The political world is fairly quiet this weekend as attention shifts to Hurricane Irene. I hope those in its path are safe and sound, and are taking all precautions.

Under the circumstances, after publishing the items from earlier this morning, I thought it best to just post a Saturday Open Thread, though I’ll be around in the event of key developments.

The floor is yours.

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.