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:

* Given the consequences, was the GOP’s debt-ceiling hostage strategy the worst thing a major party has done since the Civil War? Possibly.

* The S&P downgrade is a classic example of putting a pox on one house, though some in the media prefer to pretend otherwise.

* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said it was important for policymakers to “impress” Standard & Poor’s. It’s what makes his efforts and rhetoric that much more bizarre.

* A Taliban attack left 30 American troops and 8 Afghans dead, making it one of the deadliest days since the start of the war nearly a decade ago.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Republicans like to claim the high ground on fiscal responsibility. I can only hope they’ll take a minute to review my timeline of recent events.

* Standard & Poor’s downgraded our debt. So what happens now?

* There can be no doubt that congressional Republicans are directly responsible for this downgrade.

* In “This Week in God” we covered, among other things, Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) Christian prayer rally called, “The Response.”

* S&P prepared an analysis to justify a specific conclusion. The analysis was off by $2 trillion. Treasury explained to S&P that the analysis wasn’t even close to being accurate, which led the ratings agency to concede they’d made a mistake. And a few hours later, S&P decided to reach the same conclusion anyway.

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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.