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:

* Mitt Romney’s popularity among his own constituents during his only time in public office was pretty awful. That should matter a lot in the presidential race.

* Forcing accused terrorists into military tribunals would mean abandoning an effective justice system for a dubious one.

* This probably isn’t the best time to discuss Romney’s “frugal” habits.

* Have you noticed that the Sunday shows tend to invite on a lot of Republican guests? Well, they do.

* For the first time in a debate this year, the GOP presidential hopefuls discussed whether adultery matters in the race.

* When Romney challenged Rick Perry to accept a $10,000 bet, it was a costly mistake.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Some Republicans look back at 2011 as a great year. That’s not at all encouraging.

* Mitt Romney wants voters to think of Newt Gingrich as a loon. At least he doesn’t have to lie about this line of attack.

* Senate Republicans are blocking President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador because they don’t like her ex-boyfriend from 20 years ago.

* A whole lot of media outlets are reporting that the president “predicted” 8% unemployment by Election Day. That’s not what he said.

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s (R-Mo.) bizarre understanding of religious liberty for faith traditions she considers “fringe.”

* Asked to bolster the claim that Romney created jobs at his vulture capital firm, Romney’s Super PAC replied, “We aren’t supplying that information.” That can’t work as an explanation, can it?

* It’s good to see the Washington Monthly print edition on Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) in-office coffee table.

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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.