Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

The Crist effect, if any

Featured image Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist will speak at the Democratic Convention on a day yet to be determined. Crist, formerly a Republican, has already endorsed President Obama. A convention address by a prominent politician with ties to the other party can be effective. Zell Miller brought down the house, and likely swayed some undecided voters, with his scathing attack on the Democrats in 2004. Joe Lieberman, the anti-Zell Miller in »

“2016: Obama’s America” — a box office success

Featured image Yesterday, John reviewed “2016,” the new movie in which Dinesh D’Souza argues that Barack Obama has assumed the anti-colonialist, anti-Western, anti-American, anti-free enterprise perspective of his left-wing, African father. Joe Malchow supplemented John’s post and noted that the film is doing well at the box office this weekend. Joe is correct. According to this report, “2016: Obama’s America,” having expanded from limited to nationwide release this weekend, took in $6.2 »

A suitable mission for Joe Biden

Featured image So Vice President Biden won’t be going to Tampa after all. Team Obama planned to dispatch him there to make sure the Dems and their talking points receive exposure during the Republican Convention. But the Obama campaign has cancelled the trip due to Tropical Storm Issac. Traditionally, presidential campaigns have stepped aside while the opposing party holds its national convention. This courtesy allows each party four days in which to »

Team Obama struggles with charges that their man is gutting “workfare”

Featured image You can tell that the pro-Romney ads criticizing President Obama’s liberal new approach to “workfare” are scoring points. For one thing, they continue to run, even though the MSM has proclaimed them false or misleading. For another, Team Obama, through surrogate Gov. Martin O’Malley, is claiming that this line of attack is “racially coded.” That has long been the standard response when a Republican punch lands. Steven Law, president of »

New York Times “bleeds” progressivism, says its public editor

Featured image Arthur Brisbane is stepping down from his job as public editor of the New York Times. In his final column, Brisbane addresses the issue of political and cultural bias at the Times (the emphasis is mine): I. . .noted two years ago that I had taken up the public editor duties believing “there is no conspiracy” and that The Times’s output was too vast and complex to be dictated by »

How much convention bounce will Romney receive?

Featured image Both presidential candidates must be feeling reasonably happy as we head into the conventions. President Obama should be satisfied that, from all that appears, he leads Mitt Romney by a point or two in polls of likely voters, despite the economy’s weak recovery and the mostly bad economic news of the past few months. Romney should be satisfied that he stands only slightly behind Obama, including in key states like »

Is Mitt Romney the new James Polk?

Featured image According to a reporter at the Huffington Post, as reported by Politico, Mitt Romney’s campaign manager says that a Romney presidency might resemble the tenure of James K. Polk. What does Team Romney find appealing about our 11th President? Polk, who served from 1845 to 1849, presided over the expansion of the U.S. into a coast-to-coast nation, annexing Texas and winning the Mexican-American war for territories that also included New »

A Tea Party election day

Featured image My post yesterday bemoaning the apparent superiority of Team Obama’s ground game failed to mention at least one important consideration — groups like the Tea Party that will supplement the Romney ground game. One reader tells me: I signed up, since I live in the red hills of Texas, to make calls in Virginia with the Election Day Tea Party. I got this information from Instapundit. They are also going »

Missouri may not be the only Senate race that’s slipping away

Featured image There’s bad polling news from Florida. A recently released Quinnipiac poll puts incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson 9 points ahead of Republican challenger Connie Mack, 49-41. This follows a Rasmussen poll that has Nelson up by 7 points. On the positive side, Quinnipiac’s poll of the Wisconsin Senate race shows Tommy Thompson leading Democrat Tammy Baldwin by 6 points, 50-44. And in Ohio, Republican Josh Mandel (a “Power Line Pick Six” »

Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

Featured image For most Americans, the answer to this hardy perennial of a presidential election year question is, of course, No. In fact, most Americans aren’t even better off in terms of household income than they were two years ago. According to a report issued by Sentier Research, a firm headed by two former Census Bureau officials, inflation adjusted household median income fell by 4.8 percent from June 2009 through June 2012. »

Obama’s ground game advantage

Featured image The Washington Post finds that, as the presidential contest heads into its final weeks, Democratic campaign workers outnumber Republicans nearly three to one. In the swing states of Ohio and Nevada, the Democrats’ advantage is considerably larger. And nationwide, the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee have transferred $50 million to swing states to open field offices and hire campaign organizers, compared to $8 million sent by Romney and »

Huckabee doubles down on Akin

Featured image Mike Huckabee is doubling down on his support for Todd Akin, the man he helped win the Republican Senate nomination. Here, in part, is what Huckabee had to say on Akin’s behalf: The Party’s leaders have for reasons that aren’t rational, left [Akin] behind on the political battlefield, wounded and bleeding, a casualty of his self-inflicted, but not intentional wound. In a Party that supposedly stands for life, it was »

Akin trails McCaskill by 10 points in Rasmussen poll

Featured image Ramussen reports that “Claire McCaskill has now jumped to a 10-point lead over her Republican challenger, Congressman Todd Akin, in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race.” Before Akin delivered his infamous comment about rape and pregenancy, polls showed him leading by as much as 11 points. This is a very bad poll for Akin, and for Republicans, But I doubt that it’s bad enough, in itself, to induce Akin to quit the »

Todd Akin — a watershed moment for conservatives?

Featured image Phillip Klein argues that the reaction by Republicans to the Todd Akin mess seems to signal a new sophistication of the conservative movement: In recent years, we’ve become used to a typical pattern when conservative candidates have come under fire for making controversial or ill-informed statements. Democrats and their liberal allies pounce, as do some Republicans and even conservative pundits. But many on the right are reluctant to join them, »

CBO analysis of the “fiscal cliff” shows that the economic situation has worsened this year

Featured image The Congressional Budget Office warns that U.S. economy will fall into a recession unless Congress acts to avert a series of tax increases and budget cuts due to take effect in January. Absent such action, the “fiscal cliff” (or “Taxmageddon”) will push the unemployment rate up to 9.1 percent by the end of 2013 and produce economic conditions “that will probably be considered a recession,” says the CBO. This forecast »

The daylight between Romney and Obama on Iran

Featured image Lee Smith argues that Mitt Romney is no more likely than Barack Obama to stage a preemptive strike against Iran. Romney, Smith contends, will not want further to burden our economy by destabilizing the Middle East and sending oil prices skyrocketing, nor will he want to be tagged as a war-mongering Republican who bombed Iran. Thus, Romney will persuade himself that Iran can be deterred from using its nukes by »

Banks, too big for our own good?

Featured image If there’s one big issue that arises continuously and vexatiously in American history that issue, I submit, is not race but banks. To be sure, the Republican Party owes its formation to slavery, which the Party’s first president abolished. But the formation of two bitterly opposed parties — Democrat and Whig (predecessor to Republican) — had nothing really to do with race, and plenty to do with banks. In any »