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:
* Will President Obama’s 2012 odds improve in battleground states thanks to extremely unpopular Republican governors? Maybe.
* It’s likely the Republican presidential race will come down to Mitt Romney and the “Not Mitt Romney Candidate.” But who will that be? Don’t rule out Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
* Herman Cain has an idea of a “regulatory reduction commission.” It’s the quintessential Republican proposal: let the oil industry pick which regulations it no longer wants to follow.
* The ethics controversy surrounding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, slowly but surely, continues to percolate.
* The first Iowa Poll of 2011 offers good news for Mitt Romney (he’s winning), good news for Michele Bachmann (she’s nearly winning), and bad news for Tim Pawlenty (he’s sixth, trailing Newt Gingrich).
* Did Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser turn violent towards one of his woman colleagues? Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley says he did.
And on Saturday, we talked about:
* If one ignores the Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama eras, the right’s assumptions about economic policy are quite sound.
* As a growing number of people ponder the “sabotage” question — are Republicans trying to hurt the economy on purpose? — some are arguing that the answer is “obvious.”
* Tim Pawlenty spent Friday chatting with a radical televangelist who blamed 9/11 on Americans. I wonder why practically no one noticed or cared.
* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, an organized freak-out over NBC omitting “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance before coverage of a golf tournament.
* Mitt Romney’s new attack ad shows a young man in Michigan who blames the president for the fact that he “can’t get a job” and “no one will hire” him. In reality, the guy is a fully-employed Republican activist.
* New York becomes the sixth state to approve a marriage-equality law, and only the second state to do so voluntarily (without a court order).