Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Romney urges Akin to bow out

Featured image With the Missouri dropout deadline fast approaching, Mitt Romney has added his voice to those calling on Todd Akin to withdraw from the Senate race. Romney alluded to his earlier criticism of Akin’s rape remark and added that today, Missouri citizens have said Akin should withdraw. “I think he should accept their counsel and withdraw from the race,” Romney stated. Romney probably was referring to former or current Missouri Senators »

Akin tells Huckabee he’s staying in race.

Featured image Rep. Todd Akin said on Mike Huckabee’s radio show that he will remain in the Missouri Senate race. That decision, if Akin adheres to it, will move the Missouri race from probable Republican pickup to probable Democratic retention, I would think. Nonetheless, the decision is understandable from Akin’s point of view, and therefore not surprising. Republicans are asking Akin to give up a shot at the U.S. Senate for the »

Tainted poll by Dem outfit offers Akin incentive not to quit

Featured image A PPP poll, taken after Todd Akin’s infamous comment about rape, puts him in a virtual tie with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the Missouri Senate race. According to that poll, Akin leads McCaskill by 44-43. That’s the same margin by which he led the Senator in PPP’s most recent previous poll, which found Akin ahead by 45-44. Akin can cite this poll as a reason to remain in the »

Todd Akin and the Huckabee connection

Featured image As noted in the post below, the Republican establishment desperately wants Rep. Todd Akin to withdraw from the Missouri Senate race before today’s 5:00 p.m. deadline. They are joined in this sentiment by what might be called the insurgent wing of the Party including, for example, The Tea Party Express. The problem is that Akin doesn’t owe his status as the nominee to either the Party establishment or the Tea »

Todd Akin, will he or won’t he?

Featured image The deadline for Rep. Todd Akin to withdraw from the Missouri Senate race is 5:00 p.m. today. For now, Akin seems intent on hanging in there. He has a new ad out called “Forgiveness,” in which he apologizes for his infamous remark. Akin states: “The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.” Meanwhile, the pressure mounts for »

It’s a grand old team. . .

Featured image Everton 1 Manchester 0. That’s all. JOHN adds: That isn’t quite all. There is also this: Billionaire Soros buys piece of Manchester United. I may have to start rooting for Everton, too! Only…can it really be true that they are known as the “Toffees”? »

McCaskill to Akin — please don’t leave me

Featured image Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican who is running for the Senate in Missouri, is under fire for his statement that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” in the event of rape. Senators Scott Brown and Ron Johnson have already urged their fellow Republican to withdraw from the race. Senator John Cornyn is asking Akin to »

America’s national security takes a back seat to Obama’s political survival

Featured image Even in the face of a plea from Nancy Pelosi, President Obama insisted on subordinating the defense needs of the United States to his reelection efforts. This is an under-reported lesson from Glenn Thrush’s new e-book, Obama’s Last Stand. According to Thrush: In mid-2012, the House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, requested a sit-down to ask Obama to reconsider the billions of defense cuts that would kick in automatically as part »

E.J. Dionne’s idea of a serious budget plan

Featured image Yesterday’s edition of Meet The Press featured the following exchange between Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and Ted Cruz, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate out of Texas: MR. DIONNE: I was just going to say President Obama put a plan on the table that would balance the budget in 12 years, which is quicker than the Ryan budget. I’m a liberal. I didn’t even agree with all–everything that »

The choice, Part Two

Featured image The stark choice between the competing visions presented in this year’s presidential election manifests itself most plainly in the Medicare debate. President Obama wants to rely on the federal government to impose price controls and other forms of micromanagement to contain costs while delivering good service. The Romney-Ryan ticket wants to rely on a more traditionally American mechanism – competition. The Romney-Ryan approach is already proving its efficacy in the »

Mia Love wows MSNBC

Featured image Mia Love is one of “The Power Line Pick Six” that you see featured on the right side of our home page. Love is a deeply conservative candidate with a great life story. Born in Brooklyn to parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti, she became a Mormon, moved to Utah, and eventually was elected mayor of Saratoga Springs, a town of about 18,000. She now bids for election »

The choice

Featured image President Obama says that this election presents Americans with a very clear choice. He is right. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan believe that America can prosper economically the way it traditionally has – through free markets and competition. This is what they mean when they talk about unleashing the private sector. Obama, though, calls this approach the same “snake oil trickle-down economics” that “caused the mess in the first place.” »

Why didn’t Team Obama walk back Joe Biden’s remark?

Featured image Even the Boston Globe is sick of Joe Biden. Its editorial board recounts Biden’s unfortunate history of bigoted statements and urges the Vice President to apologize for his claim that Republican efforts to loosen bank regulations means “they’re going to put y’all back in chains.” (Actually, I think Biden said “they,” not “they’re”). The Globe despairingly notes that President Obama has said, through his spokesperson, that he has no problem »

Who is winning the Medicare debate so far?

Featured image Yuval Levin argues that the Obama campaign’s Medicare-based attacks on Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan aren’t working so far and are unlikely ultimately to succeed. But Levin bases these claims on his view of the dynamics of the argument, not on any data as to how voters perceive the matter. Team Obama has only just begun its Mediscare campaign. Thus, it would be premature to underestimate the force of this »

Heading for the regulatory cliff

Featured image It is pretty well understood that, in the absence of some sort of a deal, America faces a “fiscal cliff” at the beginning of next year. But Sen. Rob Portman shows that we are also headed over a steep “regulatory cliff” that could compound the damage. The Obama administration already has been quite aggressive on the regulatory front. However, with the presidential election looming, it is holding back on imposing »

Seared memories

Featured image John Kerry sniffs that criticism by special operators and intelligence professionals of President Obama’s disclosure of sensitive national security information reminds him of the Swift Boat Vet attacks during the 2004 campaign. I’m happy to say that there is a resemblance. There are also differences, though. The dispute about Kerry’s Vietnam service was entirely about the past. The issue had nothing to do with policy or national security. It was »

Did Obama mastermind the rise of Paul Ryan?

Featured image Ezra Klein of the Washington Post has an interesting, if somewhat delusional, take on the rise of Paul Ryan. According to Klein, Ryan’s rise was orchestrated by President Obama. In Klein’s telling, Ryan was just an obscure committee chairman with a plan Republican insiders had no interest in, until Obama starting gushing about how serious Ryan was. Even then, Ryan’s profile wasn’t rising quickly enough. So in April 2011, Obama »