Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Romney is winning the Bain wars

Featured image Almost six years ago, as Mitt Romney prepared to enter the 2008 presidential campaign, his team believed that Romney’s business experience would be a huge plus. According to my sources, Romney and his staff saw a public that yearned, in the aftermath of President Bush, for a super-competent leader. Given Romney’s enormous sucess at Bain and with the 2002 Winter Olympics, he seemed to ooze super-competence. Things didn’t go according »

Rasmussen’s latest: Romney 49, Obama 47

Featured image Today’s Rasmussen tracking poll shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama by two points, 49-47. This poll encompasses three days of nightly polling, including one day of post-second debate polling. Thus, roughly one-third of those in the survey were polled after the Tuesday debate. Yesterday’s Rasmussen poll included no post-debate responses. In that poll, Romney led 49-48. It’s too early to draw any conclusions from Rasmussen polling about the impact of »

CNN admits that Crowley’s disregard of the rules was intended to help Obama

Featured image If authentic, CNN’s memo explaining why Candy Crowley permitted President Obama to speak four minutes more than Mitt Romney during Tuesday’s presidential debate is devastating to that network: On why Obama got more time to speak, it should be noted that Candy and her commission producers tried to keep it even but that Obama went on longer largely because he speaks more slowly. We’re going to do a word count »

Desperate times call for unpresidential behavior

Featured image More than enough has been written about Candy Crowley’s improper and inaccurate “fact-checking” of answers regarding Libya during last night’s debate. But let me briefly discuss an aspect of the exchange that I don’t think has received much attention. After Crowley opined that President Obama was correct in saying that, early on, he declared the Benghazi attack terrorism, Obama asked the moderator to repeat her assertion. Did anyone think it »

Good news from Wisconsin

Featured image A new poll of Wisconsin voters by Marquette Law School (when it comes to polling, it seems that everyone’s getting into the act) provides good news for both Mitt Romney and Tommy Thompson. The poll has Romney in a virtual tie with President Obama (Obama 49, Romney 48). It also has Thompson virtually deadlocked with his opponent Tammy Baldwin (Thompson 46, Baldwin 45). The poll demonstrates the significance of the »

To what extent is the public listening to Obama?

Featured image It’s a commonplace that when a challenger debates an incumbent president, the challenger gains in stature if he hangs in there effectively with the president. Mitt Romney certainly met that standard last night. If this had been the first debate, the story would be that, regardless of who had the better of it on this or that point, Romney gained by hanging in there with Obama. But of course, Romney »

The atmospherics of last night’s debate

Featured image I’m a fan of Yuval Levin, and I think his take on last night’s debate is well worth reading because he makes a shrewd point I haven’t seen elsewhere. Levin focuses on the impact of having the audience questions come from “undecideds” from Nassau County, as opposed to, say, Ohio or Virginia. Last night’s “undecideds” tended to sound like disappointed Democrats. Accordingly, their questions often contained liberal premises (as with »

Essentially a draw, but whom does it help?

Featured image Many of us expected to see a vastly improved Barack Obama in tonight’s debate, and that he would find his groove at around the mid-point between his laid back first performance and Joe Biden’s over-the-top performance art. As it turned out, Obama met, and probably exceeded, these expectations. He debated quite well, attacking Romney effectively, defending his record as well as he could, and presenting himself to the audience as »

This day in baseball history — a classic game decides the World Series

Featured image On October 16, 1962, the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants played Game 7 of the World Series at Candlestick Park. This game is generally (and correctly, in my view) considered one of the top 10 World Series games of all-time. The game is remembered for the line drive that ended it, for the double play that produced its only run, and, by some, for the impact of »

“Diversity within diversity” — a path too far

Featured image I wrote here about the oral argument in the Fisher case, a challenge to the University of Texas’s use of race to admit Black and Hispanic undergraduate applicants who otherwise would be rejected under its standard admissions criteria. In this post, I want to explore one important aspect of that case. The University of Texas ensures the admission of a reasonably large numbers of minorities by guaranteeing entrance to anyone »

Observations on the Pennsylvania and Missouri Senate races

Featured image A new Quinnipiac poll confirms that the Pennsylvania Senate race has tightened considerably. According to Qunnipiac’s survey, incumbent Democrat Bob Casey now leads Republican challenger Tom Smith by only 3 points, 48-45. Two other recent polls of this race are in line with Quinnipiac’s. Rasmussen has Casey ahead 49-45 and the Morning Call newspaper has Casey up 41-39. Only PPP, a Democrat shop, shows Casey maintaining his once big lead »

This day in baseball history — after the deluge

Featured image On Monday, October 15, 1962, the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants resumed the World Series after four days off. The two teams had last played on Wednesday, October 10. Since then, there had been a travel day and then three consecutive rain-outs in San Francisco. You can get an idea of the magnitude of the storms that caused the postponements, and catch a glimpse of “Candlestick Pond,” »

Hillary takes responsibility for Benghazi, sort of

Featured image The big story this evening is that Hillary Clinton has “taken responsibility” for what happened in Benghazi. According to CNN reporter Elise Labott, Clinton said that it is “her State Department”; that the buck stops with her; and that she “take[s] responsibility.” Similarly, Clinton reportedly told Fox News that she is “responsible for the State Department, for more than 60,000 people around the world.” But she added that “the decisions »

Is the Florida Senate race now close?

Featured image Today brings word of two new Rasmussen Senate polls — one from Virginia, the other from Florida. The Virginia poll shows Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen in a virtual tie, with Kaine at 48 percent and Allen at 47. That’s basically old news. Kaine and Allen have been deadlocked in most polls throughout the campaign season. In Florida, Rasmussen has Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson virtually tied with challenger »

How Obama’s failed Syria policies reflect his flawed instincts

Featured image Yesterday, I suggested that Mitt Romney needs a foreign policy critique of President Obama that ties Obama’s failings in a specific country or situation to his poor instincts and hugely flawed overall approach. Today, Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post performs this task with respect to Syria, which he calls “Obama’s greatest failure.” As Diehl explains: “The president’s handling of Syria. . .exemplifies every weakness in his foreign policy – »

Steven Strasburg and the Nats playoff defeat

Featured image In the wake of the Washington Nationals heartbreaking playoff series loss to St. Louis, John Feinstein takes to the pages of the Washington Post to write a bitter and unfair attack on the club’s management for shutting down ace pitcher Steven Strasburg before the playoffs. Feinstein believes that the Nationals, once they realized they would make the playoffs, should have “stretched out” Strasburg’s season so he could pitch in October »

Axelrod bobs and weaves over Obama’s level of engagement the day of the Benghazi attack

Featured image Today on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace pressed David Axelrod on the question of how soon, and in what ways, President Obama tried to get to the bottom of the nature of the attack in Benghazi. As a predicate for the question, Wallace pointed out that on the day of the attack, the State Department and the intelligence community were presenting conflicting views about whether the attack was spontaneous or »