There's a reason every politician wants the mom vote. There are a lot of them, and it's never been so evident as 2010, when moms are blogging in record numbers.
Census figures released this year estimated there are 82.8 million U.S. mothers. Now consider it was the female vote that many political experts say pushed President Barack Obama to victory in 2008 -- with 56 percent of women voting for him compared to 49 percent of men.
If you want to have your finger on the pulse of the American political scene, you need to start with the moms, and here are the most politically charged of the bunch from both sides of the aisle.
Molly TeichmanMolly Teichman is an official blogger of the Conservative Political Action Conference who started blogging the political process around the time of President Barack Obama's election. Her grandmother once asked Teichman, "Why do you keep having these children? Why would you want them to grow up in this world," and she uses that question to focus on the world her kids are growing up in today.
Read Her: Political Mommentary
Follow Her: Political Mommentary on Facebook and @Mommentator
Michelle Moore is a mom of two who says she's," traditional in my values, and independent in my thinking." Whether she's going after the EPA for spending tax dollars unwisely or debating the Arizona immigration issue, she doesn't hold back. As she says on her blog, she's been "punching stupid and evil in the face since 1986."
Read Her: A Traditional Life Lived
Follow Her: @Michelle_Moore
Joanne Bamberger calls herself a recovering attorney, and she was once Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Both occupations have served this mom of one well as she tackles the female role in politics at The Stir and at her own site.
Read Her: Pundit Mom; Speaker of the House on The Stir
Follow Her: @PunditMom
Katie Allison Granju isn't just the pioneer of the attachment parenting movement. She's a progressive Christian with a taste for truth . . . and politics. And she thinks her new baby looks a bit like Winston Churchill.
Read Her: Mama Pundit
Follow Her: @kgranju
Erin Kotecki Vest is a social media strategist for BlogHer, bringing blogs to the masses, and has served as the group's political director. And in her "spare" time, she's a political powerhouse of sorts -- the Queen of Spain, writing about Supreme Court confirmation hearings and healthcare summits.
Read Her: Queen of Spain
Follow Her: @queenofspain
Kuae MattoxShari MacDonald Strong, editor of The Maternal is Political and a senior editor at Literary Mama works with Kuae Mattox, Emmy nominated journalist, former editor-in-chief of Black Family Today and National Director of Media Relations for Mocha Moms to keep the world updated on the life of Michelle Obama over at Mommy Tracked.
Read Them: Modern Mom
Dana Loesch is a journalist, a co-founder of her local Tea Party group and a mom of two who calls herself the "conservative alternative," and she shares that view on Fox News, CNN and more when she's not writing about it. These days her blog is devoted heavily to news updates about her work with Big Journalism.com, but the link-outs show she's still got politics on the brain.
Read Her: The Dana Show
Follow Her: @dloesch
Corina Fiore takes a Zen approach to life (just check out her I Am page), but that doesn't stop her from getting hot when the political scene inspires. Whether she's calling for Obama to lead or talking local education, she takes a real-life approach to meaty issues.
Read Her: Down to Earth Mama
Paula Gardner is a mom, a grandmother and conservative who talks passionately about healthcare and this year's election. She tweets. A lot -- but she warns you that you'll be inundated.
Read Her: It's Only Words
Follow Her: @itsonlywords
Jaelithe Judy is one of the Momocrats, and this Midwestern mom is living in a liberal State of Discontent where she offers civic lessons almost daily.
Read Her: State of Discontent
Follow Her: @jaelithe
Michelle MalkinMichelle Malkin is a Fox News Channel contributor, mom of two and dedicated member of the "left-handed club." She keeps her eye on the left, talking about enviro-nitwits, end-of-life issues and beyond.
Read Her: Michelle Malkin
Follow Her: @MichelleMalkin
Shannon Drury isn't caught up in the mommy wars. She's agitating the masses in radical momifestos on behalf of the LGBT community and educational equality and putting a spin on what family values really means to American stay-at-home moms.
Read Her: The Radical Housewife
Follow Her: @radicalhw
Melissa Clouthier is on a mission to stop the ACLU, and be a libertarian information pollinator. Hate politics? This homeschooling mom of three says "tough."
Read Her: Melissa Clouthier
Follow Her: @MelissaTweets
Jessica Valenti is new to the mom game, and she's bringing that lens to her work as editor of Feministing these days, continuing to shed light on the issues that affect every woman.
