Message for Obama: Michelle is Cool

Posted by Katherine | Monday, January 5th, 2009

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] On Saturday, Michelle Obama flew early to DC with Malia and Sasha so that the girls could get ready for their first day at Sidwell Friends School; Barack followed yesterday on a presidential Air Force plane. In his election-night speech, Obama ...

Palin: Feminist Role Model or Not?

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[gaelx / Flickr] Since Sarah Palin joined the McCain campaign, there's been vociferous disagreement over her feminist cred. Is she blessing or blight to the cause? To catch up on the debate, here are a few recent strands. Wendy describes herself as a "conservative, home schooling mom" with a "smokin' hot, hard ...

Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Mccain, Joe the plumber, Obama [Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com / Flickr] Watch or read the third presidential debate here, if you missed it on Wednesday night. A lot of bloggers seemed relieved -- to put it mildly -- that debate season is now over. Here, with equal relief, is a last post-debate roundup. On the ...

Recently, On the Campaign Trail

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

Three shots from three rallies in three states this month. University of Dayton political science major Emily says she likes photographing Disney World, but she seems to be documenting the campaign enthusiastically as well. (See another of her election pics here.) This photo was from a Palin rally in Wilmington, Ohio, ...

Vice Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, October 5th, 2008

[Bright_Star / Flickr] If you weren't among the 70 million or so who watched the blockbuster VP debate live (not counting those who streamed it), you can see or read it here. By all accounts the night was primarily a referendum on Sarah Palin, so these comments focus largely on her: The ...

The Culture Wars, Again

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[Aelle / Flickr] There's been lots of talk about Palin's candidacy dragging this campaign back into the culture wars. Pentimento, a musician, grad student, and "Catholic revert," plays a melancholy variation on that theme: Obama and Palin (let's face it, the election is really between them) personify the intense longing of those ...

Feminist Progressives Defend Palin Against Sexism

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[quinn.anya / Flickr] The feminist, progressive group blog Shakesville is rolling out a growing series called "Sarah Palin Sexism Watch." Each Palin/sexism post comes with the caveat that "we defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we endorse her or her politics, but because that's how feminism works." In other ...

The Tone of McCain/Palin

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

In the last few days, both Obama and Biden have accused the McCain/Palin campaign of dishonesty and nastiness in its attacks and ads. Many of their fellow Democrats feel similarly about the tone McCain and Palin have adopted. Jay Smooth is a hip-hop vlogger and ballotvoxregular who "leans left." You'll find ...

Sarah Palin’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

[Tom LeGro, NewsHour / Flickr] There were lots of favorable headlines in the mainstream media about Sarah Palin's convention speech. Here, from the blogosphere, is some of that same feeling as well as some edge. Jeff from Elk Grove, California, is going to vote for Obama, but he thought Palin nailed her ...

Hillary Clinton’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[talkradionews / Flickr] The general consensus seems to be that Hillary Clinton delivered party unity in her convention speech. Here's some blogjuice about other aspects of the speech. Kyle E. Moore is "vehemently partisan, proudly democratic, and unapologetically liberal," and he felt Clinton met every "astronomical" expectation -- she stared down the ...

Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[rklau / Flickr] If Twitter and swing states are anything to go by, Michelle Obama pretty much rocked her audience on Monday night with her convention speech. The blogosphere echoed with praise, too, but also with pointed analysis and critiques. Here's a taste of it all. John Klomp is a gay artist ...

Another Reaction to Saddleback Church Forum

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Outside Saddleback Church [Bjarne B. Sunde / Flickr] Kate Stone writes an eponymous blog, and, unlike Erica, she was happy to miss the whole Saddleback frenzy while she was camping in New Mexico. She was curious to catch up on it at the end of her trip, though. After meeting a ...

Ludacris’s Endorsement Backfires

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Obama praised rapper Ludacris as a great talent recently (though he wished he didn't have to worry about his daughters "getting bad images of themselves" should they listen to his music). Last week, Ludacris presumably thought he returned the favor with Politics As Usual, his endorsement of Barack. The ...

Traditionalists v. Progressives

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Paul is a Christian from the DC area. He was born in small-town China and emigrated after Tiananmen. Somewhere along the way he became a master of satire. Here he poses as a "traditionalist" to explain what distinguishes him from progressives. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) He didn't break character ...

Tributes to Clinton

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Keight hails from Portland, Oregon, but she apparently photographed this street art in New York City two days after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination. It seems safe to assume the drawing was intended as a tribute to Clinton's candidacy. (Thanks Ann Raber and James Mills.) [keight / Flickr] Across the country in ...

Democrats and Hispanic Voters

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 6th, 2008

Sixty-four-year-old AHispanicVoter may be a bit hyperbolic with his numbers. He also seems to like Clinton but be angry at all "Democrats"; presumably he means every Dem but Clinton? He also meanders somewhat. Quibbles aside, his basic point is an important one. He feels the Democrats are taking Hispanic voters ...

Sexism Against Clinton

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Speaking of sexist remarks (perceived or real) about Clinton, this video, found by PRXer John Barth, takes a thorough look at some of the headlines, quotes, and images that Hillary Clinton has had to deal with in her bid for the presidency. A lot of it may seem familiar -- ...

Obama and Negative Campaigning

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Gary R. Welsh, an Indianapolis lawyer, doesn't buy the standard line that Barack Obama floats largely free of the fray of negative campaigning. He recognizes that dirt is part of politics, but he's annoyed that "Obama has been presented with this aura of being above the politics of personal destruction ...

Ready for a Female President?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Tory, a spunky young English major from the Chicago 'burbs, assumes different personas to ask: is America ready for a woman in the Oval Office? She plays with common objections. It's a clever piece except for the gratuitous insult towards the end (thanks, Ann Raber): On the name-calling: Tory herself points ...

Votes for Women

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Hillary Clinton doesn't just get to vote; she gets to ask for votes. Thanks in no small part to the suffragettes who won women the 19th Constitutional Amendment in 1920 (after the birth of many grandmothers alive today!). The amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. Also, by extension, the ...