Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Obama thinks he’s cool; world leaders think he’s arrogant and weak

Featured image Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post reports that President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are “soul mates.” Why? Because Obama “disdains. . .needy, showboating allies and [Merkel] is neither.” That’s hilarious. Who on the world stage is more of a showboater than Barack Obama — he of the speech in front of Greek columns, the shockingly pretentious Cairo lecture to Muslims, and the receding ocean tides? Obama’s “disdain” for »

Thoughts on the Cruz-Kasich non-aggression pact

Featured image Today came word that Ted Cruz and John Kasich have agreed to coordinate in future primary contests in an attempt to keep Donald Trump’s delegate count as low as possible. The two remaining Trump rivals reportedly agreed to stand aside in certain states where they do not pose a credible threat to the tycoon. Thus, Kasich wouldn’t actively seek votes in Indiana and Cruz wouldn’t actively seek them in Oregon »

Poll: Clinton 46, Trump 43

Featured image A new GW Battleground Poll has Donald Trump within three points of Hillary Clinton. Her support is at 46 percent; his is at 43 percent. The poll is a bipartisan effort — a collaboration between Ed Goeas’s Tarrance Group (Republican) and Celinda Lake’s Lake Research Partners (Democrat). They surveyed 1,000 “registered likely voters.” The margin of error is plus/minus 3.1 percent. Other surveys show Trump considerably further behind Clinton. In »

William Seward, Harriet Tubman, and the Twenty

Featured image William Seward is in the news these days. He was the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 1860 and had the most first ballot votes, but was surpassed in later voting by Abraham Lincoln. This saga is cited as precedent (and there is much other) for denying the nomination to a candidate who comes to the convention with the most delegates. As I have noted, though, there were no »

Gov. McAuliffe wants murderers to feel good about themselves again

Featured image Yesterday, I wrote about Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s order removing the disqualification from voting for felons who have completed their time, both in custody and on parole or probation. His order will allow more than 200,000 ex-cons in Virginia to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. In his order, McAuliffe explained the decision in standard liberalese: the ban on felon voting “disproportionately affects racial minorities and the economically disadvantaged;” »

Virginia governor permits 200,000 felons to vote in upcoming election [UPDATED]

Featured image Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has issued an order removing the disqualification from voting for felons who have completed their time, both in custody and on parole or probation. This order will allow more than 200,000 ex-cons in Virginia to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Everyone understands that the Democratic candidate, presumably Hillary Clinton (for whom McAuliffe has carried much water), will gobble up the overwhelming majority of »

Looking ahead to Indiana

Featured image Donald Trump will almost certainly have a big day this coming Tuesday. He’s expected to win the vast majority of the nearly 120 delegates at stake in the Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland primaries. That accomplishment would still leave Trump off pace in terms of getting to the magic number of 1,237 delegates via primaries, caucuses, and state conventions. However, it would create a sense of momentum, and »

The Tubman 20 proves how hard it is to please leftists

Featured image Steve has written about the push back from some black radicals over the decision to put Harriet Tubman’s image on the twenty dollar bill. The twenty, it seems, is a symbol of capitalist oppression. Tubman is demeaned by appearing on it. Or something. There are a million ways to be unhappy, so it shouldn’t be surprising that a white feminist friend dislikes using Tubman’s image on the twenty for a »

Tom Cotton holds White House accountable on Iran

Featured image Sen. Tom Cotton has moved to block the confirmation of Adam Szubin, President Obama’s selection for the position of Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Crimes. Lee Smith has the story for the Weekly Standard. Blocking Szubin is Sen. Cotton’s way of holding the Obama administration accountable for its mendacity in connection with the Iran deal. Cotton agrees that Szubin is “well respected on both sides of »

This day in baseball history — the Phillies double down on age

Featured image When we last visited the Philadelphia Phillies, they had blown a huge lead in the 1964 National League pennant race. However, Phillies fans had reason to believe that if their team could overcome the psychological impact of their fold, the future held good things in store. The team’s two best hitters, Johnny Callison and Richie Allen, were 25 and 22. Their quality center fielder Tony Gonzales was 27. Solid second »

Elizabeth Warren for vice president?

Featured image Hillary Clinton has the Democratic presidential nomination locked up. Any remaining suspense associated with the run-up to the convention centers around (1) whether, or to what extent, she will continue to tack to the left and (2) the identity of her running mate. As to the second matter, Clinton’s campaign has let it be known that she will consider selecting a female VP candidate. Indeed, we are told that her »

Congratulations to the Ethics and Public Policy Center

Featured image Last night, I had the privilege of attending the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s 40th anniversary dinner. Rich Lowry was there and offers his congratulations, along with a short video. He calls EPPC an “indispensable organization (indispensable for conservatism in general and for National Review in particular given how much we benefit from the work and friendship of EPPC’s scholars).” I agree. EPPC is far from Washington D.C.’s largest conservative »

Park Ranger mocks Constitution while leading tour of Independence Hall

Featured image Mary “Missy” Hogan, a National Park Service employee who gives guided tours of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, stunned a group of tourists this week by telling them that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were the product of “class elites who were just out to protect their privileged status.” Christian Adams has the details at PJ Media. Hogan isn’t just a park ranger. She’s the chief of Operations for »

With Obama, truth is stranger than fiction

Featured image Over the weekend, President Obama met at the White House with some rappers to get their ideas on the pressing criminal justice issues of the day. During the meeting, one of the deep thinkers had his ankle bracelet go off. It turns out that rapper Ricky Ross is on $2,000,000 bond for kidnapping and pistol whipping his house contractor. According to the New York Daily News: The ankle bracelet is »

Trump crushes it in New York

Featured image Until tonight, Donald Trump had not reached 50 percent in any primary or caucus race. In his home state of New York, however, Trump has won 60 percent of the vote, with almost 90 percent of precincts having reported. John Kasich is in second place with 25 percent. Ted Cruz is at 15 percent. No one expected Cruz to do well in New York. The RCP poll average had him »

The eight member Supreme Court as an expression of congressional disgust

Featured image In defending their unwillingness to proceed with the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Republican Senators argue that the confirmation of a new Justice should await the upcoming election. “Let the people decide” has become the mantra. It’s an okay argument, made stronger by decades of Senate practice regarding the treatment of judicial nominees in a presidential election year. But it implies that there should be no obstruction »

Confirmation Bias, Part Two

Featured image In a post called “Confirmation Bias,” I discussed “Confirmation,” an HBO film about the 1991 hearings on Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court, and Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against him. When I wrote the post two months ago, Senators John Danforth and Alan Simpson, two moderate Republicans who supported the Thomas nomination, had complained about the script they saw. Simpson called it a “seriously distorted” version of the »