Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Lying isn’t what it used to be

Featured image Lying used to be an offense that caused people to stop trusting and believing you. Now, it’s a “mistake” that’s to be weighed against the liar’s virtues before deciding if he is to be trusted. I noticed this in my law practice. When I first started out, you hit the litigation jackpot if you could show that the opposing party had lied about any semi-material fact. If you showed this »

The “Ryanization” of Marco Rubio

Featured image Tim Alberta of the National Journal has written an article called “The Ryanization of Rubio.” Alberta’s thesis is that Marco Rubio has inherited the role many thought Paul Ryan was going to play — conservative intellectual presidential candidate armed with daring policy proposals. There’s little doubt that Rubio is attempting to play that role. And, as Alberta points out, Rubio has impressed some leading conservative thinkers with his ideas across »

Eric Holder: Politicize the Department of Justice, moi?

Featured image Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder seems determined to leave ‘em laughing. How else can we interpret his claim earlier this week that there has “been no politicization” of the Justice Department under his watch? John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky make short work of Holder’s claim. They write: It was pure politics that dictated the policy that no cases be filed under the National Voter Registration Act to enforce the »

Obama isn’t just giving Iran the store; he’s giving it the neighborhood

Featured image The Washington Post’s editors present three major concerns with the U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations — concerns that they say need to be highlighted now, before President Obama presents the world with a fait accompli. The three concerns are: (1) that a process began with the goal of eliminating Iran’s potential to produce nuclear weapons has evolved into a plan to tolerate and temporarily restrict that capacity; (2) during the negotiations, Obama »

Lies are lies whether they “offend” or not

Featured image NBC’s Chuck Todd assures us that NBC’s Brian Williams is “mortified” by the recent revelation that, for 12 years, he falsely claimed to have been in an aircraft that was shot down during the Iraq War. Todd also says that what’s “stinging [Williams] the most” is that the last group of people he wants to offend are veterans. Todd confesses, however, that he hasn’t talked to Williams yet. This raises »

Obama again shows his contempt for America and the West

Featured image Earlier today, Scott posted President Obama’s statement about the barbaric murder by ISIS of the Jordanian pilot. Obama took the occasion to warn Americans not to “get on our high horse and think [what ISIS did] is unique to some other place.” It’s not surprising, given his view of our country, that Obama would deny that Americans ever have standing to get on a high horse. But if we can’t »

Is Jeb Bush a Republican Obama?

Featured image David Frum argues that Jeb Bush is, in some important ways, a Republican Barack Obama. Frum’s essay is worth reading in its entirety, but here is a summary of his case: Both Jeb Bush and Barack Obama are men who have openly and publicly struggled with their ambivalence about their family inheritance. Both responded by leaving the place of their youth to create new identities for themselves: Barack Obama, as »

Backed by Obama, Iranian militias move to the forefront in Iraq

Featured image Do you remember what President Obama’s excuse was for not helping Iraq fight ISIS, in its post-jayvee incarnation, when it was winning victory after victory and marching towards Baghdad last summer? Obama didn’t want to act until Iraq formed a government more hospitable to Sunni interests. Then and only then would Sunnis align themselves with the government in the fight against ISIS, the president intoned. Iraq eventually formed a new »

Why does Obama crave a grand bargain with Iran?

Featured image Michael Ledeen notes that important commentators have come around to the view that he (and I) have long expressed — that President Obama is in thrall to Iran and that the nuclear negotiations aren’t really about curbing Iran’s nuclear capacity, but rather about striking a grand bargain with the mullahs. Michael Doran’s excellent essay in Mosaic, which was one of our Power Line “picks,” is a good example of recent »

Our “politicized” judiciary — let’s be thankful for it

Featured image How about this for a scoop: judges are more conservative on average than lawyers. That’s the conclusion reached by two political scientists — Adam Bonica of Stanford and Maya Sen of Harvard’s Kennedy School — based on an analysis of “the ideological positioning of nearly half a million judges and lawyers” as reflected in their campaign contributions. Bonica and Sen attribute this ideological mismatch to the “politicization” of courts that »

Seattle Muslims demand sacking of teacher who showed Muhammad cartoons

Featured image The day after the Charlie Hebdo shootings, Deepa Bhandaru showed some of the cartoons that prompted the attack to students at the Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle. Bhandaru showed the cartoons in the context of a discussion on religious pluralism and freedom of speech. The cartoons she showed to her students, most if not all of whom are Muslims, reportedly were not the more inflammatory, sexual images. Now, a group »

Hillary Clinton showed more sympathy for anti-vaccination views than Christie did

Featured image I noted earlier today that Chris Christie has come under fire for comments he made in response to a question about vaccinating children to immunize them from measles. Christie’s statement wasn’t a model of clarity, but I argued that under a fair reading it was perfectly reasonable. Had Christie been a Democrat, his comments would have been a non-story. Christie has now clarified his remarks. His spokesperson said, not at »

Our imperial president again shows his ignorance of history

Featured image No one has ever accused President Obama of knowing much about American history. He demonstrated his ignorance again during a pre-Super Bowl interview with Savannah Guthrie. Sharing a brew with Guthrie, Obama told her, “We make beer. First president since George Washington to make some booze in the White House.” George Washington never occupied the White House. John Adams was the first president to do so. Obama’s ignorance extends beyond »

Chris Christie’s reasonable position on vaccines

Featured image Chris Christie is taking plenty of heat today, and not primarily because he turned up at an Arsenal match wearing a Gunners scarf. The heat, which I consider undeserved, arises from a comment the New Jersey governor made about vaccinating children. Christie was asked to comment about the connection between the measles outbreak and decisions by parents not to vaccinate their children against the sickness. He responded that he and »

The CIA-Mossad joint assassination leak, why now?

Featured image The Washington Post reported today that in 2008, the CIA worked with Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence service, to kill Imad Mughniyah, an important Hezbollah operative. According to the Post, Mossad did the deed, but the CIA built the bomb that Mossad used, testing it repeatedly to make sure the blast wouldn’t damage a large area thereby causing collateral damage. The story isn’t without inherent interest. However, the big question »

Chris Christie, “Gooner”?

Featured image Chris Cillizza reports that Chris Christie, who is visiting London, attended today’s Arsenal match wearing an Arsenal scarf. The Gunners defeated hapless Aston Villa 5-0. I may be able to overlook Christie’s chummy encounter with President Obama just before the 2012 election. But the Dallas Cowboys and now perhaps the “Gooners”? That would be too much. »

Phil Hanlon’s sensible proposals for Dartmouth

Featured image Dartmouth’s president Phil Hanlon has announced several significant measures designed to curb student alcohol abuse, improve the College’s culture, and make it a more academically serious institution. The student newspaper summarizes them here. Not surprisingly, though, the best discussion can be found on Joe Asch’s Dartblog. The most publicized element of Hanlon’s plan is an on-campus ban on hard liquor. Hanlon, who impresses me as a data-driven guy, found that »