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Will Hillary Face Bill's Mandate Problem?

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will she be hounded by the accusation that she doesn't have a true "mandate" from the people?

My Final Primary Picks

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One poll exists from New Mexico, but it is really too old to be very informative. Back in late February, Clinton was up over Sanders by 14 points (47 to 33 percent). That's not much to go on now, though.

The Presidential Nomination 2020: Part 2 - the Republicans

Mark Siegel | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Mark Siegel

The Presidential Nomination 2020: Part 2 - The Republicans The Republican presidential nominating process was crafted by the RNC to quickly nominate ...

Feeling the Bern, From Beginning to End

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I can now say I have felt the Bern, from beginning to end. I have seen how the Bernie revolution began and I have also seen it entering the homestretch of campaigning during the primary season, one short week before California and a few other states become the last to vote.

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Can we all just take a deep breath? I'm speaking to many Democratic voters as well as the bulk of the mainstream media here, just to clarify. Because far too many seem to currently be going off the deep end. But from where I sit, this is an overreaction to a very short-term situation.

Democratic Primary Home Stretch

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're really in the home stretch of the Democratic primaries now, as the last few territories and the last eight states will all be voting in the upcoming weeks. Tuesday night, Oregon and Kentucky will weigh in, and then the last six states (who, for some unfathomable reason, all decided to go last this year) will finally get a chance to vote.

A Trump Retrospective

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today, I'm offering up my own clip show as a retrospective for how we all got to where we stand today: on the brink of Donald Trump essentially wrapping up the Republican nomination for the highest office in the land.

Calling Tomorrow's Primary Races

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The nation's smallest state will vote tomorrow night. Not a whole lot of polling exists here, but it's pretty clear on the Republican side. Donald Trump will sail to victory here, with a huge margin. John Kasich looks to take second, with Cruz far behind.

New York State of Mind

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tomorrow's New York primary will be the decisive one, the pundits tell us. It will join a long list of other primaries and caucuses which were also deemed to be the crucial one which would decide the whole race.

Friday Talking Points -- Fighting or Following?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ryan's got enough problems right now as it is, since he hasn't really gotten anything done in the House this year. Just like John Boehner before him, the Tea Party extremist faction is holding everything hostage and gumming up the works.

Competing Perceptions of the Republican Race

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How it all turns out is anyone's guess at this point, but at least one Republican faction will be able to say "we told you so" at the end of the process. The questions are who is going to be right, and what it will mean for the party going forward.

The Constitution as a Code of Honor

Peter M. Shane | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

It would probably delight the late Justice Antonin Scalia to know that the fight over his successor was generating constitutional controversy. Indeed, like many controversies that Justice Scalia fueled, this one concerns not only the implications of particular clauses, but the very nature of constitutional law.

Trump's Mouth Just May Have Cost Him the Nomination

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Weeks before the key upcoming Wisconsin primary, April 5, Trump was breezing. He had a cozy poll lead over Cruz. The state seemed in the bag. But Trump's mouth changed that.

GOP's Loyalty Oaths Now Null and Void

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Anderson Cooper just made some news by asking all three Republican candidates for president whether they'd honor their previous pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee. None of the three candidates now say they'll honor their loyalty pledge.

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.

Republicans Will Not Learn Much From This Election

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Although at the present time it's kind of hard to believe, there is a faction of the Republican Party which looks towards the future and sees some very problematic demographic shifts awaiting it.

Predicting Tuesday's Primaries

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Calling Florida is pretty easy, on both sides of the aisle. Hillary Clinton will dominate, continuing her sweep of the South. The big news here, however, is going to be Donald Trump beating Marco Rubio in his home state.

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.

The End of the GOP?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Are we witnessing the end of the Republican Party? That's a pretty stunning question to ask, but we're living through a pretty stunning presidential nomination fight, so it can no longer be avoided or ignored.

My Super Tuesday Picks

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tomorrow's the big night, whether you prefer to call it Super Tuesday or the "SEC Tuesday" (because of all the Southern states). So rather than scramble to get this out before the polls close tomorrow night, I'm posting all my primary picks today.

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.

Rubio or Cruz Dropping Out Is the Only Way Trump Could Lose

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rubio's only chance is Cruz dropping out. Cruz's only chance is Rubio dropping out. Neither man, though, is about to drop out -- and by the time one of them does, it will likely be too late to stop the Trump juggernaut.

Americans' Views About The SCOTUS Nomination Debate Are All Over The Place. Here's Why.

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics

Asked whether President Barack Obama should nominate a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Americans' views in four new sur...

Recess Appoint a Supreme Court Justice: Obama Needs to Find His Inner-Trump to Replace Scalia on SCOTUS

Victor Williams | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Victor Williams

I also suggest that Obama should use this opportunity to fill many of the other executive, regulatory, and judicial offices remaining empty due to partisan obstruction and normal Senate indolence.

My Picks for Nevada (D) and South Carolina (R)

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Yes, we've got two primary races to be decided this Saturday, in two different states and two different parties. Democrats in Nevada and South Carolina Republicans will both vote on the same day, for no real logical reason. Let's take a look forward to Saturday's races.