Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Hillary Clinton: launched but not engaged

Featured image The Hillary Clinton campaign, twice launched, still doesn’t meet the traditional criteria for a political campaign. Real presidential candidates have always answered questions, both from the press and from non-hand-picked voters. Real presidential candidates have always taken positions on key issues, especially those current enough to be voted on by Congress. Hillary Clinton refuses. Judged conventionally, she’s still in exploratory mode. What is she exploring? Two things. The political winds »

What made Hillary stronger?

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi emails are revealing almost entirely by virtue of what is written to her. Fearful of the medium, even on a private server, Clinton herself rarely wrote anything more prolix or profound than “pls. print” or “interesting.” But once, during the maelstrom following the Benghazi attacks, Clinton wrote: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, or so I’ve rationalized for years.” We can only speculate about the list »

As crime soars in Baltimore, the police are partly to blame

Featured image The May arrest and crime numbers from Baltimore are in. They show that the police arrested fewer people than in any month for at least three years, despite a surge in homicides and shootings across the city. According to the Baltimore Sun, arrests declined citywide by 43 percent from April to May. They dropped by more than half in the West Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested. Several neighborhoods »

The case of Rachel Dolezal: strange but not surprising

Featured image Our flourishing national conversation about race gains additional fuel. Rachel Dolezal, the “black” president of an NAACP chapter is revealed to be white. President Obama should weigh in. He is, after all, our explainer-in-chief when it comes to race. I’d also like to hear from Eric Holder. Or is he part of the “nation of cowards” when it comes to discussing race? The story of a white “passing” as a »

Ideology trumps charm, and certainly charm’s absence

Featured image The House, as John noted, has thwarted President Obama’s attempt to expand his trade negotiating power, casting considerable doubt over whether he will be able to secure the Pacific trade accord he craves (and which, in my opinion, America could use). Despite a furious last-minute lobbying effort by Obama, only 40 House Democrats voted in favor of “trade adjustment assistance” to workers unemployed as a result of free trade, a »

In defense of Michelle Obama

Featured image I like Michelle Obama. Unlike her husband, I believe the first lady has grown in office, rarely (though occasionally) putting a foot wrong in the past six years. For example, unlike the president, she couldn’t have been more gracious during a picture-unveiling ceremony with the George W. and Laura Bush. This spring, in her seventh year as first lady, Michelle Obama has delivered several commencement speeches, two of them to »

What to do about the opening GOP presidential debate

Featured image In August, Fox News will hold the first debate among candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination. To be more accurate, Fox News will hold a debate among ten of the candidates seeking the GOP nomination. At least five candidates will be excluded. Among them might be the highly popular governor of Ohio, who once held a leadership position in the U.S. House of Representatives; the runner-up for the GOP nomination »

Why the left isn’t “ready for Hillary”

Featured image There’s a clever, and from a leftist perspective devastating, image circulating via Facebook (which I’m not on). It’s called “No, I’m not ‘ready for Hillary.’” The image, a checklist, itemizes key votes/positions that Bernie Sanders has taken and that Hillary Clinton did not: Voted AGAINST the Iraq war Voted AGAINST bailing out Wall Street Voted AGAINST the 2001 Patriot Act Supports federal recognition of gay marriage Voted against the 2001 »

“White privilege” and how to spread it around [With Comment by John and Update by Paul]

Featured image The concept of “white privilege” has become a staple of left-wing think, especially on college campuses. But is it a meaningful way to talk about race? Only, I would argue, in a limited sense that those who bandy the term about probably don’t have in mind. Whites as a class aren’t “privileged” economically. Nearly all white children had better obtain knowledge and skills, and then be prepared to work hard »

What’s the Obamacare backup plan?

Featured image Any day now, the Supreme Court will issue a decision on whether Obamacare subsidies are available to those who purchase health insurance on the federal exchange. I think the likelihood that the Court will say subsidies can’t be paid to such purchasers is a little south of 50 percent. But if the Court does decide King v. Burwell that way, millions of Americans will stand to lose their insurance subsidies. »

Things go from bad to worse for Marilyn Mosby

Featured image Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor in the Freddie Gray case, continues to make news for all the wrong reasons. First, her motion for a gag order in the case was dismissed because she filed it in the wrong court. The Baltimore Sun reports: Judge Charles J. Peters ruled the motion lacked standing in an actual proceeding, as it was filed by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office in Circuit Court on »

Gosar amendment passes in the House

Featured image Last night the House, by a vote of 229-193, passed the Gosar amendment which blocks any funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to enforce President Obama’s affirmatively furthering fair housing rule (AFFH). AFFH is an initiative to use the power of the national government to create communities of a certain kind, each having what the federal government deems an appropriate mix of economic, racial, and ethnic diversity. »

Tell Congress to block Obama’s transformative housing power grab

Featured image I have written several times about the Obama administration’s proposed rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), an attempt to dictate how we shall live. In essence, President Obama seeks to use the power of the national government to create communities of a certain kind, each having what the federal government deems an appropriate mix of economic, racial, and ethnic diversity. Tonight, the House of Representatives will attempt to derail »

Fast times in McKinney, Texas

Featured image The “Black Lives Matter” left has a new poster child. She is Dajerria Becton. Becton was part of a group of African-American teenagers involved in a confrontation with the police that stemmed from a pool party in McKinney, Texas. A police officer, Eric Casebolt, forcibly subdued her, driving her face into the ground and his knee into her back and, she says, pulling on her braids. Casebolt also drew his »

Jeb Bush’s path to the nomination

Featured image My conservative cousin from New York, having listened to our Power Line subscriber event, sent me his thoughts. He has been following presidential politics since the days of Dwight Eisenhower, so I thought it worth passing them along. He writes: I think Scott and Steve underestimate Jeb Bush. Sure, no activists find him exciting. But he’s got the money, organization and expertise to outlast a crowded field. So while he »

Sanders gives Clinton a run for her money in Wisconsin

Featured image The Wisconsin Democratic Party convention held a straw poll this weekend. Unlike the Ames (Iowa) straw poll, which is for attendees at a fundraising event, this was a poll of the 511 delegates to the convention. The results weren’t good for Hillary Clinton. The presumptive presidential nominee fell just short of majority support. At 49 percent, she edged out Bernie Sanders — the choice of 41 percent. As for the »

When a sports cliche was literally true

Featured image Did you know that Bruce Jenner was selected in the 1977 NBA draft? It’s true. The Kansas City Kings (now the Sacramento Kings) took Jenner, then the reigning Olympic decathlon champion, in the seventh round. Jenner hadn’t played basketball since high school. He declined to join the Kings. Why did Kansas City pick Jenner? Because, quipped a Washington Bullets staffer, he was the best athlete available. »