Read Her: Feministing
Follow Her: @Jessica Valenti
Heather Murphy-Raines takes a moderate approach to politics, but it doesn't dull her passion for the topic. The mother of three and former military officer promises to tell the truth and nothing but the truth -- Scout's Honor.
Read Her: United States of Motherhood and at The Stir
Follow Her: @ScoutsHonor
Stephanie Himel-NelsonStephanie Himel-Nelson grew up in the military, and this Navy spouse is candid about what the world needs to know about America's troops, from Don't Ask, Don't Tell to the war's affect on their families.
Read Her: Lawyer Mama
Follow Her: @lawyermama
Lori Zignato is on a mission to expose "Asshattery in Washington, DC." This Mama Grizzly can be found all over the web (Red State and Right Wing News are among her homes), but it's on her own blog where she lets it all out.
Read Her: Snark and Boobs
Follow Her: @Snarkandboobs
Gloria Feldt merges the personal with the political when she writes, and it's no wonder. The teen mom grew up to head up Planned Parenthood and now speaks on behalf of women across the nation.
Read Her: Heartfeldt
Follow Her: @heartfeldt
Jill Miller Zimon is part of the White House Project of bloggers, and her views of local (Ohio) politics with global has landed her in the New York Times, earned her national writing awards and guaranteed this mom can keep up with any political conversation in any forum. After all; she writes like she talks.
Read Her: Writes Like She Talks
Follow Her: @zimon4council
Julie Marsh used to write a "traditional parenting blog," but like most women she realized she had more to say. So the former Air Force officer moved on to politics -- with a parenting twist. That's progress.
Read Her: The Mom Slant and The Stir
Follow Her: @momslant
Veronica ArreolaVeronica Arreola works as assistant director of a women's research center at a Chicago university by day, but it's at night on her blog that this mom talks about feminism to the rest of the world. As she says, "my feminism is not rooted in my motherhood, rather my mothering is fueled by my feminism."
Read Her: Viva la Feminista
Follow Her: @veronicaeye
Loralee Choate may be married to a staunch Republican who hosts a conservative talk radio show and served as the GOP state delegate this year, but she's a new Democrat who has been invited to the White House. She likes guns and doesn't recycle.
Read Her: Loralees Looney Tunes
Follow Her: @looneytunes
Jennifer Kuznicki is a Michigan mom out to make the libs stop whining. A conservative and ardent supporter of Sarah Palin, she tells it like it is, and she's pretty sure no one wants to advertise on her site because of it.
Read Her: JennerationX (old site) and JenKuznicki
Follow Her: @jen5309
Elizabeth Gregory merges home economics, pop culture and national policy as she discusses their affect on the most domestic of products -- our kids. Head of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Houston and mom of two, Gregory is on the front lines of "women's work."
Read Her: Domestic Product
Follow Her: @egregory
Jenny Erikson calls herself a smart girl with a smart mouth, and no topic is safe from the mouth of this Tea Partier whether its in written form or on The Jenny Erikson Radio Show on From the Right Radio.
Read Her: Candid Conservative and The Stir
Follow Her: @JennyErikson
Julie PippertJulie Pippert has been a political junkie since high school, and that meant rushing to polls just days after she turned 18. A member of the Momocrats, she uses her words to keep issues affecting women and children and the environment on the forefront.
Read Her: Using My Words
Follow Her: @jpippert
Anne Leary is done biting her tongue. Moderate in everything but politics, she's got her name on the Blogs for Palin list, and she puts it to good use.
Read Her: Backyard Conservative
Follow Her: @backyardconserv
Joni Hudson-Reynolds is an African-American mom -- and that's the lens she looks through when she writes about politics, be it Juan Williams' firing by NPR or Anita Hill. It's no wonder her blogs show up regularly on The Daily Voice.
Read Her: Ebony Mom Politics
Lorelei Kelly is both a mother and a national security specialist who puts security issues in the context of the female world. Co-founder of the Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation, she's interested in a stronger America. Period.
Read Her: Huffington Post
Follow Her: @loreleikelly
The women at Moms Rising are fighting for family leave, working toward equal pay and blogging the whole she-bang.
Read Them: Moms Rising
Follow Them: @momsrising