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Entries by Chris Weigant from 04/2012

Obama Poll Watch, March 2012

| Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

President Obama had a fairly flat month in the polls. His approval rating slipped back half a point, and his disapproval rating stayed unchanged from last month. While his approval stayed above his disapproval for the month, the gap between the two is smaller than it's ever been.

Climbing Romney Ridge

| Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics

I'm going to be honest, here. I'm just as bored with the Republican nomination race as everyone else is by now. The mainstream media pundits have done a mighty job of trying to keep the excitement alive, but it's just not working anymore.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Attacks! Everybody Run!

| Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

Conservatives, ever since Obama spoke on Monday, have been clutching at their metaphorical handkerchiefs and swooning in Victorian anguish over Obama's words. Which is downright hilarious.

Occupy's Next Crossroads

| Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics

What happens next is anyone's guess. Is the Occupy movement poised for a comeback? Or is it about to be co-opted altogether? Can both, in fact, happen simultaneously, and would that be a good thing or not?

Call It the Reagan Rule

| Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics

Obama should take his own advice and publicly rename the idea the "Reagan Rule" -- and then run a television ad explaining why to the country.

Friday Talking Points -- "Mommy Wars" Versus "War on Women"

| Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

Is Ann Romney a valid target for political commentary? President Obama and his First Lady unequivocally said "No," but then you'd expect them to. As far as they're concerned, spouses and children of politicians are always off-limits. But are they? Or should they be?

The 'Choice-vs.-Referendum' False Dichotomy

| Posted 04.16.2012 | Media

I just wanted to address the worst of political punditry's inane and facile election-season statements right here at the beginning of the race: the false dichotomy that "this election will either be a choice or a referendum."

How to Solve All Our Budget Fights, Forever

| Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

Imagine: after filling out your tax form, you then filled in a separate form. Say you paid $5,000 in income taxes last year. You'd then allocate that money as you saw fit, dollar by dollar, among the budget line items you chose.

Friday Talking Points -- A 4/20 Column

| Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

Four years ago, 178 Republicans in the House of Representatives voted against H.R. 1113, which was introduced in the spirit of "celebrating the role of mothers in the United States" and "supporting the goals and ideals of Mother's Day." Once again, in case you missed it, 178 Republicans voted against it.

Campaign Negativity Is Nothing New

| Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

While they may have a point about the magnitude of cash flowing into negative ads this time around, and while they may indeed have a point about the insidiousness of corporate money in American political campaigns, the nastiness itself is really nothing new.

Can Mitt Romney Lead His Own Party?

| Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics

The first issue Romney chose to show a glimmer of independence from Republican orthodoxy is an interesting one, because the deadline for action is right around the corner. Which means it will serve as a very important test for Romney's candidacy as a whole.

Friday Talking Points -- Contests! Newtsplosion! Veepstakes!

| Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

Obama is our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week this week because he got the Republicans to concede a major issue -- keeping student loan rates low.

The Marijuana Vote

| Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

Kimmel is right about one thing. Pot smokers vote. He's also right that, sometimes, they just stay home and don't bother... but it's not because they're too stoned to remember what day it is. President Obama needs to realize this.