Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Two Classes Divided By “I Do”

Featured image The left loves to talk about growing income inequality in America. But it doesn’t like to mention the huge role that changes in marriage patterns have played in this growth. Jason DeParle of the New York Times takes up the subject in an article called Two Classes Separated By ‘I Do.’ He writes: “Estimates vary widely, but scholars have said that changes in marriage patterns — as opposed to changes »

Why immigration reform should take its cue from reality

Featured image The Sunday Washington Post featured a thoughtful article about illegal immigration by Roberto Suro. Suro argues that we make a big mistake by viewing illegal immigrants as either (a) candidates for deportation or (b) future citizens. I agree. We cannot deport our way to a sound immigration policy. In my view, large-scale deportation would be impractical, harmful to the economy, and inhumane. But providing illegal immigrants with a path to »

Hillary Clinton in Egypt

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s trip to Egypt should provide her with food for thought, assuming she is capable of the independent variety of that activity. On Sunday, protesters hurled tomatoes and shoes at her motorcade. One tomato landed in the face of an Egyptian official. Some of the Egyptian charmers taunted Clinton with chants of “Monica, Monica” as she passed by. The Egyptian military was next in line to rebuke the Secretary »

Barack Obama’s high-risk, high-reward campaign strategy, and how Romney should respond

As John pointed out earlier today, President Obama’s reelection strategy consists of attempting to destroy Mitt Romney, and this is a sensible strategy because Obama cannot run on his record. Even so, it may seem odd that Obama is pushing his Bain-related attacks so hard this early, at a time when the polls show him to be even or ahead in the race. The Bill Clintons and the Ed Rendells »

Where Obama failed in the Middle East, Part Two

Featured image The Washington Post’s report on President Obama’s failure in his dealings with Israel and the Palestinians is worth reading in its entirely. But I want to call attention to a statement by Obama that is quoted earlier in the article. As Obama was setting out on his not so excellent adventure, he met with American Jewish leaders. According to the Post, the following exchange occurred: “If you want Israel to »

Where Obama failed in the Middle East

Featured image That’s the title of a lead story in today’s Washington Post regarding the president’s hugely unsuccessful effort to bring about a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. That Obama failed is a given. As the Post puts it: “After a year and a half of politically costly pressure on Israel, Obama had nothing to show for it, except far less capital to work with at home and a damaged »

Does Obama really want the buck to stop “here”?

Featured image During an interview yesterday, President Obama defended his attacks on Mitt Romney over decisions Bain Capital made while Romney was on a leave of absence from that entity: SCOTT THUMAN: What about Bain Capital? It’s a big issue for the past 24 hours right now. Mitt Romney’s campaign says he left in ’99, yours says it’s 2000, there’s a significant difference, is he being dishonest with the American public? PRESIDENT »

It’s a wonderful green life

Featured image My conservative cousin from New York posted the following on his FaceBook page a while ago: Governor Cuomo’s plan to boost New York’s economy with casino gambling reminds me of a certain banker played by John Barrymore in the classic film “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Add a few dance halls, Governor, and much of Upstate New York will turn into Pottersville. [It] looks like Cuomo has updated Henry Potter’s vision »

The memory of June 4, 1967

Featured image Call it vanity, but I try never to link to a column or article without providing some commentary of my own. But this article by Bret Stephens about the the meaning of the Six Day War, then and now, deserves to the posted without any comment by me other than my earnest recommendation that you read the whole thing. »

“Hate speech” and theatre of the absurd

Featured image In England, it’s a crime to call someone a “f___ing black c___.” If you think I’m making this up, ask John Terry, the English soccer star who was just found not guilty of saying this to Anton Ferdinand, an opposing player, during a contentious match. Terry didn’t come away unscathed. He lost his captaincy of the England national team when the Crown decided to prosecute him. But one needn’t feel »

Ed Rendell — Team Obama went “a little bit too far with the felony business”

Featured image The only positive thing President Obama has going for him with swing voters is that they tend to like him personally. I’m not sure why, but assume it’s some combination of his race, the positive initial impression he made, and the tendency of Americans to want to like their president. Obama’s increasingly vicious campaign against Mitt Romney puts this one and only asset in jeopardy. It risks everything on gaining »

On judicial restraint

Featured image Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy wonders whether, in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding Obamacare’s individual mandate, liberals and conservatives are about to swap positions on the proper role of the Supreme Court. For decades, Kerr notes, liberals have tend to view the power of judicial review as an unambiguously positive thing. If the exercise of that power entails striking down statutes, then good: it means that »

Safe House

Featured image Plenty of uncertainty surrounds this year’s election. Will Romney defeat Obama? Will the Republicans gain control of the Senate? Right now, both seem like roughly even money propositions. When it comes to the House, however, considerably less uncertainty exists. In all likelihood, the Republicans will retain control. This, Politico tells us, is the view of all three major congressional political prognotication services: Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Rothenberg Political Report, and »

The latest Bain-related smear takes hit after hit

Featured image Earlier today, I wrote about the Boston Globe’s attempt to breathe life into Team Obama’s Bain-related smear of Mitt Romney. Here some additional developments. First, Bain Capital has issued this statement confirming that Romney left the company in February 1999. Mitt Romney left Bain Capital in February 1999 to run the Olympics and has had absolutely no involvement with the management or investment activities of the firm or with any »

Latest Senate poll news

Featured image There is good news from two Senate fronts today. First, a Rasmussen poll puts Republican Rick Berg nine points ahead (49-40) of his Democratic challenger, Heidi Heitkamp, in North Dakota. I’ve assumed that Berg would fairly handily win in this Red state. But folks who actually know the state tell me that Heitkamp, an attractive candidate, has a shot. Moreover, a Mason-Dixon poll in early June had Heitkamp leading by »

The obsession with Bain continues

Featured image The Boston Globe is citing SEC filings for the proposition that Mitt Romney remained at Bain Capital beyond 1999, the year he says he left to run the Winter Olympics. According to the Globe, documents filed by Romney and Bain say he remained chief executive and chairman of the firm until at least 2002, creating five new investment partnerships during that time. The Romney campaign responds that their man gave »

All-time Senate Giants, revisited

Featured image There have been some great responses to my list of 20 all-time Senate giants. Richard Russell (D-Ga), who was on my last draft of a list, received support. So did Henry “Scoop” Jackson (D-Wash), whom I somehow managed completely to forget about. Jackson was a giant and would rate serious consideration in a revised list. Others receiving serious mention were Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), Jesse Helms (R-NC), Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.), »