Never Get Rich Being a Pundit

By | August 14th, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|0 Comments

I've resigned myself to the fact that writing, ranting and getting snarky (or cranky!) about politics is never going to make me rich. I already knew that, but was disheartened to actually read it in print in the New York Times article Woman to Woman Online.Sure, we all know that Dooce is the bee's knees [...]

11 08, 2008

PunditMom’s Most Important Election Year Issue

By | August 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments

This is what it all boils down to for me.What about you? What's the most important issue that will help you decide whether you're voting for Obama or McCain? Interested in what other blogging women have to say? Check out CNN ireports. They were kind enough to hang out with many of us at the [...]

9 08, 2008

A “Recovering” Attorney Can Still Have a Bleeding Heart

By | August 9th, 2008|Moms & Politics|8 Comments

As it says in my sidebar, I am a 'recovering' attorney. But as those of you with law degrees know, you never truly get the law out of your system, especially when you come across a case where someone, or something, really needs your help.I'm pondering getting back into the courtroom over here. What do [...]

8 08, 2008

What Political Women Can Learn from Paris Hilton

By | August 8th, 2008|Uncategorized|5 Comments

We've all had a chuckle over Paris Hilton's shot across the bow at John McCain's use of her image in his campaign ad, myself included. But as I've thought about it, I think her video is more than just a 'touche' moment that should be relegated to the level of Jib-Jab election entertainment.See more Paris [...]

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 [...]

31 07, 2008

A Pundit’s Dilemma

By | July 31st, 2008|Moms & Politics|10 Comments

As I count down the days to the Democratic National Convention, I have to wonder -- is it worth it to spend thousands of my own money to be part of this event?That's what I'm wondering today over at DC Metro Moms.Your words of wisdom are welcomed!

30 07, 2008

Mark Penn’s Granny Brigade

By | July 30th, 2008|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Now I know why Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic primary race -- Mark Penn.He is the reason (OK, one of the reasons) I suspected all along, but now I am sure that the man who claims he knows all about "Microtrends" is just stupidly tone deaf, especially when it comes to women voters.In a piece [...]

19 07, 2008

The Politics of BlogHer

By | July 19th, 2008|Moms & Politics|8 Comments

BlogHer '08. From what I've been reading, people either love it or hate it. Love the networking and camaraderie opportunities. Hate it if they feel left out or if there's a sense that a conference is more important than the drama of real life.I get the yin and yang of that. After all, I survived [...]

26 06, 2008

Dear Vanity Fair, Stop Asking Stupid Questions about Adoption

By | June 26th, 2008|Adoption|19 Comments

Vanity Fair gets PunditMom's new "Stupidest Question of the Month" award!I only occasionally buy Vanity Fair, but I'm stocking up on some vacation reading and thought the the July issue would be good on the airplane.Angelina Jolie of the full lips and even fuller tummy is on the cover of July's Vanity Fair with an [...]

24 06, 2008

We're Not Niche Voters, We're the Majority

By | June 24th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In keeping with my new $27 political revolution, I'm hoping to attend a book party tonight for the authors of The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World.I met one of the authors, Lisa Witter, a few months ago. She's not just a big wheel in the marketing and public relations [...]

18 06, 2008

A Softer, Gentler Michelle Obama?

By | June 18th, 2008|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

I was asked last week whether I thought the anticipated appearance of Michelle Obama on The View was calculated to soften her image and reach out to the stay-at-home moms who are fans of the show. At that moment, my gut said some consultants (and maybe even her husband??) are sticking their noses where they [...]

2 05, 2008

PunditMom's Blogoversary!!

By | May 2nd, 2008|Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|14 Comments

It sort of snuck up on me. I've been a little overwhelmed here and here and here and here and here. And you get the idea. Still trying to deny this one here.And desperately trying to ignore this!But today, May 2, is my second anniversary blogging as PunditMom.Like the new button? Laurie from Upside Up [...]

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" [...]

24 04, 2008

Rockabye, by Girl's Gone Child

By | April 24th, 2008|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

I love the chance to review books, but when the Parent Bloggers Network asked if I would review Rockabye, I jumped on it. It's written by Rebecca Woolf who a lot of you know better as Girl's Gone Child.Girl's Gone Child was one of the first blogs I ever read on a regular basis.In some [...]

7 04, 2008

Why We Need Katie Couric to Succeed

By | April 7th, 2008|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

On the heels of our Katie Couric meet-up this weekend, the Washington Post ponders what it calls Couric's uphill battle to be seen as a success at the CBS Evening News. After meeting with Katie and so many of her great staffers last week, I have been thinking about the similarities between her, the first [...]

15 03, 2008

The Year of Turning 50 — Getting Me Some Writing Inspiration

By | March 15th, 2008|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

The Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism is my favorite conference to attend. And that's where I am this weekend. Yes, I know -- Boston is not at its loveliest in mid-March.But it's a good place to recharge my writerly batteries, that is, if I don't allow myself to be intimidated by the other writers here, [...]

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 [...]