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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

Rescission Could Be a Brilliant Solution For GOP

(311) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 7:53 PM

The Republican leadership in Congress is reportedly considering a brilliant idea. Now, normally when I start a column off with a line like that, my intent is to be as snarky and caustic as possible (especially when I use the word "brilliant"). Not this time, though -- this time I...

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Obama Should Wait (A Little) on Immigration Announcement

(24) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 7:27 PM

I don't want to deceive anyone by that headline, so allow me to explain its meaning up front. President Obama has the whole political universe holding its collective breath on when he's going to make his announcement of a change in immigration and deportation policy. News reports last week guessed...

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Friday Talking Points -- The Calm Between The Storms

(4) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 8:26 PM

What walks like a duck and quacks like a duck but seems to have serious mobility problems?

That's right -- we have entered the season of the lame duck! So far, it's shaping up to pretty spec-quack-ular. OK, I apologize. I'll stop, now.

Lame jokes aside, the lame-duck Congress has...

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What Obama Should Say Now

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 8:47 PM

There is a very old tactic in American politics, used for decades after the Civil War, which is called "waving the bloody shirt." Without getting into the ugly details of Reconstruction (or the ugly details of the Democratic Party's own "Red Shirts," for that matter), the definition of...

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SiX Could Be the Answer to ALEC

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 8:44 PM

Politico has an interesting article up which details the efforts in the liberal political donor camp to come up with something to combat the influence of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization...

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Friday Talking Points -- A Democratic Economic Platform for Next Time

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 8:13 PM

Not a fun week to be a Democrat, was it?

President Obama called the 2010 midterms a "shellacking." He demurred on providing a label for the 2014 midterms, but others sprang into the void. The most notable label so far (the one seemingly most repeated, at any rate) is that...

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The Aftermath

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 7:03 PM

It's either the morning after, or the mourning after -- take your choice.

Last night, Democrats got well and truly shellacked once again in a midterm election. It was so bad, it's pretty hard for Democrats to even attempt to gild the lily or spot that elusive silver lining. Republicans...

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My Final Midterm Election Picks

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 7:30 PM

We are now officially down to the wire for the 2014 midterm elections. How well will the Republicans do this year? Will the Democrats hold the line in the Senate? Tune in tomorrow night....

Until then, however, I'm posting my own election picks. I've been doing this since 2006, because...

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Eerie Tales of Fright and Horror For Left and Right

(7) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 7:44 PM

Welcome to our annual frightfest! Every year, we provide two tales of shrieking horror -- one for Democrats and one for Republicans -- so sit back and prepare to be terrified right out of your cheap cardboard costume!

As always, Hallowe'en falls conveniently just before the election, so there is...

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Senate Elections' Homestretch

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 9:16 PM

We have now entered the homestretch of the 2014 midterm election season, with less than a week to go before Election Day. Many Senate races remain incredibly close, and Democrats got some welcome news this week from far up north.

As always, I interpret these races individually without resorting to...

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Apple and Google Are Right. The FBI Is Wrong. CHiPs Nude Photo Scandal Shows Why.

(13) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 7:58 PM

About a month ago, a debate erupted when Apple and Google announced they were going to start providing encryption services for smartphones that could not be cracked by anyone -- including the police. James Comey, the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, was horrified at this prospect and began...

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Friday Talking Points -- McConnell For Sale!

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 10:05 PM

A program note, before we get started: There will be no Friday Talking Points column next week. We have to make room for our traditional Hallowe'en column, where we try to scare the pants off of everyone across the political spectrum with spooky tales of what the upcoming election might...

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Senate Election Overview -- Democrats Hanging On?

(22) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 10:09 PM

Sorry for the overly-provocative title, but I'm a little surprised at how all the big media election-predicting sites have apparently decided to just call the whole Senate for Republicans and clock out early. Because I just don't see it as quite the slam-dunk everyone else does, at this point.


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Contemplating a Republican Senate

(14) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 9:58 PM

As frightening a prospect as it is for progressives and liberals and other assorted Democrats, it is now impossible not to contemplate what two years of a Republican-led Senate would be like. While Democrats are still putting on a brave face about their chances in the 2014 midterms ("Our ground...

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Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 10:18 PM

That headline, of course, quotes the cover to the fictional Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: "Don't Panic." This week, it seems like timely advice, as the news media and American politicians go into full-blown panic mode over one death and two illnesses within the United States.

We'll get to all...

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Senate Still Up For Grabs

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 9:32 PM

Welcome back to my intermittent overview of the 2014 midterm Senate races. On that note, I should add that from this point forward I'll be doing these columns on a weekly basis, right up until the Monday before the election when I'll make my final election predictions.

The past week...

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Friday Talking Points -- Is There Anybody Out There?

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 10:11 PM

I address this desperate attempt at communication to any remaining survivors in America of the apocalyptic scourge that is Ebola. Is there anybody still out there? Because, according to my television for the past few weeks, the death rates have been climbing so high that hundreds of millions of Americans...

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Senate Election Overview

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 9:43 PM

Welcome back once again to our ongoing pigeonholing exercise for this year's midterm Senate races. The big question, of course, is whether Republicans will pick up the six seats they need to wrest control of the chamber from the dastardly (according to them) Harry Reid and his Democratic minions. The...

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Obama Poll Watch -- September, 2014

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 9:59 PM

A Slow War

President Obama announced a new American war this month, but it didn't resonate in his polling much, if at all. Overall, his poll numbers dropped, but the net result was rather flat. But the (so far) very slow nature of this new war may lead to Obama's...

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Friday Talking Points -- Games the Whole Family Can Play

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 10:01 PM

Since we devoted last week's column to Eric Holder's record, we've got two weeks worth of stuff to cover today, so we're going to have to whip through things in a whirlwind fashion. But we have included not just one... not just two... but three reader-participation contests in this week's...

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