Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

It’s over for Omarova

Featured image Scott and John have written about Saule Omarova, Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. That office is the chief regulator of America’s banks. Omarova is a graduate of Moscow State University (Russia, not Idaho), where she won the 1988-89 Lenin Personal Academic Scholarship. In her current, merely socialist, incarnation, Omarova would like to reimagine banking, as the cliché goes. Along the way, she »

Trump’s litmus test

Featured image Yesterday, I observed that Sen. Mark Kelly is “underwater” in Arizona. Polls show that more Arizonans disapprove of his performance in the Senate than approve of it. And Kelly is up for reelection (or defeat) in less than a year. In passing, I noted that early polling among Republicans puts Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich well out in front of other GOP Senate hopefuls in the state. He is the »

Biden’s approval rating falls as inflation rises

Featured image A new survey by NPR/Marist places Joe Biden’s approval at 42 percent. That’s a new low for Biden in this particular poll. 37 percent of those surveyed strongly disapprove of Biden’s performance. Only 13 percent strongly approve. At 42 percent, Biden’s approval number is exactly the same as the percentage that approves of the way he’s handling the economy. Clearly, “it’s the economy stupid.” Or maybe it’s the stupid way »

Poll: Mark Kelly is underwater in Arizona

Featured image In September of this year, Arizona Senator Mark Kelly was viewed favorably by 47 percent of voters in his state, according to a survey by OH Predictive Insights. 43 percent viewed him unfavorably. But now, just two months later, a survey by the same firm finds Kelly underwater. Only 41 percent view him favorably, while 48 percent hold the opposite view. Numbers like the ones in the latest poll usually »

Gavin Newsom’s sympathies

Featured image The Bay Area of California is now the “Shoplifting Capital of America,” as Rich Lowry dubs it. Things are so bad that Gov. Gavin Newsom paid the area a visit. Newsom declared that he has “no empathy or sympathy” for the shoplifters. It’s noteworthy, and a little scary, that the governor felt he had to say this. Until recently, it went without saying that elected officials didn’t empathize or sympathize »

Is there life after the playpen?

Featured image Mary Lemanski was the social media director for the DuPage County, Illinois Democrats. She no longer holds that position after a series of deranged tweets about the massacre in Waukesha, Wisconsin that left at least five people dead and dozens injured. Lemanski viewed this tragedy as “Karma” — just punishment for the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse. Here is some of what she tweeted: The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims is »

The first time as tragedy. . .

Featured image Amaney Jamal is a Princeton dean. Not the dean of something silly like diversity. She’s the newly appointed dean of Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. Following the verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, Jamal sent an email to the public affairs school community. The email was straight from the George Floyd playbook. Jamal offered counseling for public affairs school students who require professional help to “process” the outcome »

Shocker: Biden’s “warnings” to Russia about Ukraine fail to move Putin

Featured image With something like 100,000 Russian troops lurking on the Russia-Ukraine border, Western intelligence officials are increasingly convinced that the Vladimir Putin wants to take control of a larger swath of Ukrainian territory, and the U.S. has warned our allies of a possible “incursion” (as the New York Times puts it). Russia wasn’t poised to invade Ukraine when Donald Trump was president because Trump projected strength. Joe Biden projects weakness and »

Pete Buttigieg’s slush fund, Part Two

Featured image Earlier this month, I wrote about “Pete Buttigieg’s slush fund” — billions of dollars appropriated by the infrastructure bill that, as John Fund reported, allows the Secretary of Transportation to direct funds to combat climate change and “inequities caused by past transportation projects.” I argued that the goal of combatting past transportation inequities — of which, to be sure, there have been some — is a pretext for favoring Democratic »

Report: Wisconsin mass killer had just been released on cash bail

Featured image On Sunday in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a driver sped his vehicle into a holiday parade. He injured at least 23 people and left multiple people dead, according to city officials. Karol Markiewicz of the New York Post reports that the police are holding a suspect. She says he is Darrell E. Brooks, a black male in his late 30s. Nick Arama at Red State provides the following information about the suspect: »

Facing rise in violent crime, D.C.’s mayor rejects BLM mantras

Featured image Last week, Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington, D.C., issued a letter advising residents of the steps her administration is taking to address the rise in violent crime in the city. The letter begins this way: Your safety is my number one priority. I want you to know that we will curb the number of guns in our community; arrest people using guns in our community; and work with all our »

Majority non-white city swings more than 40 points in favor of GOP

Featured image South Carolina is about as Red as any state in America. However, Columbia — the state’s capital and second largest city — has had a Democratic mayor for the past three decades. In recent years, this probably has much to do with the fact that more than half of Columbia’s population is non-White. In 2020, Joe Biden carried the city by a margin of nearly 40 points. Thus, the Dems’ »

Biden’s physical

Featured image Yesterday, Joe Biden underwent a “routine physical” at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Doctors pronounced Biden “fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.” The Washington Post describes the minor ailments doctors found Biden to suffer from. Did the exam include a test of Biden’s cognitive skill? Apparently not. Such a test is not part of a routine physical. Moreover, if Biden had taken and passed a cognitive »

The New York Times does the Rittenhouse aftermath

Featured image My friend who reads the New York Times calls attention to this article about how, allegedly, the left and the right are reacting to the Rittenhouse verdicts. Here is my friend’s take: While the piece wants to appear even-handed, it is anything but. The liberals quoted are all politicians or heads of organizations. For conservative responses, the Times goes fishing for memes and social media comments from QAnon and the »

Out-of-touch Dems keep fumbling

Featured image Is it any wonder that Democrats are fumbling their response to the jury verdict fully acquitting Kyle Rittenhouse? The Dems are fumbling a host of issues, especially those related to criminal law and justice. Joe Biden initially reacted the right way to the Rittenhouse outcome. He said he stood by what the jury concluded. That’s what normal politicians, and certainly normal presidents, say in this situation. Joe Biden used to »

Kyle Rittenhouse’s offense

Featured image To leftists and the prosecutors who did their bidding, Kyle Rittenhouse’s offense wasn’t any of the things he was charged with. He clearly had an unassailable defense to all of the charges against him. But that didn’t matter because Rittenhouse was guilty of something else — showing up armed at a leftist riot or, as the left called it, “vigilantism.” As the left and the prosecution see it, Rittenhouse never »

Pelosi drives spending spree bill towards vote [UPDATED]

Featured image Today, the House started debating the more than $2 trillion spending package that Democrats hope ultimately to push through the Senate in some form via reconciliation. By agreement, a vote in the House couldn’t take place until the Congressional Budget Office completed its analysis of whether the bill is fully paid for. Now, the CBO has spoken, paving the way for a vote. It estimates that enacting the legislation “would »