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Friday Talking Points [146] -- Clowning Around

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Send in the clowns! No, that's not a statement on Congress returning to Washington next week. Although if you choose to read it that way, I certainly...

Friday Talking Points [145] -- A Democratic Epitaph

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An interesting article caught my eye last week, but what with all the election hoopla, I haven't had a chance to write about it before now. But even ...

Friday Talking Points [144] -- Midterm Home Stretch

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Many Democrats in this election cycle seem to be getting much better at the tactic known as "the attack ad."

Friday Talking Points [143] -- Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Appeal?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

[OK, that was rather a fun title to write, but I have to at least begin with a warning that, while today's column is almost completely Obama-centric i...

Friday Talking Points [142] -- Republican "Doggy-Doo"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to start off with a warning this week: this preamble section is going to be mostly shameless self-promotion and one cheap inside joke. If...

Friday Talking Points [141] -- Rahm's Exit Contest Winner Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I will begin today's column by drying a tear as we all wish Rahm Emanuel a fond farewell. Actually, I am lying. I am drying no tears for Rahm becaus...

Friday Talking Points [140] -- Pledging Nonsense

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The White House has been in the news this past week, mostly for who will be leaving it soon. One is tempted to insert the old "will the last to leave...

Friday Talking Points [139] -- Three Years Of FTP

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week was a busy one, and also a pretty good one for Democrats, all around. But we'll get to all of that in a moment. First, though, we simply mu...

Friday Talking Points [138] -- "Candidate" Obama Returns

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America (as, likely, everywhere else) always has a seamy underside, crawling with metaphoric maggots, to anything that is mostly seen as good by the m...

Friday Talking Points [137] -- Listen To Westen And Lakoff, Democrats!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, I heard an interesting take on the political scene: that both parties seem to be trying mightily to lose the upcoming midterm elections. R...

Friday Talking Points [136] -- Girding For Battle

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The battle looms. It is, in fact, right over a hill right in front of us. So, are Democrats girding their loins for the fight, and roaring their def...

Friday Talking Points [135] -- The Sky Is Falling!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The media, quite obviously, has lost any capacity it once may have had for self-examination, to say nothing of its sense of irony. Every so often, th...

Friday Talking Points [134] -- Some Reality For Gibbs

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Happy Friday the Thirteenth, everyone. It's actually a fitting day for this column, which I'll explain in a bit. Because before we get to that, we si...

Friday Talking Points [133] -- The Silly Season Begins

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

August in Washington means the beginning of the official "silly season" of politics. This is because Congress takes the whole month off, and politica...

Friday Talking Points [132] -- The DMV? Really?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, this column took a week off, due to an extended trip into the desert for the Netroots Nation convention. But now, we turn our sights back ...

Friday Talking Points [131] -- Democratic Campaign Advice

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week, Congress -- moving with its usual less-than-blinding speed -- passed a Wall Street reform bill, a mere two years after the crisis hit. Wal...

Friday Talking Points [130] -- Who Is This "They" Obama Speaks Of?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since we took last week off to write something patriotic for Independence Day weekend, we've got two weeks to cover today. Fortunately, every other w...

Friday Talking Points [122] -- Bikini Bottom Update

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since it's the Friday after month's-end, the new monthly unemployment numbers were released today. Which adds another bar to the "bikini bottom" char...

Friday Talking Points [121] -- Swampy Muck

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Once you get started, it becomes quite easy to justify shaking people down for their papers. I think the police should pull over anyone who looks like they work on Wall Street, at any time.

Friday Talking Points [129] -- Incrementalism Wins Big

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with the news that a popular New Jersey beach is considering allowing women to sunbathe topless. And then move right on to...

Friday Talking Points [128] -- Merry Bartonmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Christmas has come in June for the Democratic Party. Republican Joe Barton just delivered a huge, nicely wrapped present to Democrats. The only ques...

Friday Talking Points [127] -- Letting A Crisis Go To Waste

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama's administration was supposed to follow a basic premise: never let a crisis go to waste. That was according to one of his own ...

Friday Talking Points [126] -- We'd Like Our Gulf Back

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The mainstream media, led by the intrepid White House press corps, closely followed by the inside-the-Beltway punditocracy, has declared what must hap...

Friday Talking Points [125] -- Ask! Tell!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our headline today quite obviously references the legislative progress this week on banning the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (of not allo...

Friday Talking Points [117] -- Piece Of Cake

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! Into the cake mix that was this week went triumphant House votes, Senate votes, and then even another House vote, just for good luck. We...