Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Trump thought the housing market was “solid” in 2007

Featured image Donald Trump has tried to explain why he was a Democrat by saying that a Republican president, George W. Bush, crashed the economy. He told MSNBC that in the last two years of the Bush administration, the housing market “was a bubble that was waiting to explode.” Bush, Trump claimed, had a “death wish,” so he ignored the obvious weakness in the housing market and the economy crashed. We have »

Nick Saban offers a life lesson

Featured image Nick Saban, the hugely successful head football coach at the University of Alabama, offered some interesting dating advice to his players, according to an excerpt from a new biography by Monte Burke. “Ultimately,” the coach reportedly told the team, “you never want to sleep with anybody who has less to lose than you do.” Saban found a colorful way to drive home the point. “So, ultimately, if I’m ever going »

Soccer in the ’70s

Featured image Before there was the English Premier League (EPL), there was the English First Division. Before three substitutes were allowed, you could only use one. Before a win counted for three points, it was worth only two. Before middling tackles resulted in yellow cards, brutal ones often went unpunished. Before ticket prices soared, there was hooliganism. Before Arsenal fans sang “Walking in a Wenger Wonderland,” they sang “Charlie George, Superstar.” And »

Washington Post agrees with Power Line: Cruz crushed Code Pink

Featured image Last week, John wrote that Ted Cruz “crushed Code Pink” in an impromptu debate with its leader Medea Benjamin regarding Iran. He provided video of the confrontation so that readers could judge for themselves. Code Pink had tried to shout Cruz down during a campaign event. Cruz engaged them and decisively out-debated Benjamin. A few days later, Dave Weigel of the Washington Post decided to judge the debate. He scored »

Assessing Trump’s conservative conversion

Featured image As Steve wrote today in connection with Donald Trump, it’s not a sin to change one’s political and/or ideological affiliation, provided that the change is genuine. Nor is it always easy to determine whether a conversion is genuine. There are, however, a number of factors through which the authenticity of a conversation can be assessed. As we will see, if we apply these factors to Trump’s conversion to conservatism, it »

Trump, it seems, favors amnesty

Featured image Donald Trump’s rhetoric on illegal immigration has helped push him to the top of the polls in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. His rivals have only themselves to blame. Three of the leading contenders for the nomination — Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker — have been soft or wobbly or both on the issue. Trump simply took advantage of the opening they provided. But Trump himself »

Former Gitmo inmates arrested on terrorism charges

Featured image Reuters reports that Belgium has arrested two former Guantanamo detainees on charges of terrorism. Both were held at Gitmo between 2001 and 2005. They were then sent to Belgium, spent time in prison there, and eventually were released. Now, according to the government of Belgium, they are promoting terrorism. Specifically, they are accused of seeking recruits to fight in Syria. Belgium is, per capita, the largest European supplier of Islamist »

“Fair Housing” comes to Hillary’s home town

Featured image It’s not uncommon for constituents to visit their elected officials to ask for relief from government abuse. Yesterday, an elected official visited a constituent for the same purpose: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino walked up to the gated entrance to the Clinton home in this leafy hamlet on Friday, telling the guard he wanted to see Hillary. . . . Astorino, a Republican, had summoned reporters to the cul-de-sac outside »

Why Donald Trump was a Democrat

Featured image Donald Trump was asked today to explain why, in his words, he has identified more with Democrats than with Republicans. The answer, he claimed, is that the economy crashed in 2008 because of mistakes made by President Bush. This may be a good answer (or the best one available) from a political perspective. Trump is appealing primarily to disaffected Republicans who believe the GOP hasn’t stood up for them sufficiently »

Congressional Democrats poised to give Iran deal their support

Featured image From the time that the nuclear deal with Iran (minus the two side deals) was published, I’ve thought that it will receive substantial support from congressional Democrats. Even before the deal was reached, I assumed that Dems, by and large, would likely support it. They march pretty much in lockstep with the administration, especially on issues of vital importance to Obama. Once the details were made known, it seemed clear »

John Kerry on the Iran deal: a litany of lies

Featured image Lee Smith, writing for the Weekly Standard, accuses Secretary of State John Kery of “making stuff up” with respect to the nuclear deal with Iran. Smith (or the headline writer) is being polite. Kerry is flat out lying. Let’s look at some examples. First, having given up on “anytime, anywhere inspections,” Kerry now claims that this was never the administration’s position and that, in fact, the concept is unknown to »

In Texas, an illegal immigrant crime wave

Featured image Christian Adams reports that an internal report by the Texas Department of Public Safety, obtained by PJ Media, finds that illegal immigrants have committed hundreds of thousands of crimes, including nearly 3,000 homicides, in Texas. According to the Department of Public Safety’s analysis, foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults. The report states: From October 2008 to April »

Poll: Clinton trails three Republican contenders in key states

Featured image If this news doesn’t have Joe Biden, Al Gore, or Elizabeth Warren seriously considering entering the presidential race — and serious Democrats urging them to do so — then nothing will. According to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll, Hillary Clinton trails Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Scott Walker in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia. Two of the three Republicans Clinton trails are neither well known nor in possession of a »

Washington Post brings back venomous anti-conservative to cover presidential election campaign

Featured image The Washington Post has rehired Dave Weigel. He is covering the presidential campaign for the paper. In his last stint with the Post, Weigel covered the conservative movement. However, he lost his job due to vicious comments he posted on Journolist about major conservative figures and the conservative movement in general. When Rush Limbaugh was rushed to the hospital with chest pains, Weigel quipped, “I hope he fails,” a reference »

A conservative American in Paris

Featured image One of the highlights of my recent trip to France was an evening with Power Line reader James Gillespie and two other members of “Republicans Overseas France,” an organization that James heads. Republicans Overseas France has a Paris-based membership of more than 100, with a hard core of one-third to one-half that number. (James concedes that the Democratic counterpart organization, its membership swelled by American students in Paris, is larger.) »

John Kasich enters the race

Featured image Yesterday, John Kasich became the 16th Republican entrant in the presidential race (assuming one counts Donald Trump as a Republican). As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Kasich was an important player in Newt Gingrich’s conservative revolution of the mid-1990s. As governor of Ohio, Kasich has produced a record strong enough to see him reelected last year by a 2-1 margin in a swing state. This resume should »

Menendez alleges Justice Department lied to grand jury in his case

Featured image Sen. Robert Menendez’s defense team has leveled what look like substantial allegations of misconduct against the Justice Department, which is prosecuting him for alleged corruption. According to the Washington Post, Menendez claims, based on internal FBI documents, that the lead DOJ prosecutor in his case allowed an FBI agent falsely to testify to the grand jury that it was “perfectly clear” that in meetings with top DHS officials, Menendez sought »