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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

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Briefly Interrupts 3-Month Vacation to 'Work'

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 8:25 PM

Congress followed up their recent five-week vacation with almost two whole weeks of actually doing their jobs, so to reward themselves they're now going to take off on another vacation. Until mid-November. The American people will show their disgust at this pathetic work ethic by returning upwards of 90 percent...

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Senate Election Overview

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 7:38 PM

It is time to once again take a broad look at the upcoming Senate midterm elections. As always in non-presidential election years, I seldom pay much attention to the House races, for a number of reasons. First, there are a lot of them -- too many for one person to...

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In Celebration of Our National Anthem's Bicentennial

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 8:10 PM

This past Saturday and Sunday marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, which occurred toward the end of the War of 1812. Tomorrow will be the bicentennial of Francis Scott Key completing the now-immortal lyrics he titled: "The Defence Of Fort M'Henry" -- later more famously known as...

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Friday Talking Points -- Slouching Off to War

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 7:24 PM

This is a special edition of this column, for a number of reasons. The first is that we're back after a one-week vacation hiatus, but the most special reason (to us, at least) is that this is the seventh anniversary of the launching of the "Friday Talking Points" column, which...

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A Reluctant Warrior

(7) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 11:18 PM

President Barack Obama has always been a reluctant warrior. It is, in fact, one of the big reasons he was elected, since America had turned away from the cowboy swagger of Bush and Cheney by 2008. Tonight, President Obama laid out the case for escalating a war we've already begun,...

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Coyly Campaigning in Kansas

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:06 PM

[Note: You'll have to forgive my somewhat-belated commentary on the shakeup in the Kansas Senate race, but I was on vacation all of last week.]

Last week, a political tornado of sorts happened in Kansas (of all places), raising the possibility of this Senate race becoming the tipping point which...

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Friday Talking Points -- The Gender Gap

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 9:09 PM

President Obama gave a press conference recently, and -- since it is still the political Silly Season -- got a lot of media attention. For what he was wearing. No, seriously. Washington was all a-twitter (or even a-Twitter) because Obama wore a suit that was not dark blue or...

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The Impending Showdown

(5) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 8:15 PM

"It's quiet out there... too quiet."

This line (now a full-blown cliché) was usually uttered by sentries in the old Hollywood Westerns, right before a blazing battle erupted -- which is why it seemed so appropriate today. All's been pretty quiet on the political front this August, mostly because town...

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25 Years Ago -- The 'Big One' of '89

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 8:34 PM

I wrote and published the column below almost five years ago, so I really should have included "From The Archives" in that title (but didn't because it would have made it too choppy, I felt). I had been planning on running it again this October, near the actual anniversary of...

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Friday Talking Points -- Big and Little Brother

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 8:53 PM

A lot happened in the world of politics this week. People are still dumping buckets of ice water over their heads, for instance. There are actually multiple scandals happening to various governors right now, but since none of them involve sex, the media is mostly ignoring them (with the...

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McConnell's Reconciliation

(16) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 8:31 PM

Just to be clear, that title shouldn't be read in a normal fashion. This is not the story of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell having a "Kumbaya" moment with President Obama. It's not even the story of McConnell reconciling with the Tea Party wing of his own party. Instead, I'm...

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Perry Case Complicates Boehner's Lawsuit

(37) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 7:58 PM

The indictment of Governor Rick Perry of Texas and his subsequent court case are about to complicate things politically for John Boehner. No matter the actual outcome of Perry's case, the arguments made by Perry and his supporters are going to provide an easy equivalence with Boehner's plans to sue...

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Friday Talking Points -- Dog Days

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 8:43 PM

Welcome to the "Dog Days" of summer, at the height of the political Silly Season. This year, one dog did indeed have his day in August, as 7-year-old "Duke" just won a rather bizarre election to become mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota. The strangest thing (to us) was that the...

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Obama Prepares to Walk the Immigration Tightrope

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:02 PM

President Obama is about to walk a political tightrope, on immigration reform. We know this because the White House has been hinting for weeks that Obama will be making an announcement outlining a big policy change. Obama himself will be fulfilling a promise he made earlier this year -- that...

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The Obama Tactic

(3) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 8:45 PM

American aircraft are once again waging war over the skies of Iraq. President Obama, as many have pointed out, is now the fourth United States president in a row to order some form of military offensive in Iraq. As always, plenty of critics immediately popped up to loudly explain what...

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Friday Talking Points -- Past, Present and Future

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 9:25 PM

We've got a lot to cover today (as that headline should evince), but before we begin examining the anniversaries, elections, and politics of the week, I'd like to begin instead by promoting a video.

Yes, this is unusual for me, since I normally favor the written word above multimedia showiness,...

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A Polish Song For Ukraine's Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 8:17 PM

This is a story of a song. Revolutions are often fertile breeding grounds for good music, and the song this story is about was at the heart of the Ukrainian Revolution (or "Euromaidan") earlier this year. It's easy to forget now, but the current situation in the Ukraine was preceded...

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Campaign Shifts to Immigration

(38) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:32 PM

It wasn't supposed to happen this way. Republicans were so confident they had devised a winning 2014 campaign strategy that they went ahead and just admitted what it was going to be, almost a year out. As 2013 ended and 2014 began, Republicans weren't shy about letting everyone know that...

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Friday Talking Points -- Boehner's 'Keystone Kops' House

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 9:07 PM

As I write this, the House has still not managed to pass a bill to deal with the border crisis. They've been trying for a few days now, but have been locked in a serious battle between Tea Party hardliners and Republicans from more moderate districts. The Tea Partiers are...

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Congressional Vacations For All!

(11) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 8:10 PM

This is a rare week indeed in Washington, since it is one of those weeks when Congress actually attempts to get something done. There's a reason for this, of course, and it is the usual one: they're about to take another jaw-droppingly extensive vacation. They scurry about, in the days...

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