From the Holiday Weekend

Some folks may have been away yesterday for the Columbus Day, so here’s a quick recap of posts from the holiday weekend.

On Monday, we talked about:

* Some high-profile pundits believe President Obama’s economic message will only resonate with the Democratic base. Those pundits are wrong.

* Did Robert Jeffress do Mitt Romney a favor when he attacked his church as a “cult”?
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* When George Will went after Elizabeth Warren, he strayed far from the facts.

* Rick Perry’s new attack ad looks like a Michael Bay movie. That’s not necessarily an insult.

* When the economy stood at the precipice nearly three years ago, Obama administration officials had to make some major decisions, very quickly, effectively in the dark. Some of those choices were better than others.

* Thomas Friedman agrees with President Obama’s vision for the future, but he likes to pretend otherwise.

* Mitt Romney’s religion, all of a sudden, is getting quite a bit of attention.

* Republicans say the “war on voting” is justified by voter-fraud fears. The GOP’s rationalization is the only real fraud.

* Mitt Romney thinks the Pentagon budget is shrinking. It’s not.

* Paul Ryan believes even talking about tax fairness leads to “social unrest.”

On Sunday, we talked about:

* What are the Occupy Wall Street protests all about? The message “should be obvious.”

* Herman Cain claims to be a “top tier” presidential candidate. Looking at the polls, that may be true, but by every other measure, the boast is very hard to believe.

* A piece in Time noted the other day that Democrats “just can’t get enough of Ronald Reagan these days.” That’s true, but it says more about Republicans than Dems.

* Mitt Romney tends to talk about economic issues, except when he’s talking about his support for the Defense of Marriage Act, his opposition to abortion rights, his intention to defund Planned Parenthood, and his promise to help overturn Roe v. Wade.

* There’s really only one reason Rick Perry’s campaign is faltering so badly: immigration.

* Administration officials prepared an internal memo to justify the strike that killed al Qaeda’s Anwar al-Awlaki.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Burying the needle on the chutzpah-o-meter, Mitch McConnell is inclined to blame President Obama for GOP obstructionism.

* Opponents of the American Jobs Act have run out of excuses: the Congressional Budget Office found the jobs bill would boost the economy and reduce the deficit.

* Newt Gingrich, if elected president, would be willing to ignore Supreme Court rulings. Good to know.

* House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) wants to fund the Pentagon, but not unless Democrats meet some of his culture-war demands.

* In “This Week in God,” we talked about, among other things, an interesting religious right stunt is called “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” which encourages churches to ignore federal tax law.

* A prominent Rick Perry backer believes Mitt Romney’s religion is a “cult.” In conservative evangelical circles, that’s not an uncommon belief.