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Dr. Condoleezza Rice To Address Women Working For Change in 2012 Conference

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Washington, DC – In one of her first political appearances of the 2012 election cycle, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will attend 2011Women Working for Change Conference in Washington, DC.

On November 18, 2011, the conference will host a luncheon titled: “No Higher Honor: A Conversation with Condoleezza Rice.” Conference participants will hear first hand from Secretary Rice on her experiences serving our nation, her advice to conservative women in the arena, her views on current affairs and personal reflections about her newest book, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (to be published on November 1, 2011 by Crown Publishers). All lunch participants will also receive a personally signed copy of Secretary Rice’s book.

“Secretary Rice is the highest ranking Republican woman in history, and we are honored that she has chosen to join our conference,” said ProjectGoPink Founder Suzanne Haik Terrell. “So many women have grown to admire Secretary Rice’s strength, conviction and poise. It will be an incredible tool for our participants to hear her story and view’s first hand.”

One year away from the 2012 elections, a group of strong and experienced women has joined together to host the largest gathering of conservative women of the 2012 election cycle. Heels On, Gloves Off: Women Working for Change will be held in Washington, DC November 16th – 19th at theGaylord National Hotel & Convention Center. The Conference, which has been called a “CPAC for women,” will bring prominent leaders, grass roots activists and experts together to share their tools , techniques and testimonials.

“In elections and activism, more and more conservative women are raising their hands and doing their part to fight for what is right, and to restore America.” Terrell continues, “Americans are learning there is truth to Margaret Thatcher’s famous quote: “if you want something said, send a man. If you want something done, send a woman.’”

Women Working for Change is the latest in a series of events powered by ProjectGoPink. Founded as an early response to the uprising of conservative women over the past several years, ProjectGoPink has brought together experienced women to share their tools, techniques and testimonials to empower the next generation of conservative women activists and leaders.

Individuals interested in attending the conference or the luncheon with Secretary Rice can register at

The White House ‘a hostile workplace’ to women

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by Ben Smith

The White House ‘a hostile workplace’ to women

If there was any allegation that got under the skin of President Obama’s staff early in his term, it was that he had a gender problem — a claim that Hillary Clinton and even John McCain pushed about Obama’s campaign, and which has been a source of quieter grumbles about the Administration.

Since then, a long list of women in senior posts have cycled through the Administration and left for other jobs — Anita Dunn, Ellen Moran, and Linda Douglass in the communications shop; Neera Tanden and Mona Sutphen and at the top Christina Romer in senior policy jobs. They’ve gone on to senior posts elsewhere, but relatively few have advanced to positions of substantive influence on the inside. The names of women who remain tend to be absent from the key tick-tocks and the Oval Office photos — with some obvious exceptions: Samantha Power is a senior voice at the NSC; Romer was certainly heard, though she lost, in arguments over stimulus.

And Dunn just blew the issue wide open to Ron Suskind, Mike Allen reports:

“‘The president has a real woman problem’ was the assessment of another high-ranking female official. ‘The idea of the boys’ club being just Larry and Rahm isn’t fair. He [Obama] was just as responsible himself.’ …’[L]ooking back,’ recalled Anita Dunn, when asked about it nearly two years later, ‘this place would be in court for a hostile workplace … Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.’”

The Post has various attempted walkbacks.

UPDATE: And Dunn is pushing back hard on the interpretation of her words. She emails, “He asked me and I said the direct opposite. Challenging environment yes. Hostile workplace no.”

It is, a colleague suggests, time for Obama to bring Domestic Policy Council director Melody Barnes for another round of golf.

For GOP, A Fresh Voting Bloc

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AMERICAN INDIVIDUALISM: How a new gene ratio of conservatives can save the Republican Party by Margaret Hoover

Book Reviewed by Heather Wolf

Heather Wolf is a former Bush White House aide and a John McCain presidential campaign staffer.


With the 2012 Republican primary race well under way, I am filled with anticipation: Who is going to be the Republican nominee? If the GOP does not unite in 2012, President Obama will be a two-term president.

As a millennial – my generation was born between the Reagan-through-Clinton presidencies, now ages 18-29 – I was excited to read Margaret Hoover’s book, “American Individualism,” and it is thought provoking.

Ms. Hoover is a Fox News analyst and appears on “The O’Reilly Factor” as a “culture warrior.” She is the great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover. However, growing up as a Hoover was never easy for the author. Throughout her education, she listened to teachers and professors vilify her great-grandfather.

