Don't call us soccer moms or mama grizzlies. Leave your Walmart mom label and your waitress mom put-downs at the door. You've got a couple of days to get it right, because there are plenty of moms left to persuade -- if you know how to reach them.
Whenever mothers allow themselves to be touched by the plight of other mothers' children, their perspective expands. From Liberia to Ireland to the Middle East, mothers have come together to bridge the chasm of differences.
Will Michele Bachmann become the GOP candidate? Not so long ago, I would have said no, but as none of the Republican men-folk seem to be sparking any Barack Obama-like devotion, she may stand a chance.
The story that gets filtered through to the media is that moms are worried only about those kitchen-table issues. If they looked a little more closely, they'd find that moms can multitask about families and politics.
So I'm waiting for my husband to show up at the Austin Airport, and I'm sticking near the Barbara Jordon statue. And then it hits me. That statue of former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan is the answer to my mama grizzly problem.
There has been deafening conservative silence on the sexist mudslinging against Democratic candidate Krystal Ball. It seems right-wingers have decided that they don't really mean it when they claim they're against sexism.
I feel bad for the politically-conservative women of the Tea Party who haven't gotten past the high school behavior most of us hated. It takes too much energy to keep that whole "mean girl" shtick going in the real world.
There's been a lot of media coverage lately about the rise of high profile political moms in the Tea Party movement. But what's been less reported is that moms are rising up across the political spectrum. We're all Mama Grizzlies for our kids.