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:
* Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) reminds the political world that military operations actually do cost money. He’s right.
* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants Americans to support President Obama as military efforts in Libya get underway, but first McCain wants to whine about Obama just a little more.
* Congressional Republicans, at the behest of bank lobbyists, consider Elizabeth Warren part of the problem. That’s backwards.
* Former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) slammed U.S. leaders from foreign soil. That used to be a real no-no.
* Fox News is pretty worked up about the president visiting Latin America to promote trade and open markets. Despite the Republican rhetoric, this isn’t a vacation.
* “Operation Odyssey Dawn” gets underway.
And on Saturday, we talked about:
* To look at Republican politics and assume there’s a “transformation” underway, from a “fanatically anti-Obama” party to a “fanatically anti-spending” one, is to miss all of the relevant details.
* What do the governors of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan have in common? They’re all rookie Republicans, with far-right agendas, who are struggling badly to impress voters.
* In “This Week in God,” we covered the renewed GOP efforts to attack evolutionary biology at the state level.
* Defunding NPR won’t save jobs. It won’t even save money.
* Turning IRS agents into abortion cops through the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” is a horrifically bad idea.
* Disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is supposed to be the guy who offers intellectual firepower for Republicans on the national level. Given his latest remarks on Libya, that’s pretty laughable.