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Entries by Chris Weigant from 05/2012

Obama Poll Watch -- April, 2012

| Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics

Bush's numbers and Obama's have been almost exactly tracking each other for the past three months. Bush had a 48.6 approval rating at this point, and a 46.9 percent disapproval rating. Both are within one point of where Obama now stands.

Friday Talking Points -- Anniversary Week

| Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

While a lot was happening around the edges this past week, we're going to concentrate on Obama's campaign messaging. The general election is underway, and the Obama folks are busy crafting the language he's going to use to run on.

Will Romney Have a 'Sister Souljah Moment'?

| Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney, so far, has shown precious little backbone for taking on his party's fringe in any way. Just today, the news broke of a person at a question-and-answer session saying Obama should be "tried for treason," and Mitt didn't even blink (much less counter the suggestion).

Obama's Gay Marriage Rollout

| Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

What we just witnessed, capped this morning by President Barack Obama's statement of support for gay marriage, was nothing more than the introduction of a new (political) product. It was a "new and improved" product rollout -- nothing more, nothing less.

Friday Talking Points -- Most Impressive, Mr. President

| Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

We're throwing our usual format away today, because this was a momentous and historic week in American politics, and we thought it needed the entire column to address.

Ridiculously Early Look at Electoral Math

| Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

Since, as any fifth-grader will tell you, we don't have a national vote for president, tracking the race by means of national polling is almost completely irrelevant.

GOP's Possible PUMA Problem

| Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney and the Republican Party establishment are currently in a bind over what to do with Ron Paul at the convention.

Friday Talking Points -- Good Enough for My Money

| Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

It was a somewhat eclectic week in politics. The House -- in one of their rare moments when they actually meet and attempt to get something done -- passed a bunch of bills which have exactly zero chance of becoming law. Well, at least they had fun, right?

California's Ballot Experiment

| Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

This election will be different for Californians in a major way, because when the general election rolls around in November, there will likely be no third parties on the ballot for voters to choose from. The reason is that California is in the midst of a political science experiment.

Laughable Online Censorship Attempt Won't Last a New York Minute

| Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

Republicans in the New York state government are attempting to pass a law that would ban anonymous comments online. Even if they actually passed the act, once it arrived in a federal court it would be tossed out in a "New York minute" (as they say).

Friday Talking Points -- Economic Messaging

| Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics

OK, we understand that this is garden-variety election pandering to the Tea Party base and all of that, but we feel duty-bound to offer up a little garden-variety ridicule to go with it.

Romney's Ridiculous Double Standard Presents Gigantic Opening for Obama

| Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics

Romney's conveniently rewriting his own record. This is what spin is for, of course, but Mitt has just opened the door for a realistic comparison of the numbers, even if the Romney team (or the Obama team, for that matter) hasn't realized it yet.