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:

* The White House is debating its next move on economic policy. My advice: swing for the fences, don’t lay down a bunt and hope to get on base.

* Republican presidential primary voters may very well decide that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is unelectable, but don’t count on it.

* GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann thinks she can appeal to Democrats and independents. No, seriously, that’s what she said.

* Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was the first Republican presidential candidate to get in the race. He was also the first to quit.

* In his announcement speech, did Perry signal his support for higher income taxes on working-class families? Indirectly, yes, he did.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll, and Perry outpaced Mitt Romney entirely through write-in votes.

* Do results out of Ames have any predictive value? Unfortunately, yes.

* Rick Perry is running as a savior candidate, jumping into the race months after his rivals. History isn’t on his side: savior candidates tend to fail.

* Major news organizations don’t usually tell the public, “Republicans are economically illiterate,” but once in a while, they come close.

* In his weekly address, President Obama urges the public to push Congress on the economy.

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, Rick Perry’s radical religious associations.

* Does it seem as if the media cares far more about court rulings against the Affordable Care Act than rulings that support the law? It’s not your imagination.

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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.