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16 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle Friday — Sarah Palin Needs a Lesson & Malia Obama is a Smart One

By | January 16th, 2009|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

I'm going to have some thoughts later today on the farewell tour that George Bush has been on since the holidays. In the meantime, a few tidbits I thought you'd like .....Oh no, she DI'int! Someone really needs to tell Sarah Palin how the political game is played.Women, Power & Politics -- a good combination [...]

12 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Monday Spin Cycle!

By | January 12th, 2009|Moms & Politics|9 Comments

Now that we're all back in to the New Year, its time to start keeping track again of the tasty political tidbits of the day ...Will Barack Obama be the Equivocator in Chief?Apparently it's OK to hide jewels and heirlooms if you're a fraud mastermind, and you still don't have to go to jail!President Lame [...]

23 02, 2008

This Whole Campaign Looks a Lot Different to an Eight-Year-Old

By | February 23rd, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Trying to explain our electoral process to an eight-year-old is like trying to help your child make sense of why the boys who like you in the classroom pick on you during recess.It’s all a bit inscrutable.What’s even harder is trying to help a second-grader grasp that while the election coverage that mommy is addicted to has been going on since before she started this school year, that things won’t be over until she’s settled into next year’s school routine.”But WHY?” is PunditGirl’s continual response when I try to explain why we don’t have a new President yet. We had this discussion after the New Hampshire primary: […]

21 02, 2008

Hillary Needs a Superhero!

By | February 21st, 2008|Uncategorized|10 Comments

As I’ve been getting over my disappointment about John Edwards dropping out of the presidential race, I’ve been pondering the other candidates — what do they bring to the table?One thing that can be telling about a candidate is identifying their other supporters — are those people I can connect with to help figure out who to vote for?In deciding who to support, I’m not generally swayed by celebrity endorsements. They’re interesting and they sell newspapers, but they don’t influence my vote. But the candidates must think they do. […]

18 02, 2008

Sippy Cups and Burgers

By | February 18th, 2008|Moms & Politics|11 Comments

We moms do our best to keep our families safe. But in light of recent safety news, I think we're going to go find Saddam Hussein's worm hole and take up residence there.Not that I have to worry about toxic chemicals leaching out of sippy cups anymore. PunditGirl is way past that stage.When she was [...]

13 02, 2008

Wearing Your Politics on Your Sleeve

By | February 13th, 2008|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Or, perhaps more appropriately, your chest!It’s no secret that I tend wear my Democratic politics on my sleeve. But with emotions running high for both the Dems and the GOP in this year’s political campaign, it’s not difficult to find those hawking election memorabilia both for and against all the candidates.But how to choose something that will best represent our feelings and still be relevant after the election? You know how hard it is to get those bumper stickers off the car! […]

31 01, 2008

Single Moms Can Rock the Vote!

By | January 31st, 2008|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Women’s Voices, Women Vote has launched its new get out the vote campaign. In 2006, the theme was “Do You Remember Your First Time?”For 2008, WVWV is targeting single women again — 20 million of them in the “20 Million Reasons” campaign. Many pollsters and pundits have said that women voters will be the key to this historical election. But single women historically haven’t voted in the same numbers as married women.Of those 20 million women being targeted, slightly over half are single mothers. […]

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? […]

20 12, 2007

Bush Says Poor Children Don't Need SCHIP

By | December 20th, 2007|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Right smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, President Bush has vetoed for the second time the extension of federal funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). But is it worse that Bush vetoed it again or that the Congress doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to the President and make sure that millions of children don’t lose what meager coverage they have just days before Christmas?Or that Congress is willing to go along with the President’s demands for yet more money for the Iraq war, yet won’t allow a fraction of that money to help children who need health insurance because — GASP — that would mean raising the cigarette tax to fund it! […]

16 12, 2007

I Can't Stop Wondering About Obama's Mother

By | December 16th, 2007|Uncategorized|11 Comments

I keep wondering what Barack Obama’s mother would think about her son’s presidential campaign. Unfortunately, she’s not around for anyone to ask that question — she died of ovarian cancer in 1995.But there is one photo I keep seeing again and again of a young Barack and his mother, Ann Dunham. It’s featured in a Time Magazine cover article from earlier this month on Obama — a pretty young woman holding lovingly and protectively on to her young son so he doesn’t fall off the fence he’s perched on top of. It’s really a lovely photo and captures one of those fleeting moments of life and parenthood that are common and special at the same time.Surely, she would be proud as any mother would be. But I can’t help wondering how she, his Caucasian mother, would react to his campaign’s focus on the African-American part of his heritage? […]

13 12, 2007

Does This Blog Make Me Look Fat?

