From the weekend

We covered even more ground than usual over the weekend. Here’s a quick overview of what you may have missed.

On Sunday, we talked about:

* House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) believes the Obama administration’s success with the American automotive industry is “nothing to celebrate.” Only a GOP leader could manage to screw this up twice.

* If April’s job numbers weren’t evidence of a strong recovery, May’s job numbers aren’t evidence of a need for panic.

* The good news is, Mitt Romney likes science fiction. The bad news is, Mitt Romney likes bad science fiction.

* Sarah Palin thinks the United States is a sinking ship and that the debt is responsible for the weak economy. Both points are wrong.

* It was easier to respect Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) before he felt compelled to shift to the very far-right to win his primary.

* Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has apparently learned to stop worrying and love the stimulus.

* Republicans think Democrats want to emulate Western Europe. By that logic, the GOP wants to emulate Pakistan.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Why does the media love Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-N.Y.) controversy, after largely ignoring former Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) controversy? I have a few ideas.

* A real Grand Bargain: short-term stimulus for long-term debt reduction.

* Mitt Romney believes climate change is real. He just doesn’t want to do anything about it.

* Newt Gingrich ran for president for three weeks. Then he needed a two-week vacation.

* If Republicans don’t want Dems to call their Medicare plan “vouchers,” why do so many Republicans use the same word?

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) “Ayn Rand problem.”

* Chrysler’s CEO is convinced Mitt Romney has no idea what he’s talking about.

* House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) new approach to emergency disaster relief continues to generate criticism, even from the right.

* The National Republican Congressional Committee tried to push Comcast Boston to drop a progressive Medicare ad. The gambit failed.

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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.