Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

The politics of the Obamacare decision

Featured image Josh Gerstein, a fine reporter for Politico, considers the best- and worst-case results of tomorrow’s Obamacare decision for key players. Oddly, Gerstein concludes that a decision upholding the law in full is the best case scenario for both President Obama and Mitt Romney. According to Gerstein, Obama wins if his law is upheld because it represents the signature legislative achievement of his presidency and his most consequential legacy. And, although »

The Miami Heats, the Chicago Who-Sox, and the phony sports fan in the White House

Featured image As John points out below, President Obama yesterday congratulated the “Miami Heats” for winning the NBA championship. He singled out James Lebron for particular praise (sorry, I made that part up as a composite). This isn’t the only evidence that Obama is a phony sports fan. Our president loves to talk about his devotion to the Chicago White Sox; he did it again at a fundraiser two days ago. But »

Last night’s primaries

Featured image Last night was a relatively quiet one on the primary front. That’s mainly because it became clear a month ago or more that Sen. Orrin Hatch would cruise to victory over insurgent candidate Dan Liljenquist. Nothing, then, for the MSM to fixate on here. Hatch did indeed cruise, besting Liljenquist by almost exactly a 2-1 ratio. I’m happy that Hatch will be returning to the Senate. He has been a »

Euro 2012 — a look back at the quarterfinals

Featured image The last quarterfinal of Euro 2012 – the 28th match of the tournament – finally produced the inevitable goalless draw. To no one’s surprise, England and Italy provided it. Justice was served in the penalty kick shoot-out when the Italians, who dominated almost the entire contest, prevailed 4-2. By making the quarterfinals, England did as well as could have been expected under the circumstances. But their inability to mount sustained »

Obama demonstrates why there must never be a path to citizenship for illegal aliens

Featured image Hoping to improve his chances for reelection, President Obama recently has pandered to Hispanic voters in the following ways: First, in violation of his constitutional duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Obama has announced that the U.S. government will refuse to enforce the immigration laws as they apply to an entire, massive class of illegal aliens (those who were brought here as children by their parents). »

Mia Love for Congress

Featured image Today’s Washington Post contains a front page story about Mia Love, the Republican candidate for Congress in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District. Love, age 36, is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, a rapidly growing Utah town of about 18,000. She is also Black, Mormon, and quite conservative. If elected, she will become the first Black female Republican member of Congress. Love entered politics when she heard talk about taking the words »

Barack Obama’s quest for that elusive foreign policy “win-win”

Featured image The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration believes Egypt’s newly elected president Mohammed Morsi – he of the Muslim Brotherhood – could become a U.S. ally. It describes the administration as cautiously upbeat about Morsi. He thus joins a growing list of hostile leaders with whom Obama believes (or believed) he can successfully work. The list includes Assad in Syria, Ahmadinejad in Iran, Putin in Russia, and the folks »

Say “hell no” to this manipulative president, Part Two

Featured image Before the ink was dry on the Supreme Court’s mixed decision on Arizona’s immigration control law, President Obama was calling for “comprehensive immigration reform.” By that he means, in essence, eventual citizenship for illegal aliens in exchange for more promises of enforcement that he and, in all likelihood, his successors won’t fulfill. The Democrats firmly controlled both chambers of Congress for two years, so Obama could have proposed and likely »

Why Republicans should say “hell no” to this lawless president

Featured image There’s been much speculation about whether the Obama administration has a Plan B ready in case the Supreme Court strikes down all or some of Obamacare. But it’s clear that the White House was ready today when the Court rejected its challenge to the constitutionality of an Arizona law requiring local law enforcement officers, during routine stops, to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country »

The Supreme Court’s immigration decision — an affront to federalism and to common sense

Featured image The Supreme Court’s decision strking down, on preemption grounds, major portions of an Arizona law designed to help that State cope with the massive and unlawful influx of aliens is an affront to federalism and to common sense. Justice Scalia has it right in his dissent: Arizona bears the brunt of the country’s illegal immigration problem. Its citizens feel themselves under siege by large numbers of illegal immigrants who invade »

The real problem of having the Americans as your ally

Featured image I’m reading Notes On A Century: Reflections Of A Middle East Historian, the memoir of the great historian Bernard Lewis. We feature this book on the Power Line bookshelf below. Notes On A Century works at many levels. It combines page after page of insights about the Middle East with a glimpse into the life of a pathbreaking historian. Lewis continuously displays a delicious feel for anecdote and irony. In »

Wise words about Israel from Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Featured image I hope our readers have watched the most recent video of Scott interviewing Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In this installment, Ms. Hirsi Ali offers her observations about Israel. Her first observation pertains to Israel’s vibrant, flouishing economy, which has continuously transformed the country since she began visiting 15 years ago. My wife, who attended college in Israel in the early 1970s and who visits every few years, says the same thing. »

This day in baseball history

Featured image On June 24, 1962, the New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers 9-7 in 22 innings. The game lasted exactly 7 hours, making it the longest ever played in terms of elapsed time as of that date. The Yankees and the Tigers had battled for the 1961 pennant, with the rest of the American League far behind. But heading in late June of 1962, as the Yankees headed to Detroit »

Avoiding the full Jimmy Carter in Egypt

Featured image As Scott has noted, Mohammed Morsi is the winner in Egypt’s presidential run-off election. Morsi is the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood. He captured 51.7 percent of the vote. His opponent, Hosni Mubarak’s former Prime Minister, gained 48.3 percent. So the Egyptians toppled Mubarak and then nearly elected one of his cronies president. That’s not much of a mandate for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. But mandates don’t matter; power »

Egyptian liberals wary of Muslim Brotherhood

Featured image Tomorrow, the results of the Egyptian presidential run-off election supposedly will be announced. The voting ended a week ago, and the elections commission pledged to declare the winner three days ago. However, it later said it needs more time to review hundreds of complaints lodged by the campaigns. In the meantime, the Muslim Brotherhood has led protests against the military, which has made known its reluctance to transfer power to »

Was Fast and Furious intended to promote gun control?

Featured image As John notes here, Bill Whittle is arguing that the Fast and Furious program was an effort by the Obama administration to increase bloodshed in Mexico and thereby lead to tougher gun control regulation in the U.S. This theory has been around for a while, and may receive a wider hearing now that Obama has asserted a weak privilege claim to prevent the disclosure of some Fast and Furious documents. »

The Bain Capital Wars Move Offshore, Part Two

Featured image James Pethokoukis has cast doubt on claims by the Washington Post that, while at Bain Capital, Romney was involved with companies that were sending jobs overseas. As I discussed here, the Post relied on six Bain-related companies: Computer Software Inc. (CSI), Stream Internationl, Modus Media, GT Bicycle, SMTC Corp., and Chippac. Let’s look at each of them. CSI — The Post says that CSI provided companies like Microsoft with a »