Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

The renewed smearing of Justice Kavanaugh

Featured image The left has managed to keep Anita Hill’s trivial and uncorroborated allegations against Clarence Thomas alive and talked about for nearly 30 years. Thus, it’s not surprising that the left is still out to smear Brett Kavanaugh along similar lines. The focus now is on how Kavanaugh behaved, or is alleged to have behaved, towards women at parties during his freshman year at Yale 35 years (or so) ago. Unless »

RNC sees Trump gaining Hispanic support

Featured image Ronna McDaniel, president of the Republican National Committee, says that RNC research shows President Trump’s approval among Hispanic Americans in Texas to have increased by 20 percent since 2016. That would mean Trump has nearly 1 million new Hispanic supporters. Has Trump’s support among Hispanics in Texas really increased that much? I don’t know, but it’s plausible to think it has increased significantly, both in Texas and elsewhere. McDaniel points »

Biden and Yang display ignorance about immigration

Featured image Immigration was always going to be a topic of discussion during Thursday’s Democratic debate. Thus, the candidates should have been prepared to speak about immigration, if not intelligently than at least without getting basic facts wrong. As Mark Krikorian documents, Joe Biden and Andrew Yang were unable to pass this modest test. Biden claimed that during the Obama administration, “we didn’t lock people up in cages; we didn’t separate families.” »

Hiring ex-cons, then and now

Featured image Frederic Pryor died earlier this month. He was the “throw in” in the 1962 prisoner exchange between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The principals were Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel. The deal was the subject of the 2015 movie “Bridge of Spies.” Pryor was a Yale graduate student in economics. He found himself in East Berlin studying East Germany’s economic system when the Stasi arrested him for spying. »

Joe Biden, record players, and racism

Featured image Towards the end of the second hour of last night’s Democratic debate, Joe Biden delivered a rambling and mostly incoherent answer to a question about the Iraq war that hadn’t been asked. I wondered whether Biden was losing command, but I didn’t stick around for the third hour to find out. Now, I gather that Biden was, indeed, losing command. A rambling answer to a question in the third hour »

Has Trump spoiled the Andrew McCabe prosecution?

Featured image Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, deserves to be prosecuted. His crimes, false statements to federal investigators, were documented by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, an Obama appointee. Andy McCarthy discusses the crimes here. McCabe is an enemy and fierce critic of President Trump. I always worry when enemies of the president face criminal prosecution. Sending political enemies to prison is a hallmark of authoritarian »

After tonight, a two-horse race?

Featured image John captured in six pithy observations about tonight’s Democratic debate what it probably would have taken me 600 words to express. So I’ll try to find 600 different words. Like John, I didn’t make it to the end. I had to stop after two hours. I’ve got the thing on tape, so if I read about any significant occurrences in the final hour, I’ll check them out. I turned on »

The NC-9 special election and racial politics

Featured image Yesterday, I discussed the special congressional election in North Carolina’s Ninth District. Bolstered by a rally held by President Trump the day before the election, Republican Dan Bishop won the race. However, because his margin of victory — 2 percentage points — was well below the norm in this Republican district, some in the mainstream media are viewing the election as a good sign for Democrats. Here’s the Washington Post’s »

John Bolton as scapegoat

Featured image President Trump must be frustrated. That, at least, is the most innocent explanation I can think of for the way he behaves. Trump has plenty to be frustrated about. By now, if one believed candidate Trump, our border with Mexico should be secure, thanks to a big beautiful wall paid for by Mexico. It isn’t. By now, the trade war with China should be won. After all, Trump assured us »

Trump rips guy he chose as his national security adviser

Featured image To no one’s surprise, President Trump lashed out at John Bolton today. He said of Bolton: You know, John’s known as a tough guy. He’s so tough, he got us into Iraq. That’s tough. Actually, Bolton didn’t get the U.S. into Iraq. President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary Rumsfeld did. It’s true that Bolton favored intervening in Iraq. But so did Trump, though he falsely claims he didn’t. In »

Are blacks moving towards the center as their party lurches to the left?

Featured image I think almost everyone who pays close attention to politics understands that white Democratic leftists hold more extreme views than most black Democrats. Studies by prominent African-American scholars confirm this understanding. They also indicate that blacks now hold less extreme views than white Democrats as a whole. Thomas Edsall summarizes the findings of these scholars, and some related polling data, in this article for the New York Times. He cites »

GOP holds North Carolina’s Ninth District

Featured image Republican Dan Bishop defeated Democrat Dan McCready yesterday in a special election to determine who will represent North Carolina’s Ninth District in Congress. The margin was 51-49. On election eve, President Trump held a rally in the district to promote Bishop. It’s possible that Trump’s visit put Bishop over the top. The district is one that Trump carried by 12 points against Hillary Clinton. It has elected Republicans to Congress »

This day in baseball history: Mets roar into first place

Featured image The New York Mets’ come from behind victory over the Chicago Cubs in early July of 1969 left the Mets believing they could catch the Cubs and win the NL East. When the Mets took a series from the Cubs later that month to pull within 3.5 games of the Cubs, they believed this even more. After that, though, the Mets went into a tailspin. By mid-August, they trailed the »

On Bolton’s bolt

Featured image As Scott notes below, John Bolton is out as President Trump’s national security adviser. That much is clear. There’s a dispute, though, over whether Bolton left voluntarily, as he says, or was sacked by Trump, as the president insists. Trump may be telling the truth. However, while there a few people in the world I would disbelieve if their account of events differed from Trump’s, John Bolton is not among »

State AGs will conduct antitrust investigation of Google

Featured image Attorney Generals from almost every state have banded together to investigate whether Google is violating the antitrust laws. This will be a bipartisan effort. The lead AGs are Ken Paxton, a Republican from Texas, and Karl Racine, a Democrat from the District of Columbia. The two “dissenters” are also bipartisan. Only the AGs from California and Alabama have not joined in. A bipartisan group of AGs held a press conference »

Dem contenders rally around a carbon tax, may soon regret it

Featured image I believe that all of the leading Democratic candidates for president have endorsed a carbon tax. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren did so during CNN’s town hall on climate change last week. Down a tier or two, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg endorsed it, as well. Bernie Sanders has endorsed a carbon tax in the past. The carbon tax was a bridge too far for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 »

Who is Elizabeth Warren? Her fundraising tactics provide a clue

Featured image It’s not easy to distinguish the policy positions of Elizabeth Warren from those of avowed socialist Bernie Sanders. Yet, the establishment fears Sanders and seems comfortable enough with Warren. Why? I think it’s because they suspect that Warren’s radicalism isn’t nearly as sincere as Sanders’s. This New York Times article about Warren’s fundraising confirms both the establishment’s comfort with Warren and her lack of sincerity. The Times documents that Warren »