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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

Friday Talking Points -- Every Sulfurous Belch

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 8:43 PM

OK, I fully admit I stole that title. Well, maybe not "stole," since I'm about to give it proper credit, but it certainly wasn't my own original idea. The line comes from George Will, and (of course) refers to Donald Trump. Part of the fun for Democrats this summer has...

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Keeping Trump Off the Ballot Will Backfire

(21) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 7:57 PM

The Republican Party is now the party of Donald Trump. That's a pretty astounding statement, but as Trump continues to not only lead in all the primary polls but also to drive the debate for all the other contenders, it would be hard to make the case that Trump hasn't...

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Biden Speculation

(41) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 11:19 PM

Vice President Joe Biden certainly has got the media talking. All it really took was one leak to Maureen Dowd and a meeting with Senator Elizabeth Warren, and the recurring story in the media is now: "Biden's son Beau made a deathbed plea to his father to run for president...

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Friday Talking Points -- Trump's Immigration Roundup

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 9:01 PM

Another week has gone by, and Donald Trump remains the Republican frontrunner in the presidential nomination race. We've noticed that all the inside-the-Beltway pundits who so confidently predicted Trump's imminent and inevitable downfall are now slowly starting to revisit their predictions. This is making them extremely nervous, of course. Some...

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Sanders Versus Trump Would Be Fun

(107) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 10:02 PM

Could the next presidential election be one where both sides get the candidate who inspires the most passion among the base? It would have seemed almost ridiculous to suggest as recently as last month, but the possibility that America could be given the choice of Donald Trump versus Bernie Sanders...

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Hillary's Enthusiasm Gap

(241) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 11:40 PM

Deep into the political silly season, it seems the pundits are getting rather tired of being so very, very wrong in predicting the imminent demise of Donald Trump's candidacy, so instead they all seem to have turned to a new summertime storyline: predicting the imminent demise of Hillary Clinton's candidacy....

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Friday Talking Points -- The Rehabilitation of Golf in the GOP

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 9:26 PM

We're going to begin today with a wrapup of the week that was in the presidential campaigns, and as befitting his status as the Republican frontrunner, we're going to start with Donald Trump (if you're sick of hearing about Trump, just skip down eight or ten paragraphs and continue reading).

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A Little Celebritician History

(13) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 9:56 PM

Donald Trump is unique. Let's start off with that. He's an outsider to the political process, he's got name recognition other candidates would die for, and he makes his own rules out on the campaign trail. He is (to use a word I coined a while back) a "celebritician" --...

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New Poll Shakes Up GOP Race (Below Trump)

(583) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 9:26 PM

The entire political punditry world has been holding its collective breath since last Thursday night, waiting for some polling numbers to interpret. As usual, polling takes longer than most people think. The first Republican debate, after all, was held Thursday night. Most pollsters take at least two days to conduct...

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Friday Talking Points -- GOP Debates, Round One

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 8:15 PM

Well, that was entertaining, wasn't it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone's talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column...

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Donald?

(30) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 10:42 PM

I have to begin by immediately offering my apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein for that title, but the lyrics from The Sound Of Music's "Maria" have indeed been running through my head -- as I contemplate what all the other Republican candidates are going to do in the debate tomorrow...

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Speed-Dating the Republican Candidates

(34) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 11:59 PM

I just finished watching the first "candidates' forum" (don't call it a debate!) of the season, where 14 of the 17 Republicans running for president all appeared on the same stage in New Hampshire. The "one person on the stage at a time" format was an odd one, meant to...

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Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 9:12 PM

In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season -- the dog days of August when Congress scarpers off for five or six weeks to have fun in the sun at taxpayer expense, and the political chattering classes have so little material to work with...

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Thinking the Unthinkable: Donald Trump, GOP Nominee

(78) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 8:18 PM

It's time to think about what has previously been in the realm of the unthinkable: Donald Trump might just become the Republican nominee for president. Two months ago, that statement would have elicited nothing but a big old belly laugh from just about anyone who pays any attention to politics....

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Why I'll Be Watching the 'Kids' Table' Debate

(21) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:14 PM

As I've been predicting for a while now, the fight for the final two slots in the first primetime Republican presidential debate has begun to heat up. When Fox News announced that they would be limiting the number of candidates invited to their debate to only the top ten in...

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Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 8:34 PM

Welcome back, everyone. This column went on hiatus last week, so we could attend Netroots Nation. So we've got two whole weeks to cover today, just to warn everyone in advance.

Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear...

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Feeling the Bern

(21) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 11:39 AM

Yes, it's true. This past weekend, I joined 11,000 other people in Phoenix to "feel the Bern," as the supporters of Bernie Sanders would put it. Sanders held a rally in the city immediately after the Netroots Nation conference concluded, which made it pretty easy for me to attend (and...

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Where Was Hillary?

(108) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:54 PM

This is going to be a column about Netroots Nation, who showed up and who didn't, and what happened that got everyone talking. But before we get to all of that, I'm going to go off on a tangent and tell a personal story. Hey, it's my first day back,...

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Candidate Speech Series: Bernie Sanders

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 6:45 PM

[This is a continuing series of candidate speech transcripts from all the Democratic presidential campaigns, which will be running all week long. Please see the introduction to this series for more information.]


Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Announcement Speech

Waterfront Park, Burlington, Vermont


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Candidate Speech Series: Hillary Clinton

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 11:25 PM

[This is a continuing series of candidate speech transcripts from all the Democratic presidential campaigns, which will be running all week long. Please see the introduction to this series for more information.]


Hillary Clinton

Introduction to Roundtable Discussion

Rancho High School, North...

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