Nevertheless, when Ms. Hoover came across one of Herbert Hoover’s pamphlets published in 1922 titled “American Individualism,” she was struck by the opportunity to advance his legacy. The pamphlet is a broad and forceful statement of political philosophy and an essay on the relationship between the individual and the state. Written nearly a century ago, it applies to circumstances today.

“American Individualism” could not be coming out at a more critical time. Ms. Hoover reflects on the outcome of the 2010 midterm elections and what it means for the upcoming presidential race. Moreover, as she makes the case for how the GOP can right itself and capture the allegiance of younger voters, she challenges the up-and-coming millennial generation to take another look at the Republican Party.

Ms. Hoover nails down the way the millennial generation is trending – politically, culturally and spiritually – predominantly in moderate- and independent-voting areas of the country. In fact, the GOP presidential campaigns should apply some of Ms. Hoover’s insights when the candidates address younger voters.

Ms. Hoover believes that the GOP is uniquely positioned to offer solutions for the most pressing problems facing America – skyrocketing debt, crises in education and immigration, a war against Islamic extremism – but she argues that it is held back by the outsized influence of certain factions within the party. She describes the steps the party must take to become home to the millennial generation.

Ronald Reagan was the last leader who led with the big-tent approach. He understood that if someone is conservative on 8 to 10 major conservative principles, that was sufficient to secure their vote. Reagan managed to link neoconservatives, anti-communists and national security conservatives with social conservatives.

In 2008, Sen. Barack Obama had a similar approach with liberals, blue dogs and independents. Mr. Obama electrified the millennial base and they came out in droves to the polls. However, now in 2011, all millennials can remember from the Obama campaign is “change.” As a result of Mr. Obama’s fiscal mismanagement, Republicans have an opportunity to make headway with younger voters.

Millennials are natural go-getters. In college many are involved in extracurricular activities and internships to prepare for future employers. Now, however, they are unable to find jobs, and many must still live at home with their parents. Their unemployment rate is currently 37 percent. With fewer fiscally responsible Democrats in office, this dire circumstance leaves an opening for Republicans.

In 1936, Herbert Hoover said, “Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.” Ms. Hoover writes that a Hoover growth plan would channel his business instincts: Stop printing money. Get our fiscal house in order. Balance the budget. Reform entitlement spending. Stop runaway spending in Congress.

That will make sense to younger voters, too, who know the economy they are being given will give them a lower standard of living than their parents. Millennials understand that poor economic growth and our unsustainable spending is generational theft.

Republicans are running out of time to connect with the next generation. Partisan identification solidifies after three presidential cycles. Millennials voted decisively for John F. Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008. Politicians have 16 months to make inroads with this generation – the largest voting bloc in history, which will make up 24 percent of the votes in 2012, and which made all the difference in Mr. Obama’s election.

Youth voted overwhelmingly for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984, and it can happen again. With a conservative pro-growth economic agenda that puts the millennial generation to work and brings millennials into the GOP, the future is ours.

Bachmann Addresses Perry’s HPV Mandate in Debate

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Bachmann attacks Perry on HPV
By: Alexander Burns, September 12, 2011
Michele Bachmann accused Rick Perry of using sixth-grade girls as profit engines for a drug company at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate, lacing into the Texas governor for having attempted to mandate the HPV vaccine for young teenagers.

“To have innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just wrong,” Bachmann said. “Little girls who have a negative reaction to this potentially dangerous drug don’t get a mulligan.”

The Minnesota congresswoman went even further, accusing Perry of handing out favors to a company, Merck, represented by his former top aide, Mike Toomey.

“There was a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate,” Bachmann said. “The governor’s former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company.”

Perry pushed back hard against Bachmann, but seemed flustered as the attacks on HPV intensified.

“At the end of the day, this was about trying to stop a cancer,” Perry said. “At the end of the day, I am always going to err on the side of life.”

When Bachmann suggested he mandated the vaccine as a favor to a campaign contributor, Perry responded: “I raised $30 million and if you’re saying I can be bought for $5,000, I’m offended”

Bachmann shot back: “I’m offended for all the little girls and parents who didn’t have a choice.”

Martha Zoller To Run for New Georgia Congressional Seat

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Talk radio host Martha Zoller will mount a campaign for a newly created congressional seat in Georgia, she told The Daily Caller in an interview.

“We need people that are not professional politicians,” said Zoller, who hosts a daily syndicated show across Georgia.

