Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and the conservative imagination, Part One

Featured image Last week, with victories in five primaries and Newt Gingrich’s departure from the race, Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination. This means that the Republican standard bearer will be, arguably, the second least consistently conservative of the eight candidates who regularly participated in the presidential debates last year (the others were Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Michele Bachmann). How did this happen? »

The “heat” could not be more “dead”

Featured image Rasmussen has released the results of its latest tracking poll, which covers the period from April 28 through April 30. It shows a dead heat, with both Obama and Romney at 46 percent. These results are identical to those of the other most recent polls of which I am aware. A Gallup tracking poll (April 26 through April 30) and a Fox News poll (April 24 through April 26) also »

More blowback against our whiney, immodest, and shamelessly self-promoting president

Featured image The blowback continues from President Obama’s overreaching attempt to turn the killing of Osama bin Laden into a weapon with which directly to attack Mitt Romney. First, some Navy SEALS, the outfit whose members risked their lives to kill bin Laden, took exception. Then, a key operative at the CIA, who helped secure intelligence that led us to bin Laden using practices opposed by Obama, balked. Now former Attorney General »

Would Obama’s policies, if in place all along, have prevented us from finding bin Laden?

Featured image Jose Rodriguez is a 31-year veteran of the CIA. During the post-9/11 years, he served as chief of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and later as head of the National Clandestine Service. In today’s Washington Post, Rodriguez offers two useful reminders: (1) our high-fiving president probably would not have had the opportunity to take out Osama bin Laden last year but for “extraordinary work during the George W. Bush administration” and »

Obama encounters blowback from the SEALS

Featured image President Obama’s campaign of self-congratulation over the killing of bin Laden isn’t sitting well with some present and former members of the Navy SEALs — the outfit that actually took out al Qaeda’s leader. Ryan Zinke, a former Commander in the US Navy who spent 23 years as a SEAL had this to say: The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not »

Desperation time for Sen. Lugar

Featured image Last week, we noted that a poll conducted for the campaign of Richard Mourdock showed him leading Sen. Richard Lugar by five points in the race for the Republican nomination for the Indiana Senate seat Lugar has held since 1977. Lugar’s polling may well confirm that he is in trouble. Recently, his campaign has been flailing at Mourdock with an air of desperation. Here is how the Indianapolis Star puts »

The “real Washington” — where income redistribution happens

Featured image Robert Samuelson has a worthwhile take-down of the notion that Washington operates for the benefit of the rich, in defiance of the will of the people. That view has long seemed ridiculous to me. If it were valid, how would we explain the income tax structure, wherein the richest 10 percent pay 55 percent of the freight? How would we explain the corporate tax rate, which is the highest among »

“Shut-up and let us run the country,” they explained

Featured image Don’t miss Peter Robinson’s take-down of a piece in the Washington Post by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, two veteran purveyors of Washington conventional wisdom. Mann and Ornstein fret that (you’ll never guess this) our politics are broken and that (don’t be shocked) this is the fault of Republicans. They write: The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by »

There he goes again

Featured image No sooner do I finish my post about President Obama and Israel than I learn, via Andy McCarthy, that Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the Palestinian Authority. This despite Congress’s freeze on PA funding. The administration claims it is pouring in the funds to ensure “the continued viability of the moderate PA government.” It also claims that the PA has fulfilled all its major obligations, such as »

Obama and the Jews, here and in Israel

Featured image As the election draws near, team Obama has been attempting to convince American Jews that, despite the evidence of the past three years, the president is a great friend of Israel. As Jonathan Tobin notes, this effort will not completely undo the damage his antagonistic approach to Israel has done to his popularity with Jews here (our gullibility has its limits), but it will keep him well above water with »

The Campaign for Primary Accountability

Featured image In a post about the defeat of moderate Pennsylvania Democrat Tim Holden by a liberal challenger, I stated that the challenger, Mark Cartwright, was supported by “lefty groups such as the Campaign for Primary Accountability.” I’ve been reliably informed that the Campaign for Primary Accountability (CAP) is not leftist and my research (which I should have peformed before posting) confirms this. The main folks behind CAP are conservative rather than »

A wake-up call in Florida

Featured image Although Florida remains a swing state, Republicans have, at a minimum, become the “first among equals” in the Sunshine State in recent years. For this reason, and because they seemed to have found a solid candidate in Connie Mack, hopes are fairly high that Republicans will capture the Senate seat held by Democrat Bill Nelson this fall. However, a new Rasmussen poll should temper such optimism. According to that poll, »

More Bad News for Sarkozy and for France

Featured image French unemployment has risen to 2.88 million, the largest number of unemployed since 1999. The unemployment rate rose to 9.3 percent. This is the eleventh consecutive months in which the unemployment rate increased. Although it could be worse, Spain’s unemployment rate is 24.4, the French jobs picture seems dire enough to ensure the defeat of President Nicolas Sarkozy. Nor is this the only bad economic news. French household spending fell »

Holder not fast, House Republicans furious

Featured image The House Republican leadership has given the go-ahead to proceed with a contempt citation against Attorney General Holder over his refusal to comply with a subpoena for information about DOJ’s Fast and Furious program. A draft contempt resolution reportedly is being prepared. The subpoena at issue calls for the Justice Department to produce approximately 80,000 pages of material regarding Fast and Furious to which the DOJ Inspector General had access. »

The continued weakness of our economy and our job market

Featured image The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of only 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to the Commerce Department. This represents a decline from the 3.0 growth experienced in the final quarter of 2011. On the plus side, consumer spending increased to 2.9 percent in the first quarter. Because consumer spending tends to drive the economy, analysts expect this improvement to result in job growth which, »

Good news for the Romney campaign

Featured image The Romney campaign has hired Michael Biundo, who managed Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign. Biundo will be deputy national director of coalitions. His task will be to help unite tea party activists, evangelicals and other conservatives behind Mitt Romney. By all accounts, Biundo did a fine job of working with these groups on behalf of Rick Santorum. One might have hoped that would rally around Santorum sooner than they did (the »

The case for a U.S. attack on Iran

Featured image Matthew Kroenig is an assistant professor of Government at Georgetown University and a Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. From July 2010 to July 2011, he was a Fellow at the Department of Defense, where he worked on the development and implementation of U.S. defense policy and strategy in the Middle East. In an article in the current issue of Foreign Affairs, Kroenig argues that the time is now »