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:

* As Fox News changes Republican politics, are we now looking at a post-retail campaign model?

* Whether he likes it or not, Mitt Romney has had a “career” in politics. It’d be nice if he stopped pretending otherwise.

* President Obama has been increasingly willing to talk publicly about American “exceptionalism.” The right asked for this, but probably won’t be impressed.

* Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) delivered the GOP’s weekly address, calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution — which the House defeated two weeks ago. Was she not paying attention?

* With four weeks until the caucuses, the trusted Iowa Poll shows Newt Gingrich in the lead, followed by Ron Paul.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* My top 10 list for my favorite moments from Herman Cain’s ridiculous presidential campaign.

* With Cain out, who benefits most of the remaining GOP candidates?

* Cain exits, stage right.

* Agree with his decisions or don’t, but President Obama has repeatedly demonstrated political courage. (That’s more than we can say about Mitt Romney.)

* You know things are weird in Washington when congressional Republicans are trying to kill Bush/Cheney programs, and Democrats are trying to save them.

* Eleven months before the election, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is already resorting to image manipulation in its television ads.

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, evangelical Republicans learning to like Gingrich, despite his scandalous past and moral bankruptcy.

* In an apparent attempt to remain relevant, Rick Perry’s new campaign ad in Iowa accuses liberals of saying religious faith “is a sign of weakness.”

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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.