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Entries by Chris Weigant from 08/2012

Fantasy Veepstakes

| Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Rather than write about the likes of Tim Pawlenty and his relative strengths over Rob Portman's budget experience... oh, sorry, I seem to have put myself to sleep there. The real choices aren't exciting to write about, so let's travel to the Land of Make-Believe instead, shall we?

Friday Talking Points -- 'A Tax' On Romney?

| Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

Because of Mitt's refusal to release his tax returns, Democrats (and the media) are free to speculate all they wish on what Mitt is hiding. Harry Reid's was merely the most notable of such speculation, to date.

Who Threw the Party, and Who Got Occupied?

| Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

Both the Occupiers and the Tea Partiers changed the American political conversation in a large way. Still, it cannot be denied that the Tea Party has moved closer to actually changing the American political system and its laws than the Occupiers have managed.

2012 Electoral Math -- Ups and Downs

| Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

Since the last time we took such a snapshot, roughly three weeks ago, both candidates have shown some firming up of their positions, but the good news for both candidates is mixed with some softening as well.

Friday Talking Points -- A Really Boring Election?

| Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics

If your irony-detector is as acute as mine, you'll appreciate the GOP this week completely and utterly destroying two of their bedrock positions just to score a few cheap political points.

Cards On the Table

| Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics

When people do find out what is in the Ryan budget, they mostly don't like it. But the American public shows an enormous ability (as always) to come to the wrong conclusion, as well. Who frames this issue best in the next month is going to win the election.

Could Ryan's Choice Put the House in Play?

| Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics

If the Republicans' fears are true, could it mean Democrats have a much better chance at taking the House back in the upcoming elections? To put it another way, will we see "Speaker Nancy Pelosi" again next year?

Friday Talking Points -- Scary Medicine

| Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney opened up several new lines of attack on his taxes this week -- such as labeling him "Mister Thirteen Percent" for his admitted tax rate. Even juicier is attacking what Mitt Romney would pay under Paul Ryan's budget plan.

2012 Electoral Math -- Pre-Convention Baseline

| Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics

Now is a good time to look at the state of the race, to establish a baseline to measure all this expected frenzied movement.

Friday Talking Points -- Stormy Weather

| Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

Maybe it's just me, but doesn't it seem like the Republicans just keep right on raising the bar for craziness right up into the stratosphere?

Embracing Bigotry

| Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

This bigotry is not based on what color your skin is, what religion you happen to believe, or even what sports team you root for; it is instead based on the eternal American self-confidence that your political opinion is the right one.

GOP-fest, Day Two

| Posted 08.30.2012 | Politics

Day Two was the Day Of The Attack Dog. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

Friday Talking Points -- Talking Back

| Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics

The facts are squarely on the Democrats' side. But we need bumpersticker answers. Slogans. Not an in-depth discussion of why the other side's position is horsefeathers, but a snappy putdown to showcase the wrongness of the Republican position.