The Week That Was: Does Facebook Still "Like" Romney, Joe the Plumber & Santorum's Sharp Elbows

Seven things you need to know about the candidates and campaign issues right now

Say goodbye to another Super Tuesday, but say hello to an even longer Republican nomination season. Romney won the day, but did he really? Every campaign is going to spin that one to their own best advantage. But regardless of how the political week gets spun, there's other news to talk about this week! So here are seven stories for your weekend consideration from The Week That Was:

1. President Obama hits the silver screen.  If you're up for a political double feature, of sorts, this is your weekend.  HBO airs Game Change on March 10, the movie, based on the book of the same name, that tells the tale of how Sarah Palin came to be chosen as John McCain's 2008 running mate, complete with all the inside dirt on the inner workings of her VP bid.  Not to be outdone, President Obama's re-election campaign released a trailer for a short documentary about his first term.  The untitled 17-minute movie is narrated by Tom Hanks.  No word yet on when the full movie will be released, but the two-minute trailer would make a good preview while you're getting the popcorn ready!


2. Are Lobbyists Now Friends of the White House?
  Candidate Barack Obama made no secret of the fact that if he became the new sheriff in town, he wasn't going to let lobbyists and paid political influencers into his administration. It sounded noble, but could he really do it?  It looks like President Obama now realizes that sometimes you might need someone with a little inside influence to get things done.  The White House has announced that a long-time Washington lobbyist Steve Richetti who's represented the likes of Fannie Mae and General Motors, will be coming on board as an adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. Techmically, Ricchetti isn't a registered lobbyist anymore, but he still runs a major lobbying firm.  Distinction without a difference?

3. Ron Paul doesn't have a lock on the youth vote
Common political wisdom was that the college-aged Republican crowd was in Ron Paul's corner. Some of them still are, but it turns out that those college kids also like Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney just as much as the libertarian-leaning Paul. Funny thing is, they're not so fond of Newt Gingrich. The bad news for America is that according to one polling group, only about five percent of the eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 29, a.k.a. the "youth" vote, cast their ballots on Super Tuesday. Come on, if you can't get off the couch for a couple of hours, then you really are "The Biggest Loser."

4. Joe the Plumber is BAAaaaack
Plenty of celebrities have run for public office, like the late Sonny Bono, Fred Gandy from The Love Boat, and Clint Eastwood, just to name a few. This year, Sam Wurzelbacher is joining those ranks.  If you don't recognize his name, you probably know his as "Joe the Plumber" who gained a little fame during the 2008 presidential election. Tuesday night "Joe" won the Republican primary contest in his Ohio congressional district and will now face incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who beat Congressman Dennis Kucinich (the two Dems were duking it out over one seat because of redistricting). Kaptur is a popular Democrat and isn't likely to lose her seat to Wurzelbacher, but if it happens, it will be interesting to have another “plumber” on Capitol Hill.

5. Does Facebook still "Like" Mitt Romney? 

At least 1.5 million people really "like" Mitt Romney on Facebook, but are least one person is taking to the social media platform to make sure there's some "un-liking" going on, as well. The timeline launched by the Gingrich campaign called The Romney Record, which features the red, white and blue (how patriotic) headline of, "Romney: Liberal and Out of Touch," features a look at some of Romney's finer gaffes and uncomfortable moments, including one of my favorites where he tries to convince a group of voters that he's "also unemployed."

6. Santorum is getting sharp elbows, too
Gingrich doesn't have the corner on making the transition from friendly candidate to wanna-be front-runner who needs to get others out of the way. With Santorum's "silver medal" finishes in states like Michigan and Ohio, it's obviously become clear to him that he needs to take up some of the nastier campaign tactics that have been working for Romney and Gingrich. Santorum doesn't have the campaign cash to take them all on head-to-head, so he's asking conservatives to toss him a bone by helping him push Gingrich out. In particular, Santorum is asking Mississippi voters to join that mission, as their primary takes place on March 12.  He recently told one crowd if he could get the win there, he thinks that will turn the GOP contest into a two man race.

7. Maybe the wrong Romney is running
GOP wives have been hitting the campaign trail hard in the last week, including Ann Romney, the woman who famously told her husband that his run for president in 2008 was a one-time thing. Clearly, she caved on that decision and is fully behind his 2012 bid. Mitt gets pounded for his stiff speech delivery and his problems connecting with voters. Listen to Ann, and you have to wonder -- maybe she's the one who should be running for president.

You can read more from iVillage iVote Editor and Correspondent Joanne Bamberger at her blog, PunditMom.  Joanne is also the author of the Amazon bestseller Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America.

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