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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 -- D.C. Smoke-In History

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 9:05 PM

Before we get to anything else...

Mr. Spock is dead. Long live Mr. Spock!

That may be a rather illogical construct, but it just seemed the most appropriate thing to say. The fictional character the late Leonard Nimoy played often used "Live long and prosper" as his favored salutation, which...

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Please Run, Donald. Pretty Please?

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 8:10 PM

The big headline at the Washington Post website today reads: "Trump For President? Mogul Says He's Serious About Running In 2016." The story notes that Trump has "hired staffers in key primary states, retained an election attorney and delayed signing on for another season as host of NBC's Celebrity...

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Big Bills vs. Little Bills

(17) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 8:13 PM

The Senate just voted for a fourth time to open debate on a budget bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, coupled together by the House with poison-pill language to block President Obama's new policies on immigration. For the fourth time, the bill failed to gain the 60 votes...

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Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

(31) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 9:47 PM

Hello and welcome back to our Friday political news roundup. I must apologize for not writing one of these columns last week, but I was under the weather and far too sick to type (or think coherently). So the events covered today really encompass the previous two weeks, just to...

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Escape Hatch, Can Kick or Shutdown?

(33) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 6:56 PM

The immigration fight just got a little more complicated for the Republicans. A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of President Obama's new immigration policy, which has thrown a curve ball into the Republican congressional strategy of having a big political battle over immigration next week....

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GOP Off to the Races Early

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 7:00 PM

The Republican Party and the political media world are already off to the 2016 horse races. With endless fascination, the latest polling from Iowa and New Hampshire is examined under the microscopes of the pundits and sweeping pronouncements are made as to who the eventual frontrunners will be. Of course,...

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Boehner and McConnell Argue Over Who Should Cave First

(8) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 9:57 PM

The 1828 presidential campaign was one of the most vicious in all of American history. While campaigning on what would today be called populism (complete with a "Let the people rule" slogan), Andrew Jackson was called a nothing short of a "jackass" by his opponents. Jackson, in a feat of...

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Standing in the Courthouse Door

(32) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 8:21 PM

Roy Moore, the chief justice of Alabama's state supreme court, is making a stand in the courthouse door. This is not literally happening, the way it did back in 1963 when Alabama Governor George Wallace made a similar stand in the schoolhouse door. But the motivation is similar; it's...

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Friday Talking Points -- Live, From the Moon

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 8:50 PM

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams (or, as we affectionately refer to him, "BriWi") was ruthlessly mocked online this week, after a war story he told turned out to be a complete fabrication. Our headline today refers to the funniest mockery we've yet seen on the subject,...

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Republicans' Losing Game on Homeland Security Bill

(23) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 5:51 PM

Republicans in Congress have, once again, successfully painted themselves into a corner. Even though they've done exactly this previously (in exactly the same way), they now have absolutely no idea how to get out of this dilemma (which they created for themselves). They've got a few weeks to figure something...

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Obama Poll Watch -- January 2015

(7) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 8:23 PM

Obama steals Republican "honeymoon"

President Obama just finished a very good month in public opinion polling. Obama showed such notable improvement in January that it's tough to choose which metric he did best in. In improvement over the previous month, Obama just had the best month of his second term...

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

(12) 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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