Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Judge Posner’s hatchet job on Justice Scalia’s book

Featured image I have long admired Richard Posner, both as a jurist and a thinker. With the possible exception of Bill James, I can’t think of a writer of non-fiction whose work I have read more of. Posner’s latest published work is a review of »

Unpacking Obama’s DNC energy promises and distortions

Featured image In my live-blog of President Obama’s speech to the DNC, I said that, when it comes to the parts dealing with energy, it would take multiple posts to expose the president’s deception. For starters, here’s a brief statement by Thomas Pyle, the president of American Energy Alliance: On the eve of the one-year anniversary of Solyndra’s bankruptcy, Barack Obama made the latest in a four year string of empty promises »

One more trip to the salt mine — live blogging the DNC

Featured image 11:48. So what’s the bottom line on this Convention? I’ve probably been too deep in the trees to see the forest, but here goes. First, and most importantly, Mitt Romney took a huge amount of fire this week. He’s going to have his work cut out in trying keep the gains in his image that I think he accrued through the Republican Convention. Second, the Dems tried gamely to defend »

Obama’s arrogance is no substitute for competent leadership

Featured image Four years ago, when Barack Obama stood in front of fake Greek columns before a massive outdoor crowd in Denver to accept his party’s nomination for the office of president, millions of Americans expected him to deliver hope, change, and a brilliant presidency that would solve the nation’s ills. Tonight, when he speaks to a much smaller indoor gathering in Charlotte, most of these people would settle for a competent »

Bill Clinton puts Bill Clinton first

Featured image In theory, the highest and best use of Bill Clinton last night would have been a full-throated defense of President Obama’s first term, including an explanation of how this “yes we can” president turned the economy around and ushered in a new era of prosperity. But that speech was never an option. Even the most hack Democrat partisans aren’t going there. The next best speech would have been a ringing »

Today’s dose of punishment — live blogging the Democratic convention

Featured image 11:38. Bill Clinton is widely considered to have been a successful president. I would argue that to the extent Clinton was successful, he owed that success in considerable part to his response to the smashing Republican victory in the 1994 congressional elections, a response very different from Obama’s response to 2010. Be that as it may, getting Clinton’s publicly and vehemently expressed “seal of approval” is helpful to Obama. Beyond »

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 »