As we head into the holiday weekend, I doubt a lot of people are hungry for one more dollop of political news (shame on you!) but traditions are traditions, so here’s a final mini-report:

* Romney and Perry Squabble Over Definition of “Wall Street”: Talk about the Slippery leading the Blind! And what’s with Perry being critical of “wealth-creators” anyway?

* Santorum Hits Perry For Ignorance About Sodomy: Santorum’s truly The Name on sodomy.

* Romney Wins the Murdoch Primary: So says Josh Marshall, and he’s watched enough Fox News to derange someone with less stamina.

* Tea Folk, Christian Right Remain Divided on Candidates: That’s Ron Brownstein’s conclusion after staring at the latest NBC/Marist poll. Ron’s long been arguing that Romney’s consolidation of non-Tea, secular Republicans has outpaced his weakness among more right-wing segments of the party.

* White House Decides Against Requesting Debt Limit Hike Before New Year: This is good news to all of us who’d like to end the year without hearing the words “debt limit” one more time.

* Newt Weeps: He’s got a lot to weep about.

* Reporters Outnumber Voters At Two Bachmann Stops in Iowa: But Bachmann’s old buddy Steve King did show up, and failed to endorse her one last time. Hard to feel sorry for her, but man, that’s cold!

* Krugman Concludes Keynes Was Right After All: But what does he know, other than economics and stuff like that?


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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.