Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

The upcoming debate — no more Mr. Nice Guy

Featured image Mitt Romney has several decisions to make about how to approach tomorrow’s debate. I discussed one of them yesterday, arguing that he should not approach the debate cautiously, even though a break-even performance would probably be enough to improve his standing. Another decision is the one Romney faced during the Republican Convention — whether to focus on increasing his likeability or on attacking his opponent. In his speech to the »

No man is a hero to his garbageman (updated by John and Paul)

Featured image Mitt Romney certainly isn’t a hero to his. The garbageman thinks Romney doesn’t care about him. The basis for this conclusion isn’t clear. Maybe it’s that Romney believes he has no shot at his garbageman’s vote. Romney is right about that. JOHN adds: So is this the new standard in presidential politics? We vote for the guy who cares more about his garbageman? Actually, if I had to choose on »

Power and Constraint — a book review

Featured image Jack Goldsmith is a professor at Harvard Law School. During part of President George W. Bush’s first term, Goldsmith served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice. His is one of the best legal minds I know of. Goldsmith is the author of Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11, published earlier this year. I have written a review of »

This day in baseball history

Featured image On October 1, 1962, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants played the first game of a best-of-three playoff to determine the National League pennant winner. It was the fourth such playoff in National League history and the fourth involving the Dodgers. They had lost to St. Louis in 1946 and to the then-New York Giants in 1951, before defeating Milwaukee in 1959. The Dodgers and the Giants »

It’s still very much a race in Ohio

Featured image A PPP poll of Ohio released last night gives President Obama a 49-45 lead. The margin of error is 3.5 points. PPP concludes: “It’s a mistake to think based on recent polling in Ohio that the race there is over. Obama is not popular in the state. . . .” The Romney campaign expands on this theme by making the following points about the PPP poll: · More people disapprove »

Politico/GW poll contains good news for Romney

Featured image A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll of likely voters shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 47 percent. That’s a point closer than a week ago and still within the margin of error. The poll shows Romney leading among independents by 4 points. It also confirms that Obama faces an uphill battle with this group. Independents give Romney a 14-point edge on jobs and an 11-point »

The upcoming debate — will both candidates play it safe?

Featured image I had hoped that by the time of the first debate, Mitt Romney would have a lead over President Obama or, at least, that the race would be tied. In either scenario, the pressure would be on Obama, enhancing the possibility that he might become testy. Instead, Obama appears to have a small lead nationally and perhaps a somewhat larger one in key states like Florida and Ohio. Assuming that »

This day in baseball history

Featured image The Los Angeles Dodgers entered play on Sunday September 30, 1962 — the last day of the regular season — with a one game lead over the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers could win the National League pennant by beating the St. Louis Cardinals in Los Angeles. And even if the Dodgers lost, the Giants would still need to beat the Houston Colt 45s in San Francisco to force a »

The replacement refs die for pro football’s sins

Featured image The regular NFL referees are back at work, their labor dispute with the league having been resolved. Good. The replacement refs who worked the first three games of the season were poor. However, the performance of the replacements didn’t just highlight their own shortcomings. They also highlighted imperfections in the pro game itself. Consider the bitter complaints we heard so often during the past few weeks: With all the confusion »

This day in baseball history

Featured image On Saturday, September 29, 1962, the Los Angeles Dodgers squandered an opportunity to clinch the National League pennant when they lost 2-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals. 25-game winner Don Drysdale pitched brilliantly for the Dodgers, limiting St. Louis to 5 hits and no earned runs. But the Cards scored 2 in the second inning thanks to an error by lumbering Frank Howard on a Dal Maxvill fly ball. Ernie »

Obama and Romney are basically tied in Virginia

Featured image I’ve received plenty of emails from readers in Northern Virginia expressing skepticism about polls that have Obama leading Romney in Virginia by a significant wide margin. And with good reason; it is difficult to believe that Obama will do as well in the Commonwealth this year as he did in 2008 when he won by 6.3 points. Now come two polls in two days that show the race in Virginia »

This day in baseball history

Featured image On September 28, 1962, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 3-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals in 10 innings. They thus missed the opportunity to clinch at least a tie for the National League pennant. The Cardinals opened the top of the tenth with singles by Curt Flood and Stan Musial off of Ron Perranoski, who was pitching his third inning of relief. With two out, Charley James singled in the »

Mediscare, it seems to be working

Featured image Seniors in Florida, Ohio, and Virginia strongly oppose what they take to be the Romney-Ryan position on Medicare, according to polling by the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation. More than 70 percent of seniors in these states say they favor keeping Medicare as a program with guaranteed benefits, rather than moving to a system in which the government provides fixed payments with which to purchase coverage. And in Florida, »

It’s past time for the Republican establishment to back Todd Akin

Featured image The deadline for Todd Akin to withdraw from the Missouri Senate race has passed, and Akin remains a candidate. No surprise there; it’s been clear for quite some time that Akin is committed to fighting for this seat. And it looks like he has a chance to win it. That, at least, is the view presented pretty persuasively in two articles by Politico. The most recent Rasmussen poll had Akin »

“C’mon Honey, Bring Your Mortars, We’re Going To A Spontaneous Demonstration”

Featured image As noted in the post just below, U.S. officials now acknowledge that U.S. intelligence knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous demonstration, as the Obama administration claimed. As John McCain explains, it didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure this out. »

Obama administration knew right away that Libya attack was terrorism

Featured image Fox News confirms that, as Eli Lake first reported, U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved. In fact, two senior U.S. officials told Fox that the Obama administration internally designated the attack terrorism from the first, and that officials were looking for one specific suspect. As Fox News »

Meanwhile, back in the real world

Featured image . . .a recession may well be looming. GDP growth for the second quarter of this year has been revised down to 1.25 percent. That’s the slowest pace since the third quarter of 2011. According to Reuters, output was revised down to reflect weaker rates of consumer and business spending than previously estimated. Outlays on residential construction export growth were also not as robust as had been previously estimated. Nor »