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Monday
Oct292012

Dear Walmart Moms #1: A Job Creator CEO Woman Living in America and Austria Is Talking To You

Dear AOC Readers. We are a complex and unusual group: international, gender-balanced, progressive and also conservative? “Did you say ‘conservative’, Anne? You have conservative readers?”

In fact, AOC has a significant group of conservative women readers, many without college degrees and living in non urban parts of America. I joke that AOC is their closet progressive read.

While we’ve quantified the existence of these women readers, I’ve never sat down with them for a chat. My business career has often brought me into contact with women featured in last week’s NYTimes read: Crucial Subset: Female Voters Still Deciding.

President Obama’s support among white women voters is eroding among a group demographers call ‘Walmart moms’.

America’s shrinking middle class and just-getting by families includes many of these Walmart moms, and they are struggling at the end of President Obama’s first term as president. Many of these women voted for Obama in 2008 but are now drawn to Romney.

Behold the coveted female swing voter of 2012. She has slipped a rung or two down the economic ladder from the soccer moms of the more prosperous 1990s, as indicated by her new nickname — waitress mom. Rather than ferrying children around the suburbs in minivans, she is spinning in the hamster wheel of a tight economy and not getting ahead.

My own views of the Republican War on women are clearly established since 2010. But I understand that not every woman sees it that way. To be honest, I can’t change your mind in many cases.

The woman we’re talking to — hurricane or no hurricane — is a woman like Emmakate Paris, a voter featured in the NYT article, a woman disappointed in President Obama but afraid of Mitt Romney and what his presidency and a Republican Congress will mean for her and her family.

You see, Paris “is not thrilled with Mitt Romney either. She said he would set women back because he did not understand their needs.”

“Women worked so hard to get where we are today and to take our rights away from us is — no,” she said, shaking her head.

Each day until the election (Internet connections permitting with this horrific weather), we will feature a longer essay or group of thoughts to AOC readers from one of our other readers about the upcoming election.

I’m calling this feature Dear Walmart Moms. Our first letter came almost immediately on Facebook from someone I don’t know in person. Pat Kennedy is a friend of a friend, and she jotted down her thoughts sitting in a Viennese coffee shop. Pat is a good writer and clear communicator. She is also a businesswoman and job creator.

Many of us Democratic women ARE job creators and still find lots to respect about decisions made for workers and non-elite people by the Obama administration. Mitt Romney would have you believe that progressive women want government to run the show. This assertion is so far from the truth, that I want to launch Dear Walmart Moms with a businesswoman’s perspective. ~ Anne

Dear Walmart Moms #1 by Pat Kennedy

Hi Anne,

We don’t know each other, but met ‘virtually’ through an email by Monica Day. My name is Patty Kennedy - and you kindly complimented me on summing up Monica’s challenges.

I am writing because I just read your post and love the idea! I am also very dedicated to what have become termed ‘women’s issues’, which, I have always argued are actually world issues. With that, I will share some of my thoughts with you….in the event they are helpful.

First, to put my thoughts in context, I am a mother of two young boys, CEO of a communications company headquartered in NY and with offices in Vienna, Austria. I split my time between NYC and Vienna. Life is purposefully full, and good….which is not to say it’s easy.

The War on Women Is Real and We Must Join Hands

Now that I’ve given you my brief bio, I want to get to the point. I applaud that you are reaching out to Walmart Moms. I think it is necessary and I too am appalled by what’s going on politically around women. But here’s the thing: until we collectively unite our voices as women, I don’t think we’ll get very far. Society, the media - and especially several Republican candidates - have set us up to define ourselves a certain way, structure our lives in a certain way and then judge other women for not doing the same. It is a battle — that divided — we can’t win. I wonder how we became afraid of our own power? A self power that I’ve seen women from all socio-economic, SAHM, WOHM, race, religious, sexual orientations eschew for the ‘greater good’, which to many, has been named ‘children’. I disagree with this.

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Saturday
Oct272012

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Says Republican Party Is "Full of Racists" As He Defends Powell's Endorsement of Obama

 

I returned early last night from an event to catch this memorable interview with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief-of-staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell on The Ed Show. Typically, I don’t watch Ed, preferring Eliot Spitzer.

Col. Wilkerson is responding to Mitt Romney campaign surrogate John Sununu’s suggestion on Thursday that Powell’s endorsement of President Barack Obama’s re-election was motivated by race.

My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.

Former New Hampshire Governor Sununu — who has previously called President Obama “lazy”, leaving CNBC host Andrea Mitchell visibly shocked — told CNN’s Pierce Morgan Thursday night that he believed Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama was motivated by race. Sununu has led the charge in calling President Obama unAmerican, saying specifically that he wishes the president would “learn how to be an American.”

