The Week That Was: Mommy Wars Redux & Hillary in 2016?

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

Just when you think it might be a quiet week, someone "misspeaks" and everything goes haywire! I thought things might calm down as Mitt Romney tried on his new role as Republican general election nominee-in-waiting, but there were plenty of stories to keep the pundits busy this week. So in case you missed any of them, as always, iVillage gives you The Week That Was:

1. Ann Romney, mommy wars warrior
Did you really think we'd escape an election cycle without some version of the tired old mommy wars narrativeHillary Clinton didn't like to bake cookies and Sarah Palin took heat for having the nerve to run for vice president when she was a mom of five. This week, in trying to make a point about Mitt Romney and whether he could connect with women by having his wife Ann talk to voters, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen inadvertently stoked the Romney campaign by saying, "Ann Romney never worked a day in her life." Nine little words that have thrown President Obama's campaign into defense mode and that has conservative commentators jumping for glee as they spin this to rally women voters. Some on the right are going so far as to claim this as evidence that Democrats hate stay-at-home moms. Of course that's not true, but the Romney campaign sees the opportunity, and is using it to garner support and money. The campaign is now fundraising by selling $6 bumper stickers that proclaim, "Moms drive the economy."

2. Hillary in 2016 again?
This is definitely the topic we love to talk about when we're tired of the 2012 campaign! But one has to wonder if there isn't some truth to the possibility. Aside from Clinton's high profile duties as secretary of state, she's been in a variety of women's magazines, including a profile in this month's Elle magazine. And she's getting lots of love from the hot Texts from Hillary Tumblr site. She definitely looks like she can take on anything in those sunglasses, doesn't she? Even though the former first lady has said "no" repeatedly, with all the publicity she's getting, I think it's fair to assume that the door has been left open just the teensiest little bit for another run. If she does, maybe we'll see more texts from Hillary?

3. Vice President Santorum?
Republican hopeful Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race this week, after realizing that the he couldn't collect enough delegates to win his party's nomination and that if he lost the primary in his home state of Pennsylvania, that any hope of a political future was dead. But on the campaign trail, Santorum was much better at motivating conservatives than Mitt Romney. So maybe a Romney/Santorum ticket is what the Republicans need? Santorum says he'd definitely consider it, even though he has called Romney a "liar," a "flip-flopper," and "the worst Republican in the country!" Whether Romney would have him is another story, although in light of how Santorum connects with the conservative base, Mitt might want to adopt a "let bygones be bygones" attitude on this one.

4. Nikki Haley faces more allegations
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been riding high on her book tour for her autobiography, Can't is Not an Option. But even with her popularity, some political watchers have felt the rumors of marital infidelities that dogged her in her governor's race would be too much baggage for a presidential ticket. Now it looks like Haley might have some real baggage, as she is under investigation for discrepancies in her campaign finance reporting. While the questions involve whether she disclosed the proper occupation information for just a handful of donors, Haley doesn't need any more questions swirling around her as she moves forward in her political career.

5. Michelle O on Colbert
There's no doubt that when it comes to President Obama's re-election campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama is his not-so-secret weapon. She's been making the rounds of a variety of popular shows and this week made her 2012 presidential pick official by telling Stephen Colbert that she was, in fact, endorsing her husband for president! Michelle also made time to swing by to get in some work-out time at The Biggest Loser. What's next? If she's really brave, maybe Fox News?

6. Say goodnight, Chris Christie
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made no secret of the fact that, as all good Jersey boys, he's a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen. So it probably wasn't a surprise to voters in the Garden State that their guv was going to see the Boss. Again. For the 128th time. But sometimes those late night concerts can take a toll, and this one did on Christie, who was spied napping during the concert! Maybe he was just resting his eyes and super-focused on the music? Hopefully he didn't run into any of the people who were unhappy with his recent comments that America is full of people just sitting on the couch waiting to collect government checks. Maybe that was a subtle pitch for a 2012 VP slot?

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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