Zoller — who has appeared as a pundit on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC — will run for a new congressional district seat recently drawn by the Georgia state legislature.

She lives in Gainesville, located within the district, and is a proud conservative.

“We made a lot of progress in the last election with the 87 new Republicans, but we need reinforcement for those guys,” Zoller told TheDC, “and we need to have more of a conservative base in Congress.”

As for the issues she’ll emphasize in her campaign, Zoller mentioned jobs, the economy and how illegal immigration affects the economy and hurts people getting jobs.

Zoller is close to GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, another Georgian who left the world of talk radio to run for office. In fact, she’s responsible for getting Cain on the air as a radio host for the first time.

“When Herman lost the primary in 2004, for the United States Senate,” Zoller recalled, “I called him up within a couple of days, and said ‘I’m going to take a few days off. How would you like to fill in for me?’ So he filled in for me a few times.”

After that, Cain had his own show, Zoller said.

Zoller said she considers Cain a friend, but she’s not allowed to endorse candidates under her radio contract. She said Cain sends her flowers every time he makes “a better step or made a step in radio.” He gave up his show to run for president.

As for Zoller, she said she doesn’t plan to give up her radio show immediately.

“The company attorneys have taken a look at FEC laws and their interpretation is that you are not a candidate until you qualify and in Georgia you don’t qualify until May of next year,” she said.

“I fully expect my opponents — and I suspect there will be a few of them — to try to get me off the air,” Zoller said. “Now we may have to change. Not the direction of the show, but I may not talk so directly about the district or that kind of thing.”

She said she’ll see how it plays out.

“Obviously, I’m going to follow the law, whatever the law requires me to do.”

Conservatives Fighting “Baby Palin” Label

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As conservative women step into the political area more and more, the debate heats up. Click here to hear three conservative women discuss a recent article featured in Elle Magazine.

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Hey, Tina! NOW Has Come Out Against the Newsweek Cover…

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NOW Defends Bachmann Against Newsweek

One of presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s major political opponents is defending her against what it says is blatant sexism on the part of Newsweek magazine.

Monday, the National Organization for Women (NOW) spoke out against Newsweek’s most recent cover, which features an extreme close-up of Michele Bachmann and the title “The Queen of Rage.”

“It’s sexist,” NOW president Terry O’Neill told TheDC. “Casting her in that expression and then adding ‘The Queen of Rage’ I think [it is]. Gloria Steinem has a very simple test: If this were done to a man or would it ever be done to a man – has it ever been done to a man? Surely this has never been done to a man.”

While some have pointed out that Newsweek has used unflattering photos of men such as Rush Limbaugh and John McCain on its cover, O’Neill says that is not the issue.

“Who has ever called a man ‘The King of Rage?’ Basically what Newsweek magazine – and this is important, what Newsweek magazine, not a blog, Newsweek magazine – what they are saying of a woman who is a serious contender for President of the United States of America…They are basically casting her as a nut job,” O’Neill said. “The ‘Queen of Rage’ is something you apply to wrestlers or somebody who is crazy. They didn’t even do this to Howard Dean when he had his famous scream.” Read more at


Tina Brown Says Her Newsweek Cover Conveys Michele Bachmann’s ‘Intensity’

Newsweek has been catching a lot of flak today for its latest cover, in which Michele Bachmann is shown with an expression you might see on the face of a serial killer who has just spotted a new victim. Newsweek editor Tina Brown disagreed in a tweet today, contending that “Bachmann’s intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now and Newsweek’s cover captures that.” Read more at


Backlash Over Bachmann Newsweek Cover

Newsweek’s latest issue features a Michele Bachmann cover that’s sure to stir up controversy.

The cover shows Bachmann standing against a stark blue background, looking directly into the camera with a wide-eyed expression. The headline advertising the magazine’s story reads, “THE QUEEN OF RAGE.”

“Rage” is a word that doesn’t appear in Newsweek’s actual profile of Bachmann, though author Lois Romano does criticize what she calls the “radical” nature of the Tea Party that Bachmann champions.

Conservative websites are already crying foul over the cover, with some saying it makes Bachmann look “crazy” and one blogger asking, “Can anyone really say with a straight face that the mainstream media is not totally biased against conservatives?” Read more at

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How attacking Michele Bachmann is making her stronger


Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has come under attack of late for migraines (she gets them) and makeup (she spends campaign money on it).

