From the weekend

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

On Sunday, we talked about:

* The latest attacks on union rights have far more to do with political power than budget shortfalls.

* The right can accuse President Obama of being a ruthless gangster or a feeble pushover, but conservatives should probably pick one or the other.

* George Will thinks there are only five “plausible” GOP presidential candidates. I think he’s probably right, but none of those five strikes fear in the hearts of Democrats.

* Overheated whining notwithstanding, the Obama administration’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act is built on plenty of precedent.

* It makes sense for Mitt Romney to focus on jobs as a campaign issue.
But Romney’s actual message on jobs doesn’t make any sense at all.

* If the right is waiting for the protests in Madison to just fizzle out, the right will be waiting for a long time.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Glenn Beck’s audience and reach is fading quickly. Where’d all of his minions go?

* As the budget fight continues, keep a close eye on one dynamic in
particular: some Republicans care about policy goals, but most Republicans care more about how much gets cut, not what gets cut.

* Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and seven far-right Senate allies come up with a new way to make it even more difficult for the chamber to function.

* A religious right leader is tired of the GOP putting the culture-war agenda at the bottom of the to-do list. He’s bound to be disappointed going forward.

* In “This Week In God,” we talked about, among other things, the efforts of the religious left to combat the radical budget plan being pushed by congressional Republicans.

* George Will was for high-speed rail before he was against it. He was right the first time.

* As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) union-busting campaign continues, it gets increasingly unpopular. His biggest problem now: keeping nervous Republicans on board a sinking ship.

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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.