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Friday Talking Points -- What I'd Call "Class Warfare"

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back, everyone, to this week's edition of So You Think You Can President?!? Just to remind everyone, this year we've got the Republican field of candidates for the party's nomination.

Friday Talking Points -- Class Warfare? Hardly.

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As was entirely predictable, once Obama stood up for taxing the rich folk a wee bit more, the Republicans fired back with what they think is the biggest weapon in their arsenal: screaming "Class warfare!"

Friday Talking Points -- Ads Obama Should Run

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama should run a few ads right now which do not even mention the election. Instead of saying "vote for me!" these ads should say "pass my jobs bill" in as many creative ways as possible.

Friday Talking Points -- Give 'Em Hell, Barry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama opened his re-election campaign last night with a wowzer of a speech to a joint session of Congress.

Friday Talking Points -- Labor Daze

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It surpasses all irony and actually enters into the realm of bitter humor that we're about to celebrate Labor Day when the unemployment rate remains at the sky-high level of 9.1 percent.

Friday Talking Points -- Phony Vacation Outrage

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama is on vacation. This fact is being subject to ridicule from Republicans, and their enablers in the media. Which has prompted me to -- in the fashion of Bill Maher -- come up with a New Rule.

Friday Talking Points -- Corporations Are People, Mitt?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the Iowa straw poll is meaningless. The Republican debate last night in Iowa wasn't as meaningless, but will also soon be forgotten.

Friday Talking Points -- More Tea, Anyone?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With the conclusion of the debt ceiling "crisis," the media pivoted swiftly to their standard larger questions (to them, at any rate) about any politi...

Friday Talking Points -- In The Darkest Depths of Mordor

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If I were a hobbit, right about now I would be wondering just how the heck I wound up at the center of this Washington intraparty political fight, personally.

Friday Talking Points -- What Would Ronald Reagan Do?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since the Republican Party now worships at the altar of "Saint Ronald of Reagan," it's always fun to point out the hard, cold fact that Reagan would simply not be acceptable to the Republican Party as it stands today.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama 2.0?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In the midst of the debt ceiling frenzy, nobody seems to have noticed that Obama is negotiating in a markedly different way than what we've seen from him in the past. He is at the absolute center of the showdown.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama's Fourteenth Option

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The silly season has come early to Washington, it seems. The root cause is a simple fact of American politics these days -- sometimes, there just can't be transparency.

Friday Talking Points -- Excerpting Obama's Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An important debate flared this week -- one in which sides were chosen, positions staked out, and invective hurled. I will let that sentence stand in...

Friday Talking Points [170] -- Newt Loses Two, Huntsman Gains An "H"

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John Huntsman... whoops, took that from their own campaign materials, sorry... let's start over... Jon Huntsman announced he was running for president, to a giant collective yawn outside the Beltway.

Friday Talking Points [169] -- Weiner Roast

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Having just gotten back from a trip abroad where the news was dominated by the story of a politician facing severe consequences for his sexual misconduct, I opened up the pages of the American news to find... well, pretty much the same thing.

Friday Talking Points [168] -- Zombie Attack!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Now all Americans can breathe a huge sigh of relief because the Centers for Disease Control just posted instructions so we can all adequately prepare for "Zombie Armageddon."

Friday Talking Points [167] -- Happy Friday the Thirteenth, Ron!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ron Paul, apparently, is not a superstitious kind of guy. Tempting fate, as it were, he announced today that he's running for president once again -- on Friday the thirteenth.

Friday Talking Points [163] -- The Ads Just Write Themselves

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Something the media largely missed in the midst of multiple budgetary battles this week was the fact that this is what bipartisanship looks like.

Friday Talking Points [161] -- April Fools

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To clarify that title: when you pull a prank on this particular day, you're supposed to reveal yourself as the prankster by yelling "April Fools!" (or...

Friday Talking Points [154] -- Egypt Rising

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

While Egypt's future is uncertain, the feeling of optimism among the people who succeeded in demanding change is palpable today. It wouldn't surprise me if February 11th becomes an Egyptian national holiday in the future.

Friday Talking Points [153] -- SOTU-palooza

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The past week in politics was, quite obviously, dominated by President Obama's "State Of The Union" speech to Congress. For those of you who may have...

Friday Talking Points [152] -- A Palin-Free Month?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With some regularity, this column excoriates the mainstream news media for all sorts of continued idiocy in the way it conducts its business. But eve...

Friday Talking Points [151] -- Obama's Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To honor the fallen this week, we're going to refrain from our usual heated political rhetoric here for a change. It's only fitting, really, after su...

Friday Talking Points [149] -- Making Holiday Sausage

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The holidays are just around the corner, and the preparatory legislative sausage-making on Capitol Hill is in full swing. What a happy, happy time of...

Friday Talking Points [148] -- Aliens Landing?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

So the good news this week was apparently that giant mutant space monsters are not, in fact, about to arrive and (assumably) enslave humankind and eat...