Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Obama damns Israel with faint praise.

Featured image In his interview on Sixty Minutes tonight, President Obama called Israel “one of our closest allies in the region.” Who, it is fair to ask, are the other countries in the Middle East that Obama considers U.S. allies on a par with Israel? Obama also referred to Israeli expressions of alarm about Iran developing nuclear weapons as “noise”: QUESTION: You don’t feel any pressure from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the »

A bump in the road or a massive roadblock?

Featured image On Sixty Minutes tonight, President Obama was asked: “Have the events that took place in the Middle East, the recent events in the Middle East given you any pause about your support for the governments that have come to power following the Arab Spring?” Obama responded: Well, I’d said even at the time that this is going to be a rocky path. . . .I was pretty certain and continue »

Mohamed Morsi demonstrates why the U.S. should not aid Egypt

Featured image The other night, Sean Hannity suggested to Sen. Jim DeMint that the U.S. should cut off funding to Egypt. DeMint politely brushed the suggestion aside. If not even Jim DeMint is prepared to support cutting Egypt off, then clearly a cut-off isn’t going to happen. But should it? Before answering, read the New York Times’ account of its interview with Egyptian President Morsi. Morsi told the Times that it is »

New poll shows Rehberg leading Tester in Montana

Featured image A new poll of the Senate race in Montana shows Denny Rehberg leading incumbent Democrat Jon Tester by a margin of 48 to 45. The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research for Lee Newspapers in Montana. Rehberg’s lead falls within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4 points. Nonetheless, an incumbent Senator who polls at below 50 percent a month and a half before the »

Fight back against the smearing of Rick Berg

Featured image Mitt Romney isn’t the only Republican candidate in an important race who faces smears based on business dealings of a company that occurred when he had no role in its operation. In the North Dakota Senate race, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp has run an ad that attempts to hold Republican Rick Berg responsible for alleged misconduct by a residential property rental company called Goldmark Property Management, Inc. Goldmark Property Management has »

This day in baseball history

Featured image On this day, September 22, 2012, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez won his 20th game of the season. You’re probably asking yourself when the last time was that Washington had a 20-game winner. The answer is 1953, when Bob Porterfield won 22 games. To put Gonzalez’s accomplishment into further perspective, Washington’s top winner last season (a decent year in which the Nats won 80 games) was John Lannan, with 10 »

Scott Brown won last night’s debate, voters say

Featured image According to a poll by Kimball Political Consulting, Massachusetts voters believe that Scott Brown won his debate last night with Elizabeth Warren. 50 percent of likely voters who watched the debate said that Brown won, compared to 40 percent for Warren. Six percent thought the debate was a tie and 4 percent were undecided. The poll also found that 55 percent of likely voters watched the debate. Kimball, it should »

Why would anyone doubt the prospects for peace in the Middle East?

Featured image Driving around this morning, I listened briefly to a Friday news roundup show on public radio (the two local sports radio stations were running ads). During these few minutes, the discussion turned to Mitt Romney’s statement expressing deep pessimism about the prospects for a peace agreement in the Middle East. A female panelist, or perhaps the host, said in that smug, dismissive tone we often hear from MSM types, that »

No retreat on taxes

Featured image The Washington Post (print edition) breathlessly announces: “Republicans say they’ll retreat on taxes if Obama wins.” Actually, the Post’s accompanying story doesn’t quite support the headline. Reporters Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane quote only one Republican legislator who is talking about retreat, per se. That Republican is Tom Cole (Okla.), a senior member of the budget committee. He told the Post: This [election] is a referendum on taxes. It the »

This day in baseball history — 79 year wait ends in DC

Featured image On this day, September 20, 2012, the Washington Nationals clinched a spot in this year’s baseball playoff. They accomplished this by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1. A Washington baseball team hasn’t played in the post-season since 1933. That year, the Washington Senators represented the American League in the World Series, losing to the New York Giants 4 games to 1. What the Nationals clinched tonight was the right, at »

His mind is goin’ through them changes

Featured image President Obama declared today that the most important lesson he’s learned in office is that “you can’t change Washington from the inside; you can only change it from the outside.” Even Politico, a fairly reliable cheerleader for Obama, sees the potential political problem with this statement: The comment could seem like a striking reversal — or outright admission of failure — on one of Obama’s fundamental promises in his first »

This week in football history

Featured image On September 16, 1962, Bobby Mitchell became the first black player to take the field for the Washington Redskins. The NFL had long been integrated, but the Redskins hadn’t followed suit. Owner George Preston Marshall was a racist who, in addition, cultivated a southern fan base (there was no NFL team located in Dixie during the 1950s). The Redskins integrated only after Secretary of the Interior Stuart Udall made doing »

Conflicting polling as Brown and Warren head into tonight’s debate

Featured image Following the Democratic Convention, intial polling suggested that Elizabeth Warren had taken the lead over Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race. More recently, a poll by WBUR/MassINC put Warren ahead by 5 points, 47-42. But now comes a poll by UMass Lowell/Boston Herald, taken during basically the same period as the WBUR poll, that puts Brown ahead by 50-44. The poll also shows, however, that Brown’s lead (assuming the »

Mitt Romney — Bill Clinton’s latest enabler

Featured image John noted yesterday that Monica Lewinsky reportedly will write a tell-all book about her affair with Bill Clinton. I agree with John that Lewinsky’s book probably won’t have much impact on Clinton’s standing. The political market has already discounted for the immorality of “Slick Willie.” To be sure, any reminder that our leading “elder statesman” is, among other things, a liar and a perjurer will be welcome. It would be »

On the ground in Northern Virginia, Part Two

Featured image The observations by a Power Line reader on the ground in Northern Virginia find support from other readers. First, my friend Bill Otis writes: Lake Barcroft [in the Falls Church area] is a Dem area, and it showed in 2008, with Obama signs everywhere. Now, there are many fewer Obama signs and many more Republican signs. I would say the Romney signs outnumber Obama signs by at least 2-1. I »

On the ground in Northern Virginia

Featured image One problem with the Washington Post poll showing President Obama 8 points ahead of Mitt Romney in Virginia is that Obama carried Virginia by only 6.3 percent in 2008. It’s very difficult to believe that Obama will as well in Virginia this year as he did in those heady days of Obamamania. In this regard a reader writes: While my study of Virginia is hardly scientific, I think it is »

The state of play in Virginia

Featured image The Viginia Senate race has, according to nearly every poll, been basically deadlocked for months. However, yesterday a CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac poll, taken between Sept. 11 and 17, showed Democrat Tim Kaine leading George Allen by 7 points, 51-44. Fortunately, the poll looks like an outlier. A Rasmussen poll (from Sept. 12) showed Kaine up by only 2 points, 47-45. And PPP (Sept. 13-16) had the race Kaine 47-Allen 46. The Virginia »