November 2008 Archives

Jobs in politics

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and, sure, there's a lot you could be Thankful for - but in this economy, perhaps the first thing you should be thankful for is your job.  If you you have one.

If you don't, no worries - be thankful for this instead: Polichicks is starting a political job board. See, we have this theory that one way to get more chicks in politics is to have more chicks apply for jobs in politics.  Makes sense in a duh sort of way, right?

So if you're a chick who wants to work in politics (and thereby become an official polichick), check back right here every now and again for the latest job posts.

Employers, email postings to  It's free!

Here's a peek inside of Barack Obama's Chicago headquarters.  As far as campaign offices go (usually dark, filthy, cramped hovels in leaky basements), these offices are very, very nice and well organized.


Obama is Good-looking, his Office is Not from Julia Allison on Vimeo.

Dear President-elect Obama,

Please stop holding press conferences during Tyra.

Thank you.



[Ed note: Polichicks readers who want to watch Obama's pres conference announcing new additions to his economic team can do so on any network right now.  Same time as yesterday.  Preempting Tyra. Damn.]


Are we seriously doing a Meet and Greet to introduce you to Hillary Clinton?  Ummm... no.

What could we say about her that you don't already know anyway?  Married some guy named Bill?  Ran for president?  Put 18 million cracks in the proverbial glass ceiling?

(Uhh... you do know all of that don't you?)

Since we're doing Meet and Greets for members of Obama's new administration, we don't want to leave Hillary out even though she's already well known.  Internationally.  So we're doing this technical Meet and Greet for Hillary to mention just one little factoid:

  • Hillary has one thing in common with Barack: she's a tease.  First Obama teases that he's probably going to ask Hillary to serve as Secretary of State (Oh, Americans, let the anticipation excite you!) and then Hillary hints that she'll probably accept (Americans, work yourselves into a frenzy at the thought!).  Now the latest is that Hillary will accept.  So expect a formal announcement sometime after Thanksgiving that Barack has chosen Hillary to serve as our new Secretary of State.


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Barack Obama has appointed Jim Messina Deputy Chief of Staff.  He will serve with Mona Sutphen, who we already told you about over here.

So who's Jim Messina anyway? Keep reading to find out.



  • Like we said, Jim just scored a gig as Obama's Deputy Chief of Staff.


  • Jim is currently Director of Personnel for Obama's transition team.  Before that, he was national Chief of Staff for Obama's presidential campaign.


  • Prior to joining Team Obama, he was Chief of Staff to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana).  Baucus "loaned" Jim to Obama, but it looks like Obama won't give him back.  (Obama is a lot like our younger sister.)


  • Jim has also served as Chief of Staff to Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY).


  • Jim earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana.


  • Jim was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Boise, Idaho.


  • His exercise of choice is running.  He runs every morning


  • The good news is that he's single ladies!  The bad news is that he already has a girlfriend.


  • For more on Jim, here's an interview he did back in August on his role as Obama's campaign Chief of Staff. 




Barack Obama recently appointed Mona Sutphen his Deputy Chief of Staff (along with Jim Messina, but more on him in a later post). 

Who is Mona Sutphen?  Keep reading for full scoop.

  • Mona currently serves on Obama's Transition team staff.  She is also Managing Director at Stonebridge International LLC, a strategic consulting firm based in Washington D.C.

  • She was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer from 1991 to 2000.  She spent the last two years of her service working on the National Security Council in the Clinton White House.

  • She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Mount Holyoke College and a Master's degree at the presitigious London School of Economics. (Oh la la.)

  • She co-authored a book called The Next American Strategy with Nina Hachigian, a collegue from her days working on the National Security Council.   She talks about her book below.

Well actually, we're running errands for our dad. 

Argh. Parents!  Can't live with them; wouldn't be here without them.

Anyway, a lot has been happening in the political world, and we have much to tell you.  So do stop by later this evening to get full scoop!

'Til then, pet-lings...





Rahm Emanuel.jpgSome girls like bad boys, and apparently so does President elect Barack Obama.  He has selected Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) to serve as White House Chief of Staff in his administration.  Contrary to Obama's nice guy reputation for working across party lines, Emanuel is known to throw a partisan punch every now and again.

Here's the scoop on Emanuel:


  • At 48, he's a young cat as far as politicians go (DOB:November 29, 1959).


  • He represents the 5th district of Illinois (basically part of Chicago) in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was elected in 2003.


  • He was Chairman of the D tripple C during the 2006 elections, when the Dems regained control of Congress.  He is currently Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, which makes him the 4th ranking Democrat in the House.


  • Prior to coming to Congress, he was managing director of an investment bank.  Before that, he worked in the Clinton White House.  He started in the White House as Clinton's political director, but his combative ways earned him a demotion to policy adviser(compliments of Hillary Clinton). Loyal and fiesty, he fought his way back to the top.



  • He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981 and got his master's in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985.


  • If you hear someone say, "Something's fishy around here," they may have just received a holiday gift from Rahm.  He's said to have once mailed a rotting dead fish to a frenemy.


  • He's no Rachael Ray.  While working at Arby's in high school, he cut his right middle finger badly and part of his finger had to be amputated.


  • He could be a Bruce Jenner though.  Or a J.Lo.  Like both celebrities, he's a triathlete. (In our book, triathlete = cray-zay.)


  • His father was a pediatrician and his mother, a former civil rights activist, used to own a rock club in Chicago.  Talk about cool mom!



  • He and his wife, Amy, have one son and two daughters.  

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast'ning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
'Til now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.


                                    ~James Weldon Johnson


It's still so surreal to see an African American family move into the White House . Let's pinch ourselves and then watch the video one more time.


