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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

Debate News Update

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 5:58 PM

The following post is April Fools' Day satire.

Both the Republicans and the Democrats began April by issuing major announcements about the structure of each party's upcoming debate calendar. Since the 2016 presidential race has already started, it would be foolish to ignore the impact today's news will bring to...

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Friday Talking Points -- Best Pi Day Of The Century!

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 9:23 PM

Before we get on with all the politics, we have two unrelated announcements. The first is tomorrow's quirk in the calendar. Actually, today is quirky as well, if you're a friggatriskaidekaphobe, since it's Friday the 13th. But tomorrow is much more momentous, because the convergence only comes once a century....

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Ending the Federal Government's Doublethink on Marijuana

(30) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 9:20 PM

Marijuana legal reform has made great strides over the past few years. Four states are now allowing their citizens to freely use recreational marijuana. Washington D.C. -- the seat of the federal government itself -- has joined Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington state in fully legalizing marijuana. Almost half the...

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The End of Hillary's 140-Character Campaign

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 9:29 PM

Hillary Clinton, by some accounts, wanted the luxury of waiting as long as possible before officially becoming a 2016 candidate for president. There were good reasons for her to wait, the most prominent being that she could pick and choose which day-to-day political issues to address, and which she could...

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Friday Talking Points -- Obamacare Fails to Kill Jobs, Once Again

(8) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 7:46 PM

The February jobs report is out, and -- once again -- Obamacare has failed to kill all those jobs Republicans warned us about. But we'll get to all of that later, in the talking points, so you'll just have to wait for that.

Before we do get to how good...

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Another Failure of All-or-Nothingism

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 7:14 PM

The radical Republicans just suffered yet another big defeat. President Obama today signed into law the "clean" budget for the Department of Homeland Security he had been demanding all along. For the last three months, we've all been watching the Kabuki drama play out, but the ultimate outcome was never...

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Obamacare on the Docket Again

(11) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 6:57 PM

This will be a rather busy week in the political world. We've got the Prime Minister of Israel giving a controversial speech before Congress Tuesday, and then at the end of the week we'll have another round of government shutdown follies, courtesy of the House Republicans. Between these two events,...

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Friday Talking Points -- D.C. Smoke-In History

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 8:05 PM

Before we get to anything else...

Mr. Spock is dead. Long live Mr. Spock!

That may be a rather illogical construct, but it just seemed the most appropriate thing to say. The fictional character the late Leonard Nimoy played often used "Live long and prosper" as his favored salutation, which...

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Please Run, Donald. Pretty Please?

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 7:10 PM

The big headline at the Washington Post website today reads: "Trump For President? Mogul Says He's Serious About Running In 2016." The story notes that Trump has "hired staffers in key primary states, retained an election attorney and delayed signing on for another season as host of NBC's Celebrity...

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Big Bills vs. Little Bills

(17) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 7:13 PM

The Senate just voted for a fourth time to open debate on a budget bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, coupled together by the House with poison-pill language to block President Obama's new policies on immigration. For the fourth time, the bill failed to gain the 60 votes...

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Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

(31) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 8:47 PM

Hello and welcome back to our Friday political news roundup. I must apologize for not writing one of these columns last week, but I was under the weather and far too sick to type (or think coherently). So the events covered today really encompass the previous two weeks, just to...

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Escape Hatch, Can Kick or Shutdown?

(33) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:56 PM

The immigration fight just got a little more complicated for the Republicans. A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of President Obama's new immigration policy, which has thrown a curve ball into the Republican congressional strategy of having a big political battle over immigration next week....

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GOP Off to the Races Early

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 6:00 PM

The Republican Party and the political media world are already off to the 2016 horse races. With endless fascination, the latest polling from Iowa and New Hampshire is examined under the microscopes of the pundits and sweeping pronouncements are made as to who the eventual frontrunners will be. Of course,...

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Boehner and McConnell Argue Over Who Should Cave First

(8) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 8:57 PM

The 1828 presidential campaign was one of the most vicious in all of American history. While campaigning on what would today be called populism (complete with a "Let the people rule" slogan), Andrew Jackson was called a nothing short of a "jackass" by his opponents. Jackson, in a feat of...

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Standing in the Courthouse Door

(32) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 7:21 PM

Roy Moore, the chief justice of Alabama's state supreme court, is making a stand in the courthouse door. This is not literally happening, the way it did back in 1963 when Alabama Governor George Wallace made a similar stand in the schoolhouse door. But the motivation is similar; it's...

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Friday Talking Points -- Live, From the Moon

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 7:50 PM

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams (or, as we affectionately refer to him, "BriWi") was ruthlessly mocked online this week, after a war story he told turned out to be a complete fabrication. Our headline today refers to the funniest mockery we've yet seen on the subject,...

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Republicans' Losing Game on Homeland Security Bill

(23) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Republicans in Congress have, once again, successfully painted themselves into a corner. Even though they've done exactly this previously (in exactly the same way), they now have absolutely no idea how to get out of this dilemma (which they created for themselves). They've got a few weeks to figure something...

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Obama Poll Watch -- January 2015

(7) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 7:23 PM

Obama steals Republican "honeymoon"

President Obama just finished a very good month in public opinion polling. Obama showed such notable improvement in January that it's tough to choose which metric he did best in. In improvement over the previous month, Obama just had the best month of his second term...

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Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

(12) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 7:28 PM

That headline certainly does promise a large amount of schadenfreude over the misfortunes of a certain former vice presidential nominee (and half-term governor of Alaska), doesn't it? Well, that'll all have to wait for the end of this column, where we will be supplanting our normal talking points section with...

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The Multi-Ring Republican Nomination Circus

(9) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 7:26 PM

The 2016 presidential election cycle is already underway. Whether you are delighted or horrified at the prospect, the race is indeed now on. While it might seem impossibly far in the future, consider that the Iowa caucuses are only a year away. So we're going to take a very early...

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