Col. Wilkerson himself is known for not mincing words and his Ed Show comments are a jawdropper. Earlier this month, the retired Army colonel said of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team “These people make me sick.”

Speaking specifically of Mitt Romney’s chief adviser John Bolton who has totally trashed the United Nations as U.N. Ambassador, Col. Wilkerson said:

“The man scares me to death. He would defeat all the enemies in America and the world—and believe me they’re plentiful—and he’d do it with everyone else’s blood. John is like Dick Cheney, never served a day in his life and wouldn’t serve a day in his life.”

Wednesday
Oct242012

Eye | Lara Stone in Euphoria by Calvin Klein | Obama Covers GQ France, Predicts Fiscal Compromise

Lara Stone smolders in Calvin Klein’s new Euphoria commercial, directed by Fabien Baron.

President Obama covers the November issue of GQ France. Of greater interest to American pundits is the fallout or upside concerning Obama’s conversations with an Iowa newspaper.

After a scathing blog post by the Des Moines Register about President Barack Obama’s interview with the newspaper being off the record, a transcript of the interview was posted this morning.

In the interview, the president articulated his goals on immigration, saying he felt “confident” about accomplishing immigration reform in a second terms. Obama also referenced what he described as the GOP’s alientation of the Latino Community. CNN continues the report:

“And this is a relatively new phenomenon,” he continued. “George Bush and Karl Rove were smart enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly confident that they’re going to have a deep interest in getting that done. And I want to get it done because it’s the right thing to do and I’ve cared about this ever since I ran back in 2008.”

President Obama talked at length about the upcoming “fiscal cliff” he expects to avoid after a difficult struggle next year.

Obama suggested his grand bargain would offer “$2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending,” which he said “credibly” fits within the parameters of the bipartisan, Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission the president organized last year but whose recommendations he declined to endorse.

Politico does a reality check on the fiscall cliff, reminding readers that Republican senators Mitch McConnell and Max Baucus are up for reelection in 2014.

The very senators — think Mitch McConnell and Max Baucus — who will be central to a sweeping tax-and-spending deal are the same ones who could face the most difficult reelection bids of their careers, come 2014. Primary threats from the right loom large over Republican senators as they negotiate tax rates. Moderate Democrats also could be squeamish about tax hikes or cuts to Medicare. And whatever tax and spending deal emerges is certain to anger large voting blocs and inspire serious general election opposition.

Please note that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has officially endorsed ONE candidate in the Congressionsl races. Therefore, he must feel strongly about Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock. Romney made this ad on Monday, before a Tuesday night debate declaring God’s role in the pregnancies of women who are raped.

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Anne is reading …

Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Wednesday that the media and opponents have “twisted” his comments from last night’s debate, in which he said that when a woman becomes pregnant during rape “it is something that God intended.” The candidate added “I don’t believe biology works in an uncontrolled fashion.”

Mourdock’s comments sent Democats into a unified assault on the statements, while Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire cancelled plans to campaign with Mourdock. Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown, in a tough race with Elizabeth Warren, has also spoken out against Mourdock.

Jen Psaki, speaking for the Obama campsign, called Mourdock’s comments “outrageous and demeaning to women” before issuing a reminded that a president Romney would be working with Republicans committed “that women should not be able to make choices about their own health care.” via ABC News

Race To the Finish

Mitt Romney qiuckly disavowed Richard Mourdock’s comments in a statement to the Associated Press, writes NBC Chicago.

“Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement.

>The new controversy brings to mind Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s earlier remark that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely become pregnant. When asked about his views on whether rape victims should have access to abortion, Akin said famously: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, initially perceived to one of the easiest Democratic incumbents to defeat in 2012 now maintains a 5-point lead over Akin in the most recent polls. CBS reports today that Todd Akin was arrested several times in anti-abortion protests in the 1980s. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday that there are at least three accounts of Akin being arrested but never charged.

Race to the Finish

Politico reports:

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has opened a 6-point lead over incumbent Scott Brown in a new poll conducted by radio statio WBUR. In an earlier poll, Elizabeth Warren trailed 47 percent to 43 percent.

Warren has opened up a convincing lead among women, 52 percent to 39 percent, as she attacks Brown for not standing up for abortion rights and equal pay in the Senate. Brown leads among men by a mere 2 points: 44 percent to 42 percent.

In Connecticut, Democrat Senate candidate Rep. Chris Murphy has pulled ahead of GOP hopeful Linda McMahon by 6 points, with Murhy leading McMahon by 49 to 43 percent among likely voters. The Quinnipiac University poll last month placed McMahon ahead of Murphy 48 percent to 47 percent.