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Chris Weigant

Ridiculously Early Look at Electoral Math

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since, as any fifth-grader will tell you, we don't have a national vote for president, tracking the race by means of national polling is almost completely irrelevant.

America's Oldest National Political Holiday

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.21.2012 | Home
Chris Weigant

On March 18, 1766, for the very first time America celebrated a political event together -- and they continued to do so for years afterwards. Together. As Americans -- celebrating a purely American national political holiday.

George Washington's Biggest Critic

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.21.2012 | Media
Chris Weigant

When Washington died, the phrase which spread the country was: "First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen." While this may be almost universally true today, it was not when the man held office.

Contraceptive Debate Reporting Omits Important Voices

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You know what we have yet to see? A poll of the workers affected. Not a single "woman on the street" interview, not a single union representative, not a single spokesperson for the women themselves.

Predicting Florida: Newt's Petard

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As we wend our way through the Republican primary season, at times predicting the outcome of a single state's race is very hard to do. At other times, it is actually pretty easy. Florida looks to be one of the latter.

Happy Birthday, Common Sense

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Two hundred and thirty-six years ago this week, a pamphlet was published in Philadelphia. Thomas Paine's Common Sense hit the American consciousness like a bombshell -- one which would reverberate for years to come.

Calling New Hampshire's Primary

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Iit's time to haul out the old crystal ball and attempt to predict what's going to happen. If you hate these types of speculative wonktastic articles, then I strongly advise you to just close this article right now.

My 2011 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year we turn to the Democrats to find the winner of Destined For Political Stardom. If Elizabeth Warren manages to wrest Teddy Kennedy's old Senate seat away from the Republican usurper, she will indeed be on the road to Democratic stardom.

War Is Over. What Next?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To mark the milestone of the last American troops to leave Iraq, I'd like to take a wider view and look at the entire region, post-Saddam and post-Arab Spring.

The Real "War on Christmas"

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Just because the modern "War on Christmas" may not exist does not mean such a war never existed in America. The subject of Christmas was indeed at the heart of a previous bitter political dispute, but you've got to go pretty far back to find it. All the way back to the Puritans.

Call the Newtsplosion Contest

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in Newt's heyday, Doonesbury portrayed Gingrich as a lit bomb with a short fuse. Right and Left seem to be in agreement on his resemblance to trinitrotoluene (or "Newtroglycerine"?). Which leaves only one key question: When will this "Newtsplosion" take place?

Obama Poll Watch -- November, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This month Obama poll watchers got some good news, and some bad news. This was capped off by the Washington punditocracy making a stupid comparison between polling for Obama and Carter.

Republicans' Tax Dilemma

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Have the Republicans in Congress painted themselves into a corner on taxes? They seem to be in the position of choosing between a number of courses of action, most of which would normally be seen as going against their principles.

Republican Field Approaches Iowa and New Hampshire

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Let's take a closer look at the first two primary states, as the electorate in Iowa and New Hampshire isn't quite the same as the national GOP primary base.

"Anybody But Romney, Inc." Announces Presidential Bid

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.14.2012 | Comedy
Chris Weigant

"If corporations are persons," said Herman Cain in the press conference, "then why shouldn't they run for president? It just makes sense."

Notes From the Occupation: Occupy Wall Street is Not the Tea Party of the Left

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Every so often, I am so impressed by a comment to one of my columns that I offer to just turn my column over to the author, and let them have my soapb...

America's First Political Sex Scandal: The Reynolds/Hamilton Affair

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In the summer of 1791, Alexander Hamilton was the target of what a modern-day espionage novel would call a "honey trap," set by a blonde 23-year-old named Maria Reynolds.

Championing Rapists' Fatherhood Rights

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Championing fatherhood rights for rapists would seem to be a politically suicidal position for any candidate for office in America. But this year's GOP nomination race seems to be testing this, in a big way.

Horrifying Hallowe'en Tales, Left And Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Herman Cain wins the GOP nomination for president, and before next year's election a law is passed (over Obama's veto) that restricts voting rights to those not working off their unending debt to Uncle Sam.

Republicans Disrespect Iraqi Democracy

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Every current Republican gripe on the Iraq withdrawal boils down to a monumental refusal to face the reality of a full-fledged Iraqi democracy.

Friday Talking Points -- Foreign Policy Issues Reappear

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It has been a big week on the foreign policy front, with the death of Libya's dictator and President Obama's announcement today that all U.S. troops would be out of Iraq by the end of this year.

Republicans Attack Cain's 9-9-9 Plan

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Cain is fighting hard, but he will fail. "I'm going to raise taxes on 84 percent of America!" is not the best way to get elected in this country, and it is definitely not the way to win a GOP primary.

Friday Talking Points -- I Am A 99 Percenter

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Occupy Wall Street protest continues. So far, its staying power has surprised and enthused a large swath of America, and surprised and bemused mu...

Surveying GOP Field

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In the "Frontrunners" category, we had four names two months ago: Bachmann, Palin, Perry, and Romney. Two of these are gone, and one has risen to take their place, leaving us with three frontrunners (at least, for now).

Friday Talking Points -- Long Live Steve Jobs

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

[Note: Today's column is seriously disjointed. If you're already sick of hearing what a wonderful guy Steve Jobs was, then I strongly advise you to j...