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Friday Talking Points

Friday Talking Points -- Utter Foolishness

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For decades, smoking pot outside the White House was no more than a (dangerous) lark. The protesters didn't seriously expect to see the laws changed. Now the laws have changed, which means that such protests are a lot more targeted and a lot more important.

Friday Talking Points -- Copulating Rodents!

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican presidential nomination race has previously devolved to the level of an elementary school playground (penis-measuring in a national debate), and has now risen to at least high school (if not a college frat house) with the vicious battle going on between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over who can insult each other's wives the most.

Friday Talking Points -- Deconstructing GOP Absurdity

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The basic Republican position isn't that hard to understand. It is: "We are going to deny Barack Obama a third Supreme Court pick, unless Hillary Clinton wins the presidency." That is precisely what some of them believe.

Friday Talking Points -- The Dog That Didn't Bark at the GOP Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We had two Democratic debates and one Republican debate last week. The GOP one was shocking -- because nobody said anything shocking! Yes, that's truly how far the Republicans have sunk -- to the Sherlockian level of the dog not snarling in the night being the big news.

Friday Talking Points -- Is Trump Bigger Than Liam Neeson?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A nationally-televised presidential debate stage is, indeed, neither the time nor the place, one would think. This year, however, all the rules have been thrown out and we've got Donald Trump and Marco Rubio comparing relative penis sizes in their effort to become the so-called leader of the free world.

Friday Talking Points -- Unintelligible Yelling

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marco Rubio played the part of a yappy little attack dog all night long, but only really landed one good blow on Trump (when he turned the "you repeat things" attack back on him) for all his heartfelt effort.

Friday Talking Points -- Back to the 1960s

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For those readers who weren't alive (or old enough) to experience the 1960s, this week we had somewhat of a history lesson, packaged as a Democratic debate. Part of why this happened is that the Democratic presidential campaign has entered into a "convince the minority voters" phase.

Friday Talking Points -- Toss of a Coin

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats are down to a head-to-head contest, which was on full display last night. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made their respective cases fairly well, and the jostling between them for position was notable.

Friday Talking Points -- One No Trump

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We have serious doubts that we'll see Trump at any future debates -- after all, if he can blow them off with impunity, why would he subject himself to them in the first place?

Friday Talking Points -- Conservatives Are Revolting!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A full 22 conservative thinkers (although, with the likes of Glenn Beck and William Kristol in the mix, we do of necessity use that term quite broadly) all weighed in on why Donald Trump is a terrible candidate for Republicans to consider making their presidential nominee, and why Trump is an all-around terrible human being.

Friday Talking Points -- The Knives Come Out

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The winner of the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award was none other than Chelsea Clinton. There's a word for what she is doing, and it is called "fearmongering."

Friday Talking Points -- Underpants Gnomes Will Defeat Trump!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Now that the primaries are getting a lot closer, some are doing mental pretzel-bends to rationalize their gut feeling about Trump's inevitable loss (since their gut feeling can't possibly be wrong, of course.)

Friday Talking Points -- Not Funny Anymore

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's not funny anymore -- it's getting closer and closer to becoming reality. Donald Trump, leader of the Republican Party. Deal with it, everyone.

Friday Talking Points -- Rebutting GOP Debate Nonsense

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

This week's talking points are all, essentially, rebuttals to the biggest nonsense espoused on the stage of the fourth Republican debate. It was hard to pick only seven, as there was a bumper crop of nonsense in this particular debate, so forgive us if your favorite didn't make the cut.

Friday Talking Points -- Hillary's Very Good Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.23.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Hillary Clinton just had the best week of her campaign yet. Not only did she shine at the Benghazi hearing yesterday, three of her Democratic opponents dropped out of the presidential nomination race.

Friday Talking Points -- Debate Talking Point Rundown

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Because of the importance of the first debate of the season for Democrats, we're devoting the entire column today to scrutinizing the various talking points (good and bad) delivered by the candidates.

Friday Talking Points -- New Speaker's Speaking Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Kevin McCarthy is not worthy. Of using the English language correctly, among other things. Amusingly, though, this will likely not stop him from becoming the next speaker of the House.

Friday Talking Points -- New Job Vacancy: Chief GOP Cat-Herder

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.25.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boehner certainly picked an interesting time to step down. Before his announcement, we were facing the possibility of a government shutdown as early as next week. However, the Senate doesn't seem to be backing the "shut it down" caucus on this particular fracas.

Friday Talking Points -- Beyond the Debate Stage

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.18.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Something sneaking up on everyone in the political world is the surprising amount of GOP candidates who are open to ending a massive tax break for hedge fund managers. President Obama has noticed, and is pointing it out.

Friday Talking Points -- Bye-Bye, Rick!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I must admit I got it wrong when I predicted a few weeks ago that Perry would stay in the race longer than Jim Gilmore, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal. But that doesn't mean we can't have some fun betting who will drop out next!

Friday Talking Points -- North, To Alaska!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama had some fun this week, and by doing so actually forced the media to tackle a serious subject on his agenda.

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

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.14.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

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.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Debates, Round One

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.07.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

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 to our reactions.

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.31.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season. This year, however, is not normal, as instead we're right at the kickoff of Presidential Debate Season, and the votes are already in -- the silly subject we're all going to obsess over this year is named Donald Trump.

Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.