Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is a columnist for New York magazine's website and for the Columbia Journalism Review. She also makes pie charts for The Hairpin and Los Angeles magazine. Her work has appeared in ELLE, Esquire, Newsweek, The Observer, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. She lives in Los Angeles, but travels so often the best place to find her is online at

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SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES . Barack Obama is black; Hillary Clinton is a woman. So how do African-American women see the Obama-Clinton matchup? That�s the question I ask in the first installment of my new column for the Baltimore Sun , which begins today and will run every Wednesday. FWIW, I agree with Matt that Obama�s entrance to the race complicates significantly the �inevitability� of Clinton�s nomination, especially given the voting power of African-American women voters who, amazingly, out-participate black men at such high rates that they cast 59 percent of all black votes in the 2004 general election. (By compare, women cast just 53 percent of white votes.) Anyway, check out the piece. Hearing from South Carolina state Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter -- one of my favorite politicians, at any level, in the country -- is worth the (free) price admission alone. -- Tom Schaller


NO MARRIAGE WITHOUT PROCREATION! A group of (pro-)gay-marriage activists are pushing a ballot measure in Washington that would only grant marriage licenses to hetero couples who say they are willing to have children. And if those married couples fail to pop a few out by the time three years have passed, the state would automatically dissolve their marriage. Gregory Gadow , of the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance , said the group hopes to make a point by parodying a state Supreme Court ruling last year that denied gays the right to marry because, among other reasons, such unions don't further the purpose of procreation. The group even has a sweet anti-gay name! This is a great rhetorical argument against the point of view that the primary purpose of marriage is to create children, therefore gay couples shouldn't be granted the right. From the group's website: Absurd? Very. But there is a rational basis for this absurdity. By floating the initiatives, we hope to prompt discussion...


LINDA HIRSHMAN RESPONDS TO MARK SCHMITT . The Internet is full of the eponymous blogs of academics with apparently nothing else to do. So I did not pay much attention, when conservative diva Ann Althouse ("Ms. Althouse Is Divine," --- Terry Teachout ) criticized my Washington Post article, " You�ve Come a Long Way, Maybe ." "Maybe" reports the extensive political science research that the "opt-out revolution" of workplace fame applies to politics as well. In brief, compared to men, women are less interested in politics, less knowledgeable about politics, and less inclined to go where political information is conveyed. The most-read magazine among the women I interviewed was Real Simple . Although a robust majority espouses liberal positions, they do not vote robustly Democratic. Accordingly, we have endless ink about a gender gap, endless Republicans in power, and a devilish problem for Democrats, particularly Hillary Clinton . But I was shocked and dismayed when long time policy wonk...


�COOK�ING THE BOOKS . I have gobs of respect for Charlie Cook , one of this nation�s best electoral analysts and an incorruptibly decent, always-accessible person. So it almost pains me to disagree with his recent column for the National Journal , in which he sees the electoral map loosening up in 2012 2008 [ sorry for the error ]. It will loosen some, of course; it almost has to. In electoral college terms, the 2000 and 2004 elections were the most stable in American history: Only three states flipped control, the fewest since George Washington ran the table twice at a time before popular voting for president. George Bush�s 271-vote and 286-vote wins were narrow, too. Other thin winners in the post-war period ( Truman /1948 and Kennedy /60, 303 each; Nixon /68, 301; and Carter /76, 297) still managed to compile about 300 electors. How calcified is the map is now compared to two generations ago? Consider that during the Kennedy-Nixon election, decided by .2% nationally in the popular...


AMONG THE GODDESSES . I appeared on Tuesday with Ann Althouse , and while we had a lot to disagree about, we were mostly in accord in our criticism of TAP contributor Linda Hirshman 's op-ed in the Sunday Washington Post on women, voting and Senator Clinton . Hirshman responded on her blog , accusing both us of reading only half an article, and me in particular of falling under Althouse's spell: "perhaps goddesses have some hypnotic effect on policy wonks." I had intended to write something about the piece before taping bloggingheads, but didn't have time to, so now that Althouse's powerful spell has worn off, let me offer a less chatty response.