The Politics of Conception

Only in Washington . Seriously. Where else would you read an article about people who plan the conception of their children, not around menstrual cycles, but around electoral cycles?


“Political campaigns require at least as much care and feeding as babies, which is a good reason not to try to manage both at the same time,” so wrote Libby Copeland in a Washington Post article. “Those who work in politics are well aware of the dangers of trying to juggle two whiny, unpredictable and demanding creatures at once. That’s why they often plan their babies around the election cycle. . . Reader! Lest you be appalled at the idea of scheduling conception around something so profane as politics, consider the specter of having to use a breast pump on a campaign bus.” (November 2007)