The perks of knowing Oprah are never-ending.  Sure she's a chick magnet at campaign rallies and can raise a whole lotta dough, but better than that, she can hook you up with Nate Berkus to decorate when you get a new crib.  Wonder if the Obamas were thinking of calling in that favor, when they toured the White House for the first time with the Bushes on Monday.

The Bushes greeted the Obamas at the formal entrance to the White house, underneath the Truman balcony.  Then after a short meet and greet, Michelle Obama toured the private residences of the White House with Laura Bush, while Barack Obama talked prez to prez with G Dub. 

Needless to say, Monday's meeting was historic.  It marks the first time that an African American family will be moving into the White House. 


Check out video of the Obamas' arrival here. Of note, Barack Obama walks into the White House with some serious swagger.



Playboy Cover.jpgFrom the New York Post article by Jennifer Fermino:

Who needs Alan Greenspan when you've got Hugh Hefner?

An enterprising academic who took it upon himself to study 40 years of Playboy-magazine pictorials found that bigger, more robust bunnies signal a bad economy.

The bare-market lovelies tend to be older, heavier, taller and have an overall more grown-up look, according to the research published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

That's because worried guys subconsciously look for "a more able woman to take care of them and other people," said Terry Pettijohn II, an assistant professor of psychology who conducted the study.

"When times are difficult, reproductive fitness may be less important and the ability to acquire resources and be productive may become more important," according to the study.

Barack Obama's first news conference as president elect will happen in moments (It's about 2:51 now).  You can catch it on any channel.

President Bush's dog Barney is known for his gentle temperament.  But when a White House reporter tried to pet him yesterday, he snarled and bit the reporter's finger.



We haven't addressed John McCain on Polichicks since the election, because we felt that Barack Obama should have his day after his historic win.  But now we want to acknowledge Sen. John McCain, who fought a long and hard campaign for the presidency.

John McCain's concession speech was one of the most moving that we have ever heard.  He commended Obama's accomplishments, acknowledged what Obama's historic victory means to African Americans, expressed sympathy to the Obama family on their loss of Obama's grandmother and encouraged the country to unite behind our new president.

No doubt that had to be a tough speech to make, especially the part where he preaches unity and calls Barack Obama "my president." (We mean, imagine if you had to publicly praise your work frenemy and call her "my boss," moments after she got the promotion you wanted.) But as hard as it must have been, John McCain stepped up to the plate and did what was best for our country.

Now that's "country first." 


Opening doors

Open doors.jpgBarack Obama's historic win and acceptance speech brought back memories of this other historic first. So moving.  And the year was 2002. Watch here.


We are not just a collection of red states and blue states, we are and always will be the United States of America.

-President elect Barack Obama

How do you look hot at the polls?  You just show up to vote!  There's nothing hotter than a girl who has her say.

And if you're anything like us, exercising your right to vote is the most exercise you've had in 3 months!  How many calories does putting a checkmark next to a candidate's name burn?

Anyway, the polls will have lines longer than those to get in the hottest New York clubs (only difference is everbody gets in... well, as long as you're an American citizen and you registered to vote).  So to be more comfortable while you wait (and make sure you get to vote), you want have:

your ID (though if you don't have your ID, many states offer other options)

a cute pair of flats

a handbag (a hot one, of course) to carry all of your stuff

a book

an iPod

a radio or phone with TV, so you can keep up with the latest scoop while you wait

if it's cold in your neck of the woods, add a warm jacket, hat, scarf and gloves to the list

if it's gorgeous, sunny and warm where you live, add a cool pair of shades to the list (Bitch.)

a nice lip gloss (well, why not?  you never know who you'll meet in line to vote these days...)

And the most important thing to bring with you to the polls? Your well-informed (hey, you've been reading Polichicks for nearly 2 years now) and decisive mind. No eeny meeny miney moe picks today, girls.  America has too much riding on this election.

Now get thee to your poll and VOTE. 





Can I sail through the changing ocean tide/ Can I handle the seasons of my life

Mmm mmm I don't know

-Fleetwood Mac

We're not going to spend too much time talking about what the polls say, because we'll find out for sure who's up and who's down tomorrow.  That said, things aren't looking so good for Johnny Mac.  He's down in most of the polls, and he's fighting to keep traditionally red states like Virginia and Indiana red.

It's starting to look like this could be the final theme song of his campiagn:  Landslide by Fleetwood Mac if you're a baby boomer and by the Dixie  Chicks if you're not.


And here are the Dixie Chicks...


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Photo of Barack Obama's grandmother is from the Honolulu Advertiser

The California GOP sent out a press release this afternoon announcing that they filed a complaint with the FEC  over Barack Obama's visit to see his dying grandmother.  The GOP expressed concern that Obama may have misused campaign funds to pay travel costs for the visit.  The Obama campaign says that the travel was vetted by lawyers in advance and that the travel was allowable under federal law.

Obama's grandmother died this morning.

You gotta check out The Gap's "vote for" campaign over here.


Get a little taste below.




Barack Obama with his grandparents Madelyn and Stanley Dunham.  Both are now deceased.

Polichicks, this is sad news... 

Barack Obama's beloved grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, died early this morning in Hawaii.  Obama learned of the news while campaigning in Florida.

Obama once described Dunham, who was affectionately known as Toot, as "the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life." He added, "She poured everything she had into me."

So it's us again...

So we're back after a wild and crazy Halloween weekend.  We dressed up as the economy, because what could be more scary?

Anyhow, we're back and beyond excited about election day tomorrow.  We will be in our home state of Virginia tomorrow, putting our law degree to use protecting the votes of Democrats, Republicans and independents alike.  The race is so tight in Virginia (more on that later) that both parties are expecting drama at the polls. 

We'll try to blog as best we can tomorrow, but you can also follow our updates on twitter at




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