Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Who is the “reality-based” presidential candidate? Part One

Featured image One of the American left’s most persistent self-congratulatory themes is the claim that, unlike the right, its views aren’t based on ideology, but rather on facts. Indeed, the left likes to call itself the “reality-based” community, so data-driven does it fancy its position to be. The delusional nature of this pose is a subject for another post. It is also, I understand, a subject of Jonah Goldberg’s new book, The »

Tom Cotton surges ahead

Featured image We’re happy to report that our friend Tom Cotton has taken the lead in polling of the Republican primary in Arkansas’ Fourth Congressional District. The latest survey of likely primary voters, taken by Talk Business-Hendrix College, shows Tom with 51 percent of the vote, compared to 33 percent for Beth Anne Rankin, his main opponent. Rankin was the Republican nominee in 2010, before redistricting made the seat more favorable for »

National Dems not feeling it in Wisconsin

Featured image According to this report from Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, Wisconsin Democrats are furious with the national party — and the Democratic National Committee in particular — for refusing their request for a major investment in the battle to recall Gov. Scott Walker. According to Sargent’s source, the party has asked the DNC for $500,000 to help with its massive field operation, but the money has not been forthcoming. »

Mitt Romney, job creator or job destroyer?

Featured image Mitt Romney has run against Democrats twice: in 1994 he ran for the Senate against Ted Kennedy; in 2002 he ran for Governor of Massachusetts against Shannon O’Brien. In both elections, the Democrat attacked Romney as a “job destroyer” based on his work at Bain Capital. The tactic seemed to work in 1994, when Romney suffered a decisive defeat after polls had shown him just about even with Kennedy early »

Obama leads Romney 45.1 to 39.5 in Michigan

Featured image That is the finding of a new poll taken for the Detroit News by the Glengariff Group. Given his opposition to the GM bailout, I don’t expect Romney to carry Michigan unless he wins big over Obama nationally. But the Obama camp can’t be happy that their man falls well short of 50 percent in this solidly Democratic state. And though Obama is ahead, his lead does not exceed the »

John Edwards and the “reality-based” community

Featured image I have tried to avert my eyes from the John Edwards trial, but this snippet from a report of that event in the Washington Post caught my eye. It seems that Edwards’ own attorney told the trial judge this week: “No one is going to deny that Mr. Edwards lied and lied and lied and lied.” But for the fact that Keith Olbermann is, himself, one of the worst people »

The best English Premier League finish ever

Featured image Today, the English Premier League treated soccer fans to the most dramatic final day in its 20 year history. First, the important news. Everton defeated Newcastle 3-1 to clinch a better finish (seventh place) than that of arch-rival Liverpool (eighth place). Now, for the secondary stuff. Going into today, Manchester City and Manchester United were tied for first place. However, City, the more talented side, had a much better goal »

“Culture matters,” Romney says

Featured image I have praised Rick Santorum for articulating, better than any candidate I have heard, the connection between “cultural” and economic issues. I have also noted that Mitt Romney has mostly steered clear of discussing this connection, though I believe he understands it. In fact, having read The Real Romney, a biography of the candidate by two Boston Globe reporters, I am convinced that he does. Today, in a commencement speech »

Taming International Law — Two Books

Featured image No aspcet of the modern leftist project poses more danger than the left’s approach to international law. By definition, interational law is in tension with national sovereignty, but the “transnationalist” approach to international law advanced by leftists threatens to run roughshod over sovereignty. And, in the case of the United States, a threat to sovereignty means a threat to democracy — to the ability of Americans to govern themselves. Two »

Mitt Romney, community organizer

Featured image Was Mitt Romney a jerk in high school? Maybe. But what is the adult Romney like? From The Real Romney, by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman (pages 120-121): One Saturday, Grant Bennett got up on a ladder outside his two-story [house] intent on dislodging a hornets’ nest, which had formed between an air-conditioning unit and a second floor window. . . .The hornets went right at him, and he fell »

Mandel closes the gap in Ohio

Featured image A new Quinnipiac University poll of the Ohio Senate race shows that Republican challenger (and friend of Power Line) Josh Mandel has moved to within 6 points of incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown. 46 percent favor Brown, while 40 percent favor Mandel. A survey by PPP puts Brown up by 8 points, 45-37. As the incumbent, Brown cannot be happy that he commands 4 to 5 points less than 50 percent »

Romney leads Obama 50-43 in tracking poll

Featured image The latest Rasmussen tracking poll has Mitt Romney leading President Obama by a healthy 7 point margin — 50 to 43. This is the largest lead Romney has held in this polling. Obama’s approval rating is only 44 percent, compared to 55 percent who disapprove. The president’s 9 point approval gap essentially matches his 7 percent voting gap. At least according to this poll, then, Romney is performing as one »

Tommy Thompson holds big lead over Democrat in Wisconsin Senate race

Featured image A new Rasmussen poll shows Republican Tommy Thompson leading Democrat Tammy Baldwin by 50-38 in a potential Senate match-up in Wisconsin. This is an open seat currently held by Democrat Herb Kohl. Thus, Wisconsin represents an opportunity for Republicans to pick up a Senate seat. Thompson’s lead isn’t suprising. Before becoming Secretary of Health and Human Services, he was an election-winning machine in Wisconsin, having been elected governor of the »

Obama is standing traditional foreign policy thinking on its head, but why?

Featured image I wrote here and here about how President Obama tilted American policy in South Asia away from our natural ally, India, and towards Pakistan, a country with whom we have little natural affinity and whose role in Afghanistan has remained ambiguous at best. Obama’s approach to South Asia is consistent with his approach to foreign policy general. In the Middle East, he tilted away from our long-time ally, Israel. In »

Mitt Romney — life after high school

Featured image What kind of man – not teenager, but man – is Mitt Romney? Consider this episode, recounted by Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman in their book The Real Romney: It was shaping up to be a hard Christmas for Mark and Sheryl Nixon. They had recently moved their family to the Boston area. . .and didn’t know many people. And then. . .they got the kind of »

What was Mitt Romney like in high school (and should anyone care)?

Featured image Today’s buzz is all about a story in the Washington Post (online edition) about Mitt Romney’s high school days at Cranbrook, a tony prep school in Michigan. Allegedly, Romney did some unfortunate things. The worst of them was that, allegedly, he participated in the cutting of the long hair of a fellow student. Other students pinned the kid and Romney cut his hair. The student was gay, but apparently had »

A tale from the “wild, wild west” of academia

Featured image An internal investigation at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has uncovered academic fraud involving the department of African and Afro-American Studies. The fraud extends to more than 50 different classes. It ranges from no-show professors to unauthorized grade changes for students. According to the findings of the investigation, the department of African and Afro-American Studies offered 616 classes from the Summer of 2007 through the Summer of 2009. This »