Cool Mom Poll Results: You Know Your Country!

I asked on Monday what you thought would happen on Tuesday, not what you wanted to happen in the election. Fifteen percent thought there might be a McCain upset by a hair, but 84% thought Obama would win, and by which margin was split evenly.

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It’s funny that even though I thought Obama would win, when he did, I was – like so many others – quite emotional. And I was not in the tank for him for most of this. He won by more than I guessed.

Even though “my guy” won, I have such sympathy for those that lost: McCain and Palin. Especially McCain, since he has been at it for so long and this was his LAST chance. When my dad lost his local elections, my whole family felt like we had been kicked in the gut.

We forget how vulnerable politicians make themselves.  It’s one long audition. You keep asking people to like you, believe in you, be inspired by you, trust you! And then when they don’t, it’s a slap. It must be especially hard when you get 50 million votes and still lose. Kerry and especially Gore had this. Now it’s the other team’s turn, but I don’t relish it. One day, surrounded by Secret Service and screaming crowds. Yesterday McCain climbed in his car and drove himself home, no entourage.

And enough with the Palin bashing. She’s back home. If anyone should be ridiculed or blamed for the GOP loss, that should go to Bush. I still think that there is a viciousness that people – and especially women – unleash on other women that they don’t on men. I didn’t vote for her, but it was good to see a woman on a major ticket. And you know, I like the husband: Todd didn’t seem to have any ‘tude about being the guy behind the throne, and I like that in a guy.  I can imagine why many would be brooding or sulking.

Anyway, we are free at last, free at last, from the longest election cycle ever… or so it seems.

Cool Mom Poll Results: Double Strollers

I love the people who visit Cool Mom! I wanted to go off on the double stroller, but I thought, “Hmm, am I just a total bitch? Perhaps I should put this issue up for a vote.” Well, as of last night, 61% of you think the double strollers are a menance.

Double Stroller Poll Results - Cool Mom

Now, I feel a little bad about agreeing, ’cause sometimes you have twins (or Catholic twins) and you just need a double. But in tight corners, they are ungainly. And I loved the comments from the moms who have been in the trenches with the tandems and double-wides. Reminds me of the difference between labor and C-sections: They both suck.

Check out all our past polls and their results on the Cool Mom Quizzes and Polls page.

Cool Mom Poll Recap: Husbands That Bug

Husbands That Bug Poll Results - Cool Mom

Well, shut my mouth and cover me with Jell-O! Here are the results of last week’s Cool Mom poll, Husbands That Bug (voting officially ended Thursday). Cool Mom visitors seem to be a randy lot. I thought there would be more of you who felt badgered on the bedroom issue. I hear it enough in my non-virtual life. It’s interesting that the age old equality among chores is the big vote-getter. I know in my upbringing, mowing the lawn seemed to be one of the only tasks Dad was expected to do.  

I do think housecleaning and laundry would be an issue in my home if I hadn’t figured out that paying someone else can help keep the peace. Particularly in our blended family. If I had been cleaning up after my husband and his sons when I had a new baby, I would have become a very disgruntled wife. As in, day-dreaming of divorce. So a pair of gals showed up once a week for a long time. I would get Viv down for her mid-morning nap and then ask them to clean one room first, and then I would go and collapse in whatever room that was. It cost less than marriage counseling or a lawyer. Then when I started working, we had to step up the schedule.  

Sometimes I hear friends say, “Well, our moms did it” – meaning no daycare, no housekeepers. I say, “Well, goody for you. I know I am NOT Mama Walton.” I came into the domestic scene with different expectations than some might have had in 1969.

Oh, and I thought “gross family” was a chuckle.  I’m not from the Kennedys or the Mountbattens myself, so I don’t believe in being overly close to relatives if they aren’t your same food group.

Cool Mom Poll: October Recap

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How is this economic downturn affecting you?

The Votes

50% of you feel it’s more of a topic in the news that freaks you out. While 28% feel it is something people close to you are hit by, but you are okay. Only 22% are screaming Jiminy Cricket! Pack up the car and let’s ride with the Joad’s (ie. Grapes of wrath). I am directly affected.

If you could crawl in the box and be a co host/sidekick for any of these big time syndicated shows which show would it be and why?

The Votes

Twenty-two percent of you want to be Ellen’s sidekick because she is funny and hopefully will dance when you are with her. Fifteen percent of you chose Rachael Ray – I guess you can eat a lot of sammies. Nine percent went to the women of The View, convinced you will get a word in edgewise. Six percent are Oprah fans, the biggest of the big, convinced there IS room for someone else. Finally, 4% of you chose Dr. Phil, feeling confident he will let you give your opinion.

