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:
* We know exactly how we ended up with the current budget mess, but the facts are awfully inconvenient for Republicans.
* Continuing with a trend, congressional Republicans seem to be personally offended by the very existence of the unemployed.
* Pollsters asking Americans whether they want to “cut spending,” with no additional details about what will get cut, is practically useless.
* There’s just something amazing about congressional Republicans who hate the Affordable Care Act trying to take credit for provisions in the Affordable Care Act.
* The governmental response to the disaster in the Southeast is a reminder of what competent governance looks like.
* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said she wouldn’t compare the Nazi Holocaust to the national debt. Then she compared the Nazi Holocaust to the national debt.
* There are all kinds of reasons not to like the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. But a finny speech is still a funny speech.
And on Saturday, we talked about:
* Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) wanted a “truce” on the culture wars. Then he announced he’d turn down federal funds and block all funding for Planned Parenthood in his state.
* Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) of Montana is worth tens of millions of dollars. So, when he says he’s “struggling like everyone else,” it’s pretty hard to swallow.
* The only thing worse than policymakers fighting over the debt ceiling is policymakers fighting over the debt ceiling every other month.
* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, what happened to the Shiloh Baptist Church after President Obama worshipped there, and Sean Hannity decided he didn’t like the pastor.
* With Alabama getting attention after its deadly tornadoes last week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is apparently feeling jealous.
* Friday night in New Hampshire, an Americans for Prosperity gathering was supposed to be Mitt Romney’s coming out party as a presidential candidate. It didn’t go well.