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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

Ben Carson Fading?

(50) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 9:57 PM

Ben Carson hasn't had a very good couple of weeks. He first exposed his ignorance on what is happening in Syria during a debate, claiming (falsely, he later sheepishly admitted) to have solid proof that China was in the midst of the conflict. This was just before the Paris attacks,...

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Friday Talking Points -- A Knee-Jerk Week

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 8:31 PM

It's been a knee-jerk week in politics, and with the news of another terrorist attack (this one in Mali), the forecast is for more knees to be jerking hard next week, too.

Republicans, of course, do the whole fear thing very well. Democrats cannot hope to ever stoke the public's...

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Republicans Should Pass an AUMF or Stop Complaining

(57) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 9:15 PM

Republicans are currently in a frenzy over Syria. This frenzy spread quickly across the entire party -- governors, members of Congress and (of course) presidential candidates. But for all their noise, I notice there is not a single voice crying out to actually change anything in the most concrete way...

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Let the French Take Mosul

(13) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 5:40 PM

The problem of what to do about the Islamic State is an enormously complicated one. Right now, though, there seems to be an opportunity to propose at least a partial solution that, if successful, would be a major military victory of strategic value. This plan would be to let the...

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Friday Talking Points -- Rebutting GOP Debate Nonsense

(44) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 8:44 PM

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!

Since it's such an auspicious day, perhaps it's time to have a discussion about the increasingly-real possibility that Donald Trump or Ben Carson could actually become the Republican nominee for president next year. It's a scary, scary thing for most to contemplate, but the punditocracy's...

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Looking Forward to Democratic Debate

(171) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 9:12 PM

Last night I wrote down my snap reactions to the fourth Republican debate. Today, rather than looking backwards again, I'm going to instead look forward (both literally and figuratively) to the upcoming Democratic debate which will be held this Saturday night.

The Democratic field has certainly tightened, in contrast...

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GOP Field Narrows to Five

(59) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 8:36 PM

It's been a few weeks since I surveyed the Republican presidential field, but recent developments seem to indicate it's time to take another look. Mostly this is because the mainstream media all seem to be ignoring an actual story (even a horserace story!), to instead focus on an artificial narrative...

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Friday Talking Points -- The Winnowing Process

(13) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 7:49 PM

We're going to begin today with a definition, just because it's amusing to do so.

winnow vb -- 1 : to remove (as chaff from grain) by a current of air; also : to free (as grain) from waste in this manner  2 : to get rid of (something unwanted).


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Ohio's Redistricting Victory

(9) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 9:16 PM

There were two stories from last night's election results that were immediately spun as "wins" for Democrats and progressives: a ballot measure in Ohio concerning state legislative redistricting, and three Democrats winning state supreme court seats in Pennsylvania. But only the Pennsylvania one is really a partisan victory...

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Republican Wimpiness on Display

(12) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 9:22 PM

The Republican presidential candidates don't seem to realize it, but they're in the process of seriously undermining their own "tough guy" brand. Republicans have always seen themselves as "the Daddy party" (as opposed to Democrats' "Mommy party," of course), which has always meant no-nonsense toughness in the face of any...

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Frightening Hallowe'en Nightmares, For Left and Right

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 9:52 PM

Welcome to our annual frightfest! Each year we crank up the special effects soundtrack [Cue: rattling chains, unholy moaning, shrieking harpies in the night, and maniacal organ music in a very minor key....] and present our very own scary stories for both sides of the political aisle. This year's presidential...

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Not Exactly Brain Surgery

(83) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 10:22 PM

No matter what the eventual outcome, this year's Republican primary race is sure to go down in history as one of the most bizarre political contests ever. Well, considering what happened in 2012, perhaps I should amend that with "... until the next one happens." We currently have two frontrunners,...

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Friday Talking Points -- Hillary's Very Good Week

(85) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 9:27 PM

Hillary Clinton just had the best week of her campaign yet. Not only did she shine at the Benghazi hearing yesterday, three of her Democratic opponents dropped out of the presidential nomination race. Joe Biden was never actually in the race, but his announcement that he wouldn't run was more...

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Biden's Exit Might Clinch the Race for Hillary

(118) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 9:01 PM

It has been a busy few weeks for the Democratic presidential race. First the debate, then Jim Webb's exit from the race and today the news that Vice President Joe Biden has declined to jump into the contest. Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton will testify before the Benghazi committee. All of this...

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Focus Will Be on Questioners, Not on Hillary

(114) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 10:12 PM

This Thursday, Hillary Clinton will appear (once again) in front of the latest congressional committee to investigate Benghazi. The first seven investigations have turned up precisely nothing, but that didn't stop Republicans from trying one last time to do political damage to Clinton. This latest committee was necessary (obviously) to...

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Friday Talking Points -- Debate Talking Point Rundown

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 10:56 PM

After two seemingly-endless Republican debates, this week the Democratic candidates for president finally got their turn to face off against each other on national television. While the audience was smaller (since Donald Trump was not on stage), it was still a lot bigger than most political debates in the past...

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Taking Marijuana Reform Seriously

(25) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 9:02 PM

In two of the three presidential debates which have so far taken place, marijuana legal reform has been brought up in a serious way. Right there, that's a mark of respect for marijuana reform that has simply never previously existed at this level in our nation's political debate. The concept...

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Boehner's Golden Opportunity

(33) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 11:36 PM

Although my own personal bias (as anyone can see, from a random sampling of my past columns) is pretty liberal, every so often I feel the responsibility to offer up honest suggestions for Republican politicians to help either themselves or their party. The only times I actually write such columns...

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Friday Talking Points -- Chaos Reigns!

(19) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 9:24 PM

Two weeks ago, we wrote one of these columns and snarkily subtitled it: "New Job Vacancy: Chief GOP Cat-Herder." This week, we really should have gone with: "Babysitting Experience STRONGLY PREFERRED," but Salon had already used it (we'll explain that joke in a bit, promise). Instead, we chose...

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Democratic Debate Preview

(142) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 11:49 PM

Next Tuesday, we will finally get some degree of parity in the world of televised presidential debates, as the Democrats come together for the first time to make their case to the American public. The Republicans have already held two debates and will hold their third later this month. The...

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