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13 May 2012, 12:01 pm by PunditMom
  The first woman elected to the White House will answer to many names — Madam President, ma’am, and, most likely, Mom. That’s something I like to think about on Mother’s Day. Given the demographics and family status of many of the women in politics today, there’s a pretty good chance that the first female who gets to sit behind the historic Resolute Desk in the Oval Office will be a mother of young children. Think that’s crazy? Read the rest of my most recent op-ed piece at CNN… [read post]
26 Dec 2011, 7:00 am by PunditMom
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 writing Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America and discovered the women writers who contributed their essays to show the… [read post]
3 Nov 2011, 1:08 pm by PunditMom
Netroots Nation panel 2009 A recent study entitled, “Mom Bloggers Voices and Votes Influence State of Union” comes to the conclusion that women online have a huge impact on politics and social issues.   The graphics proclaim “Mom bloggers vote!” “Mom bloggers care!” Mom bloggers are “motivated!” To that I say, ya’ think? Now, I’m not a pollster and I didn’t conduct any statistical analyses when I wrote Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing… [read post]
4 Feb 2014, 4:24 pm by
Asked about overrepresentation of of white males on his comedy show, he says: "People think it's the census or something? Does this [have to] represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? Funny is the world I live in. If you're funny, I'm interested. If you're not funny, I'm not interested. And I have no interest in race or gender or anything like that. But everyone else is kinda. like, with their little calculating. 'Is this the exact right mix?' You know, I think, that's like... to me,… [read post]
16 Jul 2011, 9:50 am by PunditMom
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 focused on. Not that there was much hope anyway, but Michele Bachmann just lost the Jewish vote. Politically, I’m happy about the recall efforts in Wisconsin against the… [read post]
20 May 2012, 8:31 am by PunditMom
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 the table, whether Mitt Romney’s days as a high school bully should matter in an election decades later, and how much President Obama’s decision to finally “come out” with his… [read post]
28 Nov 2010, 10:01 pm by Tom K.
Writing in the NY Times over the holiday weekend, Roger Cohen lucidly identifies the true threat of the elaborate security theater that the Transportation Security Administration has foisted upon us in our nation's airports: I don't doubt the patriotism of the Americans involved in keeping the country safe, nor do I discount the threat, but I am sure of this: The unfettered growth of the Department of Homeland Security and the T.S.A. represent a greater long-term threat to the prosperity,… [read post]
14 Feb 2013, 6:59 am by
The University's website reports what it calls a "transformation." “We’re building on the legacy of this campus,” says [MSC director Donte] Hilliard. “A social justice approach is our interpretation of the Wisconsin Idea. If the borders of the campus are the borders of the state, or the world, the educational access that we get by being here in Wisconsin includes a responsibility to help transform our surroundings into more just, equitable places.”... "It’s… [read post]
19 Jul 2010, 10:01 pm
The silliness of the federal governments security theater policy has long been a common topic on this blog. But if you thought that the governments security theater jobs program is bad, check out this first installment of the Dana Priest-William Arkin/Washington Post series on the explosion in the hiring of government contractors and employees doing top-secret work for the governments intelligence agencies and programs: After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that… [read post]
