From the Holiday Weekend

We covered a fair amount of ground over the holiday weekend. Here’s a quick overview of what you may have missed.

On Monday, we talked about:

* The right is still desperate to blame government regulations for the 2008 crash. They’re still wrong.

* At least in the traditional sense, there’s nothing “conservative” about the 2012 Republican presidential field.

* Ron Paul’s explanation about his racist newsletters would be more plausible had he not boasted about the materials on camera.

* Mitt Romney is assuring college grads they’ll all get jobs if he’s elected president. That’s deeply silly, even for him.

* We would all benefit from more climate data. Republicans won’t allow it.

* Virginia’s ballot-access problem is a debacle for Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, but it’s also hurting Virginia itself in the process.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Much of what we’ve seen from congressional Republicans in 2011 leads to questions about whether they’re politically suicidal. Why do they make such radical and unpopular moves?

* Karl Rove’s attack operation is accusing the Obama White House of being overly political. That might very well be the most ironic attack in a very long while.

* If Romney wants an argument over “opportunity” societies, Vice President Biden will give him one.

* President Obama signed the omnibus spending bill, but not before issuing his latest signing statement.

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, the lingering tensions between evangelical voters and a Mormon presidential candidate.

* The Justice Department is going after South Carolina’s odious voter-ID law. Given the Republicans’ “war on voting,” the administration’s move is a pretty big deal.

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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.