Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

This day in baseball history — a classic pitching matchup aborted

Featured image On October 8, 1962, the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees played Game 4 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees took a 2 games to 1 lead into the contest. The pitching matchup featured two future Hall of Famers, young Juan Marichal (18-11, 3.35) and veteran Whitey Ford (17-8, 2.90). This was the first matchup of Hall of Famers since 1958, when Ford and Warren »

A new low in apologies for racial discrimination

Featured image With the Supreme Court set to hear argument this week on the use of racial preferences in student admissions by state universities, the deans of Harvard and Yale law schools ( Martha Minow and Robert Post) defend this practice in a Washington Post op-ed. Part of the defense consists, as usual, of touting the supposed virtues of a “diverse” student body. We have written about this tired, disingenuous argument in »

Spreading the wealth in Ohio

Featured image In his brilliant book Spreading The Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For the Cites, Stanley Kurtz showed that redistributing wealth is the central organizing principle of Barack Obama’s ideology, and his deepest aspiration as president. During his first term, Obama pursued his wealth-spreading agenda cautiously. Nonetheless, his two main legislative achievements, the stimulus bill and Obamacare, are highly redistributionist. In the second term, as Kurtz demonstrated, »

Power and Constraint — how the press compromised U.S. anti-terrorism efforts

Featured image The U.S. response to 9/11 is mostly a success story, but that story has not been without its discouraging aspects. For example, I wrote here about the hijacking of key aspects of American anti-terrorism policy by military lawyers. Another example, from my perspective, is media disclosure of U.S. government anti-terrorism initiatives, the efficacy of which depended on secrecy. In his new book Power and Constraint, Jack Goldsmith devotes considerable attention »

This day in baseball history — The Yankees win a pivotal game

Featured image On Sunday, October 7, 1962, the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees played Game 3 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. The pitching matchup was Billy Pierce (16-6, 3.49) against Bill Stafford (14-9, 3.67). For the 35-year old Pierce, this was a long awaited opportunity to start a World Series game. In the 1959 Series, Chicago White Sox manager Al Lopez had limited his long-time ace to »

It may happen in October, but it won’t be a surprise

Featured image Eli Lake reports on White House deliberations over retaliation for the killing of Amb. Christopher Stevens and other Americans in Benghazi. U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly have compiled a list of suspects in the assault. According to some intelligence officials, there is enough detail to take military action to kill or capture ten of the operatives tied to the planning of the attack. The administration supposedly is considering whether to pursue »

On the ground in South Florida

Featured image My younger daughter rebelled against her upbringing in oh-so-Blue Maryland by living and voting in swing states — first New Hampshire and now Florida. On Thursday, she told me that the Romney-Obama debate had seemingly transformed the political landscape in her little corner of South Florida. The non-political types who watched the debate were buzzing about Romney’s trouncing of Obama. And her fellow Romney supporters suddenly felt energized. Sure enough, »

Romney’s improved standing

Featured image As John noted earlier today, Mitt Romney is ahead of President Obama by two points in the latest Rasmussen survey, not all of which was conducted after the debate. The reason for Romney’s surge is straightforward, but a memo by highly-respected Republican pollster David Winston helps us appreciate the impact of the debate. Winston notes: The opening 2012 Presidential debate was watched by a remarkable 67.2 million viewers according to »

This day in baseball history — the Giants pull even with the Yankees

Featured image On Friday October 5, 1962, Jack Sanford shut out the New York Yankees, and the San Francisco Giants evened the World Series with a 2-0 victory at Candlestick Park. Sanford hurled a 3-hit masterpiece. The Giants scored a run off of Yankee started Ralph Terry in the first inning on a double by Chuck Hiller, a sacrifice bunt by Felipe Alou, and an RBI ground out by Felipe’s brother Matty. »

Mitt Romney on the new jobs report

Featured image In the post immediately below, I offered my view on the Labor Department’s jobs report, which says that the unemployment rate dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent last month. In sum, the purported improvement indicated by these numbers appears to have little or no basis in reality. Mitt Romney responded quickly to the report: This is not what a real recovery looks like. We created fewer jobs in September »

An October surprise

Featured image Today, the Labor Department reported that the jobless rate in the U.S. dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent last month. This is the lowest rate in approximately three and a half years. But there’s a problem with the report: it doesn’t make sense. As Kevin Hassett points out, the 114,000 net jobs created in September is well below the average for this year (146,000) and the average for last »

Power and Constraint — how the JAGs hijacked U.S. anti-terrorism policy

Featured image The U.S. response to 9/11 is mostly a success story. But the story has not been without its discouraging aspects. One of the worst was the hijacking of key aspects of American anti-terrorism policy by military lawyers. During the Bush years, we often heard from the left that the war on terror was changing America for the worse by undermining our values and our Constitution. These claims were mostly nonsense. »

Those terrible debate acoustics

Featured image Driving around today and listening to the radio, I heard several liberals complain about Jim Lehrer, the moderator of last night’s debate. The specific grievances against Lehrer were a bit fuzzy. Some seemed unhappy that he occasionally reminded President Obama of the time limits, and pointed out when Obama ignored the limits after being reminded of them. One would think that this is a core function of a debate moderator. »

What’s left to admire Obama for now?

Featured image What must swing voters, who supported Barack Obama four years ago based on his soaring rhetoric and promises of a better future, be thinking after last night? Not only have these voters witnessed almost four years of bad economic performance, but now they learn that, under pressure, Obama can’t even deliver quality rhetoric. »

After last night

Featured image President Obama’s comparatively weak performance against Mitt Romney last night fits a pattern in presidential debates. Incumbent presidents almost always lose the first debate. That certainly was the case with George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. In recent times, only Bill Clinton is the exception. Looking further back, my recollection is that Jimmy Carter struggled in his debate in 1980. In 1976, though, Gerald Ford did well »

Well, that was terrific

Featured image It’s difficult to see how Mitt Romney could have been much better than he was in tonight’s debate. Romney was crisp, forcful (without being disrespectful or obnoxious), and almost always on point (especially during the crucial first hour). Most importantly, he was vibrant and even passionate. I have seen stiff lawyers come alive in a court room (I’ve even been described as having done so myself). To some extent, that’s »

The boundless dishonesty of Barack Obama

Featured image I noted yesterday that in his 2007 speech in Hampton, Virginia, Barack Obama falsely claimed that the Stafford Act had not been waived for relief money appropriated to help New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Stafford Act requires that, absent a waiver, localities match a percentage of the money they receive in federal assistance. Obama’s claim was false. A few weeks before Obama gave his Hampton speech, »