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:
* A veteran Republican staffer on Capitol Hill recently retired after nearly three decades on the job. He now feels comfortable admitting that he sees congressional Republicans as “full of lunatics,” who are “becoming more like an apocalyptic cult.”
* CNN’s Candy Crowley told viewers that no president has ever been re-elected with unemployment at 9%. That’s wrong in a couple of important ways.
* Jon Huntsman is running last among Republicans in every recent poll. You wouldn’t know it from how often he’s on television, including the Sunday shows.
* With economic concerns intensifying, the Republican Party devoted its weekly message to … its Balanced Budget Amendment?
And on Saturday, we talked about:
* The public doesn’t hear much about it, but there’s a war on voting underway, and the battle may help shape the outcomes of the 2012 elections.
* Those of us waiting for more prominent Republican voices to denounce their party’s antics found a lot to like in former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s (R-Neb.) recent comments.
* We don’t really have a long-term debt problem; we have a long-term cost-of-healthcare problem.
* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, the dwindling fortunes of a former religious right powerhouse, Focus on the Family.
* Some of the establishment media have said President Obama will be listening to “liberals” if he presents an ambitious jobs agenda this week. But “liberals” are hardly the only ones pushing for a bold plan.
* If the Obama White House was willing to go with weaker ozone standards to satisfy Big Business, could it at least have gotten something in return?