Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

A thriller at Old Trafford

Featured image Everton threw a monkey-wrench into Manchester United’s title hopes today, coming from two goals down in the last ten minutes to secure a famous 4-4 draw at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s home ground. That result means that Manchester United leads second-place Manchester City by only three points (the equivalent of one full game, in American terns) with three matches to go. Moreover, Manchester City still has a game with United »

Good News and Bad News for Sen. Hatch

Featured image Orrin Hatch will have to run in a primary in order to secure the Republican nomination for the Utah Senate seat he has held for nearly 36 years. That’s because Hatch fell slightly short of garnering 60 percent of the vote at the state Republican convention. In the first round, Hatch won 57 percent of the vote. In the second round, a run-off against his top competitor Dan Liljenquist, Hatch »

The French Presidential Candidates In Their Own Slogans

Featured image The first round of voting in the French presidential election takes place tomorrow (Sunday). There are ten candidates. Tomorrow’s voting will narrow the field to two. Here are the candidates, their party, and their campaign slogan (badly translated by me): Nicolas Sarkozy – Union for a Popular Movement – “Strong France” Francois Hollande – Socialist Party – “The Change Is Now” Marine Le Pen – National Front Party – “Yes, »

The State of the Race — What Might Change?

Featured image My view of the presidential race has been consistent during the past 15 months. Throughout that period, it has seemed to me that President Obama’s re-election chances, assuming the Republicans nominate Mitt Romney, are between 45 and 55 percent. And so it seems now. But more useful than odds-making is an analysis of what might cause the race, wherever it stands now, to change, and which candidate the change would »

One happy Deacon

I can’t express how happy I am to be back at Power Line.  I’m grateful to John, Scott, and Joe Malchow for their friendship and moral support during the past 15 months, and for holding a place at the blog for me. I also thank Steve Hayward for filling the gap I left, and then some.  It’s quite an honor to be replaced by someone of Steve’s stature, learning, and ability.  I’m »

Farewell and thank you

I have made the decision to discontinue blogging at this time. I thank John and Scott for bringing me along on this ride and I thank our readers as well. I couldn’t have hoped for better writing partners or for better readers. Best regards to all. »

A reince not a RINO

Yesterday, the Republican National Committee elected Reince Priebus as its chairman. I tried to follow the hotly contested race for this post, but couldn’t sustain an interest; this was truly inside baseball. I know three things about Priebus, all positive. First, he isn’t Michael Steele. Second, he was successful as head of the GOP in Wisconsin and received the backing of newly elected Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. Third, he gained »

Eisenhower’s farewell address and the demise of prudentialism

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s farewell address. At the time, it didn’t draw nearly as much attention as John Kennedy’s inaugural address delivered three days later. These days, however, Eisenhower’s speech is probably considered about as noteworthy. That’s mainly because the left loves to quote Ike’s warning about dangers of the “military-industrial complex.” There’s much more to the speech than just that passage, however. Ted Bromund finds »

Sarah Palin and the “blood libel”

Sarah Palin is coming in for criticism for using the term “blood libel” to describe accusations that she and other outspoken conservatives somehow have blood on their hands in connection with the Tucson shootings. Palin’s remarks on the shootings are also being compared unfavorably to President Obama’s speech at the University of Arizona. Obama’s speech was healing and uplifting, while Palin’s, some say, was divisive and defensive. I find both »


In a post last night, I criticized the use of a Yaqui prayer as the invocation to the memorial service in Tucson. In doing so, I failed to give the prayer the respect it deserves. Although I did not intend this as a slight to the religion or to the Yaqui tribe, it can clearly be interpreted as one. For this, I sincerely apologize to my readers, to the Yaqui »

The president’s speech, Part Two

The conservative commentary I’ve seen about President Obama’s speech of last night has been laudatory, and rightly so in my view. For example, Peter Wehner, who knows a thing or two about presidential speeches, writes that last night “Mr. Obama was president of all the people and spoke beautifully for them.” Pete also makes the key point that “the president used the occasion to essentially close an ugly and unfortunate »

The president’s speech

Tonight, in my estimation, President Obama delivered a brilliant, spellbinding, and fitting speech about the Tucson shootings. This was the best speech I’ve ever heard him give. It can be divided into three parts – a tribute to the victims, a denunciation of attempts to use the incident to make partisan attacks, and a related call for more civility in politics. In making these points, Obama steered away from what »

U.S. K-12 education — how bad?

We frequently read about how poorly the United States does when it comes to K-12 education. Our educational system is said, based on this or that study, to be lagging behind those of other developed nations, thus placing our economic competitiveness at risk. As with certain other metrics through which the U.S. is sometimes compared unfavorably to other countries, I always wonder whether the comparisons that find our education system »

What respectable liberalism looks like

The Washington Post editorial board parts company with the general run of liberal commentary about the Tucson shooting spree by eschewing attempts to blame a madman’s actions on “a vitriolic political culture laced with violent metaphors. . . .” The Post notes: Politicians should choose their words with care and keep debate civil, but it seems an unsupported leap to blame either the political climate or any particular individual or »

A look at baseball’s latest Hall of Fame selectees

Last week, Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar were voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. I consider both to be legitimate, albeit second-tier, Hall of Famers. The way I see the Hall, anyone in the top ten all time at his position deserves to be selected. We’re talking, after all, about 100 plus years of modern baseball history. For starting pitchers, by the same reasoning, I think anyone in the top »

Obamacare as debt-reduction legislaton

For the past few weeks, Democrats have been arguing against the repeal of Obamacare on the grounds that the program is a debt-reduction measure. The argument is hard to take seriously, so I haven’t addressed it, though I’ve provided links to some who have. But the Dems have been so persistent with this claim that perhaps it’s time to analyze it. I see three problems with defending Obamacare as a »

Has our political discourse taken a “dangerous turn”?

As Scott notes in a post below, “the race is on to place Jared Loughner among conservatives and attribute responsibility for yesterday’s murders to the political opponents of President Obama.” Less irresponsible precincts of the left are making the related argument that, as the first paragraph of the Washington Post’s lead story puts it, the shooting spree has “raised serious concerns that the nation’s heated political discourse has taken a »