Archive of Articles for December, 2016

Rebuilding The Democratic Machine

[ Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 – 18:13 UTC ]

The Democratic Party is in pretty dire straights at the moment. Republicans not only control the United States Senate, the House of Representatives, and the White House, but when you take a look down at the state level, things are even more depressing. Republicans have full control (both statehouses and the governor's office) in 25 states. Democrats only have complete control in five. Two-thirds of all the individual statehouses (state senates and state assemblies or houses) are Republican-controlled. Democrats have lost over 900 of the total seats in the statehouses since Barack Obama took office. By some levels, the Democrats are worse off than they've been since the 1920s.

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Tune In Next Week!

[ Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 – 17:48 UTC ]

I wrote a few weeks ago about the dilemma Mitt Romney would face if Donald Trump offered him the secretary of State position. That dilemma did not actually happen, and it now seems like Trump was just yanking Mitt's chain for the fun of it. How presidential! One of Trump's close advisors just admitted as much, saying Trump really just wanted Romney to publicly apologize for all the mean and nasty things he said about Trump during the election. Romney reportedly refused to do so, which was probably smart because it seems to have been the whole point of the exercise. Trump probably wasn't ever going to appoint Romney anyway, but wanted to see how low Mitt would grovel if he thought he could get the job.

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Bully For Trump

[ Posted Monday, December 12th, 2016 – 18:00 UTC ]

Will Donald Trump be the second-best "bully" president we've had? I realize that that question can be read two ways, but I'm using "bully" in the older political sense of the word rather than in the "already ripped into 289 people on Twitter" sense. So while a strong case could be made for Trump-as-bully, what I'm referring to instead is the Teddy Roosevelt "Bully for you!" sense of the word. And, more importantly, the "bully pulpit." Because, much as Democrats might hate to admit it, Trump may be the most adroit user of the bully pulpit to change American politics in a very long time.

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Friday Talking Points [418] -- President-Shaming Might Just Work

[ Posted Friday, December 9th, 2016 – 19:01 UTC ]

OK, that's a rather unusual title, but you'll have to wait until the talking points part of the program for us to address it. Call it "the lesson to be learned from the Carrier jobs and Donald Trump," or the silver lining that just might be an effective tool for Democrats in the near future. First, though, we've got to get through the news of the week and handing out our weekly awards.

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Governing Irrationally

[ Posted Thursday, December 8th, 2016 – 18:27 UTC ]

Donald Trump's impending presidency is cause for a lot of concern among many, including both his political opponents and members of his own party. This can all be boiled down to the basic question of what, exactly, Trump is going to do as president. At this point, it's almost impossible to know whether he'll try to follow through on even the strongest of his campaign promises, or whether he'll decide to chart a completely different course once in office. That's what is worrying so many -- people both against Trump and for Trump alike.

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Obama Poll Watch -- November, 2016

[ Posted Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 – 18:06 UTC ]

President Obama is on track to end his second term in office with higher job approval than he began it, back in January of 2013. Call it the third (or lame-duck) honeymoon, if you will. Obama saw record job approval in November, measured both monthly and daily, and tied his daily low for job disapproval (previously set February 24, 2013). After a very strong October, Obama charted an even stronger November in public opinion polls. Let's take a look at the new chart for this month to see all of this.

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Program Note

[ Posted Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 – 22:33 UTC ]

Sorry, no new column today. Holiday preparations took too much of my time, so I won't be able to complete November's Obama Poll Watch column -- which will have to run tomorrow. My apologies for the delay.
-- Chris Weigant
Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWeigant

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A Response: My Election Blame List

[ Posted Monday, December 5th, 2016 – 18:22 UTC ]

This article was written in response to a Huffington Post article by Max Weiss, which was in turn written as a response to a Slate article. The original Slate article was titled: "So We're Still Blaming Jill Stein And James Comey, Huh?" and the Weiss response was titled: "Things I Blame For Hillary Clinton's Loss, Ranked." But the Weiss list was so far removed from my own feelings about the Clinton loss that I felt it was time to respond with my own blame list. It's been a month since the election, so hopefully enough time has passed that Democrats can discuss what went so wrong. So here is my own list of the things I blame for the 2016 election loss, ranked. And I have to quote Weiss in saying (while he was blaming Bernie Sanders): "I know this is going to piss a lot of people off, but so be it."

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Friday Talking Points [417] -- Turkey Leftovers

[ Posted Friday, December 2nd, 2016 – 17:25 UTC ]

So, has everyone had their fill of turkey leftovers? Well, taking a quick look at Donald Trump's cabinet choices should suffice anyone who still craves some leftover turkeys, if you know what we mean.

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Welcome To Our Annual Holiday Pledge Drive!

[ Posted Thursday, December 1st, 2016 – 20:40 UTC ]

It's December once again, which means it is time once again for our annual holiday pledge drive, complete with lots and lots of kitten photos, which are designed to fill you up with holiday cheer and inspire you to open up your wallet with joy. Hey, at least we're up front with our shameless advertising techniques, right?

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