From the Weekend

FROM THE WEEKEND…. We covered a fair amount of ground over the weekend. Here’s a quick overview of you may have missed.

On Sunday, we talked about:

* Maine Gov.-elect Paul LePage (R) has a severely limited understanding of the Constitution.

* Why the federal pay freeze strikes me as a dumber move than a temporary deal on tax cuts.

* The race for Texas’ House Speaker is marred by anti-Semitism.

* When it comes to DADT, the message for the Senate is “pass the damn repeal.”

* Disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may not be the ideal Republican for outreach to Hispanic voters.

* It’s hard to believe, but the Washington Post editorial board is still mistaken about Bush’s claims on Saddam Hussein and uranium.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Incoming House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) believes Republicans aren’t to blame at all for the partisan conflicts of the last two years.

* Senate Republicans killed proposals for permanent middle-class tax cuts because they weren’t generous enough to the rich.

* Andrew Sullivan’s theory on the “Dickishness Of The GOP” is worth pondering.

* Loyal Bushies’ foresight on tax-cut politics isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

* “This Week in God” looked at, among other things, a creationist theme park to be built in Kentucky.

* The debate over Democrats’ apparent inability to play “hardball” continues.

* And Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) compared negotiating with Republicans to negotiating with terrorists, which would be more shocking if some GOP leaders hadn’t made similar comparisons.

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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.