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 political conditions in 1983 are very familiar. The political outcomes are not.

* Bill O’Reilly thinks JFK’s tax policies bolster the Republican approach. He’s wrong.

* Rick Perry is very conservative on almost everything. But the exception — immigration policy — may cost him dearly.

* If you’re telling teleprompter jokes from a teleprompter, you’re doing it wrong.

* Rick Perry hoped to use the Republican Party of Florida’s “Presidency 5” straw poll to get back on track. That plan didn’t work out well at all.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Some in Congress believe policymakers are stuck in a 14-month-long “holding pattern,” during which nothing of significance can pass. That’s unacceptable.

* With less than a week before a possible government shutdown, it matters who “picked the fight.”

* Don’t compare the Great Recession against other U.S. economic downturns; compare it against other financial industry crises.

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, the interest surrounding President Obama’s level of support among Jewish voters.

* If Mitt Romney and Rick Perry won’t stand up to support U.S. Army soldier Stephen Hill, who will they stand up for?

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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.