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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

25 Years Ago -- The 'Big One' of '89

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 8:34 PM

I wrote and published the column below almost five years ago, so I really should have included "From The Archives" in that title (but didn't because it would have made it too choppy, I felt). I had been planning on running it again this October, near the actual anniversary of...

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Friday Talking Points -- Big and Little Brother

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 8:53 PM

A lot happened in the world of politics this week. People are still dumping buckets of ice water over their heads, for instance. There are actually multiple scandals happening to various governors right now, but since none of them involve sex, the media is mostly ignoring them (with the...

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McConnell's Reconciliation

(16) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 8:31 PM

Just to be clear, that title shouldn't be read in a normal fashion. This is not the story of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell having a "Kumbaya" moment with President Obama. It's not even the story of McConnell reconciling with the Tea Party wing of his own party. Instead, I'm...

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Perry Case Complicates Boehner's Lawsuit

(37) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 7:58 PM

The indictment of Governor Rick Perry of Texas and his subsequent court case are about to complicate things politically for John Boehner. No matter the actual outcome of Perry's case, the arguments made by Perry and his supporters are going to provide an easy equivalence with Boehner's plans to sue...

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Friday Talking Points -- Dog Days

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 8:43 PM

Welcome to the "Dog Days" of summer, at the height of the political Silly Season. This year, one dog did indeed have his day in August, as 7-year-old "Duke" just won a rather bizarre election to become mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota. The strangest thing (to us) was that the...

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Obama Prepares to Walk the Immigration Tightrope

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:02 PM

President Obama is about to walk a political tightrope, on immigration reform. We know this because the White House has been hinting for weeks that Obama will be making an announcement outlining a big policy change. Obama himself will be fulfilling a promise he made earlier this year -- that...

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The Obama Tactic

(3) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 8:45 PM

American aircraft are once again waging war over the skies of Iraq. President Obama, as many have pointed out, is now the fourth United States president in a row to order some form of military offensive in Iraq. As always, plenty of critics immediately popped up to loudly explain what...

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Friday Talking Points -- Past, Present and Future

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 9:25 PM

We've got a lot to cover today (as that headline should evince), but before we begin examining the anniversaries, elections, and politics of the week, I'd like to begin instead by promoting a video.

Yes, this is unusual for me, since I normally favor the written word above multimedia showiness,...

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A Polish Song For Ukraine's Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 8:17 PM

This is a story of a song. Revolutions are often fertile breeding grounds for good music, and the song this story is about was at the heart of the Ukrainian Revolution (or "Euromaidan") earlier this year. It's easy to forget now, but the current situation in the Ukraine was preceded...

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Campaign Shifts to Immigration

(38) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:32 PM

It wasn't supposed to happen this way. Republicans were so confident they had devised a winning 2014 campaign strategy that they went ahead and just admitted what it was going to be, almost a year out. As 2013 ended and 2014 began, Republicans weren't shy about letting everyone know that...

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Friday Talking Points -- Boehner's 'Keystone Kops' House

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 9:07 PM

As I write this, the House has still not managed to pass a bill to deal with the border crisis. They've been trying for a few days now, but have been locked in a serious battle between Tea Party hardliners and Republicans from more moderate districts. The Tea Partiers are...

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Congressional Vacations For All!

(11) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 8:10 PM

This is a rare week indeed in Washington, since it is one of those weeks when Congress actually attempts to get something done. There's a reason for this, of course, and it is the usual one: they're about to take another jaw-droppingly extensive vacation. They scurry about, in the days...

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Marijuana's Tipping Point?

(20) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 5:59 PM

Has marijuana legalization reached the tipping point, where positive change is now all but inevitable? That question might have been seen as wildly optimistic even just last week, but over the weekend the respected New York Times editorial board fully endorsed legalizing recreational marijuana at the federal level, in a...

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Friday Talking Points -- Prelude To Silly Season

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 8:42 PM

Planes have been dropping out of the sky at an alarming rate recently. I don't know what portents such omens signify, but the media certainly has had no lack of videos of debris fields to show, that's for sure.

Back in Washington, we have one week to go before the...

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Chalking Up Montana As A Democratic Loss

(30) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 7:31 PM

I had intended to write a column today to take an overview of all the close races for Senate seats. Every so often, I like to take a look at what the chances are for both parties to make gains in November (or, this year, to see whether the Republicans...

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Obama's Immigration Dilemma

(32) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 8:40 PM

President Obama faces a dilemma on immigration reform, and it goes beyond the current problem of children at the border. If he sticks to his announced timetable, Obama will act in some way on immigration reform in the next month or so. The Republican House has already signaled that it...

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Friday Talking Points -- Democrats' 'Middle Class Jumpstart' Agenda

(9) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:13 PM

The media, quite obviously, is currently in a frenzy. Actually, two frenzies, since they've now got two wars to cover, one of which has provided shots of a grisly plane crash. This all meant that a lot of oxygen was sucked from the normal political news scene, meaning this week's...

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Boehner's Laughable Lawsuit

(20) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 7:55 PM

Speaker of the House John Boehner now seems pretty committed to his effort to bring a lawsuit against President Obama. This is ridiculous on a number of different levels, and a majority of the American people already see it as nothing more than a political stunt (which is good to...

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Boehner's History of Inaction on Border Control

(3) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 8:39 PM

Speaker of the House John Boehner seems to be in need of a refresher course in how legislation is supposed to happen in the American system of government. Over the course of the past year, Boehner has gone from confidently touting his and his fellow House Republicans' upcoming leadership on...

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Friday Talking Points -- First Marijuana TV Ad Created

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 9:52 PM

We're back! Yes, we took last week off (for our nation's birthday), so it's been two weeks since we've taken a look at politics through our own special lens, which (as always) will feature heavy overuse of the editorial "we" (just because we enjoy it so much).

Plenty of stuff...

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