We covered a fair amount of ground over the three-day holiday weekend. Here’s a quick overview of what you may have missed.

On Monday, we talked about:

* The Ohio Republican Party knows the real reason for Memorial Day: honoring fallen servicemen and women by going after health care reform.

* On unemployment, a “learned helplessness” seems to be too common among policymakers. For all of our sakes, they need to overcome this.

* Tim Pawlenty sees President Obama as a “doofus” committed to “maintaining the status quo.” It’s a very odd line of attack for a variety of reasons.

* A variety of leading D.C. pundits continue to be outraged by Democratic “Mediscare” tactics. These pundits refuse to consider a basic fact: what Democrats are saying about GOP Medicare plans is demonstrably true.

On Sunday, we talked about:

* For all kinds of policy challenges, we can see the crises coming, and know exactly how to address them. It’s conservative politics that gets in the way of responding.

* The Romney campaign wants to talk about candidates and “experience.” That seems like a bad strategy.

* If there’s a good reason Republicans are cutting funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), it’s hiding well.

* I don’t begrudge rich Republican lawmakers from having a lot of wealth; I just wish they’d stop pretending, for crass political purposes, that they’re part of a struggling middle class.

* Conservatives have a nasty habit of pointing to a problem, then rejecting sensible solutions to the problems they want to see fixed. Take IPAB, for example.

* In 2011, it appears the top priority of Republican policymakers nationwide is abortion. That’s probably not what voters had in mind in 2010.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Decrying “gimmicks,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) continues to tout “cut and grow.” That’s absurd on more levels than one.

* Medicare privatization is a fraudulent scam, not “a launching off point for a serious debate.”

* Tim Pawlenty joins Romney, Gingrich, and Huntsman in the group of Republican presidential candidates who expressed support for an individual health care mandate — the same idea the GOP now considers freedom-crushing fascism.

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, the latest charges involving the Roman Catholic Church’s international sex scandal.

* From time to time, we’ll see analysis pieces on whether a candidate can win national office if he or she suffers from some kind of perceived personality flaw — dull, angry, inauthentic, arrogant, etc. But with Newt Gingrich, the question is a little different: can a candidate win national office when the public has gotten to know him and Americans actively dislike him?

* Freshmen GOP lawmakers promised to bring a new way of doing business to Capitol Hill. Five months later, the new way looks an awful lot like the old way.

* Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) doesn’t think President Obama earned his national victory in 2008. Rather, Walsh said, the landslide was the result of “white guilt.”

Our ideas can save democracy... But we need your help! Donate Now!

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.