While the stories are clearly aimed at slowing Bachmann’s momentum, it seems equally likely that they will boomerang on her attackers and actually strengthen her current position in the 2012 presidential race.

“That she remains poised in the face of such petty attacks and/or jujitsu’s them into opportunities all while staying on message in a happy warrior posture…speaks volumes to her character and is refreshing in an arena awash in negativity and incivility, whether or not one is with her on policy,” said Republican strategist Mary Matalin.

The attacks leveled against Bachmann to date have two potential positive effects for her candidacy.

First, they make her a more empathetic figure in the eyes of Republican primary voters.

Remember that Bachmann is not a terribly well known commodity nationally yet and the image of a woman struggling with migraines — a condition that afflicts more than 30 million people in the U.S. (including three times as many women as men) — is a decidedly sympathetic one.

That could, of course, change if there is more to the migraine story than we currently know. But, at the moment the facts are that Bachmann gets migraines and she is able to deal with them thanks to prescription medication. That’s a good thing, not a bad one for Bachmann’s presidential hopes.

Second, with the makeup story in particular, Bachmann is able to use it to remind voters that she is the only woman in the race and deride the attacks as, if not downright sexist, the sort of thing that female politicians have to deal with that men simply don’t.

While Mother Jones, the liberal publication that unearthed Bachmann’s spending on a makeup artist, compared it to John Edwards’ $400 haircut during the 2008 campaign , the Atlantic’s Elspeth Reeve had the right of it when she wrote:

“It seems like this is closer to her own Sarah-Palin’s-$150,000-wardrobe moment where a female candidate is deemed unserious because she tries to meet to the demands of high-definition television cameras — in this case, by not letting her pores show.”


The more that Bachmann is perceived as the sympathetic victim of a vicious media and a gender double standard — especially in the eyes of female Republican voters — the more she is strengthened in the fight for the nomination.

Why? In a race where most of the candidates have the same positions on nearly every issue, the winner will likely be the person that voters either most identify with or most admire.

We have written before that Bachmann, at least on paper, has a compelling personal story to tell and attacks on her migraines and makeup only make that narrative more endearing to many GOP primary voters.

Attacking Bachmann on more personal matters like migraines and makeup also distract from a deeper examination of her record in Congress and past controversial public statements that could well raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about her readiness to be president.

(Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, for his part, has started to attack Bachmann on the substance of her record; “These are really serious times, and there hasn’t been somebody who went from the U.S. House of Representatives to the presidency, I think, in over a hundred years, and there’s a reason for that,” Pawlenty said in an interview on CNN. Of course, Pawlenty also waded into the migraine debate.)

It amounts to the mistake many Republican strategists felt that businessman Donald Trump made in his on-again, off-again presidential bid — focusing on a non-issue (Obama’s citizenship) that served as a distraction for him and the other candidates in the race who wanted to keep the focus on the President’s economic record.

Ultimately, talk of Bachmann’s makeup and her migraines amount to a sideshow (unless, as we mentioned above, more comes of her headaches) that will almost certainly help rather than hamstring her chances at the GOP presidential nomination.

Women’s group launches parody attacking government spending

Leave it to women to make the debt-ceiling debate funny.

A parody ad from the group Concerned Women for America begins airing today and advertises “Spenditol,” the new miracle drug — made in Washington” and the “answer to all the painful problems Americans face.”

In a pitch-perfect spoof of the standard drug ads seen on TV, “Spenditol” features an attractive, suburban soccer mom suffering from the “chronic pain” of gas prices, potential unemployment and paying the bills. Then she cheerfully announces:

Spenditol is Washington’s answer to all the painful problems Americans face. How to borrow $800 billion dollars for a stimulus that didn’t create jobs or fix the economy? Spenditol.

The minute-long ad is set to run in Florida, Ohio, Nebraska and Montana, and nationally on the Fox News Channel and CNN, according to CWA, which spent $1.4 million on the campaign.

The conservative advocacy group covers a wide range of issues for a female audience; CMA CEO Penny Nance said creating the ad was another chance to do just that.

“This ad is targeted specifically to women because we know that women tend to hold the purse strings of the family,” Nance told The Daily Caller. “We know women are making very difficult choices everyday as they sit at the kitchen table with a pile of bills deciding what gets paid and … there’s a frustration out there as to why can our nation’s leaders not make the same tough choices.”

Sometimes the best way to reach women — and the public at-large — about very serious issues, is with a sense of humor, said Nance.