When John Edwards ran for president in 2008 -- before we knew that Elizabeth Edwards' cancer had returned and long before the sordid stories about his marital infidelities were revealed -- I was a big advocate for Elizabeth being First Lady. In many ways she was a mom like the rest of us -- she called herself the "anti-Barbie," loved meatloaf, and had a thing for comfy jammies from Target.
Elizabeth Edwards died this week at the age of 61, the breast cancer she fought valiantly for six years finally taking her from her children and family. But her passing is a loss for more than just her family. Elizabeth Edwards, despite the many vengeful and judgmental things that were written about her marriage and her presence on her husband's campaign trail, was the kind of woman I now think would have made an excellent Mom-in-Chief -- the kind that actually sits behind the desk in the Oval Office.
Image via Amazon.comSarah Palin is out to get the 1990s. At least that's what I have to assume from some cultural references she's trotted out in her new book, America By Heart.
According to excerpts from the book, she's got it in for Hillary Clinton and fictional newswoman Murphy Brown, two female icons of the 1990s. But why is Palin going all Back to the Future as she's plotting her 2012 strategy -- whatever that may be?
In the recent election, for the first time in decades, more women voters cast their ballots for Republicans than Democrats, hoping the GOP would make things better for their budgets and wallets.
So how did the GOP thank all those women for switching sides? By refusing to allow the Paycheck Fairness bill to come up for a vote in the Senate.
Nice way to say, "Thanks for your votes, ladies, but we still think you're worth less than men."
Wooing women voters with promises of looking out for their best interests and then refusing to allow even a fair debate on a bill that would help countless families in this stinky economy was the legislative equivalent of that guy in high school who promised if you put out, he'd take you to the prom. And then he took the head cheerleader like he was always planning, having played you for the fool.
I love Nora Ephron and her take on pop culture. When Harry Met Sally is one of my favorite movies. I felt her pain in Heartburn. I don't think her neck is too wrinkly and she has a killer sense of humor.
But Nora and I have to part ways on the issue of divorce. I caught her on Morning Joe talking about her involvement with a new Huffington Post project -- a page dedicated to divorce. For her, she said it was important to find humor in the hard things in her life.
But not everything about divorce is humor-worthy. And that's my concern with the new divorce page -- that portraying divorce as a pop culture topic will diminish how we view the uglier aspects of divorce, like domestic abuse, where there is no humor.
That thought hit me hard as I listened to Ephron and looked at the new HuffPo page. I don't talk about it often because it was a lifetime ago, but I divorced my first husband because of domestic abuse.