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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, ChrisWeigant.com.

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

Thinking the Unthinkable: Donald Trump, GOP Nominee

(35) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 8:18 PM

It's time to think about what has previously been in the realm of the unthinkable: Donald Trump might just become the Republican nominee for president. Two months ago, that statement would have elicited nothing but a big old belly laugh from just about anyone who pays any attention to politics....

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Why I'll Be Watching the 'Kids' Table' Debate

(17) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:14 PM

As I've been predicting for a while now, the fight for the final two slots in the first primetime Republican presidential debate has begun to heat up. When Fox News announced that they would be limiting the number of candidates invited to their debate to only the top ten in...

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Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 8:34 PM

Welcome back, everyone. This column went on hiatus last week, so we could attend Netroots Nation. So we've got two whole weeks to cover today, just to warn everyone in advance.

Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear...

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Feeling the Bern

(21) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 11:39 AM

Yes, it's true. This past weekend, I joined 11,000 other people in Phoenix to "feel the Bern," as the supporters of Bernie Sanders would put it. Sanders held a rally in the city immediately after the Netroots Nation conference concluded, which made it pretty easy for me to attend (and...

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Where Was Hillary?

(108) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:54 PM

This is going to be a column about Netroots Nation, who showed up and who didn't, and what happened that got everyone talking. But before we get to all of that, I'm going to go off on a tangent and tell a personal story. Hey, it's my first day back,...

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Candidate Speech Series: Bernie Sanders

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 6:45 PM

[This is a continuing series of candidate speech transcripts from all the Democratic presidential campaigns, which will be running all week long. Please see the introduction to this series for more information.]

 

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Announcement Speech

Waterfront Park, Burlington, Vermont
5/20/15

Thank...

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Candidate Speech Series: Hillary Clinton

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 11:25 PM

[This is a continuing series of candidate speech transcripts from all the Democratic presidential campaigns, which will be running all week long. Please see the introduction to this series for more information.]

 

Hillary Clinton

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/

Introduction to Roundtable Discussion

Rancho High School, North...

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Candidate Speech Series: Lincoln Chafee

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 5:10 PM

[This is a continuing series of candidate speech transcripts from all the Democratic presidential campaigns, which will be running all week long. Please see the introduction to this series for more information.]

 

Lincoln Chafee

http://www.chafee2016.com/

Lincoln Chafee Announcement Speech

George Mason University, Fairfax,...

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Candidate Speech Series: Martin O'Malley

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 4:32 PM

[This is a continuing series of candidate speech transcripts from all the Democratic presidential campaigns, which will be running all week long. Please see the introduction to this series for more information.]

 

Martin O'Malley

https://martinomalley.com/

Governor O'Malley Announces For President

Baltimore, Maryland
5/30/15

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Candidate Speech Series: Jim Webb

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 9:30 PM

[This is the first of a continuing series of candidate speech transcripts from all the Democratic presidential campaigns, which will be running all week long. Please see the introduction to this series for more information.]

 

Jim Webb

https://www.webb2016.com/

Speech to the International Association of...

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Friday Talking Points -- Donald Trump, Frontrunner

(17) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 8:01 PM

Yes, it's strange but true -- Donald Trump is now a frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president. That's a pretty breathtaking place for the Republican Party to find itself in, isn't it? But it cannot be denied. Trump is sucking so much oxygen from the nomination race, it's a...

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Hillary's Rope Trick Getting a Bum Rap

(6) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 9:26 PM

The American public has a pretty high level of seething contempt for politicians. However, this is easily matched (if not surpassed) by the level of seething contempt the public also holds for journalists and the news media. I mention these two facts because whenever the media inserts itself into a...

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One-on-One: Hillary and Bernie

(167) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 7:45 PM

The Democratic presidential field is shaping up into a one-on-one contest, at least at this early stage of the race. While Jim Webb, Martin O'Malley, and Lincoln Chafee are all now official candidates, none of them has managed to either distinguish themselves much or garner much of any voter support....

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Friday Talking Points -- Always Twirling for Freedom!

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 9:20 PM

It's officially a holiday since tomorrow's the nation's birthday and all, but since this column took a vacation last week, we thought we'd better get a new column out today. After all, it's been an eventful two weeks!

Right after we published our last column, the Confederate battle flag debate...

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Obama Poll Watch -- June, 2015

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 9:57 PM

A volatile month

June was a busy month for President Obama's job approval ratings. Lots of things were happening during the month, good and bad, and Obama's approval rating swung through an initial steep decline, but then at the end of the month experienced a spectacular recovery. What July will...

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Bobby Jindal Becomes 13th GOP Candidate

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:24 PM

Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, just became the 13th Republican candidate for president. Whether this will prove to be lucky or unlucky remains to be seen. Even though the field is already incredibly crowded, Jindal will not be the last Republican to announce -- there are at least two...

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Mississippi's Flag Is Worse

(23) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 10:59 PM

So vexillology is in the news. Vexillology (as fans of The Big Bang Theory should already know) is the study of flags. A spirited debate is taking place about South Carolina's law which dictates that the Confederate battle flag be prominently displayed on the grounds of the statehouse. This flag...

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Friday Talking Points -- Racist Domestic Terrorism

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 9:16 PM

It's been a rollercoaster week in the political world, beginning with Hillary Clinton shifting the gears of her campaign by holding her first big rally, which was immediately followed by the man we're going to call "Jeb! Bush!" finally officially announcing his own candidacy.

For those who are wondering, yes,...

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Change Coming to Fox News?

(167) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 10:49 PM

Is Fox News on the brink of becoming (as Pinocchio might say) a "real news organization" instead of the wooden de facto propaganda wing of the Republican Party? This might have been seen as a wildly speculative (and unrealistic) question just a short time ago, but events seem to be...

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Jeb?

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 10:21 PM

Today, Jeb Bush formally entered the race for the Republican nomination for president. I should point out, as a bit of personal trivia, that his new campaign logo ("Jeb!") has allowed me to create what I believe is the shortest headline I have ever written (in over 2,000 blog posts).

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