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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

Elizabeth Warren's Veep Audition

(260) 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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(356) 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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Democratic Primary Home Stretch

(80) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 8:14 PM

We're really in the home stretch of the Democratic primaries now, as the last few territories and the last eight states will all be voting in the upcoming weeks. Tomorrow night, Oregon and Kentucky will weigh in, and then the last six states (who, for some unfathomable reason, all decided...

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Friday Talking Points -- Our 'Dopey Donald' Contest

(7) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 9:18 PM

Today, let's just start with some silliness. It just seems appropriate, somehow. Maybe because it's Friday the 13th? For whatever reason, silliness seems like the place to begin (and end) this week. Because, after this silly start, we're going to end this column with a contest to come up with...

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The Trump-Ryan Summit

(24) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 8:34 PM

Tomorrow, all eyes in Washington will be on the meeting between Donald Trump and Paul Ryan. Some Republicans hope this "summit" between two of the leaders of the Republican Party will signify how the party as a whole will move forward with Trump as the presidential nominee. Ryan surprised some...

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5 Optimistic Electoral Maps for Clinton

(233) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 8:25 PM

Last week, the Washington Post ran an article titled "Five Not-Totally-Crazy Electoral Maps That Show Donald Trump Winning." The article was a cautionary note to Democrats who are blithely assuming Hillary Clinton will easily beat Donald Trump this November. In it, the authors provide five maps that show Trump...

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Friday Talking Points -- It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

(20) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 9:25 PM

It's been a pretty momentous week in the history of American politics, folks. The Republican Party is going to nominate Donald Trump to run for the highest office in the land. Politics and entertainment are now one. The trend that Ronald Reagan began -- furthered in no small part by...

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Trump Triumphant

(10) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 7:47 PM

It is now official. Seventeen candidates ran for the Republican presidential nomination, and the sixteenth of these just suspended his campaign. This leaves Donald Trump as the last man standing. A whole lot of people who never thought we'd arrive at this point are now going to have to get...

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A Trump Retrospective

(18) 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?

(7) 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

(259) 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

(3) 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

(101) 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

(125) 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

(93) 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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