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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 -- Ships Leaving A Sinking Rat

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 10:01 PM

We have to admit, we don't know where we heard that subtitle, and we certainly can't claim original credit for it. We think we read it in a comment to a Washington Post article, but we're not certain. In any case, as the stream of Republicans fleeing the Donald Trump...

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Will Ireland Reunify After Brexit?

(13) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 8:35 PM

To begin with, Great Britain is part of Europe. This is a cartological fact which anyone with a grade-school grasp of geography knows. One is a subset of the other. Three countries (England, Wales, and Scotland) make up the island of Great Britain, and when you add in Northern Ireland...

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Elizabeth Warren Wows Ohio

(5) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 8:30 PM

Either Elizabeth Warren just made Hillary Clinton's vice-presidential choice a lot harder or a lot easier, depending on how you see her strategic decision-making process and how much chance you think a Clinton/Warren ticket has of becoming reality. Warren appeared onstage with Clinton today and the Massachusetts senator wowed the...

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Friday Talking Points -- Taking The Trump Exit

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 8:41 PM

Donald Trump's name lends itself to all sorts of mashed-up words, but we find it doesn't really work with the big story of the week. British voters decided to take the so-called "Brexit" (or "British exit") from the European Union. But what should we call the increasing stream of Republicans...

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Occupy Congress!

(4) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 7:14 PM

As I write this, a protest is occurring on the floor of the House of Representatives. Democrats, led by John Lewis, Jim Clyburn, Nancy Pelosi (and many others), are staging a "sit-in" to protest Republicans' refusal to even hold a vote on any gun control legislation. Their battle cry is...

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Guest Author -- Donald Trump, The Apprentice Demagogue

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 11:00 PM

In the online world, people get compared to Adolf Hitler so often that many years ago "Godwin's Law" was created to give a definition to the phenomenon. In politics, Hitler analogies usually aren't quite as frequent, but they are getting much more common these days. It's one thing to see...

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Friday Talking Points -- No Magic Phrases

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 10:32 PM

Before we begin, we should mention that this week's talking points section consists of a few extended excerpts from President Obama's recent speech on fighting the Islamic State. What he had to say was important, and it counters several insidious talking points that have been used against him in the...

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Guns, Terrorists, And The Constitution

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 8:23 PM

As I write this, there is a filibuster currently going on in the Senate. Senator Chris Murphy and other Democrats launched this filibuster to draw attention to the fact that suspected terrorists in America can still legally buy guns. Murphy represents Connecticut, where the Newtown massacre happened, and thus he...

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Newt Has A Monstrously Bad Idea

(63) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 8:00 PM

Newt Gingrich is a smart guy, Washington insiders will tell you. He's certainly smarter than Donald Trump, based on nothing more than vocabulary and the complexity of ideas he is able to comprehend. Newt is currently on Trump's vice-presidential shortlist, which makes sense if you believe what Trump's been saying...

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Friday Talking Points -- GOP's 'What Would Lincoln Do?' Moment

(16) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 9:32 PM

Whither the fabled "Party of Lincoln"? That was the question on the minds of many Republicans this week, at least based on how often they used the phrase. Now, we're used to scathing attacks on character being hurled in the frenzy of a presidential campaign. Indeed, it's woven into the...

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Thank You, Bernie

(161) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 6:37 PM

Senator Bernie Sanders, barring extraordinary unforeseen circumstances, is not going to be president. He has fallen short of his goal of winning the nomination of the Democratic Party. No tricky delegate math is going to save him now. His campaign is now over, whether he wants to admit it or...

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My Final Primary Picks

(79) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 8:09 PM

Welcome back to my final 2016 round of "call the primaries." Although tomorrow night won't actually be the last primary day (Washington D.C. votes next week), it will be the last day where both parties' nominees are not known. So it'll be the last time the game will even be...

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Friday Talking Points -- Trump Nickname Contest Finalists

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 9:19 PM

Once again, we've got a rather long end section today, so we're going to present our wrap-up of the week's news in rather abbreviated fashion. This is because we are finally (only a few weeks late!) unveiling the finalists in our "come up with a playground taunt for Trump" contest...

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Feeling the Bern, From Beginning to End

(485) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 8:44 PM

I can now say I have felt the Bern, from beginning to end. I am able to make this statement since I attended my second Bernie Sanders rally yesterday, in Santa Cruz, California. I attended my first Bernie rally all the way back in July of last year, in Phoenix,...

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The How-Many-Years' War

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 6:48 PM

Being in the midst of history sometimes mean events are not seen in the "big picture" view that historians often later take, when looking back at the period. Case in point: what will America's ongoing war eventually be known as? To date, we've been at war since October 2001, or...

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Friday Talking Points -- Paul Ryan, Democrat?

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 9:48 PM

Has Paul Ryan become so disaffected with Donald Trump that he quietly changed political parties, when no one was looking? The Washington Post, in an unrelated story, ran a photo of Orrin Hatch standing next to Ryan with the caption (emphasis added):

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT),...

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Elizabeth Warren's Veep Audition

(276) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 8:28 PM

Is Senator Elizabeth Warren actively auditioning for the role of Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick? At this point, it's rather hard to come to any other conclusion, since Warren has been so outspoken of late on the subject of how horrible Donald Trump would be as president.

The traditional role...

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(347) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 8:04 PM

There's a question on the minds of many Democratic Party leaders right now, which might be phrased: Will there be PUMAs? Or, to update it a bit: Will there be BOBs? Or maybe even PUMA BOBs? Perhaps you'll hear, at the convention: "I'm Bob Puma, glad to meet you"?


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Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic!

(14) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 9:00 PM

This column was written from bottom to top today. The reason we started with the end and worked our way back up is that we were inspired to go off on a rant (rather than our usual talking points for Democrats). This was due to unusually high levels of panic...

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Guest Author: 'Today's Anecdote' By Paula

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 7:44 PM

Program Note: Today I am once again turning my column space over to a regular commenter at my website, who wishes only to be identified by her login name "Paula."

Paula took it upon herself -- unasked, entirely on her own initiative -- to begin conducting "man/woman on the street"...

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