Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Report: Trump may take the pledge, after all

Featured image It turns out that two can play the leverage game. With the Republican National Committee making noises about limiting participation in future debates to candidates willing to commit to not running as an independent, and with it having said it will withhold data on Republican voters from candidates unwilling to make that commitment, Donald Trump reportedly is now considering taking the pledge. The RNC does have some leverage. However, I »

Bush’s Common Core obfuscation

Featured image Many informed voters who watched Thursday’s GOP presidential debate may have come away confused about Jeb Bush’s stance on education. Bush is known to be a supporter of Common Core. Yet there he was insisting that the federal government shouldn’t be involved in creating educational standards. Bush said: “I don’t believe the federal government should be involved in the creation of standards directly or indirectly, the creation of curriculum or »

More twists and turns in Hillary’s email saga

Featured image On Friday, things began heating up again in the legal proceedings regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails. Readers will recall the Judge Emmet Sullivan, a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., had ordered the State Department to ask Clinton, her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and her former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin to personally vouch that they’d turned over all records responsive to a Freedom of Information Act »

Trump on Power Line

Featured image Not content with personally attacking popular right-of-center conservative talk show host Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump has now called conservative blogger/activist Erick Erickson a “total loser” with “a history of supporting establishment losers.” If Trump’s support ends up consisting of people more anti-establishment than Erick, they can hold their meeting in Trump’s limo. Trump hasn’t punched down to Power Line’s level yet, but it could happen. If so, I imagine he »

Team Obama warns Schumer, unconvincingly

Featured image As John has noted, the White House didn’t take kindly to Chuck Schumer’s announcement that he opposes the Iran nuclear deal. The Washington Post didn’t exaggerate in today’s front-page headline (paper edition) that read: “Senator [Schumer] assailed on Iran stance: White House, allies go on the offensive.” Schumer has previously said that the timing of the passage of Obamacare was a political mistake. This makes the New York Senator 0-2 »

Trump’s excuses

Featured image Early on in Thursday’s prime time debate, Donald Trump told Megyn Kelly, “I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably not be based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn’t do that.” It was a good call, that final sentence. Unfortunately, having had time to think it over, Trump reconsidered. He decided to indulge himself and “do that.” Thus, Trump said of Kelly to CNN: »

Trump’s “leverage”

Featured image Donald Trump said last night that he cannot promise to support the eventual Republican nominee. Trump explained that he wants the “leverage” that refusing to make that promise provides. In a post-debate interview with Sean Hannity, Trump expanded on the theme of leverage. By not committing to support the nominee now, he can increase his chances of being treated fairly going forward, Trump told Hannity. He added that he hopes »

Donald Trump’s latest fact-freedom

Featured image Last night, Donald Trump began his first answer to a question about immigration by modestly declaring that we wouldn’t even be talking about the issue without him. Like much of what Trump says, this is self-inflating nonsense. Trump didn’t run for president in 2012. Yet, somehow, the issue was front-and-center in Republican debates that year. In fact, before Rick Perry’s “oops” moment, he got himself into trouble for being soft »

Ten thoughts about tonight’s debate

Featured image 1. I think each of the ten candidates did decently well in his own way and many did quite well. It’s a flawed field, but viewed collectively, a good one. 2. In my opinion, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz — neither of whom I favor at this time — did the best. In that order: (1) Rubio and (2) Cruz. Both, for example, knocked it out of the park in »

The B Team debate

Featured image I agree with John’s assessment of the preliminary event in today’s presidential debate festivities. Carly Fiorina and Bobby Jindal were excellent and deserve immediate promotion to the A Team (stay tuned for a discussion of whom they should replace). George Pataki also debated well enough to deserve a promotion but, as John says, what would be the point. Rick Perry did pretty well but still stumbles at times. If he »

IAEA chief stonewalls Congress

Featured image Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Alliance (IAEA) came to Capitol Hill yesterday to try to reassure members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the Iran nuclear deal. Amano wanted to convince Senators that the private side deals between Iran and the IAEA aren’t problematic and shouldn’t lead Congress to reject the deal. There was just one problem: Amano couldn’t provide any details about his »

Donald Trump answers his critics

Featured image To me, it seems significant and damning that, shortly before entering the presidential race, Donald Trump sought Bill Clinton’s advice about the political landscape, and that Clinton apparently encouraged Trump to run. Clinton has his own dog in the fight and thus, even if he could put aside his innate anti-Republican partisanship, could not be expected to provide disinterested analysis. But Trump has a way of talking himself out of »

Bill Clinton offered encouragement as Trump considered running for president

Featured image Here’s a thought experiment: Suppose during tomorrow’s GOP presidential debate, Megyn Kelly asks each candidate to name the American politician or politicians whom he respects and trusts sufficiently to seek political advice from. What would the nomination prospects be for a candidate who answered: Bill Clinton? Non-existent, I say. And the answer would go down as among the worst gaffes in the long history of presidential debates. It turns out, »

Report: Investigation of Hillary is a “criminal probe”

Featured image The New York Post reports that the FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unsecured e-mail account is a criminal probe. The Post’s source said, “It’s definitely a criminal probe; I’m not sure why they’re not calling it a criminal probe.” Me neither, but I can guess. The source explained that the Justice Department and the FBI can conduct civil investigations in limited circumstances, but that’s not »

Sanders continues to close the gap in New Hampshire

Featured image Socialist Bernie Sanders is now running only six points behind limousine socialist Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a WMUR Granite State poll. Clinton leads Sanders 42-36. This puts him only fractionally outside the poll’s margin of error. Although Clinton maintains a double-digit lead in New Hampshire in the Real Clear Politics average, that lead is inflated by a poll (by Bloomberg/St. Anselm) from mid-June that had Clinton up »

More damning details emerge in Hillary email server scandal

Featured image The Washington Post reports that the FBI is investigating the security of Hillary Clinton’s private email system. Based on the Post’s reporting, the FBI must not be liking what it finds: Responsibility for setting up and maintaining the server that handled personal e-mail communications for Bill and Hillary Clinton passed through a number of different hands, starting with Clinton staffers with limited training in computer security and eventually expanding to »

The Obama-Hillary Libya debacle

Featured image Everyone understands by now that our intervention in Libya produced a disaster. But many fail to appreciate the magnitude of the disaster. And few understand that the stated reason for the intervention, to prevent a bloodbath, lacked any real basis in fact. Writing in Foreign Affairs, Alan Kuperman, an associate professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, provides clarity on these points. »