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:
* President Obama intends to run against Congress this fall. Given that this might very well be the Worst Congress Ever, that’s not an unreasonable strategy.
* Rick Santorum believes diversity “creates conflict.” That’s ridiculous.
* The president signed this year’s NDAA, but as expected, it came with a signing statement.
* Newt Gingrich, apparently unaware of his entire career, believes politics has “become a really nasty, vicious, negative business.”
* The fact that Rick Perry’s staffers are already blaming one another for the campaign’s failure really isn’t a good sign.
* Where things stand in Iowa.
And on Saturday, we talked about:
* The Des Moines Register‘s closely-watched Iowa Poll shows Mitt Romney leading, but Rick Santorum coming on strong.
* Mitt Romney wants to talk about Marie Antoinette. That strikes me as a good idea.
* Last week, Fox News and conservative activists picked a new target: the Girl Scouts.
* Interest in Romney’s tax returns, and his desire for secrecy, isn’t going away.
* Will Congress extend the payroll tax break through 2012? After seeing who Republicans sent to the conference committee, I’m fairly certain the policy will expire in late February.
* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, a fascinating church-state conflict in Illinois, where a major Roman Catholic charity wants to be able to accept taxpayer funds while discriminating against some taxpayers.
* Remember in 1972, when Ed Muskie wept outside the offices of New Hampshire’s Union Leader, and it was, at the time, a political disaster? Crying in politics has come a long way since.