Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

How lame is Hillary Clinton?

Featured image This lame: She is defending her vote in favor of a bankruptcy bill that the left doesn’t like by blaming Joe Biden. The Wall Street Journal reports: Hillary Clinton defended her vote for a controversial bankruptcy bill reviled by the left on Thursday, and said she did so at the insistence of then-Sen. Joe Biden. Clinton was asked about this vote during a conversation with a citizen at a New »

Remembering Moses Malone

Featured image Moses Malone died this week at the age of 60 due to cardiovascular disease. Malone ranks 5th on the list of all-time NBA rebounders and 3rd on the combined NBA/ABA list, behind only Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. In scoring, he’s in 8th place in the NBA and 7th if you count the ABA, where Moses played during his first two years as a pro. When it comes to offensive »

Trump under fire after exchange with a crank

Featured image Donald Trump’s traveling circus came to Rochester, New Hampshire today. During the Q&A session, the following exchange occurred: TRUMP: Let’s start with this group right over here. Come on. This man, I like this guy. MAN: We have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American– TRUMP: –We need this question [laughter]– MAN: But anyway, we »

Form SF-312 and its potential consequences for Hillary Clinton

Featured image Back in March, as the Hillary Clinton email scandal heated up, the question arose whether Clinton executed Form OF-109 when she left the State Department. This is the form in which a departing official certifies, under penalty of perjury, that she has “surrendered to responsible officials all unclassified documents, and papers relating to the official business of the Government acquired by me while in the employ of the Department” (emphasis »

Donald Trump at three levels

Featured image There are at least three ways of looking at Donald Trump’s performance last night: (1) as an argument about issues, (2) as entertainment, and (3) as an appeal to the viscera of supporters and likely supporters. In my view, Trump was awful on the issues and good, but no more than good, as an entertainer. I don’t feel qualified to judge his effectiveness with his supporters, but suspect he was »

Ben Carson’s shockingly weak debate performance

Featured image Dr. Ben Carson delivered what I thought was the worst performance in tonight’s GOP presidential debate. Make that debates. He performed more poorly in the main event than even George Pataki did in the preliminary one. Pataki was listless. Carson was lame. Let’s start with his most egregious answer. It turns out that Carson opposed going to war in Afghanistan after 9/11. Called on to explain this position, he said »

Some thoughts about tonight’s debate

Featured image My main thought about tonight’s debate is that Jake Tapper did a horrendous job of moderating. As John says, he devoted way too much of the first portion of the debate to bad questions about Donald Trump, presumably in the hope of perpetuating the food fight and, perhaps, making candidates look bad. By doing so, Tapper froze out part of the field. The freeze out was exacerbated by the fact »

Racial disparities confound Washington Post

Featured image In separate articles, today’s Washington Post takes up two racial disparities revealed by recent studies. The first pertains to “degree selection.” Danielle Douglas-Gabriel reports: African-American and Hispanic students disproportionately earn more bachelor’s degrees in low-paying majors, putting them at higher risk for financial instability after graduation, according to a new study from Young Invincibles, an advocacy group. . . . The highest paying majors through mid-career were primarily in science, »

Report: Obama ignored Russian offer to have Assad step down

Featured image More than three years ago, Russia proposed that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, step down as part of a peace deal, according to Martti Ahtisaari, a senior negotiator involved in back-channel discussions at the time. Ahtisaari is the former president of Finland and a Nobel peace prize laureate. He says the Russian offer, which sounds more like a framework, came in 2012 from Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N. It »

Are Democrats partially responsible for America’s heroin epidemic?

Featured image Hector Garza, president of the Laredo, Texas chapter of the National Border Patrol Council, contends that illegal immigrants crossing the border are bringing heroin into this country as a matter of routine. Every illegal alien who crosses the border between the U.S. and Mexico does so for a fee, and often the price is carrying a backpack full of heroin, Garza says. Department of Homeland Security officials take basically the »

Democratic-leaning women abandon Hillary in droves

Featured image While some of us wonder whether Donald Trump’s poll numbers with GOP women will hold up, Hillary Clinton’s numbers with Democratic women plummet. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that only 42 percent of Democratic-leaning female voters say they expect to vote for Hillary. Eight weeks ago, 71 percent expected to. Mildly sexist insults are one thing; blatant dishonesty and possible criminality are another. Or so it seems. Clinton’s »

Face it, this is a campaign like no other [With Comment by John]

Featured image “I don’t like Donald Trump, he says what I’m thinking.” So an acquaintance, a Republican woman, confided the other day. I consider this insightful commentary. Some of us recognize that not all of our unplugged thoughts can withstand scrutiny, that what we’re thinking isn’t necessarily what we ultimately think. Others, though, are looking for a candidate who says precisely what they are thinking in their rawest moments. For them, Trump’s »

Ten character flaws David Brock identified in Hillary Clinton

Featured image Back in May, I wrote two posts about David Brock’s 1996 book The Seduction of Hillary Rodham. These days, Brock is fully — make that worshipfully — in the tank for Hillary. He runs the Clinton-supporting Super PAC “Correct the Record,” hoping against hope to deflect the criticism of Hillary’s recent misdeeds that threatens to undermine her presidential campaign. Increasingly desperate, Brock has said that that the New York Times »

Ben Carson sketches plan for dealing with illegal immigrants

Featured image During an appearance of Face the Nation, Dr. Ben Carson took a stab today at outlining how he would deal with the issue of illegal immigration. After criticizing Donald Trump’s concept of deporting every illegal immigrant (and then readmitting “the good ones”), Carson said this: [L]et’s say we get [the borders] sealed, because certainly in a Carson administration that would be done within the first year. You also turn off »

Why does Germany want so many refugees? Part Two

Featured image In a post last week, I argued that Germany’s main motive for wanting to take in so many Middle Eastern refugees is the desire to cope with short-term labor shortages and long-term population decline. I also pointed out that most European nations face different circumstances and thus don’t share Germany’s motive or enthusiasm. A few days later, the Washington Post struck the same theme in an article called “The refugee »

A word from the Club for Growth

Featured image David McIntosh is the president of the Club for Growth. He was a three-term Congressman from Indiana and is a co-founder of the Federalist Society. The Club for Growth is a well-known advocacy group that is dedicated to limited government and the belief that prosperity and opportunity come from economic freedom. These beliefs put the Club at odds with Donald Trump. McIntosh explains the clash in a letter to Club »

The College Board’s bad faith power grab

Featured image The Washington Post is running an op-ed by our friend Stanley Kurtz about the College Board’s effort to nationalize the high school curriculum and move it leftward. I understand that Stanley’s op-ed will appear in the Sunday paper edition. It is available online here. We have described the outrageously left-wing slant of the College Board’s new AP U.S. History curriculum framework, a slant not cured in the revised framework. Stanley »