Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

The French government’s response to the Paris attacks

Featured image In the aftermath of the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday, the French government has taken three major actions: declaration of a state of emergency, implementation of border controls, and convening of Congress. James Gillespie, a lawyer in Paris and a Power Line reader, has prepared a discussion of these measures and their legal underpinnings. Here is James’ analysis: State of Emergency By a decree issued in the night of »

Rubio’s vulnerability, Part Two

Featured image I wrote here about Marco Rubio’s vulnerability on the issue of immigration. Ted Cruz, I contended, is especially well-positioned to exploit Rubio’s vulnerability. The Cruz campaign has, in fact, started to attack Rubio for sponsoring the Gang of Eight amnesty/path to citizenship legislation of 2013. And Rubio has fired back. Figuring that the best defense is a good offense, Rubio told reporters, “I don’t think our positions are dramatically different; »

The lesson from today’s attacks: step up our game

Featured image When I was in France this summer, I saw far more evidence of anti-terrorist security measures than one sees in the U.S. Military men with heavy weapons were visible at some of the major tourist spots in Paris and also at Reims Cathedral. Today, security must have been farily robust at the Stade de France for the France-Germany match attended by the French president. Otherwise, I imagine the attack would »

A report from Paris

Featured image A friend from Paris had this to say a about this evening’s attacks: This may well be France’s version of 9-11. I’m listening to French commentators on TV, and they sound like ours did when the towers came down. Shock, horror, and righteous anger. President Holland gave a short speech earlier tonight (very bad speech, actually – Obama’s was much better). He announced a state of emergency (the first time »

Trump’s ugly side runs rampant before Iowa crowd

Featured image Perhaps the most revealing moment in the most recent GOP presidential debate occurred when Trump said in response to criticism from John Kasich, “I’ve built an unbelievable company worth billions and billions of dollars. I don’t have to hear from this man.” “This man,” I suspected, is actually anyone who disagrees with Trump or who stands in his way. Ben Carson occasionally disagrees with Trump — most recently over the »

Dartmouth says it’s working to bring Trump to campus

Featured image In response, I assume, to criticism over excluding Donald Trump from using Spaulding auditorium while allowing Hillary Clinton to do so, Dartmouth’s PR department has issued this statement: Dartmouth is eager to welcome all political candidates to campus and give our students the access that comes with being in New Hampshire during the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Lindsey Graham were both recently on campus as part »

Executioners also die

Featured image Mohammed Emwazi, the man who beheaded several ISIS prisoners with a knife in those shocking videos, is believed to have been killed by a U.S. airstrike in Raqqa, Syria. It is not certain that the operation got its target (during a press briefing, British Prime Minister Cameron alternated between speaking about Emwazi in the past and the present tenses). However, the BBC, citing a “senior military source,” reported Friday that »

Dartmouth plays favorites in the presidential race

Featured image Dartblog reports that in September of this year, Dartmouth officials told the college Republicans they could not have the use of Spaulding auditorium for a Donald Trump appearance because this space is never used for political candidates. “Candidates never get Spaulding,” is what College Republicans vice president Charles Springer says he was told “word for word.” Because Dartmouth could not meet the Trump campaigns requirement of a room that accommodates »

Rubio’s vulnerability

Featured image The Washington Post finds that Marco Rubio is taking little fire from his Republican rivals even as he moves up in the polls. It claims that “other candidates have not figured out how to deal with what some are calling ‘the Marco moment.’” I disagree with the Post. Rubio has been attacked by both Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. The amount of flak seems commensurate with his standing in the »

Philosophy and the Republican debate

Featured image In the absence of gotcha questions at Tuesday’s debate, philosophy moved to the fore. It was trashed twice. In an exchange with Ted Cruz over a hypothetical bailout of Bank of America, John Kasich said: That’s the difference of being an executive. And let me just explain: when a bank is ready to go under, and depositors are getting ready to lose their life savings, you just don’t say we »

Google Poll: Trump won the debate; Bush lost it

Featured image In the view of Republican voters who watched last night’s debate, Donald Trump won the encounter and Marco Rubio finished second, according to a poll conducted by Google Consumer Surveys for the Wall Street Journal. Trump was the winner in the view of 28 percent of Republicans; Rubio in the eyes of 23 percent. After them come Ted Cruz (16 percent), Ben Carson (14 percent), Carly Fiorina (7 percent) and »

Where is the evidence of the Mizzou swastika?

Featured image Of the small number of instances of alleged bad behavior that forms the basis for the frenzy at the University of Missouri, one stands out: the claim that someone drew a swastika out of feces on a restroom door in a dormitory. Any swastika is deeply offensive, of course, though the drawing of one hardly reflects the “systematic oppression” that hysterical students say exists at their school. But there’s a »

How’s this for objective political reporting?

Featured image The headline in today’s Washington Post (print edition) reads: “Debate exposes a rift within the GOP — rigid conservatism vs. a flexible pragmatism.” The story, by Philip Rucker and Ed O’Keefe, leads off this way: The leading Republican presidential candidates clashed sharply over immigration policy, military spending, and other intractable and emotional issues in a debate here Tuesday night, bringing into sharp relief the party’s fault line between rigid conservatism »

My take on tonight’s debate

Featured image I suspect that it’s “as you were” after tonight’s debate. In other words, not much about the race is likely to change, with the possible exception that Jeb Bush may be finished. Let’s do a candidate by candidate analysis. Donald Trump caught a “yuge” break because his first major topic (after a few words on the minimum wage) was immigration. This is the issue that helped propel him to the »

Rules for student radicals

Featured image Forty-five years ago, James Epperson, one of Dartmouth’s great English professors, said of the college’s radicals that they can’t distinguish between their personal anxiety and their political beliefs (or words to that effect). As a student radical at the time, my thought was “as if this is easy to do.” Today’s student radicals, though they differ from the rads of my time in that they seem more fragile, have the »

The face of the modern university

Featured image The University of Missouri campus police has sent out the following email campus-wide: To continue to ensure that the University of Missouri campus remains safe, the MU Police Department (MUPD) is asking individuals who witness incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech or actions to: Call the police immediately at 573-882-7201. (If you are in an emergency situation, dial 911.) Give the communications operator a summary of the incident, including location. »

Shell-shocked by PC world, University of Missouri president steps down

Featured image University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe resigned yesterday after the school’s football team threatened to go on strike. The threatened strike was in support of student protests over alleged “systematic oppression” of blacks at the school. As at Yale, I have seen no reports of violence directed at any African-American at the University of Missouri. The “systematic oppression” appears to consist of a few incidents of racial slurs directed at »