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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

A Trump Retrospective

(16) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 8:12 PM

Just to warn everyone up front, today's column is essentially nothing more than a "clip show." Television series use this motif whenever they get lazy, because it involves very little writing and filming, because the bulk of the episode is merely clips from previous episodes. Today, I'm offering up my...

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Friday Talking Points -- Lucifer or a Joe McCarthy-Dracula Love Child?

(8) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 8:48 PM

Boy, it isn't every day you get to write a headline like that! But those are the kinds of feelings Ted Cruz seems to bring out in everyone -- left, right, and center.

On the right, doesn't John Boehner sound a lot looser and more relaxed now that he isn't...

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The End Of Hillary Clinton's 2008 Campaign

(250) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 9:18 PM

To tell you the truth, I never thought I'd have to write this article. I fully expected someone else to dig this stuff out, if the calls for Bernie Sanders to drop out of the race (or "say nice things about Hillary Clinton") began. Now that they have, I still...

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Calling Tomorrow's Primary Races

(14) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 9:02 PM

It's time once again to play another installment of our ongoing game of "pick the primary winners." Now, whenever multiple states hold their primaries on the same day, it has become de rigueur for the pundits to slap some cutesy name on it. This started with the granddaddy of all...

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Friday Talking Points -- Crisp Bee Urine and Other Fun Anagrams

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 8:27 PM

You have to have at least a little bit of pity these days for the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus. He seems like one of those guys in a horror flick who keeps trying to convince everyone that the monster isn't real, and that everything can be...

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The Candidates' Positions On Marijuana Policy

(102) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 8:53 PM

Seeing as how it is 4/20, I thought today would be a good day to take a look at how all the remaining presidential candidates stand on the issue of marijuana policy. While mostly ignored by the media (and almost completely ignored in the debates), the issue is going to...

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New York State of Mind

(136) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 7:43 PM

Tomorrow's New York primary will be the decisive one, the pundits tell us. It will join a long list of other primaries and caucuses which were also deemed to be the crucial one which would decide the whole race: Iowa, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, and (of course) all the Super...

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Friday Talking Points -- Fighting or Following?

(4) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 8:43 PM

Believe it or not, it was a fairly quiet week on the Republican campaign trail. That's news in a sort of "man bites dog" (or, at the very least, "rabid attack dog refuses to bite") sort of way. In fact, the biggest news from the Republican side this week was...

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The $15 Revolution

(97) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 7:49 PM

The fight for a $15-an-hour minimum wage achieved its biggest success last week, when California's governor signed a minimum wage hike that will bring the entire state up to a $15-an-hour minimum within the next few years. This is a milestone for a number of reasons, the most impressive being...

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Competing Perceptions of the Republican Race

(8) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 8:20 PM

The Republican Party seems to be in the midst of a period of soul-searching, heading into the remainder of the primary season. The viewpoints within the party are all over the map, and even the perception of how the 2016 presidential race is going to play out can be vastly...

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Friday Talking Points -- Marijuana Policy Questions for the Candidates

(12) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 8:54 PM

There was some good news and some bad news on marijuana this week, which got us thinking about how the subject of federal marijuana policy relates to the presidential nomination race. So while we'll take care of the news (good and bad) in the awards section, we're going to also...

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Chicago 1968... Cleveland 2016?

(7) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 8:57 PM

The Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland later this year. Already it is shaping up to be one of the most contentious party meetings in American history, even months ahead of time. Pretty much no matter what happens, there are going to be some seriously disappointed people (and...

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Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2016

(24) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 8:49 PM

Obama Above Water Once Again

President Obama made a big breakthrough in public opinion polling in March, one that is (for once) pretty obvious in his chart. For the first time since May, 2013, Obama's average job approval number for last month was higher than his average disapproval. Take a...

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Friday Talking Points -- Utter Foolishness

(7) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 8:26 PM

I'm going to start this week's column by apologizing for it, up front. This is because I know it is going to be a weak and wooly-headed column today. I already know this because I myself am getting sick -- I woke up with flu symptoms, complete with the usual...

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GOP's Loyalty Oaths Now Null and Void

(32) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 8:05 PM

Anderson Cooper just made some news, by asking all three Republican candidates for president whether they'd honor their previous pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee -- no matter who won. None of the three candidates now say they'll honor their loyalty pledge, although two of them tried to weasel...

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Populism Isn't Going to Go Away

(252) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 8:04 PM

Bernie Sanders just had a very good week. Six states voted in the past week, and Bernie won five of them. Overwhelmingly. Bernie got over 70 percent of the vote in four states, and over 80 percent in Alaska. All in all, a pretty good week. His delegate count has...

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Friday Talking Points -- Copulating Rodents!

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 9:41 PM

That really should be "Copulating Rodents, Batman!" for full effect. Or it should just come right out and use the original term being euphemized. But somehow we couldn't quite bring ourselves to use either one of those in our title today.

Confused? Join the club. The Republican presidential nomination race...

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GOP Elites Chose Poison Over Getting Shot

(50) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 7:32 PM

You'll have to forgive me for using such a lethal metaphor in that title, but I did not actually come up with the comparison myself -- that dubious honor goes to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. One month after he ended his own presidential bid, Graham addressed the question of which...

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Trump Veep Speculation

(148) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 8:22 PM

No matter what the next primary election results show tomorrow night, one thing seems to be certain: we are in for a long slog of delegate-counting before either party's nominee is crowned. On the Republican side, this is leading to more and more desperation from the party's bigwigs, as they...

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Friday Talking Points -- Deconstructing GOP Absurdity

(23) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 8:50 PM

That's a pretty ambitious subtitle, but we're not going to get to the deconstruction project until the talking points, we should warn everyone up front. And we could never hope to deconstruct all of the GOP's absurdities in one column, so we'll be focusing just on their all-over-the-map reasoning on...

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