R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: the Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery.

He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. he is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.


Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Puppies


London I am in jolly old London for a Spectator debate over America’s presidential candidates, Donald Trump and What’s Her Name. London is resplendent as ever, and my wife is patrolling my behavior lest I hazard our bank account by popping into Anderson & Sheppard to order another suit and seek psychiatric refreshment at this […]

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With Donald at 37,000 Feet


As veteran readers of The American Spectator know I have lived for many years with Olympic and world-class swimmers from my team at Indiana, with great writers here at AmSpec and elsewhere, and even with some great pols, Ronald Reagan comes to mind. Now I have been campaigning this week with Donald Trump and with […]

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Britain’s First Oil Tycoon


Get On With It: A Memoir Algy Cluff (Cluff & Sons, 208 pages, £15)* Is it possible that a young English boy, born in 1940, while the war drums were being beaten around the world, can grow up pretty much a loner whose only sure love was books, and become a gregarious entrepreneur with holdings […]

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History Is Full of Surprises


Washington History is full of surprises. Never have I, looking back on history, found it to go precisely as I had anticipated it would go. Always the reality of history’s progress plays tricks on us. It now appears that the sexual revolution begun in the late 1960s is ending, and would it not be spectacular […]

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Hillary’s Hired Thugs


Washington Through the years one of my favorite sallies against the Clintons has been to refer to Mrs. Clinton as “Bruno.” At times readers have asked, “Why do you call her Bruno?” It is because there has always been an atmosphere of thuggishness about her.  Another way of putting it is that time and again […]

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Why Donald Is Winning


Washington On the matter of the debate the other night, tell the truth. Admit it. You were underwhelmed. Somewhere inside of your cranium you did not get the spectacle you anticipated. I understand. After Hillary’s coughing spells, after her wobbly display at the 9/11 ceremony in New York City (she almost fell face forward on […]

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The Brock Files: An Introduction


The mainstream media (MSM) of this great nation are now reporting on the various strategies devised by Clinton Inc. to destroy the credibility of Bruno’s arch-rival, Donald Trump. Invariably (as even today) they cite The American Spectator’s former employee David Brock as an authority on how Clinton Inc. might achieve its ends without resorting to […]

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Hillary, Donald, and the Birthers’ Demise


Washington Did you see the interview over the weekend of a listless and apparently exhausted Hillary Clinton? Supposedly she has recovered from last week’s bout with pneumonia, but you could have fooled me. Call me a hypochondriac, but in my opinion her recovery is not going very well. From what looked like the back of […]

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After Reagan Comes Trump?


Washington Norman Podhoretz the long-time editor of Commentary magazine, now retired, is no longer an Inadvertent Conservative for Hillary (ICH). He is voting for Donald Trump for president. The prospect of Hillary Clinton in the White House is too grisly for Norman. Probably his wife, Midge Decter, the gifted essayist, is too. Both are reasonable […]

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When Malcolm Muggeridge Met Mother Teresa


Washington Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa Sunday. She was a celestial figure to many, for sweating away in Calcutta with “the poorest of the poor.” By that oft-used term was meant the poor for whom a government “poverty line” would be a luxury. Mother Teresa took in street urchins, the hopelessly sick, and the dying […]

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