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For Less Weiner, Elect More Women

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

For most political women, it was hard enough to get elected in the first place; they're not going to jeopardize what they worked so hard for by flashing the internet with some bikini shots.

The Great Conservative Double Standard of Krystal Ball

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

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.

The New Political "Mean Girls"

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

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.

Sarah Palin, My Sarah Palin?

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

We need a Democratic woman who somehow finds a way to resonate with people in the way that Palin does, and in the way that Bill Clinton and George W. Bush did for their respective fans.

The BlogHer'10 Conference - Women Power Up

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marcia G. Yerman

The Hilton Hotel in New York City was packed on August 6th and 7th with 2400 attendees who had come for the 6th Annual BlogHer Conference. The last...

Five Things This Feminist Mom Is Grateful for on Mother's Day

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

On the tenth anniversary of being able to celebrate Mother's Day as a mother myself, I've been thinking of some things about babies and children and motherhood for which I am eternally grateful.

Wall Street Isn't Afraid of the SEC

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

The handful of men who run our nation's investment banking institutions aren't afraid of consequences that they consider to be mere slaps on the hand from an inconsequential agency.

The 2nd Journey Of A Lifetime: Visiting My Adopted Daughter's Birthplace In China

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanne Bamberger

This journey is our first return to China since we brought PunditGirl home and made her part of our family in 2001. I can't believe it's been that long; I feel like it's been a lifetime since we stepped off the plane.

This Valentine's Day, I'm not Taking Relationship Advice from Jenny Sanford

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanne Bamberger

What kind of example has Jenny Sanford set for her sons about how women should be treated in relationships?

Game Change -- Sexism at its Worst

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joanne Bamberger

If this is where we are in 2010 when it comes to permissible portrayals of women, I may have to live to be 237 before we're treated with even a modicum of respect.

Sarah Palin: Going Rogue to the White House Or Someplace Else?

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

When people dismiss Sarah Palin out of hand, I keep thinking one thing -- remember the last politician we scoffed at as not even close to being competent enough for the White House?

Harold Ford vs. Kirsten Gillibrand -- Who's the Real Bully?

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joanne Bamberger

It's laughable and upsetting to me that Ford claims he is being "bullied" by Gillibrand, making references to party bosses trying to exert influence against him.

Harold Ford, Step Out of Senator Gillibrand's Way

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joanne Bamberger

While Gillibrand was a member of the Blue Dog conservatives in the House, she is an advocate and supporter of reproductive rights. Ford? Not so much.

Just Being Alive Will Soon Be a Pre-Existing Condition

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

Many people who are against health care reform claim that a public option will result in rationing. But if denying a beaten woman coverage doesn't amount to rationing, what is it?

Where Is the Right Wing's Christian Forgiveness When It Comes to Ted Kennedy?

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

Apparently, many on the political right are without sin, because they wasted no time after Senator Ted Kennedy's death to start casting as many stones as possible.

Dear Federal Marshals, Glenn Beck is Waiting for You

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

If someone even jokingly threatens harm a federal official, it's considered a federal offense. Has anyone mentioned this to Glenn Beck? 2009-08-12-BECK.jpg

Can Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett Help Get Health Care Done?

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

If anyone can keep President Obama on track on this issue, it's Jarrett.

Jenny Sanford -- The Political Spouse Role Model for My Daughter

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

The message often sent to our kids is that it's okay for husbands to wander and that wives will still stick around, regardless of how badly they've been betrayed. That is, until Jenny Sanford.

Sonia Sotomayor and Elle Woods Have a Lot in Common

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

Conservatives are going to try to convince America that no judge should be appointed to the Supreme Court who doesn't decide cases by applying the law to the facts of a case in a vacuum.

Michelle Obama's Story is Mine. And Yours.

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanne Bamberger

I love Michelle's story because it's similar to mine. What I don't love is the ooh-ing and ah-ing of journalists as if Michelle's story is something new, because it's not.

Media Coverage of Adoption -- It's Not Just About Madonna

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joanne Bamberger

Is the Washington Post suggesting that finding two young girls dead in a freezer is somehow more heinous becase the mother had adopted them?

Five Imagined Confessions of Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanne Bamberger

I started wondering what kind of confessions, political or otherwise, Elisabeth might have. As someone who was pro-McCain/Palin in the 2008 election, I bet there could be some really juicy ones!

Dear AIG, I've Solved Your Bonus Problem!

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joanne Bamberger

If AIG employees don't get their millions, what are they going to do, quit? It's not like there are tons of jobs out there at the moment.

John McCain and the Tale of the Earmarks

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

Senator McCain (or his staff) is on a Twitter campaign to convince us that he has our budget interests at heart and that the Democrats are going on a wild earmark spree.

There's More to Influence on Twitter Than Being Famous

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joanne Bamberger

Al Gore, it's not really kosher Twitter etiquette to have 160,000+ people on your list and then only be interested in what two of them are tweeting.