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Entries by Chris Weigant from 09/2008

Framing Sarah Palin

| Posted 09.01.2008 | Politics

Democrats should stay away from the baby stories. They must resist the urge to comment at all on it. Let the media do the muckraking.

"I Just Think I'm Gonna Barf."

| Posted 09.03.2008 | Politics

"Oh, I just think I'm gonna barf...."-- Marge Gunderson (Francis McDormand), from Fargo   I open today with that Fargo quote for many reasons. T...

Friday Talking Points [46] -- Moose Poop!

| Posted 09.05.2008 | Politics

Sarah Palin has already singlehandedly introduced several terms into our political lexicon. "Hockey mom" is probably the most recognizable of these. ...

Maliki's Leverage Over Bush

| Posted 09.08.2008 | Politics

Because the clock is running out on Bush and because his domestic popularity continues to fall, Maliki is using the international media to boost his own popularity with the voters in Iraq.

Ad Suggestion For Obama -- McCain AWOL On GI Bill

| Posted 09.10.2008 | Politics

It's time to fight fire with fire -- point out McCain's most embarassing votes, and paint him as an extremist or a party hack while doing so. Also paint him as anti-middle-class.

Friday Talking Points [47] -- Our First Anniversary

| Posted 09.12.2008 | Politics

Surprise! It's our first anniversary column! But before we get to that, I have to pass on this information, in the hopes nobody will get stung by a v...

More Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Please

| Posted 09.15.2008 | Politics

Her performance was so strong and so well focused that it would be foolish not to immediately send her out on the campaign trail and/or to as many television interviews as she can squeeze into her schedule.

Electoral Math Checkup -- Obama's Low Point?

| Posted 09.17.2008 | Politics

The national trend for Obama may have turned around in his favor in just the last couple of days. So even though things look grim here, Obama is already starting to bounce back.

Friday Talking Points [48] -- Throwing Out The Rulebook

| Posted 09.19.2008 | Politics

Back in Volume 36 of this Friday Talking Points column, I pointed out what seemed to me to be an obvious observation -- that the media was going a lot...

Bad Laws Pass Fast

| Posted 09.22.2008 | Politics

I will say one thing about the plan that is being floated by Bush and Congress right now -- laws that pass quickly almost always turn out to be bad ones. Think USA PATRIOT Act.

Electoral Math Update -- Obama Bounces Back

| Posted 09.24.2008 | Politics

Today was a banner day for Obama in the national polls (especially the one that puts him up nine points, 52/43) -- but they are largely meaningless, since that is not how we elect our president.

Friday Talking Points [49] -- Before And After The First Debate

| Posted 09.26.2008 | Politics

[UPDATED -- See part 2 in the Talking Points section.] This week's column will be presented in a sort of semi-liveblogging fashion. What you're getti...

In Defense Of Sarah Palin

| Posted 09.29.2008 | Politics

I have to at least try to defend the point she was (so badly) trying to make. Alaska was on the front lines of the Cold War. It's a valid point, especially with a newly-resurgent and newly-belligerent Russia.