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Entries by Chris Weigant from 04/2010

Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2010

| Posted 04.02.2010 | Politics

Everyone was looking for a healthy bounce in Obama's poll numbers after health reform passed. This bounce has either failed to materialize yet, or is so gradual it likely won't end up being called a "bounce."

Just Say: "Wall Street Reform"

| Posted 04.05.2010 | Politics

If necessary, Democratic officeholders and candidates should practice in front of a mirror. Say "Wall Street reform" one hundred times, and when you're speaking in public, it'll leap to your lips.

Exceptional Democracy

| Posted 04.07.2010 | Politics

If America is truly supposed to be exceptional in all things, why do other countries -- almost without exception -- decide our governmental structure isn't really for them, when it comes time to choose?

Friday Talking Points [118] -- Cold War Jumps Shark

| Posted 04.09.2010 | Politics

Previous arms-control treaties were big news. Take all the coverage we just had over the health reform debate, and multiply that by about 10, and that's something like how big the news of this sort of thing used to be. Now, not so much.

Can Harry Reid Deliver?

| Posted 04.12.2010 | Politics

Given that Harry Reid's Senate is not exactly known for moving with blinding speed, one has to wonder whether Harry Reid can deliver on some of these big issues before the midterm elections or not.

Tea Partying's First Anniversary

| Posted 04.14.2010 | Politics

One way or another the Tea Party's future prospects are likely to hinge on whether their decentralized nature turns out to be their strongest point, or their weakest.

Friday Talking Points [119] -- Democrats, Sell Yourselves!

| Posted 04.16.2010 | Politics

Democrats won't succeed in getting public opinion behind their Wall Street reform if they let their opponents define the bill. So far, they've been doing an excellent job defining it themselves, for once.

A Big VAT Lie

| Posted 04.19.2010 | Politics

I speak of the "value-added tax," or "VAT." Republicans are horrified that President Obama has a secret plan to pass this tax, and are shouting from the rooftops (of the nearest Fox News building).

Where Tea Partiers Live

| Posted 04.21.2010 | Politics

PBS's NewsHour and the Christian Science Monitor have created an interactive map showing the geographic distribution of self-identified Tea Partiers. It reveals some interesting truths about the movement -- and the GOP's future.

Friday Talking Points [120] -- Republicans Chicken Out

| Posted 04.23.2010 | Politics

Democrats had a pretty good week last week. As attention shifts to the struggle in the Senate over Wall Street reform, the two parties almost seem to have changed their normal methods of playing the political game.

Reid Calls Republicans' Bluff

| Posted 04.26.2010 | Politics

By refusing to back down, and refusing to "compromise" (read: water the bill down and add loopholes for Wall Street) with Republicans, Reid is showing real strength, and real leadership.

Reid Leads

| Posted 04.28.2010 | Politics

After three days of repeated cloture votes to bring Chris Dodd's Wall Street reform bill to the floor of the Senate for debate, it appears the Republicans are ready to blink.

Friday Talking Points [121] -- Swampy Muck

| Posted 04.30.2010 | Politics

Once you get started, it becomes quite easy to justify shaking people down for their papers. I think the police should pull over anyone who looks like they work on Wall Street, at any time.