From the Weekend

FROM THE WEEKEND…. Here’s a recap of what we covered over the weekend:

On Sunday, we talked about…

* When it comes to economic policy, Republican officials intend to push an ideological agenda; whether it actually helps or not is largely irrelevant.

* Republican officials will be debating amongst themselves for a while over who was most responsible for the loss in Delaware’s U.S. Senate race.

* High-speed rail is a good idea for a wide variety of reasons. Incoming GOP governors don’t seem to care.

* Facing a deep budget hole after years of far-right recklessness, Texas is considering withdrawing from the Medicaid program altogether.

* The NRSC’s fundraising gambit on Alaska’s U.S. Senate race is pretty shameless — and may end up annoying Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R).

* Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sure does like the idea of launching a war against Iran.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Were the accomplishments of the last two years worth losing the Democratic House majority over? Of course they were.

* Blue Dog Dems should probably keep in mind that they contributed to their own demise.

* “This Week in God” covered a variety of religio-political items, including a look at midterm exit polls as they related to faith groups.

* Sharron Angle warned of “Second Amendment remedies” if she lost. Given the results in Nevada, should we be worried?

* Right-wing attacks on President Obama’s Asia trip were ridiculous. They were also predictable.

* I’d like to see more policymakers ask themselves “How would that help the economy?” with every proposal they offer.

* And Rachel Maddow’s segment on Friday’s Keith Olbermann flap offered some very helpful details and context. (More on that story in a minute.)

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.