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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

New Hampshire Roils the Waters

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 6:47 PM

Last night, New Hampshire shook up the presidential race and roiled what were already less-than-calm waters, in both the Democratic Party and the GOP. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton looks a lot weaker than she did a few weeks ago. Republicans, meanwhile, are having to finally come to grips...

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My New Hampshire Picks

(88) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 7:27 PM

It is time once again to peer deeply into my somewhat-foggy crystal ball, and attempt to pick the winners of tomorrow night's New Hampshire primary. Before I get to that, though, some old business needs to be brought up. First, we have some very recent old business and then some...

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Friday Talking Points -- Toss of a Coin

(19) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 7:55 PM

Appropriately, for the week which will also contain the Super Bowl, the first state to weigh in on the presidential election was decided (for Democrats) by a coin-toss. Or, to be accurate, seven of them. With tied caucuses in seven precincts, tossing a coin determined the winner between Bernie...

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Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2016

(15) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 7:31 PM

Obama Bounces Back

President Obama just had a very good month in the polls. Not spectacular, mind you, but still better than any month since January of 2015. Essentially, Obama regained the job approval polling ground he lost over the previous two or three months, and he is now positioned...

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My Iowa Predictions

(3) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 10:08 PM

The primary season officially gets underway tonight, as Iowa voters brave the winter weather and head to the caucuses. This will give political wonks some actual hard data to discuss, instead of just opinion polling and sheer speculation, so it's a big day on the political calendar for us. Because...

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Friday Talking Points -- One No Trump

(17) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 8:22 PM

That headline is a joke only bridge players will get, so our apologies to everyone else. It refers, of course, to last night's Republican presidential debate, which Donald Trump refused to participate in. But even with no Trump on the stage last night, he seems to have (once again) proved...

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Guest Author -- Brandon Grant On Political Corruption

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 7:27 PM

Program Note: Towards the end of last year, I agreed to offer this column space as a prize in an essay contest for high school students. The contest was run by the Museum of Political Corruption project, a non-profit organization currently raising funds to build a museum dedicated to...

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The Iowa Homestretch

(18) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 8:10 PM

One week from today, the preliminary phase of the presidential campaign will finally be over and "primary season" will officially begin, as Iowans brave the cold weather to caucus for the candidates of their choice. For the remainder of February, the other three early-voting states will hold their contests, meaning...

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Friday Talking Points -- Conservatives Are Revolting!

(19) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 8:54 PM

Honestly, how often is it that you get to write such a great headline? In a week that also included a Sarah Palin speech that dominated the news cycle (to say nothing of the late-night comic cycle), writing such snarky headlines is just icing on the cake, really. Good times......

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Blame John McCain for Donald Trump

(66) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 7:06 PM

Yesterday, Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for president. "Of course she did," was the most common reaction to this news -- heard from both left and right. It is not only the most natural progression, but in fact it completes a circle of sorts. Because Palin really was the original...

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Debate Advice for Hillary and Bernie

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 9:17 PM

So we had the fourth Democratic debate last night, and I suppose we should all be thankful that Debbie Wasserman Schultz didn't somehow manage to schedule it to compete with one of football's playoff games. I wouldn't be surprised if the debate had a pretty low viewership, appearing as it...

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Friday Talking Points -- The Knives Come Out

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 8:22 PM

In every 1950s "gang rumble" genre film, there comes a point where the fighting gets more serious. This is, literally, where the knives come out. I begin with this image because, metaphorically, that's exactly where we are in the 2016 presidential campaign. The fight's getting a lot more serious, and...

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Sanders Versus Trump, Revisited

(6) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 7:49 PM

Every so often, I write what I call a "blue-sky" article, just for fun. This is where you sit back in your chair, allow your eyes to unfocus, and ponder a far-fetched "What if...?" scenario, because you've got nothing better to write about that particular day. And I'll fully admit...

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Clinton Not Inevitable Nominee

(137) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 8:28 PM

Hillary Clinton is not the inevitable Democratic presidential nominee. Clinton was not the inevitable nominee in 2008, and she is not inevitable in 2016 either. Of course, this really isn't new or surprising, because nothing in politics is ever inevitable, really. Elections are always about as "evitable" as one can...

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Friday Talking Points -- Underpants Gnomes Will Defeat Trump!

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 9:21 PM

That sub-headline may take the prize for the most bizarre we've ever offered up, although it'd have to beat the current champion -- which is, of course: "The Corpse-Like Stench Of Washington's Giant Misshapen Penis." That's pretty tough to beat, if truth be told.

In other words, welcome back...

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Occupation, Arson, and Terrorism

(109) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 9:05 PM

Federal land is currently being occupied by protestors. Or, according to some, by domestic terrorists. But pigeonholing these guys with either label isn't quite as easy as it might first seem. There's some history here that needs pondering before anyone decides exactly what to call the group and, more importantly,...

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GOP Presidential Field Overview

(22) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 9:42 PM

Once again, it's been a month since I last took a look at the Republican presidential field as a whole, and in the intervening time two further candidates have dropped out, bringing the total to an almost-manageable 12 candidates (11 if you don't count Jim Gilmore... and at this...

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How Trump Could Win It All

(609) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 8:36 PM

That's a fairly depressing headline to wind up 2015, I fully realize. However, I've been noticing that Democrats -- all the way up to and including Hillary Clinton herself -- seem to be awfully complacent about the possible outcomes of next year's presidential race. This could be dangerous, because nothing...

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All The Money in the World Won't Help Jeb

(129) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 8:48 PM

Sometimes, figuratively speaking, all the money in the world can't change a political outcome. This very idea runs counter to all the dire warnings about money's corruptive influence on American politics, of course, but it makes it no less true -- at least in certain situations. For all those that...

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My 2015 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

(5) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 11:10 PM

Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column!

[Part 1 of this column ran last week, just in case you missed it.]

Before we begin with this week's awards, we have a few odds and ends to get out of the way first. Last week's list had the "Best...

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