By | December 13th, 2007|Uncategorized|19 Comments

Nigella Lawson has apparently hit a nerve in Britain.Some of her fans think she’s crossed the line from her figure being “womanly” to just plain old fat.Sound harsh? It’s no secret that Lawson, the cookbook queen and self-proclaimed Domestic Goddess, is proudly on the zaftig side. But according to one news report, viewers of her latest show have been complaining that they think she’s packing on the pounds in an unhealthy way.Nigella’s response? […]

9 12, 2007

Damned if You Do, Damned If You Don't

By | December 9th, 2007|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Workplace discrimination against women, especially those with any sort of care-giving responsibilities, can be subtle.But sometimes it’s so obvious, all you can do is shake your head like Scooby-Doo and say, “RUH??”That’s what lawyer Alyson Kirleis found herself confronted with as a shareholder in a Pittsburgh law firm. But instead of seeing her firm responsibilities grow as as one of the firm’s owners, they started to shrink — partly because she says her more senior male counterparts thought she was spending too much time at the office and not enough time taking care of her two children. […]

8 12, 2007

Why is Immigration So Important to the GOP?

By | December 8th, 2007|Uncategorized|9 Comments

As I was watching the GOP candidates on the CNN/YouTube debate, it seemed to me that they are trying to turn the immigration issue into one we should start worrying about in terms of our national security.The GOP presidential candidates seem to have themselves all worked up into a tizzy about illegal immigrants.During the recent debate, I noticed that some of these guys, especially Mitt Romney (whose first name, by the way, is really Willard!) were almost frothing at the mouth to whip the general public into a frenzy about illegal immigrants. Not the ones who were interested in learning how to fly planes but not land them, but the ones who pick our lettuce and till our fields and clean our houses.I understand that there is a process and that if people want to come here from other countries, it sure would be better to have them jump through the hoops that lead to legal residence and citizenship than sneaking across the border at night or hiding in a shipping container and hopping off at the dock. […]

7 12, 2007

I'll Have What Ron Paul's Having

By | December 7th, 2007|Uncategorized|10 Comments

Over $4 million in one day.What do you say about a presidential candidate who can raise that kind of cash in 24 hours?That’s exactly what GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul did on Guy Fawkes day, a British holiday that celebrates the attempted overthrow of the British government in 1605. Paul, the libertarian leaning maverick congressman from Texas, who is way back in the polls, was able to pull in $4.3 million in contributions in 24 hours last month. I’m betting that all the other candidates are trying to figure out how he pulled that off and how they can re-create those results before the Iowa Caucuses. […]

19 10, 2007

There's Plenty of Punditry to Go Around

By | October 19th, 2007|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

If you're looking for something besides art today, I'm here and here!For some other entertainment, this is good, too!

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 [...]

9 07, 2007

More Than Hillary and Barack

By | July 9th, 2007|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

As one of my blog pals very kindly pointed out to me a few weeks ago, the Democratic race isn't just about Hillary and Barack.Sure, they're the ones getting most of the media hype at the moment. But, as a result, some good ideas from other candidates aren't getting much attention.Take some time to check [...]

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 [...]

27 06, 2007

And the Winner Is …

By | June 27th, 2007|Democrats|11 Comments

... in a contest between Elizabeth Edwards and Ann Coulter, I know who I'm putting my money on.But I've been wondering what, if anything, the Dems can learn from a flame-thrower like Ann Coulter.I've written about that over at PunditMom's Spin Cycle today, so I hope you'll check it out.Is it time for the Democrats [...]