29 Nov 2010, 10:01 pm by Tom K.
Although my view of the latest WikiLeaks disclosures is much the same as FT's Gideon Rachman (I mean, really, who would have thought that Silvio Berlusconi is feckless and vain?), my sense is that Will Wilkinson's initial analysis correctly identifies the importance of these disclosures: To get at the value of WikiLeaks, I think it's important to distinguish between the government-the temporary, elected authors of national policy-and the state-the permanent bureaucratic and military apparatus… [read post]
25 Oct 2010, 11:34 am by PunditMom
Women with children bring a unique perspective to the political process.  It’s no big secret I believe that and I’d like to think at this stage of the political game, it shouldn’t be a surprise to other politicos. But one of the candidates for governor in Oklahoma has taken that idea beyond its logical conclusion. Republican candidate Mary Fallin actually claimed in a debate with her Democratic opponent Jari Askins, that she was more qualified to be governor of Oklahoma because she’s a… [read post]
18 Aug 2011, 4:54 pm by Dan Farber
With the partial exception of Mitt Romney, all of the Republican presidential candidates are negative about EPA.  According to the NY TImes, Opposition to regulation and skepticism about climate change have become tenets of Republican orthodoxy, but they are embraced with extraordinary intensity this year because of the faltering economy, high fuel prices, the Tea Party passion for smaller government and an activist Republican base that insists on strict adherence to the party’s central… [read post]
16 Apr 2012, 9:03 am by PunditMom
It was a super big week for me last week thank to Hilary Rosen and her one crazy comment about Ann Romney and motherhood. After her slip of the tongue about whether Ann Romney had every been a working mom, all media outlets were looking for commentary. I was lucky enough to chat with the Washington Post and KOMO Radio in Seattle, I wrote a little something for CNN and got invited to share my thoughts on Fox & Friends and MSNBC. Well, I suppose at Fox I was really the progressive punching bag, but… [read post]
11 Jun 2011, 4:15 am by PunditMom
It was pretty hard to contain my excitement when I saw my book, Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. The book actually didn’t come to me — I went to it when I attended Book Expo America in New York City a couple of weeks ago.  The distributor of the book, Bookmasters, was kind enough to host me for my very first book signing at one of the biggest book events around!  I’m not making it up when I tell you that I almost started crying when… [read post]
31 Aug 2012, 7:27 am by PunditMom
Don’t we all love something new? Something hip and happenin’? Something that’s so fresh that even just talking about it makes you say, “Is that even possible?” That’s what the Republicans have in Mia Love, the mayor of the small town of Saratoga Springs, Utah who is running for Congress in a newly created district there. Even though many on the political right claim that they hate identity politics, they are putting a white hot spotlight on Love — their new, new thing to show try to… [read post]
12 Apr 2012, 8:38 am by PunditMom
Image via Wikimedia Commons Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life. Ouch. I’m counting the seconds until CNN commentator Hilary Rosen, who also is a DNC adviser, gets the boot from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Not that I think Rosen should go, but that lone comment will be an ongoing distraction for weeks if they don’t nip it in the bud. The comment came as Rosen and others were discussing whether Mitt Romney really understands the economic issues facing women in general, and… [read post]
31 Jan 2011, 5:38 pm by PunditMom
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 where the cable TV news doesn’t work and you don’t care that it doesn’t! Could it be that February 2011 will be the month of radio silence for “She Who Must Not Be Named?” … [read post]
14 Aug 2012, 6:25 am by Hopkins
The citizens of the state of Florida should be permitted to elect our own public servants without interference from political, business or other forces OUTSIDE the state of Florida. Seems simple, reasonable, right? I mean why should a lawyer from Atlanta, Georgia want to come down here and try to influence the election involving OUR Supreme Court Justices? Why would a Kansas corporation like Koch Industries send BIG money down here to Florida to fund PAC’s and campaigns trying to influence… [read post]
14 Aug 2012, 6:25 am by Hopkins
The citizens of the state of Florida should be permitted to elect our own public servants without interference from political, business or other forces OUTSIDE the state of Florida. Seems simple, reasonable, right? I mean why should a lawyer from Atlanta, Georgia want to come down here and try to influence the election involving OUR Supreme Court Justices? Why would a Kansas corporation like Koch Industries send BIG money down here to Florida to fund PAC’s and campaigns trying to influence… [read post]
28 Apr 2010, 11:01 pm
As we ponder how one governmental agency – which couldn’t uncover Bernie Madoff or Stanford Financial’s sketchy affairs despite being told about them – is going to make a fraud case against Goldman Sachs on a transaction between sophisticated investors who knew what was going on, let’s check out another government agency’s bumbling decision-making: More than thirty organizations across the political spectrum have filed a formal petition with the Department of Homeland Security,… [read post]