Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Is Elizabeth Warren running for president? It looks that way

Featured image I hear through sources within Elizabeth Warren’s circles that the Massachusetts Senator intends to run for president. Warren’s behavior is entirely consistent with this view. She is pounding her core message — “the system is rigged” — as relentlessly as John Edwards pounded his “two Americas” theme when he ran twice for president. And she is distancing herself from President Obama — and, by extension, Hillary Clinton — by insisting »

How Eric Holder tried to showcase Loretta Lynch

Featured image Republican Senators, including Marco Rubio, reportedly have expressed an inclination to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. But given Lynch’s similarities to, and connections with, Eric Holder, a vote to confirm Lynch would be an endorsement of the Holder Justice Department (not to mention the executive amnesty). This article by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) describes how Eric Holder tried to showcase Lynch by enabling her to take »

Loretta Lynch: soft on political corruption, perfect Obama AG

Featured image Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, is the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Team Obama is hoping that her status as a prosecutor will help her through the confirmation process. Republicans would do well to remember that Eric Holder was also a U.S. Attorney. Aspects of Lynch’s record as prosecutor bring Eric Holder to mind. This article by the National Legal and Policy »

“Homegrown terrorists” and what to do about them

Featured image Andy McCarthy has written two good posts taking on the concept of “homegrown terrorism.” Andy argues that “what grows a terrorist in Paris – or New York, London, Madrid, Hamburg, etc. – is not his environs; it is Islamic supremacist ideology” which is decidedly non-Western. Moreover, to suggest that terrorists residing in the West are homegrown is to imply that “it is something innate in America (and the West) that »

Questions for Marco Rubio about Loretta Lynch

Featured image Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, is making the rounds on Capitol Hill in advance of her upcoming Senate confirmation hearing. With the GOP now in control of the Senate, she will need some Republican support. But with the elimination of the filibuster in this context, only a few Republican defectors will be required. They probably will be easy to find. Lindsey Graham, true to his role as »

Four observations prompted by the Paris attack

Featured image 1. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn used to make fun of American journalists — so “courageous” when operating under protection in the U.S.; so cowed when working in the Soviet Union. The same tendency is evident these days. News organizations “heroically” attack American politicians they dislike and expose secret efforts to curb terrorism, safe in the knowledge that the U.S. government will leave them be. But when it comes to the cartoons over »

Searching for Jeb Bush supporters in the belly of the “establishment” beast

Featured image I’m beginning to feel like Pauline Kael. The late film critic and denizen of upscale Manhattan is alleged to have expressed wonderment at Richard Nixon’s re-election, since no one she knew had voted for him. The early part of this week marked the festive season for the Republican political class here in Washington, DC. Receptions, such as the one for Tom Cotton, were held all over Capitol Hill. A good »

Sen. Cotton to serve on intelligence committee

Featured image In my post last night listing Tom Cotton’s committee assignments, I failed to include the Select Committee on Intelligence. Arguably, this is the Senator’s must important assignment. We live in a time when defense budgets are being slashed and the U.S. president is largely unwilling to put American boots on the ground, even to fight bloody thirsty terrorists with designs on attacking America. In this environment, our intelligence professionals are »

McDonnell sentenced to two years

Featured image Judge James Spencer has sentenced former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell to two years in prison. This represents a win for McDonnell, who faced the possibility of being sentenced to a term of more than ten years, as the government wanted. Spencer rejected the government’s proposed sentencing range (basically ten years to 12 and a half), finding that a more appropriate range would be six and a half to eight years. »

Boehner re-elected speaker, but 25 Republicans dissent

Featured image As expected, John Boehner will continue on as Speaker of the House. He received 216 votes. That’s less than a majority of the full House, but comfortably more than a majority of the votes cast. Like John, I’m not happy to see Boehner serve two more years as Speaker, given his handling of “Cromnibus.” But I wasn’t convinced that the candidates who ran against him were Speaker material. 24 Republicans »

Bob McDonnell’s lawyers play a dangerous, unedifying game

Featured image Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell will soon receive his sentence for felony public corruption. He could face more than 10 years of prison time. To avoid this fate — harsh, I think, but consistent with federal sentencing guidelines — McDonnell’s legal team has presented the sentencing judge with hundreds of letters arguing for leniency. As Christian Adams reports, the letters include many heartwarming stories of McDonnell’s character and good works, »

Senator Tom Cotton

Featured image This evening, I attended a reception in honor of Tom Cotton who will be sworn in as a Senator tomorrow by Vice President Joe Biden. Tom now has a beard. Does it make him look more Senatorial? I don’t know. Check out his swearing in on C-SPAN and see what you think. Tom was very gracious as he greeted those of us in the receiving line. Although not a glad-hander, »

Washington Post sings along with Mitch

Featured image The Washington Post’s front page today featured an article with the title “McConnell aims to rein in GOP to help it win White House.” The internet version of the same story is called “New Senate majority leader’s main goal for GOP: Don’t be scary.” The sentiment is not without merit. It’s not in the interest of Republicans or conservatives for a Republican Senate to scare voters. Few would dispute this »

Soft thinking jeopardizes historic reduction in violent crime

Featured image The crime statistics for 2014 keep coming in. They present a mixed picture. As I noted here, the murder rate in Washington DC was alarmingly high. So too in Los Angeles. It also increased in Indianapolis, Austin, Pittsburgh, El Paso, and Memphis. The murder rate dropped, though, in Chicago, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Columbus, Ohio. And in New York City, site of a great policing success story, the murder rate continued »

Obamacare and the deterioration of private health insurance

Featured image Laura Ungar and Jayne O’Donnell write in USA Today about a “reversal of fortunes” in health care. It seems that “poor, long-uninsured patients are getting Medicaid through Obamacare and finally coming to [doctors] for care, but middle-class workers are increasingly staying away.” They are staying away because, according to Ungar and O’Donnell, “coverage [under employer provided health insurance plans] long considered the gold standard of health insurance now often requires »

Eyeing a presidential run, Huckabee quits Fox News

Featured image In 2007, Mike Huckabee was an ex-office holder running, in effect, for talk show host. His time as governor of Arkansas over and his finances nowhere near where he wanted them to be, Huckabee, it seemed to me, was hoping to parlay a presidential run into a lucrative career doing what he does so well — talking. Huckabee succeeded. His better than expected (other than by him) run for the »

Obamacare in 2015

Featured image Tevi Troy says that 2015 is shaping up as Obamacare’s worst year. That’s quite a statement, considering how bad a year it had in 2014 — roll-out problems, false claims of 7 million enrollees, and the defeat of congressional supporters of the legislation. The key challenge to Obamacare in 2015 will come in the Supreme Court. A defeat there would certainly make 2015 a potentially near-fatal year for Obama’s only »