Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Credit where credit is due

The New York Times was quick to join the left-wing chorus attacking the Chamber of Commerce for allegedly using private money to support Republican candidates in this year’s election. But even as President Obama, as if on cue, began touting this unsupported claim on the campaign trail, Times reporter Eric Lichtblau challenged it. On Friday, the day after Obama first repeated the charge, Lichtblau wrote that ” a closer examination »

Obama administration knew about foreclosure irregularities

Yesterday, I wrote about the call of leading Democrats for a national moratorium on foreclosures. They base their call on sloppy paperwork and technical procedural irregularities on the part of lenders during the foreclosure process. But an extended moratorium might well inflict significant damages on both the housing market and the financial industry. Today, the Washington Post reports that the Obama administration received repeated warnings about, and was aware of, »

This day in baseball history — little big men

Game 5 of the 1960 World Series pitted Art Ditmar against Harvey Haddix. By starting Ditmar, who had pitched the opener, Yankee manager Casey Stengel was adhering to his four-man rotation. But Haddix’s start meant that “Vinegar Bend” Mizell, the Game 3 starter was being removed from the Pirate’s rotation. Bob Friend, who started the second game, would now pitch Game 6 (instead of Mizell) on five days rest, rather »

Will Fiorina surge in California?

At the end of September, I expressed my disappointment at the polls I’d been seeing in the Washington Senate race. It didn’t quite make sense to me that, in this Republican year, Dino Rossi, an attractive Republican challenger who was nearly elected Governor in 2004, was trailing the lame Democratic incumbent Patty Murray by more than five percentage points, according to the Real Clear Politics average. I noted, though, that »

This day in baseball history

Down two games to one in the 1960 World Series, Pirate manager Danny Murtaugh turned to Vern Law (20-9, 3.08), his Game 1 starter and the eventual Cy Young award winner that year. Known (like me) as “Deacon,” Law was an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. But his deeply held religious convictions didn’t deter him from pitching inside. Along with Don Drysdale and later »

Say it ain’t so

Last decade, liberal Democrats decided to impose a system that encouraged and enabled home ownership by people who could not afford to buy homes. This decision played a major role in nearly wrecking the banking system and in throwing the economy into a deep recession. Now, even as the economy labors to overcome the effects of that recession, the same crowd is about to strike again. In combination with lawyers »

This day in baseball history

On October 8, 1960, the World Series returned to Yankee Stadium after a hiatus of two years, minus one day. With the Series tied at one game each, the Pirates turned to left-hander Wilmer Mizell. “Vinegar Bend,” as Mizell was known after his Alabama birthplace, was a capable pitcher, but not in the class of Vern Law and Bob Friend, who had started the first two games. Like Friend, though, »

Hand-to-hand combat, threatening or promising?

President Obama is warning that a Republican majority in Congress would mean “hand-to-hand combat” on Capitol Hill for the next two years, threatening policies Democrats have enacted to stabilize the economy. Hand-to-hand combat on Capitol Hill doesn’t sound appealing on its face, and I doubt that Obama will make inroads with many undecided voters by invoking the prospect of it. More likely, they will be disappointed that our “post-partisan” president »

More bad news on the jobs front

The Labor Department has released its jobs report for September, the last one that will appear before election day. It shows the unemployment rate unchanged at 9.5 percent [correction, 9.6]. Despite the unchanged rate, the economy actually shed jobs in September. A very modest gain in private sector employment (64,000) was more than offset by the loss of 159,000 government jobs. To make matters worse, the number of people employed »

How radical is our “radical-in-chief”

I have started reading an advance copy of Stanley Kurtz’s book, Radical-in Chief, Barack Obama and the untold Story of American Socialism, which will be published officially on October 19. I’m suspending judgment on Kurtz’s views about the extent of Obama’s radicalism until I finish the book. However, I can already recommend Radical-in-Chief to our readers based on the wealth of information it contains about our president’s political past. I »

The Muslim Brotherhood is ready; is the West?

In August 1996, al-Qaeda declared war on America, the West, Christians, and Jews. Almost nobody paid attention. Last month, says Barry Rubin, the Muslim Brotherhood, a group with one hundred times more activists than al-Qaeda, issued its declaration of war, endorsing anti-American jihad and much of the rest of al-Qaeda’s dogma. The declaration is contained in a speech called, “How Islam Confronts the Oppression and Tyranny.” You can read the »

Football coach complicates things in Illinois

In Illinois, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias is locked in a tight race for the U.S. Senate against Republican Mark Kirk. The contest is widely regarded as a toss-up, and the polls support this assessment. The race is complicated by the presence of LeAlan Jones, a liberal Green Party candidate from Chicago’s South Side. According to the Wall Street Journal, Jones, a high school football coach (linebackers), has been gaining ground, commanding »

Strong shots and long shots, cont’d

Dick Muri against Rep. Adam Smith in Washington’s Ninth Congressional District (Sabato apparently thinks Smith is safe, but a recent Survey USA poll had Muri within three points). Scott Tipton against Rep. John Salazar in Colorado’s Third Congressional District (Sabato rates this race as leans Democratic, but the New York Times rates it a toss-up). Both Smith and Salazar voted for Obamacare. »

From zero to well-publicized nothing in record time

Journolist, or its functional equivalent, must be alive, well, and working overtime somewhere in cyberspace. At least that’s my explanation for how accusations of impropriety and illegality against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spread in about a day’s time, from the lefty Think Progress blog, to Huffington Post left-winger Sam Stein, to MSNBC, and then to editorial pages of the New York Times and, via funnyman Al Franken, to the »

Bad news from Delaware

Two new polls from Delaware indicate (perhaps confirm is the better word) that Christine O’Donnell’s election prospects are grim. A University of Delaware poll shows O’Donnell’s opponent, Chris Coons, with a 19-point lead. Similarly, a poll by Farleigh Dickinson University has Coons up by 17 points. If these polls even come close to measuring the sentiment of Delaware voters, then Coons, an out-and-out leftist, will waltz into the Senate and »

This day in baseball history

On October 6, 1960, the New York Yankees beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-3 in the second game of the World Series, to even the Series at one game each. The Yankees banged out 19 hits to Pittsburgh’s 13. Only once had a team scored more runs in a World Series game (the 1936 Yankees scored 18 against the New York Giants). No team has scored more since, although the Giants »

Strong shots and long shots, cont’d

Here are a few more congressional races we are highlighting: Jesse Kelly against »