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Chris Weigant
Chris Weigant is a political commentator.

He has been a regular contributor to Arianna Huffington’s The Huffington Post since June of 2006, and also writes on his own website,

As “Tom Paine” Chris wrote the book How Democrats Can Take Back Congress in 2006, which (while obviously dated now) still has a lot of good advice for Democratic candidates today.

You can email Chris from this page.

Chris lives in sunny Northern California with his lovely wife and (mostly) well-behaved cat.

Entries by Chris Weigant

Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 8:28 PM

That headline certainly does promise a large amount of schadenfreude over the misfortunes of a certain former vice presidential nominee (and half-term governor of Alaska), doesn't it? Well, that'll all have to wait for the end of this column, where we will be supplanting our normal talking points section with...

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The Multi-Ring Republican Nomination Circus

(9) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 8:26 PM

The 2016 presidential election cycle is already underway. Whether you are delighted or horrified at the prospect, the race is indeed now on. While it might seem impossibly far in the future, consider that the Iowa caucuses are only a year away. So we're going to take a very early...

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Marijuana Grows Up

(9) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 8:01 PM

Marijuana just keeps growing. That's a weak attempt at a punny metaphor for which I apologize (hey, I could have used some variation such as "growing like a weed," so I did exercise a little restraint), but its deeper meaning is that marijuana is actually outgrowing such cheap jokes and...

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Friday Talking Points -- Obama Steals GOP's Honeymoon

(5) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 8:55 PM

I have to apologize right here at the start, because that headline is not original. Credit should go to Chuck Todd of NBC, who stated during the State Of The Union coverage this week that President Obama had stolen the traditional post-election "honeymoon" period with the public right out from...

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Home-Field Advantage

(14) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 9:20 PM

Because it is both playoff season in the football world and State Of The Union season in the political world, I felt it was high time to mix a metaphor or two. Because even though we're at the very earliest stage of the 2016 presidential race, it seems like the...

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Embracing Populism

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 9:11 PM

Trying to predict what the next presidential election will "be all about" is usually a fool's game, especially when it's still so far in the future. The main theme of a national election can turn on a dime, due to a major world event or even due to the public's...

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Friday Talking Points -- Getting Ready For Obama's Big Speech

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 8:30 PM

This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country. So let's just dive in to the week that was, shall we?

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Obama Bouncing Back

(5) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 8:10 PM

In less than a week, President Obama will give his State Of The Union speech to Congress and the nation. Sitting presidents usually get a bump in the polls immediately afterwards, since it is always the most-watched political speech of the entire year. But what's interesting to note, one week...

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Petraeus Must Be Prosecuted

(21) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 6:35 PM

The New York Times disclosed over the weekend that federal prosecutors have recommended that the Justice Department bring charges against former general and CIA director David Petraeus. Unless President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder (or his successor) want to be seen as flaming hypocrites, Petraeus must now...

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Friday Talking Points -- Nous Sommes Charlie Hebdo

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 8:17 PM

Je suis Charlie. In fact, let's go even further: Nous sommes Charlie Hebdo. Because we are all Charlie, this week.

However, I have to say, most of the American media cravenly allowed the terrorists to dictate their editorial policy this week, which is truly disappointing. People got killed for these...

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What to Expect From the 114th Congress

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 8:52 PM

As dawn metaphorically breaks over the new 114th Congress, the inside-the-Beltway punditocracy is going through one of their periodic bouts of self-delusion over how wonderfully everyone is going to get along for the next two years. Sanity and comity will reign supreme on Capitol Hill, they blithely predict, and all...

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Claiming Credit

(35) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 7:02 PM

This week President Obama is doing the preparatory work for his upcoming State of the Union speech by visiting three states to tout his successes and build support for the proposals he's likely to make in the big speech. This is all standard politics, really. But Democrats should really join...

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Obama Poll Watch -- December, 2014

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 7:56 PM

Bold moves begin to pay off

Barack Obama's job approval polling numbers, at times, seem to follow seasonal trends. He usually loses ground in the summer, particularly in August. In winter, however, he usually gains ground. This year Obama seems likely to repeat this pattern, if December's numbers are any...

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Polar Vortex of 2015's Cray-Cray Banished Words

(3) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 9:46 AM

As always, as we usher out the old year, our thoughts and browsers turn to the Lake Superior State University in beautiful Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan to see the newly-posted banished words list (the 40th anniversary list!). So I invite all "wordies" (oh, I'm a-gonna get some grief for...

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My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' Part 2

(3) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 10:26 PM

Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column!

Part 1 of this column ran last week, just in case you missed it. We've got a lot to cover, so let's jump right in with no further introduction.


   Destined For Political Stardom

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Cyberwar or Cybervandalism?

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 9:03 PM

The whole story would likely be rejected as a Hollywood plot, on the grounds that nobody would believe it could ever happen, even as comedy or farce. A dictator is insulted by an upcoming movie -- a comedy about his own assassination -- and he unleashes his hackers on the...

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My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 1]

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 9:50 PM

Welcome everyone to our year-end awards columns!

As we do every year, we are pre-empting our "Friday Talking Points" columns for the next two weeks, to bring you our best and worst of 2014. And, yes, we are going to continue our supercilious and no-doubt-annoying habit of using the editorial...

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The End of the Cold War

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 7:35 PM

Today, the Cold War's end is finally in sight. Begun almost immediately after World War II, the Cold War was the defining issue in American foreign policy right up to 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union. One final legacy remained for another quarter-century after the Berlin Wall came...

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Jeb Bush's Pros and Cons

(13) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 8:10 PM

The 2014 midterms are over. The lame-duck Congress is wrapping things up and preparing to flee Washington. The holiday season is in the air. So, naturally, it is now time to turn our attention to the 2016 presidential contest.

I know, I know: It's still way too early for this...

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Friday Talking Points -- How Bad Laws Get Made

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 8:04 PM

Before we begin, a quick program note is necessary. This column will go on hiatus for the next two weeks, as we bring you instead our traditional year-end "best of/worst of" columns. So join us back here in the new year, after the holidays, when Friday Talking Points resumes on...

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