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.

Obama poll results Cool Mom

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: The Election is Going to End?

What? How can this be happening? I started watching the debates in April 2007. That means I’ve been following the election for a year and a half. Which makes it one of my longest relationships ever! Gosh, the old days. Back when there were like nine Democrats running, including that crusty liberal from Alaska. (I blogged about it on my other website.)

Cool Mom Election 2008

I cottoned to Hillary, worked for her in Texas. Resigned myself to her defeat, told Hillary people who were pissed we needed to move on and support Obama – some told me to shove it. I had my healing during the convention and just when I emotionally could have added an Obama sticker to my car next to my anti-Bush one, I realized, “What’s the point? He’s already going to win California.”

Through Sarah Palin and Rev. Wright and all the twists and turns, I have been there. Now people say, “I want it to be over, enough already.” Really, what do you have that’s filling your life up? Does your reality not depend on cable news and the newspapers and realclearpolitics.com, ’cause I think mine does.  

So for the poll today, as we bid farewell to SNL having any funny moments and campaign surrogates wipe off their pancake makeup, let’s make our predictions. Now this isn’t what you WANT to happen, but rather what you think will happen (since I know this site leans towards Obama supporters). So what do you think will happen on election day?

 

 

 

 

 

And please tell me what you are going to follow on November 5th. Oh, I know: the building of the transition team!

Cool Mom Poll: Parental ADD

A friend just sent me one of those chain emails that is a witty bit about having ADD as an adult. Of course the problem I have with the email is that it’s too long! That’s partly my comedic training: If the set-up is too long, you have lost your audience.

But maybe it’s because I do have a shorter attention span. 

I think I’ve always been an impatient, cut-to-the-chase person, but motherhood sped things up. If a friend calls during some five minutes of peace I have because my little one has just found a bright, shiny object… in the old days, I could have yapped a while. Now I have to use my moments efficiently.

Or maybe I have early dementia and can’t keep too many thoughts in my head at once. So this week I want to ask you if  you ever feel like you’ve got adult-onset ADD? And is it parenthood that did it to you? Let me know in the poll below, and I’ll reveal the results on Friday:

 

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: Double Strollers

My husband goes to the farmer’s market at least once a week, for his restaurant. This place is packed with chefs, foodies and hippies all converging to buy fresh produce and some junky jewelry. Mark gets irked when a mom pushing a double-wide stroller stops in the middle of the market to chat with a friend. “Uh, hello, can’t get around you.”

Lest you think he is unsympathetic to people with two small children, his two oldest are two years apart and he used to push a double stroller, but it was tandem.  Part of that time he was living in NYC and he said in NYC if he had been pushing a double-wide if he didn’t accidentally kill someone, someone would have killed him.

So, come on, aren’t they a bit ungainly?  Since Viv will be three-and-a-half when Junior is born, I might have escaped my need to get one of these wheelbarrows, but I’m not sure. She rarely goes into a stroller now – and usually only when I am desperate for exercise and I beg her to get in one so I can have some cardio activity. (‘Cause walking with a three-year-old burns about two calories.)

So this week, I want to know what you think about double-wide strollers:

 


Check back on Cool Mom for the results on Friday! To see past polls, visit 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: Husbands That Bug

Even the best, best husbands can set your teeth on edge sometimes – just like a roommate, but harder to evict. Most women will roll their eyes about their man once in a while. It’s always weird to me when a woman NEVER rags on her husband. Instead of thinking they have a perfect union, I think, “What is she hiding?”

It’s just human nature: our kids, our best friends, that fat guy who banged his car door into mine at Target – everyone bugs everyone at some point.

So, what is your chief beef with your partner (man or woman)? What is the one thing that bothers you a tad more than all the other annoyances?

Here are your choices… remember, you have until 5:00 pm, Thursday, October 16, 2008:

To view last week’s poll results, click here!

Cool Mom Poll: Are You Recessed?

The economic downturn is on everyone’s minds. But is that because we are hearing about it, because we see some signs of it, or because we are directly affected by it? I have noticed many small shops near me go out of business. Several clothing boutiques, specialty stores, and nice stationary businesses closing their doors – those are the kinds of things people spend money on when they are not worried about basics.

I know a couple of people who have been laid off, and my husband’s business has seen some nicks in sales. But, knock on wood, we haven’t taken a big hit. That’s partly because I refuse to look at my 401k; I won’t need for a few more years, so why torture myself? We locked in our loan right before the bacon hit the skillet so phew to that.

What I want to know is, how are all of you doing? How is this economic downturn affecting you?

Given this is not the end of the problem, we might need to revisit this poll soon…

To view last week’s poll results, click here!

Cool Mom Poll: October Recap

Click here to view this week’s poll!

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.

Which Show Do You Want To Co-Host?

Okay, so I had my minute with Dr. Phil today, which was cool. Now, I’m very happy to be the host of a basic cable show, the Fashion Team on the TV guide channel (BTW, we are changing times this week to Sundays at 7pm).

Most people watch TV and are not on it. Daytime TV is a medium that people feel more emotionally connected to than most other types of shows. The demographic they are trying to hit is us – moms, parents, and people who either stay at home during the day or Tivo shows for later.

So here is my question:

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?

I’ll tell you my pick when the results are in.

* Showbiz sidebar: the biggest bucks in the biz are in syndicated shows, be it talk shows or when “Friends” or “Two and Half Men” get syndicated. It’s major f— you money.