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Miriam Weaver 'Mockarena' (right) an Amy Jo Clark 'Daisey' (left) host 'The Chicks On The Right Show' WIBC which airs

Miriam Weaver "Mockarena" (right), an Amy Jo Clark "Daisey" (left) host "The Chicks On The Right Show", on WIBC which airs Saturdays 4-6. The duo's mission is to bring a voice to hip chicks who have political leaning that are on the right. (Michelle Pemberton/The Star)

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Updated: August 9, 2013 12:45PM



INDIANAPOLIS — When people swoon over President Barack Obama like he’s a rock star, these women want to hurl.

They blast the Democrats, saying they’ve run the country into the ground, spending money the nation doesn’t have.

But they’re OK with the morning-after pill, even abortions up to five weeks of pregnancy.

And they couldn’t care less if gay people get married. Just quit whining about it, they say. And don’t force churches to perform the ceremonies.

They acknowledge they are not domestic creatures. People say they dress too provocatively. They cuss, well, pretty much like sailors. They call themselves feminists.

And this, say the self-proclaimed Chicks on the Right, is the face of conservatism — after a much-needed makeover.

It’s a makeover that’s resonating in a big way.

The Chicks — two professional, working Central Indiana mothers who wear lipstick and talk about boob jobs — run an edgy, conservative website. They are known to their followers as Daisy (Amy Jo Clark) and Mockarena (Miriam Weaver).

Launched in 2009, their website boasts nearly 1.5 million views a month and continues to climb the Alexa list of the nation’s top 100 conservative sites, ranking No. 16 today.

The Chicks’ Facebook fan page has more than 165,000 followers. Their Twitter account has more than 11,000 followers. They just landed a Saturday afternoon radio show on WIBC. A book is in the works, expected to be released early next year.

The two women attribute their popularity to a void in politics.

“There was nothing for us, and we felt so under-represented by the Republican Party,” Weaver, 44, of Indianapolis told The Indianapolis Star. “We wanted to reach out to other women and let them know you don’t have to be locked into this gun-totin’ box. You can like stilettos and cocktails.”

In other words, it can be in vogue to be Republican.

“We’re not all stodgy, grumpy white dudes,” said Clark, 41, of Franklin. “Liberals and the media have made us out to be this way. We are screaming from the roof tops, you can believe in God and still have a gay best friend.”

Screaming? That’s about right. Some of the things the Chicks say are almost over the top. So over the top, they had a run-in with Facebook this year.

The social media website threatened to shut down their fan page over a posting that was critical of the Obama administration.

There was enough of an uproar (started by the Chicks) about the shutdown that Fox News Radio anchor Todd Starnes caught wind of it. He did a story. Facebook apologized.

That left the Chicks with an immediate 20,000 bump in the number of fans on Facebook and a glowing endorsement from Starnes.

“The ‘Chicks on the Right’ put the cool in conservative,” he said. “They have carved a unique niche with their wickedly fun take on culture and politics.”

That unique niche began innocently enough. Clark, a medical writer by trade, and Weaver, a human resources recruiter, landed in the same workplace five years ago. They clicked immediately.

The two, who had zero experience in politics, would go to lunch every day at El Meson, order the cheesy Arroz con Pollo, gripe about the state of politics and drown their sorrows in chips and salsa.

It was about the time of the 2008 presidential election. They bemoaned that the Republican candidate was John McCain. He didn’t represent them.

Who can relate to him, they thought. And what is it with this obsession with Obama?

“I’ve never been uber-political but I thought, ‘Why has everybody been acting like this guy is a rock star?’ It’s freaking me out,’’ Clark said.

So the two women decided to put together a website and start blogging about it. The name came easy. In no time, they had settled on either Right Chicks or Chicks on the Right.

“I like chicks because it offends so many people,” Clark said. “And I want to offend people. We are not politically correct.”

That may be exactly why it’s taken off. The chicks still can’t believe it. They figured their parents and husbands probably would read the site, but then Weaver started looking at numbers and got excited.

“I remember seeing that 100 people came to our site that first week and thinking, ‘That’s got to be more than just our parents,’ ’’ she said.

She was right. And with that, the site just grew.

Even with all the fans, the chicks still are under the radar. This is their coming-out of sorts. Up to now, they hadn’t ever revealed their real names, and people at work didn’t know they were “the Chicks.”

They are devoted to their real jobs, so spare time doesn’t come often. Nights and weekends are spent on Chicks stuff, researching, staying up on current events and keeping the Chicks machine running by posting blogs and comments to Facebook and Twitter.

The two make a little extra spending money from the website, about enough to buy a few extra pairs of shoes. Not much.

But it’s worth it, they say. The Chicks are rock stars in some conservative circles. They are getting requests nationwide to launch state chapters.

At their first meet and greet in September, people showed up from throughout the U.S.

Even a Toronto fan made the trek.

“I don’t think we will ever stop being surprised that people want to meet us,” Weaver said. “We’re just dorks.”

Not really dorks. At that gathering, then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels showed up and surprised the chicks.

“I just couldn’t resist coming by tonight to tell them again how much I love them and how much I love what they have been doing,” he said to the crowd.



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