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Entries by Chris Weigant from 12/2010

Obama Poll Watch -- November, 2010

| Posted 12.01.2010 | Politics

Obama just had his most stable month ever in the public opinion polls, capping off a remarkable year of polling stability. Were you to just read the headlines or listen to the soundbites, you may have a different impression.

Friday Talking Points [148] -- Aliens Landing?

| Posted 12.03.2010 | Politics

So the good news this week was apparently that giant mutant space monsters are not, in fact, about to arrive and (assumably) enslave humankind and eat...

Obama's New Theme: A Sputnik Moment

| Posted 12.06.2010 | Politics

While Obama may indeed be right about America being in serious danger of falling behind on a worldwide scale, this Sputnik moment simply doesn't have a Sputnik. There is no one overarching threat.

Attach "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal to Tax Cut Deal

| Posted 12.08.2010 | Politics

Democrats should strip the DADT repeal out of the military appropriations bill and attach it to the tax cut bill being prepared. Doing so would not only change the entire tone of the debate in a big way, but it might actually work.

Friday Talking Points [149] -- Making Holiday Sausage

| Posted 12.10.2010 | Politics

The holidays are just around the corner, and the preparatory legislative sausage-making on Capitol Hill is in full swing. What a happy, happy time of...

A Politically-Polarized Sesquicentennial

| Posted 12.13.2010 | Politics

While we are indeed currently politically divided and somewhat polarized, this is actually our normal state as a nation -- and on the polarization scale, we're nowhere near the "most divided" we've ever been. Far from it.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal's Last, Best Legislative Chance

| Posted 12.15.2010 | Politics

If the Senate does not pass the bill by the end of the 111th Congress, then kiss any chance of DADT's legislative repeal goodbye for the next two years.

My 2010 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

| Posted 12.17.2010 | Politics

My apologies to anyone tuning in who was expecting to see the 150th "Friday Talking Points" column, since it will be pre-empted for two weeks here. B...

Thank You, Joe Lieberman

| Posted 12.20.2010 | Politics

Without the work of Reid, Obama, Pelosi, and yes, even Joe Lieberman, DADT would not have been repealed this weekend -- and would be in place for the foreseeable future, with a new Republican House about to take control.

111th Congress Ends With Bang, Not Whimper

| Posted 12.22.2010 | Politics

Pundits are now beginning to say Obama is on a comeback, which is a stunning turnaround from less than two months ago, when the president sheepishly began using the word "shellacking" for the midterm results.

My 2010 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

| Posted 12.24.2010 | Politics

Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column! Check out who is destined for political stardom, the best political theater of the year, the most overreported story and more.