Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

The Pence unveiling

Featured image Donald Trump introduced Mike Pence today as his running mate. Pence showed a fair amount of prowess as a candidate in his speech accepting the nod. Rich Lowry says that Trump seemed to be “doing everything he could to signal his lack of enthusiasm about his own pick–he rambled on during the introduction, only occasionally coming back to Pence and his record in Indiana.” That’s not how I saw it. »

The state of the race

Featured image I’m aware of four polls of the presidential race conducted since the McClatchy/Marist survey that I wrote about here. Two of them have Donald Trump ahead: Rasmussen by 7 points and USC/LA Times by 3. One poll, CBS News/New York Times, has the race dead even. The other, Economist/YouGov, has Clinton ahead by 2 points. If one throws in the McClatchy survey (Clinton +3) and the two conflicting battleground state »

An attempted coup in Turkey

Featured image Military factions in Turkey have attempted to seize control of the country President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s Islamist president and Barack Obama’s pal, was forced to use his iPhone’s FaceTime app from an undisclosed location to broadcast messages beseeching the public to resist the coup attempt, according to the New York Times. It seems uncertain at this moment whether Erdogan will be able to retain power, but several factors may »

ESPN: the worldwide leader in bulls**t

Featured image Each year, ESPN holds something called the ESPYs. Apparently, the event is a sort Academy Awards for sports. The idea seems ridiculous. Part of what makes sports wonderful is that it’s not show business. According to Larry O’Connor at HotAir, and confirmed by other reports I’ve seen, “the ESPY award broadcast was filled with about as much race-baiting, left-wing politics as the Democrats convention in Philly will have two weeks »

Terror in Nice [UPDATED: A close encounter]

Featured image A terrorist drove a truck into a crowd along Nice’s spectacular Promenade des Anglais, where thousands had gathered to watch fireworks commemorating Bastille Day. Reportedly, the terrorist also shot at the crowd before police shot and killed him. Approximately 80 people are believed to be dead, a number that likely will rise. Many others are wounded. My wife has two cousins who were in Nice today. One, an elderly woman, »

Report: It’s Pence

Featured image It’s widely being reported that Donald Trump has decided to name Mike Pence as his running mate. According to Patricia Murphy at Roll Call, Trump “was reportedly impressed with Pence’s calm demeanor, his experience on Capitol Hill and as a governor, and Pence’s potential to assist Trump in governing, should the ticket win in November.” If Trump has picked Pence for these reasons, then I’m impressed. In my view, Pence »

“The talk”

Featured image African-American leaders and pundits are tripping over themselves talking about “the talk.” For example, in his Dallas speech, President Obama referred to black parents giving their children “’the talk’ about how to respond if stopped by a police officer — ‘yes, sir,’ ‘no, sir.'” Is there evidence that black parents give their children such a talk more often than white parents? I haven’t seen any. Nor have I seen evidence »

Polls suggest some improvement for Trump following Comey’s remarks

Featured image In the first poll I’ve seen that was taken after James Comey’s statement regarding the Clinton email scandal, McClatchy/Marist finds Clinton leading by 3 points, 42-39. McClatchy declares this a dramatic shrinkage of Clinton’s lead, saying it’s the first time Clinton’s support has come in at less than 50 percent. As far as I can tell, however, McClatchy/Marist hasn’t polled the race since late March. (Clinton’s lead was 9 points »

WaPo house conservative: Hillary is the grown-up America needs

Featured image Jennifer Rubin is the author of “Right Turn,” a conservative space in the Washington Post. Some on the right question whether Rubin is a conservative, but I don’t I believe I ever have. I was surprised, therefore, by Rubin’s latest offering. It’s a called (in the print edition) “The need for grown-ups.” The “grown-ups” to whom Rubin refers are Theresa May, who will be Britain’s next prime minister, and Hillary »

David Kendall’s deceitful “Whitewater” op-ed

Featured image Yesterday, the Washington Post published an op-ed by David Kendall, the Clintons’ lawyer, in which he claimed that, although Hillary Clinton was nearly prosecuted in the 1990s, “as a matter of legal and factual analysis” this was “Never. . .a. . .close. . .call. . .at. . .all.” (Obnoxious ellipses in original). Kendall makes this assertion as “one who observed [the 1990s] investigation at every step.” Kendall observed the investigation »

This day in baseball history [UPDATED]

Featured image Just like this year, the 1966 all-star game was played on July 12. The venue was brand new Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The National League of the 1960s probably was as good a league as baseball has ever produced. During the decade, the National League’s record in all-star games was 12-1 (there were two all-star games in the first three years of the decade). The superiority of the National »

Baltimore descends into chaos thanks to city’s failure to back the police

Featured image Jermaine Schofield was gunned down in Baltimore on Sunday, one of three murder victims in the city that day. Today, Schofield’s family held a vigil for him. During the vigil, a gunman fired at attendees. Five were hit. Thankfully, all are expected to survive. These events are not an aberration. Baltimore has descended into chaos since, in the aftermath of Freddy Gray’s death, the city failed to back its police »

Is Mike Pence slick enough to defend Donald Trump?

Featured image Rich Lowry believes that Mike Pence might well “fizzle” if he becomes Donald Trump’s running mate. He writes: I understand the impulse for Trump to pick Pence — an experienced pol, in good standing with conservatives, and not much of a lightning rod, at least not yet. . . .But Trump’s running mate will have to be extremely deft at explaining away and deflecting Trump controversies. There is no reason »

What do the leading Republican VP possibilities have in common?

Featured image I wrote here about the possibility of a Trump-Pence GOP ticket. It’s far from clear that Mike Pence is Donald Trump’s first choice, but it seemed to me that Pence probably would accept the nod if Trump offered it. Eliana Johnson reports that Pence would, indeed, likely agree to be Trump’s running mate. Why? Because Pence, who is embroiled in a tough reelection campaign in Indiana, “may have more to »

Obama and company decline to speak honestly about Dallas

Featured image Before he received his just reward, Micah Johnson left no doubt about why he had gone on his killing spree in Dallas. Johnson wanted to kill white people, especially white officers, he told the police officers who were closing in on him. Clearly, Johnson hated white people. He was driven by racism. Johnson’s statement wasn’t good enough for President Obama, though. According to Obama, it is “very hard to untangle »

Report finds Blair didn’t lie about WMD; MSM ignores the finding

Featured image If you relied on accounts by the mainstream media of the Chilcot Report regarding Britain’s decision to participate in the toppling of Saddam Hussein, you might easily conclude that it supports the “Bush-Blair lied, people died” narrative so cherished by the left. You wouldn’t know that the Report actually rejects this claim. This account by Steven Erlanger and David Sanger of the New York Times doesn’t say so. Neither does »

France v. Portugal, a preview [UPDATED: Portugal wins]

Featured image France will play Portugal tomorrow for the Euro 2016 championship. France is heavily favored, and rightly so. France is the home team. Its squad is superior to Portugal’s. And France has been the better team throughout the tournament. France has won five out of its six matches in regulation time (the exception was draw against a pretty good Swiss side). Portugal has only won one of its six matches in »