The Week That Was: The GOP Race is Over & Barbie's Running for President

Six things you need to know right now about the election and campaign news of 2012!

It's been another crazy week in the world of presidential politics, the Supreme Court and political fashion. Who can keep up? We can! We know you're busy, so, as always, iVillage gives you the stories you'll be talking about this weekend in The Week That Was:

1. Stick a fork in the GOP, they're done
Not only did Mitt Romney sweep the three Republican presidential primaries this week -- Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia -- but the final results weren't even close. Rick Santorum failed to pull out one of his now famous underdog victories and the numbers game is pretty much over. Romney now has over half the convention delegates he needs to secure the nomination, putting him ahead of Santorum by more than 2-to-1. The former Pennsylvania Senator may have more voter excitement on his side, and he may believe he can pull out an election year equivalent of the Miracle on Ice, but in the end, it's numbers, not enthusiasm, that carries a candidate to the nomination. It's still up in the air whether Santorum stays in the race until the primary contest in his home state, but even if he wins there, he still doesn't come close. But I have a feeling he's got things lined up for another bid in 2016.

2. Barbie for president!
One of these days, Barbie will make up her mind about what she wants to be when she grows up.  She's tried to be all sorts of things, including an astronaut and a veterinarian. Now, she wants to be the first woman president! OK, it's not the first time she's announced her candidacy, but she's trying again, this time in a Jackie O-style pink suit. I could live without the pink, but I really hope we soon get a living, breathing woman on the presidential campaign trail again. Though Ken might make a great first dude.

3. Supreme Court says more strip searches
While everyone has been parsing the three days of arguments before the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act, the highest court in the land announced a ruling that made many observers gasp -- you don't have to be arrested for a felony or a violent crime to be strip searched by police. That's right. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court ruled that any person arrested for any offense, no matter how minor, could be subjected to a police strip search in the name of law enforcement security. Sound crazy? I thought so, but the court noted in its decision that Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was initially stopped by police for a traffic violation. That's an extreme example, but this SCOTUS ruling is one that should give us all pause about speeding tickets or expired license plates.

4. Rick Santorum's dad jeans
None of this year's crop of presidential candidates is particularly known for their on-trend wardrobes. And several of them, President Obama included, have taken some ribbing from time to time about not looking particularly comfortable in their "dad jeans." But one of them now possesses the dubious title of "worst jeans ever." Esquire Magazine didn't hold back when they basically declared that someone ought to take Santorum shopping. Now. Not tomorrow. What's so bad about his denim? To quote Esquire, they are "ill-fitting, too loose, overly washed." Hm. I think I've seen that same outfit on my husband from time to time!

5. Will women rule Wall Street before the White House?
Hillary Clinton gave us 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling in 2008 to get us closer to seeing a woman as President of the United States. But now that she's essentially told us all that she's taken the Oval Office off her "to do" list, who is really in the political pipeline to become the first woman leader of the free world? New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been wondering the same thing. She said this week that if you look at the number of women running banks compared to no women left in the 2012 race for the White House, the numbers look like Wall Street will benefit from a woman's touch way before our nation will. The lack of a leadership pipeline for women in the political world is something Gillibrand and others are working on. Fingers crossed it happens in my lifetime!

6. Knit a uterus for Rick Perry
He's out of the presidential race, but not out of the headlines. When Texas slashed funds for women's health services, including access to birth control, the feds pulled their money out of women's health clinics, leaving thousands of Texas women wondering where they can get their Pap smears and other reproductive health care. That led to women taking over Perry's Facebook site with questions about how "Dr. Rick" would deal with their health questions. Those Texas women who were really annoyed at the former Republican presidential front-runner have also been sending him homemade craft projects. Thoughtful? Not really. Because the "gifts" are knitted uteruses being sent to protest what many women think is a hijacking of their health care for political purposes. The not so subtle message of "Get your hands of my lady parts" is said so nicely with a fluffy, pink replica of a uterus, don't you think?

Check back next Friday to see what makes our list of six things you need to know right now for The Week That Was!

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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