Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Hillary, Bunny, and John Edwards

Featured image Many decades ago, what is now the Style Section of the Washington Post was called the Women’s Page (or Pages, I don’t remember which). I never read the Women’s Page, but a bit of gossip in today’s paper strikes me as perfect grist for that mill. To be fair, it also relates to style, or the lack thereof. The Post tells us, per a new book, that heiress Bunny Mellon »

The campus free speech crisis and how to deal with it

Featured image Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered what Fox News calls a “blistering speech” in which he declared that freedom of expression is “under attack” on America’s college campuses. Though major media outlets tried to shrug off Sessions’ speech, his contention is beyond reasonable dispute. Anyone who doubts this should read Stanley Kurtz’s harrowing account of the campus free speech crisis. Stanley argues that an already parlous situation is worsening as »

Not looking good for Luther Strange (or Pres. Trump) in Alabama [UPDATED – Moore Wins]

Featured image Judge Roy Moore has opened up a nice lead over Sen. Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican Senate run-off election. With about one-quarter of the precincts reporting, Moore is roughly 17,000 votes ahead (out of about 120,000 counted), for a 57-43 lead. That lead is consistent with, though perhaps at the higher end, of what recent polling has indicated. Moore was expected to win. However, Trump might have though his »

Hillary Clinton peddles fake news about Trump and Puerto Rico

Featured image Frustrated by the justifiably high marks President Trump received for the federal government’s response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, portions of the left are attacking Trump for allegedly not being sufficiently concerned about Hurricane Maria, which pounded Puerto Rico. Hillary Clinton is doing her part. She slammed the president for his near silence about the situation in Puerto Rico. Ever the snob, Clinton stated, with no apparent basis, “I’m not »

The Dallas Cowboys find a middle way

Featured image As I argued yesterday, the Washington Redskins “won off the field” (as well as on it!) Sunday with their approach to the playing of the National Anthem. Though it grieves me as a Redskins fan to admit it, I think the Dallas Cowboys also won in this respect last night. Rich Lowry writes: Last night, the Cowboys kneeled before the anthem and then stood when it was played. This seems »

Jared Kushner’s personal email account

Featured image Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has acknowledged using a personal email account for official White House business. As a result, Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has asked the Trump administration Monday for more information about the use of personal email accounts by senior officials. It has been reported that Kushner is not alone among such officials and former officials in using personal accounts for »

Redskins best Raiders on and off the field

Featured image I’ve been a Washington Redskins fan since 1958. I almost never miss a Redskins game and rarely watch NFL regular season games that don’t involve the Redskins. However, if the Redskins had refused to come out on the field during the playing of the National Anthem or if most the team had taken a knee while the Anthem was played, I think I would have ended my 60 year relationship »

Villanueva apologizes for standing during anthem

Featured image Alejandro Villanueva was lauded today for standing up during the national anthem while his less patriotic Pittsburgh teammates all refused to honor it, electing to stay off the field instead. However, Villanueva has now apologized for his show of respect for America. He claims it was the result of a misunderstanding of what the team was going to do. You can read his explanation here. Villanueva tweeted: Every single time »

Steve Kerr wants to have it both ways

Featured image Steve Kerr is the coach of the Golden State Warriors, the NBA championship team that doesn’t want to visit the White House because it objects to President Trump, and thus had its invitation rescinded. Kerr has produced a disingenuous article called “Mr. President: You Represent All of Us. Don’t Divide Us. Bring Us Together.” Like his star guard Stephen Curry, Kerr wants to have it both ways. When the Warriors »

Stephen Curry wants to have it both ways

Featured image Stephen Curry is a superstar with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors received an invitation to the White House, pursuant to the longstanding custom of thus honoring championship sports teams. The Warriors, whose star players and coach are outspoken critics of President Trump, made it known that they were ambivalent at best about visiting the White House. Curry said, “I don’t want to go, that’s my nucleus of »

The test of a good GOP attack ad: Do the Dems cry “Willie Horton”?

Featured image This November, Virginia voters will elect a new governor. The Democratic candidate is Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. The Republican candidate is Ed Gillespie. Northam has been leading in most polls. However, a new survey by Suffolk University finds the candidates tied at 42 percent. Gillespie nearly defeated Sen. Mark Warner in 2014 despite trailing badly in the polls. Remember, though, that 2014 was a great year for Republicans. Gillespie is »

Trump in Huntsville

Featured image President Trump spoke in Huntsville, Alabama tonight. He was trying to boost Sen. Luther Strange, who trails Judge Roy Moore in the Republican Senate primary that will take place next Tuesday. The speech was well over an hour in length. I caught about an hour of it. It was a powerful political speech reminiscent of Trump’s 2016 campaign trail orations. I found it entertaining. Trump spent roughly 98 percent of »

Moore continues to lead Strange, gains Ben Carson’s endorsement

Featured image The latest survey of the Alabama Republican Senate primary has Judge Roy Moore leading Sen. Luther Strange, 54-46. The poll was conducted for Fox 10 News by Strategy Research on Wednesday. It surveyed by telephone 2,000 Republicans who have voted at least once in the last 4 elections and said they planned to vote next week. This result means that Moore has led Strange in all ten of the independent »

Valerie Plame Wilson “outs” herself

Featured image Remember Valerie Plame Wilson? She is, to quote Red State, “the former faux deep cover, non-official cover CIA ANALYST” who was not “outed” by Scooter Libby. Today, Plame re-tweeted with obvious approval an anti-Jewish rant in something called the Unz Review by Phillip Giraldi, the headline of which is “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” As Noah Pollak has shown, Giraldi is “a conspiracy theorist obsessed with Jews and Israel.” »

Leftist Jews use Days of Awe to atone for America’s “sins”

Featured image During the Days of Awe, which began yesterday at sundown with Rosh Hashanah and will conclude ten days later with Yom Kippur, Jews focus on repenting for transgressions we have committed in the year just ending. However, at Temple Sinai in upscale Northwest Washington Jews are focusing on something else. They are seeking atonement for the sins of the United States. Nor is this phenomenon confined to Washington. According to »

Seth Leibsohn mulls congressional run

Featured image Two days ago, I wrote about Kyrsten Sinema who represents Arizona’s Ninth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s likely that Sinema will run for the Senate seeking either the seat now held by Jeff Flake or, if it opens up, the one held by John McCain. If Sinema runs for the Senate, her House seat will be in play. The gossip mill in Arizona has it that »

Pseudo-moderate Dems toe party line on DOJ nominations

Featured image If there is any administration job for which the Senate should defer to the president’s selection, that job is Solicitor General. The SG represents the U.S. before the Supreme Court, defending the administration’s positions. The administration’s positions should be defended by the lawyer of the president’s choice. Barring truly exceptional circumstances, the Senate should confirm the president’s selection. President Trump chose Noel Francisco for Solicitor General. Francisco has a distinguished »