Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Trump backs L.L. Bean with tweet — good for him

Featured image The left, as is its wont, has organized a politically-motivated boycott against L.L. Bean, the outdoor gear and apparel company. The pretext for the boycott is that the Federal Election Commission charged Linda Bean, a granddaughter of the company’s founder and a member of its ten-person Board, with contributing more than the legal donation amount to a political action committee that supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. (The company itself did »

Elaine Chao and me

Featured image In late November of last year, I argued that Elaine Chao is an “uninspired choice” for Secretary of Transportation. Today, in its story about Chao’s confirmation hearing, the Washington Post quotes generously from that post. It may speak well of how Chao is viewed by conservatives in Washington that the Post felt it needed to quote me in order to provide its readers with a negative conservative perspective on the »

Which Dems are behind the fake BuzzFeed story? [UPDATED]

Featured image It now seems virtually certain that the “dossier” on Donald Trump that was published earlier this week by BuzzFeed is fake news — a fiction intended to undermine the president-elect of the United States. The potential harm to our democratic process of introducing such material into political discourse is obvious — about as obvious as the release by Russian agents of DNC and Podesta emails. In one sense, the release »

Tom Cotton calls out Cory Booker

Featured image Scott has written about Sen. Cory Booker’s vacuous testimony against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general. Booker broke with Senate tradition, becoming, it is said, the first U.S. Senator to testify against the nomination of a colleague. Why did Booker do it? I believe he did it to establish his place as a possible contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. Before Booker testified, Sen. Tom Cotton had »

Trump’s news conference

Featured image Scott has already flagged the golden highlight of president-elect Trump’s new conference this morning. I want to note what, for me, were some other highlights. Trump thanked the New York Times and other mainstream outlets for not running with the story about his alleged interaction with Russia during the election campaign. He singled out the New York Times for praise. It is deserved. Trump pushed back hard against the BuzzFeed »

Rex Tillerson comes under fire from Sen. Rubio [UPDATED] [more from Rubio]

Featured image I watched the first hour and a half of Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing before switching to Donald Trump’s news conference. Tillerson is an impressive witness and, I think it’s reasonable to assume, an extremely impressive man. His answers and manner of speaking stand in wonderful contrast to the man he will succeed (if confirmed) — John “Foghorn” Kerry. Tillerson is plainspoken, gives short answers when feasible, and likes to use »

Allegation: Russia has compromising information on Trump [UPDATED]

Featured image The Washington Post and various other outlets are reporting that a classified document delivered to President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump last week included a section summarizing allegations that Russian intelligence services have compromising material and information on Trump’s personal life and finances. According to the Post, U.S. intelligence agencies have not corroborated these allegations, which apparently are based on research done by an outside entity engaged in political consulting »

Jury sentences Roof to death

Featured image A federal jury in South Carolina sentenced Dylann Roof to death today for killing nine black parishioners inside a church during a bible study session. It took the jury less than three hours to decide upon this sentence. The sentence is obviously just, and it is a reminder of why we need the death penalty. A sentence of life imprisonment would be horribly inadequate in Roof’s case. It would not »

Sen. Sessions is breezing through his confirmation hearing [Updated]

Featured image The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing today. The committee went at it for three hours and is now taking a lunch break. No one has yet laid a glove on the Alabama Senator. Only Al Franken went after him hard. The ex-comedian succeeded mainly in beclowning himself. The hearings were interrupted several times by the screams of protesters. Their screeching only served to underscore the calm, »

Why America hates Hollywood, or should

Featured image John has already written about the Trump hate-fest at the Golden Globe awards last night. I want to focus on Meryl Streep’s attack on the president-elect. Streep hammered Trump for ridiculing a New York Times reporter [formerly with the Washington Post reporter] with a disability. She said: [T]here was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was »

Partisanship underlies Obama ethics chief’s call for delay on confirmations

Featured image In seeking to delay confirmation proceedings for president-elect Trump’s Cabinet selections, Democrats cite the need for more time to investigate the nominees for possible conflicts interests. In doing so, they rely on Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). He complains that his office is being rushed to clear the Trump picks. It would be much easier to take Shaub seriously if (1) he wasn’t a partisan »

Congressional Dems under attack for not hiring minorities

Featured image Earlier this month, a CNN contributor dismissed an African-American who served as a top aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions as, in effect, a token. The former Sessions aide, William Smith, was debating Angela Rye, a strong critic of Sessions’ record on civil rights. Rye told Smith: “Because you are the one black guy that he hired on the committee doesn’t make him a civil rights leader.” Perhaps realizing what she »

Has Trump made Republicans pro-Putin? [with correction]

Featured image The Washington Post has published a piece by James Kirchick called “How Trump got his party to love Vladmir Putin.” The title is ridiculous. Republicans don’t love Putin, and Kirchick’s article provides no evidence that they do. In fact, although Trump takes too soft a line on the Russian leader, there is no basis for saying that he loves, or even likes, Putin. The article itself is also over-the-top in »

An opportunity for Trump in Iran

Featured image Michael Ledeen reports that the Iranian dissident Ayatollah Hossein Boroujerdi is out of prison. He has been held in miserable conditions for a decade. Ayatollah Boroujerdi advocates toleration of all religious (and non-religious) beliefs and opposes the involvement of religious leaders in politics. He has repeatedly criticized the fundamentalist doctrines of the Iranian theocratic state and spoken out against anti-Semitism. In 2010 he sent Hanukkah greetings to the Jews of »

Rooney ties Sir Bobby [UPDATED]

Featured image Debate still rages as to whether Wayne Rooney is an all-time England soccer great. But when you’re tying and breaking records held by a bloke with “Sir” in front of his name, there really isn’t room for discussion. In 2015, Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record for most goals scored for England. Today, he tied Charlton for most goals scored for Manchester United. Rooney also had an assist in his »

Judge allows case against Marilyn Mosby to proceed

Featured image The criminal cases brought by Marilyn Mosby in the Freddy Gray matter have all been dismissed. Not one was successful. Now Mosby is in the dock. She is the defendant in a civil action brought by five of the six accused police officers. Casear Goodson, driver of the police van in which Gray was injured and the only defendant to be charged with homicide, did not join the case. Yesterday, »

Another leading Alabama Democrat endorses Jeff Sessions

Featured image Sue Bell Cobb, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has endorsed Sen. Jeff Sessions in a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Montgomery Advertiser describes Cobb as “one of Alabama’s most prominent Democrats.” She served on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals before being elected to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2006. She resigned in 2011. Describing her relations with Sessions when »