I am a mom, a blogger, a former reporter and someone who toe-dipped in politics very briefly. I have started my own website, moderatemoms.com to give moms who are turned off by the media static a place to get the daily headlines, political commentary, a laugh and even a recipe for dinner. My politics are moderate Republican although I've voted Democrat. I believe this is where most of America is right now. "Time" magazine called us the "Silent Majority." Maybe we're more like the "Silent Maternity."
I was just laughing with a friend that even though I am a moderate, I never sound like one. But seriously, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney brought it. He needed to and he did. He came off like a CEO dressing down a CFO for not keeping the lid on spending. And that's appropriate because we are electing a CEO for this country who needs to put the lid back on spending.
I had a conversation with my 14-year-old daughter on the way to school today after she told me she is "voting" for President Barack Obama. Um, "supporting" Obama? (Maybe they do a mock election at school?) She said it's because Mitt Romney is anti-abortion. God love this child that she is bright enough to care and that she has opinions. I laughed because a year ago she told me she was a socialist, then announced that she was moderate Republican, only to tell me this morning she is voting for Obama. Kids! I am finally learning that with teenage girls, it isn't worth a big to-do because by day's end, she will probably change her mind!
Are American values rooted in family, church or government? I would say all of the above -- just not all at the same time! We seem to have lost our way with all of this and we seem to be confusing how important each is and how important it is to keep them separate. And we seem to be confusing how important the concept of freedom is to how all of these segments of society function.
So, I would say the real winner in terms of the Democratic versus Republican National Conventions was probably the voter, especially if that voter happened to be a minority. Even though I tilt Republican, and I do think the Republicans came on stronger than the Democrats this time around, the truth is if you watched closely, both sides seemed to be responding to some changing forces in the electorate.
Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, said she couldn't believe when she was chosen to be the warm-up act to Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. I can!
She reminds me a lot of Hillary Clinton. She even referred to Hillary as the "coolest woman" or something like that in her speech. Of course, the real reason for Warren's high profile is that the Democrats are desperate to win back Ted Kennedy's seat. And right now, she and the incumbent Republican Scott Brown are locked in a statistical dead heat. The difference is Brown, a pro-choice fiscal conservative, turned down the Republican party's offer to have him speak at its convention because he is framing himself as an Independent. Warren seized on the chance to stand shoulder to shoulder with her fellow Dems.