Recap: The Republicans and the Democrats have not been equally irresponsible on fiscal issues; the Obama budget plan is somewhat less ambitious, and somewhat more conservative, than Simpson-Bowles; and no matter which budget you prefer, they all require raising the debt ceiling.

Weekend question: I feel bad about how much I love watching interviews with Donald Trump. But here’s my question: Should I feel bad? What’s the cost of this Trump coverage, assuming it’s taking up the space formerly reserved for nutty things said by Sarah Palin and/or Newt Gingrich? Could it even be a net positive, as it’s forcing the Republican Party to confront some of its demons?