From the holiday weekend

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

On Sunday, we talked about:

* When it comes to economic policy, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has some strong opinions. Too bad they’re gibberish.

* John Kerry lost the 2004 presidential race and John McCain lost the 2008 presidential race, and both returned to the Senate in the wake of their defeats. How they’ve conducted themselves since says a great deal about their respective characters.

* Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s (R) policy agenda is so extreme, one might even call it “extraordinary.”

* President Obama remains committed to the DREAM Act. Congressional Republicans aren’t even open to the possibility.

* Since the midterms, the White House has been on a foreign policy winning streak.

* House Republicans will kick off the next Congress by reading the Constitution out loud. Of course, reading the document is one thing; honoring it is another.

And on Friday we talked about:

* Charles Krauthammer, of all people, believes President Obama is “back with a vengeance.”

* Vice President Biden suggests marriage equality is “inevitable.”

* The word “triangulation” is verboten in the White House. That’s a good thing.

* Peter Diamond’s Fed nomination couldn’t get a vote in the Senate. That’s nothing short of absurd, but we can expect the administration to try again next year.

* Time will tell is the confidence is warranted or not, but there’s a growing number of economists who are optimistic about 2011.

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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.