Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Will Amy Klobuchar be the last woman standing?

Featured image Half a year ago, I thought that the Democratic nominee for president would be one of these four candidates: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or Kamala Harris. This wasn’t just my view, it was widely shared among those who, unlike me, are sometimes right about modern political horse races. Now, Kamala Harris is long gone, and the Biden and Warren campaigns are on life support. With Harris gone and »

N.H. primary: Sanders holds narrow lead over Buttigieg; Warren and Biden crater

Featured image With about 80 percent of the New Hampshire vote counted, Bernie Sanders has a narrow lead over Pete Buttigieg, 26 percent to 24 percent. Amy Klobuchar is a solid third with 20 percent. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden have cratered. Both are below 10 percent, with Warren edging out Biden for fourth place by a little more than 1 percentage point. The top stories are obvious. Sanders and Buttigieg have »

“Making room for pro-life Democrats.” What does it mean?

Featured image Amy Klobuchar charmed Meghan McCain today by saying that, although she’s always been “pro choice,” she “believe[s] we’re a big tent party, and there are pro-life Democrats and they are part of our party, and we need to build a big tent.” That’s mighty big of Klobuchar. Pete Buttigieg may or may not be as big. He doesn’t read pro-life Democrats out of the party, but says he won’t “trick” »

Western Civilization, why it’s real and why it matters

Featured image Steve’s latest “Power Line Show” features my friend Stanley Kurtz discussing his new book, The Lost History of Western Civilization. Steve’s discussion with Stanley is well worth checking out. I also recommend this post by Stanley at NRO’s Corner. In addition to announcing the publication of The Lost History of Western Civilization, it provides an excellent analysis of what’s at stake in the academic dispute over Western Civilization. Stanley argues: »

Is Klobuchar closing strong in New Hampshire?

Featured image Amy Klobuchar had a strong debate performance last week in New Hampshire. Although I had written her off after her lackluster showing in Iowa, it seemed to me that, with the excellent debate and endorsements from three leading New Hampshire newspapers, Klobuchar “might make a surprisingly good run in New Hampshire.” However, I concluded that “a top three finish seems out of reach.” Today, as New Hampshire votes, a top »

On the removal of Sondland and Vindman

Featured image Two of the key witnesses in the Trump impeachment have been removed from their positions. Gordon Sondland is out as Ambassador to the European Union. Lt. Col Alexander Vindman has been reassigned from the National Security Council to the Pentagon. Democrats are crying foul, of course. But was it improper for Trump to take these personnel actions? Sondland’s case seems easy to me. Ambassadors serve at the pleasure of the »

The Trump-Sanders parallel

Featured image Jim Geraghty compares the 2020 Democratic nomination battle to the one Republicans waged in 2016. In 2016, he recalls, Trump profited from the fact that a crowded field of Trump rivals focused their fire on one another. Geraghty writes: [T]he other candidates were all convinced they could be the last man standing against Trump, and then beat him in a one-on-one matchup. Perhaps one of those non-Trump candidates could have »

Should Jeff Sessions have agreed to be Attorney General?

Featured image In a post I wrote last week about what I view as the demonization of John Bolton, I said that Bolton has plenty of company under the Trump bus. As an example, I cited Jeff Sessions, a conservative hero of longstanding who fell out of favor after he recused himself, for ethical reasons, from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation and his deputy appointed Robert Mueller to investigate on the DOJ’s »

Doug Collins doubles and jailbreak legislation [corrected and updated]

Featured image Rep. Doug Collins has announced that he will run for the Senate. He will challenge the incumbent, Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to fill the seat that Johnny Isakson vacated. Collins was prominent during the House impeachment proceedings as an aggressive questioner on President Trump’s behalf. I didn’t find his questioning particularly cogent, but that’s just my opinion. He did his best, and gained good will from the president and »

Donald Trump, the toast of Nigeria

Featured image Did you know that Donald Trump’s approval rating in Nigeria is around 60 percent? I didn’t. But that’s what the Pew Research Center found in a January survey, and according to Nigerian journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, this has been Trump’s consistent level of approval in Nigeria. Why do Nigerians like Trump? Nwaubani says it’s because they appreciate his tough talk, candor, and resilience. Nigerians also like the fact that he’s »

A digital uprising in China

Featured image Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today and the Freedom Forum, paid for a sign in Red Square that said, “Freedom Works.” Actually, freedom doesn’t always work. However, it works far more often than the denial of freedom. Indeed, it seems to me that the denial of freedom never really works for a society in any strong sense. China is the latest test »

A fair shake for “Parasite”

Featured image A few years ago, I praised contemporary South Korean film making. The two movies I found most worth mentioning were (1) “The Age of Shadows,” a police/espionage thriller set in World War II during the Japanese occupation and (2) “The Merciless,” a cross between “The Departed” and “White Heat” with a little bit of “Pulp Fiction” thrown in at the beginning. Now, the American filmgoing public is in on the »

Tonight’s Democratic debate

Featured image I watched the first two hours of tonight’s Democratic debate, passing up the Maryland vs. Illinois basketball game (won by Maryland, putting the Terps in first place in the Big Ten). I got what I deserved for preferring my least favorite political party to my favorite college basketball team. If you have watched several of these debates, you probably have a good sense of how things went tonight. The performances »

Warren goes full weasel after campaign is accused of racism

Featured image Six African-American staffers from Elizabeth Warren’s Nevada campaign have resigned. They accused the campaign of “tokenism” and racial insensitivity, and claimed that their work environment was “toxic.” There are two possibilities here. The first is that the allegations are true. Warren wouldn’t be the first liberal to treat African-Americans as tokens or, indeed, affirmatively to mistreat them. And even if Warren herself doesn’t discriminate against African-American staff members, it’s certainly »

Virtue signaling can carry a cost

Featured image Last night on our Power Line VIP program, Steve noted that the Department of Homeland Security plans to deny the privileges of its Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs to New Yorkers. The Global Entry program enables American citizens and permanent residents who travel abroad to avoid long customs lines when they return to the U.S. As I understand it, to determine who qualifies as a “trusted traveler,” the »

A liberal gets Trump’s SOTU address

Featured image Right after President Trump delivered his State of the Union Address, I said that Democrats should be very worried about the upcoming presidential election. David Von Drehle, the Washington Post’s most insightful liberal columnist in my view, is worried. He explains why in his latest column, perhaps the most perceptive I’ve seen about the SOTU speech: [Trump’s] State of the Union speech was a lethally effective exploitation of the presidential »

Who won the Iowa caucuses? We still don’t know

Featured image 97 percent of Iowa’s roughly 1,700 precincts have now reported, but we still don’t know who won the caucuses that were held on Monday. The latest results show Bernie Sanders ahead of Pete Buttigieg in the raw vote count by 2,500 votes. However, Buttigieg leads Sanders in the delegate count, 26.2 percent to 26.1 percent. I take it that Sanders’s vote margin is less likely than Buttigieg’s delegate lead to »