Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

The NFL rules in Washington, D.C.

Featured image I wrote here about the decline in the television ratings of the National Football League so far this season. The decline is relative, though. NFL ratings are still excellent. The appeal of the NFL’s product was evident yesterday in the Washington, D.C. metro area when the following sports events were competing for viewers: (1) a regular season football game between the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens and (2) a »

Re-elect Ron Johnson

Featured image Ron Johnson’s victory over Russ Feingold in 2010 was probably the highlight of that election night for me. Unlike in Illinois, the victorious Republican was a strong conservative. Unlike in Pennsylvania, the Republican defeated an entrenched incumbent and one of the most left-wing members of the Senate. Sen. Johnson has not disappointed in office. Despite representing a purple state, Johnson has been a staunch conservative. His lifetime rating by the »

Does this election present a binary choice?

Featured image On Friday, Ammo Girl (hereinafter Susan) wrote a characteristically excellent post arguing that conservatives, and in particular elite pundits, should rally behind Donald Trump. Basically, she argued (1) that Trump is clearly preferable to Hillary Clinton and (2) that the election presents us with a “binary choice” between the two major candidates. Susan wrote her article before the Access Hollywood video was made public. But for me, this development does »

Trump bounces back, but back to where?

Featured image My view is that Donald Trump won tonight’s debate. He dominated the stage and landed shot after shot on Hillary Clinton. Hillary, meanwhile, struggled to say much that will connect with voters except perhaps Muslim-Americans. This was the performance Trump’s supporters wanted to see in the first debate. If the Access Hollywood tape had not surfaced, Trump might be well on his way to pulling back to even, or close »

This day in baseball history — Orioles complete sweep of Dodgers

Featured image Today in baseball, the Washington Nationals climbed back into their playoff series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 5-2 victory that left both teams with one win. Switch-hitting backup catcher Jose Lobaton hit a three-run homer for the Nats. It was only his second hit of the season batting right-handed. This day fifty years ago was much worse for the Dodgers. They lost 1-0 to the Baltimore Orioles, enabling »

About tonight

Featured image Before Friday, I thought Donald Trump’s mission in the upcoming debate should be to persuade Americans he’s not a bad guy. After Friday, his mission may be to persuade people he’s not a monster. You prove these things by conducting yourself accordingly. You can’t prove them by attacking your opponent’s character. And if you attack the character of your opponents’ spouse, you tend to confirm that you’re a bad guy. »

More Trump tapes to come?

Featured image Someone called Bill Pruitt has tweeted the following: As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng Pruitt may be exaggerating, but who doubts that there are other bad Trump tapes out there and available for release? I don’t, and I suspect that Team Clinton is controlling the timing of the release or at least »

NFL ratings are down. Why?

Featured image The National Football League’s television ratings have declined significantly this season. After four weeks, the NFL’s ratings are down 11 percent across FOX, CBS, NBC and ESPN. And the Thursday night game that kicked off Week Five experienced a 17 percent drop in viewership compared to the corresponding game last season. The biggest hit is on prime time. On Sunday afternoon’s, the traditional NFL slot, the decline is only around »

What now?

Featured image The Trump campaign is bleeding profusely from the wound of his Access Hollywood video. Carly Fiorina and John McCain are among the prominent Republicans who have withdrawn their support. There are also calls for Trump to step down as the Republican nominee. Andy McCarthy is among those urging this. Trump, though, has said he will never stand aside. Conceivably, he will relent, but the choke artist seems determined to hang »

2005 video shows Trump discussing women in extremely lewd manner

Featured image The Washington Post has obtained a video from 2005 in which Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping, and trying to have sex with women. Regarding one woman, Trump said, “I did try and f— her; she was married.” He added, “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there.” Frankly, the only thing surprising about this video is Trump’s admission of failure to seduce »

Huma Abedin attacked mainstream Jewish group

Featured image Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s increasingly notorious confidante and top aide, urged Bill Clinton to reject an invitation to speak before the American Israel Public Affairs Council (AIPAC). In an email, she wrote: “u really want to consider sending him into that crowd?” (Emphasis added) From her use of the phrase “that crowd,” you might think that AIPAC is a radical organization that advocates ethnic cleansing or some other draconian “solution” »

This day and yesterday in baseball history

Featured image While the 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers were edging San Francisco and Pittsburgh in a pennant race that wasn’t decided until the last day of the season, the Baltimore Orioles were cruising to the American League pennant. By Labor Day they led second place Detroit by 10.5 games. They finished 9 games ahead of second place Minnesota after the Twins beat them in three of the final four meaningless games. The »

The Megyn Kelly-Sean Hannity feud deepens

Featured image The Washington Post reports on the clash between Fox News personalities Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — a feud that I suspect delights the Post’s liberal media reporter Paul Farhi. Yesterday, after criticizing Hillary Clinton for doing lightweight interviews with “Entertainment Tonight” and comedian-talk show host Steve Harvey, Kelly stated on her program: Donald Trump, with all due respect to my friend at 10 pm, will go on Hannity and »

Hillary obtained Pentagon access for Chelsea’s friend

Featured image During her time as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton sought to arrange Pentagon and State Department consulting contracts for a close friend of her daughter Chelsea. So reports Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon, based on recently released emails from Clinton’s private server. The emails show that in 2009, Clinton arranged meetings between Jacqueline Newmyer Deal, whom Chelsea has described as her best friend, and Pentagon officials. Deal was »

Escapism anyone? A look at 2020

Featured image Assuming that Donald Trump loses this year’s presidential race, who is likely to be the GOP nominee in 2020? The FiveThirtyEight crew takes a stab at this question (as well as the Democrats’ side of the equation). The discussion is too snarky and anti-Republican for my taste, but worthwhile nonetheless. Here (in no special order) are the six Republicans I consider most likely to be the nominee in four year: »

Orioles go down with their worst

Featured image The Washington Senators took a 6-4 lead into the seventh inning of Game 7 of the 1925 World Series. But they lost the game, and the series, when the Pittsburgh Pirates scored five runs in the next two innings off of 36 year-old Walter Johnson, the starting pitcher. Manager Bucky Harris refused to pull Johnson, arguably the greatest pitcher ever. Ban Johnson, the president of the American League who lived »

Try to make it real compared to what

Featured image Here’s the Washington Post’s John Wagner on last night’s debate performance by Tim Kaine: At the vice-presidential debate here Tuesday. . .Kaine turned in a performance that threatened to undermine the image of authenticity that has been one of his greatest strengths. The senator from Virginia came across as over-rehearsed, often interrupting his Republican opponent, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, with points Kaine had already made several times earlier in »