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:

* An enduring question that keeps coming up: “Are Republicans losing their grip on reality?”

* What’s the best adjective to describe Republican economic policies? “Unorthodox” seems entirely too charitable.

* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) captures the debt-ceiling debate in a nutshell: he knows it has to be done, but he’ll cause a catastrophe unless Democrats cut Medicare.

* He probably didn’t mean to, but Karl Rove implied that George W. Bush and Ariel Sharon hate Israel.

* Republicans usually believe government should steer clear of the doctor-patient relationship, and certainly has no use for bureaucrats making medical decisions and imposing care instructions based on some kind of ideological agenda. But once in a while, they believe the exact opposite.

* Herman Cain enters the Republican presidential race, and the debate begins on whether his campaign should be taken seriously.

* All of the pieces appeared to be in place for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ (R) presidential campaign. In the end, his family didn’t want him to run, so he won’t.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Jon Huntsman needs to remember a simple adage: flip-flopping is bad; lying about flip-flopping is worse.

* I’ve long believed that the key to social progress in the United States is conservatives having more life experiences.

* Tired of being embarrassed by town-hall mishaps, some congressional Republicans are prohibiting voters from recording public officials making public remarks on public property.

* Remember the high school sophomore who challenged Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to a civics debate? The young girl is now facing violent threats from right-wing loons.

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, a controversial letter from the leader of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who appears to have weighed in unnecessarily in the congressional budget fight.

* Basing U.S. foreign policy on fears of “curses” strikes me as a bad idea.

* Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) wants a resolution condemning President Obama for stating the same U.S. foreign policy position that’s existed for decades. Even for Hatch, this is cheap and buffoonish.