Photo: Warner Bros./Sheryl Neilds

Where I Stand

As for me, it’s one thing to know who your best friend is, another to know who your TV best friend is, or who you would want to co-host with. The big winner in our poll was Ellen. My guess is because she seems fun and has good, self-depreciating humor.

Since Ellen is a stand-up comedian, though, I think there is only room for one cook in that kitchen. Being a stand-up and knowing some far more established than myself, I know that stand-ups are not the world’s most generous performers. My pick would be “The View.” I love that they talk about topical issues at the top of the show, and when I’ve had gigs in NYC I’ve been pretty happy.

Photo: ABC/Steve Fenn

I have a little history at The View – of not being on it. Years ago, in the ’90s, I was doing a couple of shows for CNET in San Francisco which were on USA and Sci Fi Channel. One of the higher ups at Sci Fi told me The View had asked for tape on me and then said they liked me, but they needed a minority. Enter Lisa Ling. Then, a few years back when I was single in Santa Monica, I heard they were looking again. I called my agent. He said they only want to see people who are married, with or without kids, or at least engaged. I couldn’t have been less committed. I told the story to Dr. Dean, who practically shouted, “Why didn’t you call me? My son Adam is divorced with three kids, you could get married for show; it’s worth it for that gig.” Gee, should have thought of that. But, I probably would have been too liberal, ’cause they hired Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

Now, should The View come calling… I’m sure they will. It would be a bit more complicated with my West Coast entanglements. So, maybe Cool Mom will by my online “The View.” I don’t have the same luminaries dropping by, but at least I don’t have to share the couch.

Free Time: Poll Results

So if you forgot, Monday’s poll question was, “If you were given 2 hours of absolute free time, what would you do?”

I’m glad I’m not the only one who, given the choice, would prefer to sit on her duff – the winning option, by a cheek. 

Now, a close second was “Go to a cafe, like when I was single.” Theoretically, yes, this is what I would do. But, in reality, free time usually means I sit right down. 

I feel like I should have qualified the options, on second thought. If I were already out of the house when I find free time, I wouldn’t run home and sit down. I would shop, exercise, or go to a cafe. But, if the free time appeared at home? Down I’d go.

Thirteen percent of you had other things on your agenda, like Attilla the Mum, who wrote, “Mani pedi time!!!!, with extra time in that awesome massage chair. Then I would indulge in a chocolate milkshake.”

Whatever you do with the free time, lucky you!

But 18% of you can’t get that sponge out of your hands. I used to be like that, but then once I realized I was more likely to get divorced if a professional didn’t periodically appear to clean. I gave it up (Mark wouldn’t divorce me, but once I had a baby, if he or my stepson left a dish in the sink, I became Mommy Dearest).

Pay Off At The Polls: Results Are In!

Hey, last week I laid out a Presidential poll and then never told you who won the “election.” And I thought the Supreme Court of 2000 was irresponsible!

So here are the results:

Now, of course you can’t have a more unscientific and biased poll than one on a website. I have espoused my pro-choice Democratic leanings here, so I can assume a majority of Cool Mom readers share this opinion – skew #1. What is interesting is that when I looked at the poll at about 4pm the day we posted it, McCain was in the lead by about 10 to 15 percentage points. So there was a late liberal surge, which does reflect the larger electoral trend that conservatives, older people, married people, and working people are more reliable voters.

The only way Obama can win is if he does get people who have never voted, or who rarely vote, to the polls. He has to get what Kerry got and more. That would mean his new registered younguns and every single African American, not to mention every latte-swilling lefty, has to show up, especially since he is losing some of his lead over McCain with women. The voting block that has the ability to push Democrats over the finish line has to be on Obama’s side.

Also, I’m always intrigued by undecideds. If any undecideds want to share why they haven’t decided, or what they still need to see, or if they are sitting this out, I would love to hear that. I understand if there is a lack of enthusiasm since my candidate of choice is no longer in the running. I am still voting, but not in a “whooppee!!! kind of way. But my distaste for the last few years is a huge factor… oh, and there’s that pro-choice thing.

A Sticky Subject? Results Are In!

Now this week’s Cool Mom Poll was something we deal with every day: the stickers on the car window. Putting up this poll really helped focus my thoughts on this issue. I was considering allowing the stickers to grow and flourish, in exchange for a little peace and quiet. But the “isn’t it enough my body will never look the same” contingent won out with you, and it won me over.

I peeled them off as best I could and Mark went out with soap and a rag and got the left-over sticker remains.

I must say I am impressed with the 13 percent of you who don’t even allow stickers in your universe. Gosh, how do you do that? It’s good to have some limits on what you can take.