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:
* The most important aspect of the budget fight isn’t who’s up or who’s down; it’s appreciating just how damaging the House GOP’s plan really is.
* Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) doesn’t want to talk about his tenure as Bush’s budget director. Given the severity of his failures, I don’t blame him.
* Sometimes, the Sunday shows actually host worthwhile guests and panels. Most of the time, not so much.
* George Will thinks it’s a mistake for Congress to cut the Teach for America program. I agree with him, but I wish he’d mentioned that it’s the GOP that’s to blame.
* Efforts to equate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) anti-union crusade with Reagan’s presidency are extremely silly.
* Don’t be surprised if the next labor battleground is in Maine.
* If the right is looking forward to pro-worker protests in Wisconsin waning, conservatives are likely to be disappointed.
And on Saturday, we talked about:
* Nearly as important as President Obama’s partisan combat with Republicans in Congress? His partisan combat with Republicans in governors’ offices.
* When Newt Gingrich starts offering lawmakers advice about shutdowns and impeachment, run in the other direction.
* Republicans think the U.S. should emulate British austerity measures. Given what’s happened to the British economy, that’s insane.
* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, Glenn Beck’s assault on Reform Judaism (or as Beck calls it, “reformed” Judaism).
* Mike Huckabee would reduce poverty by pushing people into marriages. He has no idea what he’s talking about.
* As of late Friday, a plan appeared to be in place that would push off a shutdown deadline to March 18. More on this later this morning.