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4 Jan 2012, 12:10 pm by PunditMom
Image via Wikimedia Commons/(CC) Gage Skidmore It was really just a matter of time until Michele Bachmann’s presidential race was over.  I had a sense that things were close when her children showed up with her on interviews right before the Iowa Caucuses.  When a candidate starts appearing with their extended family mid-campaign, it’s almost never a good sign.  Remember what happened when we started seeing Hillary Clinton’s mom and daughter Chelsea at election rallies in 2008? Bachmann… [read post]
30 May 2012, 9:32 am by PunditMom
Tweens are steeped in the world of slights and hurt feelings. Wear the wrong head band to school, and your day could be ruined by one small comment. Someone says they hate you, but the next day they’re all chummy again. And as our kids get older, and more connected online, there’s the cyber-bullying to worry about. Forget about whether the comments are true or not, or whether the next day everything will be all hunky-dory.  In these moments, things hurt and our kids come face to face with the… [read post]
11 Jul 2012, 12:24 pm by PunditMom
Image via Lighthearted Photography with permission   Stay in school! Graduate from high school! Register to vote! These are the subversive messages the Obamas have been trying to get into our children’s schools! Remember a couple of years ago when some super conservative Americans decried the fact that President Obama was going to make a “stay in school” speech to be streamed into classrooms? Many on the political right claimed that was the president’s way of indoctrinating our children… [read post]
3 Apr 2012, 7:00 am by PunditMom
Who could be better as a Republican vice presidential pick than a young, attractive, up-and-coming rising star who happens to be a woman of color, a mom of young children and the governor of an important Southern state?  The GOP is sorely in need of repairing the damage it’s done to itself with the “woman’s vote” by finding a woman for the VP slot. That should have been South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, but she can’t and won’t be the one to help them out with that in 2012. Haley has… [read post]
26 Oct 2012, 6:13 am by PunditMom
Women are the ones candidates want. More precisely, mothers are the swing voters that presidential candidates try to woo every four years. Political wonks always come up with a clever new name for us each election cycle — we’ve been soccer moms, security moms, minivan moms, and Wal-mart moms. For 2012, the favored monikers have been suburban moms and waitress moms. Some day, politicians and campaigns will get wise and realize that mothers, especially those online, are way too savvy to fall for… [read post]
31 Oct 2012, 11:09 am by PunditMom
  I’ve gotten used to being scoffed at when it comes to my political bona fides. Because the word “mom” is in the name of my site, I’m often dismissed as someone who isn’t focused on current events, our political climate or electoral events.  I’m a mother, so I must only be interested in what time soccer pick up is and how I can sneak more green vegetables into my 12-year-old’s diet. It doesn’t matter that I have a degree in political science, as well as a law degree. It doesn’t… [read post]
21 Oct 2011, 7:00 am by PunditMom
  “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 always been sensitive to the media imagery my husband and I exposed her to, from cartoons to commercials to Disney princesses, and how they would impact her view of… [read post]
6 Apr 2014, 6:38 am by
And the vice-chairman of the Conservative Party says "I do think we need to have a serious conversation about it."It's the old let's-have-a-national-conversation political gambit. You don't take responsibility for a proposal. You just waft the topic and see who inhales.The Home Office official, a liberal (Jeremy Brown), maintains distance from the proposal itself:"I think this is a good topic for national debate. People of liberal instincts will have competing notions of how to protect and promote… [read post]
1 Nov 2011, 7:08 am by PunditMom
Yup, that's me there with Nancy Pelosi!   If someone asked you to take a day out of your life to help mothers and children who are the poorest of the poor, who need the things we take for granted every day – enough food to feed our children, vaccines to prevent diseases, medicines to keep our families as healthy as possible – would you do it? What if that meant going to Capitol Hill and becoming a lobbyist for a day?  Sounds a little scary, doesn’t it?  OK, maybe it sounds a lot scary. … [read post]
1 Nov 2010, 5:18 am by PunditMom
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 and politics.  I did a lot of research to go along with the essays I’d collected for Mothers of Intention, but it was pretty manageable even in a post-Sarah Palin world. Something happened in the… [read post]
13 Sep 2012, 2:21 pm by PunditMom
When did women get to the point where they have to declare themselves moms above all else in order to be perceived as acceptable to the public? We heard it again and again and again at the presidential nominating conventions. And if not mothers, then caretakers of some sort — supportive friend, helpful wife. Even high-powered women seem to find ways to play apologist when it comes to their professional accomplishments. Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg wants everyone to know she leaves work at 5:30… [read post]
11 Sep 2012, 1:38 pm by PunditMom
  Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz each have two things in common. They were featured speakers at the Democratic National Convention and they’re moms. I’m not bringing up their motherhood status because I think it’s important. They did. I’m the first person to applaud women who are mothers who openly embrace their political mojo. But when you’re a mother who already has a high political profile, does there come a point when your own personal parenting… [read post]
1 Mar 2014, 6:26 am by
Wonders Gail Collins, and one obvious answer springs to mind: Many people genuinely believe that the unborn is a human being. There's no live-and-let-live accommodation to the rights other people have won in the legal and political process for those who feel morally challenged to save millions of babies from impending murder. The very demand that they ought to accept defeat gracefully reignites them.A second answer follows on (in my mind, and I've still not read past Collins's question): Rights in… [read post]