Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

A tale of two conventions

Featured image Barack Obama says, correctly, that this election offers the American public a stark choice with respect to policy and national direction. So far, the two political conventions also present clear differences in approach. The Republican Convention was, in some ways, an understated affair. The Party devoted huge amounts of time attempting to show how nice Republicans are, especially when it comes to woman and Hispanics. This time could have been »

Is Elizabeth Warren Martha Coakley with a fake ethnicity? Part Three

Featured image A reader who is closely following the Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren race offers these observations: In the beginning of the campaign when Warren was struggling with her lies about her fake indian roots, her candidacy was as deep as a kiddie pool. She was like a broken record spouting the same exact [lines] over and over and over no matter what the question to her was. If you asked her about »

The Dems double down on leftism

Featured image I live watched the first night of the Dems’ Convention so you wouldn’t have to. Of course, you don’t have to read my live-bloging of the proceedings either. Tonight’s festival made for painful viewing. But I was heartened by this fact: the Dems doubled-down on their key positions — e.g., abortion, gay marriage, Obamacare, and the primacy of the federal government. Since FDR’s time, the Democrats have been a party »

Live blogging the DNC, or as much of it as I can stand

Featured image 7:50. Some Hispanic guy in a cowboy hat just praised Barack Obama as a man of humble origins. Pretentious origins would be more like it. But I guess only the Dems are allowed to talk about Obama’s origins. 7:55. Now the Dems are doing their Ted Kennedy tribute. Kennedy’s coattails weren’t very long in Massachusetts following his death, and I doubt he can help Obama from the grave. The Dems »

A root canal for Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

Featured image DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has claimed that Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., told her that Republican actions are “dangerous” to Israel. She reportedly made this comment at a training session for Jewish Democrats held by the Obama campaign at the Democratic National Convention. The training was designed to assist Jewish Democrats in the thankless (but sadly none-too-difficult) task of convincing Jews to vote for Obama. Wasserman Schultz »

Root canal or the DNC, which is the lesser of two evils?

Featured image John Burton is the chairman of the California Democratic Party. Over the weekend, he compared Paul Ryan to Nazi propaganda director Joseph Goebbels. Today, Burton reportedly left the Democratic National Convention for a “pre-scheduled root canal.” We’ll see whether any additional unpleasantness awaits Burton. If he were a Republican, there’s little doubt that the party would have purged him by now. »

Is Elizabeth Warren Martha Coakley with a fake ethnicity, Part Two

Featured image Last week, I compared Elizabeth Warren to Martha Coakley, the Democrat who lost “Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat” to Scott Brown. Today, Politico confirms that Warren, like Coakley, is struggling against Brown, albeit more glamorously. A PPP poll in mid-August gave Brown a 5 point lead. That’s the same margin by which Brown defeated Coakley Politico notes that Warren is losing about a fifth of Democratic voters to Brown, and that »

Obama to bail out Egypt

Featured image The Obama administration is set to eliminate a significant portion of Egypt’s $3.2 billion debt to the U.S. According to the Washington Post, the debt-relief package will likely approach $1 billion. Obama plans to grant this relief even as Egypt’s Islamist president Morsi cracks down on his domestic opponents, seeks control over the Sinai, and cozies up to Iran. The only concession Morsi appears to have made to the U.S. »

This day in baseball history

Featured image Many baseball fans of a certain age remember the extraordinary National League pennant race of 1962, in the which the Los Angeles Dodgers needed a playoff to best the San Francisco Giants. But few recall that the American League race was also tightly contested well into September. At the close of play on September 3 1962, the Giants had pulled to with 2.5 games of the Dodgers, having defeated their »

The Democrats’ enthusiasm gap and its perils

Featured image Political analyst Charlie Cook argues that President Obama faces an enthusiasm gap that is likely to plague his reelection campaign. Cook finds that this gap manifests itself in two of the three demographic groups among which Obama needs huge margins. The two groups are Hispanics and young voters. Obama suffers no shortage of enthusiasm from the third group — African-Americans. I suspect, however, that the lack of enthusiasm among those »

Was there a bounce?

Featured image There was, indeed, at least according to Rasmussen: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 48% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 44% of the vote. . . .Just prior to this past week’s Republican National Convention, Romney trailed the president by two. Today’s four-point advantage confirms that the GOP hopeful has received the expected convention bounce. Romney also has gained »

A tale of two Testers

Featured image Democrat Jon Tester is campaigning hard to hold onto his Montana Senate seat in the face of a strong challenge by Rep. Denny Rehberg. But Tester seems to be campaigning harder against President Obama than against Rehberg. Below, via Eliana Johnson at NRO, is a Tester ad that seeks to portray the candidate as an obstacle to the Obama administration. But Tester was no obstacle to Obama’s leftist agenda when »

Poll suggests that Akin may be back in the hunt

Featured image A poll taken by PPP on August 28 and 29 has Sen. Claire McCaskill leading Republican challenger Todd Akin by only one point, 45-44. PPP is the same organization that showed McCaskill leading Akin by only one point just after Akin made his stupid remark about rape and reproduction. However, in that poll PPP oversampled Republicans to the tune of 39% R and only 30% D. In PPP’s latest poll »

The MSM spins Clint Eastwood

Featured image As Scott has said, reasonable people can disagree about Clint Eastwood’s presentation to the Republican National Convention. I have stated pretty forcefully my mostly negative view of it. But, as Scott has shown, the theme being peddled by the pro-Obama MSM — that Eastwood indulged in incoherent rambling — is false. As such, it should be regarded as a mixture of denial and blatant partisan spinning, mostly the latter. Washington »

Why didn’t the RNC trumpet Clint Eastwood’s appearance in advance?

Featured image Having a mystery speaker at the Republican National Convention was a nice touch for the delegates and for committed Republicans planning to view the convention at home, and many of us had fun guessing who that speaker would be. But surely the bigger priority for the Party was to maximize the television audience for Thursday night. Listing Clint Eastwood as a scheduled speaker would have served this objective better than »

He would never talk to Gene Hackman like that

Featured image Scott has saluted Clint Eastwood’s appearance last night at the RNC, concluding that it worked. I think it probably did too, and said so at the time. I know that my wife, who is a not a Republican, enjoyed it and saw nothing amiss. For many in the anti-Obama camp, the inquiry ends with the political calculus. But Eastwood’s performance left a slightly sour taste in my mouth. Eastwood got »

“A bundle of wasted opportunities”

Featured image That’s what my friend Bill Otis calls Romney’s speech: I thought Romney’s speech was a bundle of wasted opportunities. If the idea was to introduce “Romney the good family man,” to soften his image as a rapacious Bain capitalist, the idea was all wrong and poorly executed to boot. It was wrong first because it buys into the Democratic idea that the country wants and needs a President “who understands »