Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

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 »

This day in baseball history

The 1960 World Series is by far the best-remembered Fall Classic of its era. It is remembered mostly because the Seventh Game was arguably the most dramatic game in the history of the sport. But the Series is also remembered for its quirkiness. At some point in the upcoming post-season a commentator will probably remind his audience how, in 1960, the Yankees crushed the Pirates in three games (by scores »

Joe Miller’s unappreciated agnosticism

Leaked emails, if legitimate, show a rift between Todd Palin and Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller. Ironically, it was Todd Palin’s friendship with Miller that reportedly helped lead to Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Miller after she had initially indicated she would back Lisa Murkowski for the Senate. The apparent rift stems from Miller’s response to a question from Neal Cavuto as to whether Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. »

Strong shots and long shots, cont’d

I was out-of-pocket this weekend when Scott started a series in which he drew attention to important congressional races, with links to contribution pages of the Republican candidates involved. Here are a few races I would like to highlight, along with their status, according to Larry Sabato’s latest ratings: Jackie Walorski against Rep. Joe Donnelly in Indiana’s Second Congressional District (leans Democratic). Todd Young against Rep. Baron Hill in Indiana’s »

A tale of two debates

I watched two debates in Senate races tonight – Richard Blumenthal vs. Linda McMahon in Connecticut and Rob Portman vs. Lee Fisher in Ohio. I was struck by the difference in quality. It seemed to me that both Ohio candidates debated considerably better than their Connecticut counterparts. Blumenthal seemed stiff and artificial (to say phony, which is what I really think, would probably reflect too much of my bias). He »

Surveying the wreckage of the middle east peace talks — what was obama thinking?

Barry Rubin asks an excellent question in connection with President Obama’s recent push for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority: Knowing that it was unlikely he would get a full continuation of the freeze [on Israeli settlement construction] and that the Palestinian Authority was eager to get out of negotiations, why did Obama put so much of his prestige on success; give himself unnecessary self-imposed impossible deadlines; make »

Unguarded, but not unhinged

There are few, if any, politicians (or, indeed, members of the public at-large) who would welcome having their private conversations recorded. Sharron Angle, to whom this recently happened, is probably no exception. On the other hand, it doesn’t appear that Angle said anything harmful to her candidacy during a 38-minute conversation in which she tried to talk Tea Party candidate Scott Ashjian into dropping out of the race. It’s even »

The limited utility of Pelosi’s long memory

With Speaker Pelosi increasingly becoming a punching bag for House Democrats hoping to retain their seats notwithstanding their leader’s unpopularity, Politico wonders whether those doing the punching will face punishment from Pelosi after the election. According to several of Politico’s sources, Pelosi has a long memory when it comes to manifestations of disrespect. My sense, however, is that disrespectful House Dems don’t have much to worry about this time. More »

This day in baseball history

Fifty years ago, on this day in baseball history, fans were awaiting the beginning of the 1960 World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees. The Pirates had led the National League nearly wire-to-wire. By contrast, the Yankees didn’t put away the defending AL champion Chicago White Sox and the upstart Baltimore Orioles until mid-September. The single most important factor in Yankees’ bounce-back from their third place »

The settlement construction pretext

It’s hardly a scoop to point out that the end of the settlement construction is a red herring when it comes to explaining the failure of the “peace process” to proceed. After all, the specific freeze-related demands the Obama administration has insisted upon were never previously advanced as preconditions for talks. Moreover, Israel agreed to an unprecedented 10 month freeze, during which the PA failed to negotiate. But the Jerusalem »

Finally, a marginally frightening bogeyman?

The role of Democrats’designated Republican bogeyman (DDRB) has been a shared one during the Obama administration. First, it was Rush Limbaugh. After that have come Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, the Tea Party, John Boehner, and probably a few others whom I have forgotten. Now, as Politico reports, it’s Karl Rove. Rove is a good choice. Unlike Limbaugh, he’s a political operative. Unlike Cheney, he’s involved in the 2010 election »

Obama’s pathetic offer to Israel, Part Two

Last night, I wrote about President Obama’s desperate attempt to induce Israel to extend by just two more months its building moratorium. Based on the information available to me then, I said that, in exchange for this short extension, Obama offered Israel the following assurances: (1) that Washington will not ask for a moratorium extension beyond 60 days, (2) that the United States will veto any U.N. Security Council initiative »

The inconvenient truth about Gary McDowell

In one of the year’s most closely watched congressional races, Republican Dan Benishek and Democrat Gary McDowell are batting to succeed Bart Stupak as the representative of Michigan’s First District. We wrote about that race here. It may be a close contest. A poll released by the McDowell campaign a week or so ago had Benishek leading McDowell 41-38, which is within the margin of error. Third party candidate Glenn »

An appeal to Yale alumni, Part Two

Scott wrote here about the insurgent campaign on behalf of Michael Horowitz (’64L) for the next election of an Alumni Fellow to the Yale Corporation. As Scott explained, Horowitz is an extraordinary American whose accomplishments include distinguished service in academia, where he was a powerful force for civil rights reform at the University of Mississippi, and in the Reagan adminsitration, where he was General Counsel of the Office of Management »

Obama’s pathetic offer to israel

Laura Rozen at Politico reports that President Obama has written a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu offering various “assurances” to Israel if it will extend for two months its moratorium on construction in the West Bank. Her report comes via Middle East specialist David Makovsky, who co-authored a book about the Middle East with Dennis Ross, a top presidential adviser on the Middle East and a veteran “peace” negotiator. »