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.


There Is a Term for This Behavior


Washington I have coined another neologism to go along with those I have coined over the years. For instance, Kultursmog for a political culture utterly polluted by the left’s politics, Black Cat News Story for a news story that the mainstream media hope will sink a conservative candidate, Boy Clinton for you know who, Bruno […]

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My Prediction Redoubled


Who said, “I predict he [Trump] is going to run a great race for president…”? Well, that would be me. Moreover, I said it eight days after Donald declared for the presidency. Other political sages kept declaring he would drop out. Still others said he would lose. I and a tiny handful of brave hearts […]

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My Hoosier Connections in Cleveland


As many longtime readers of AmSpec know, this magazine originated in Indiana where it raised hell from the Heartland for twenty years before moving on to Washington and raising even more hell — ask Bill and Hillary. Thus today and at this convention our critics will forgive us if we pause to take pride in […]

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Inadvertent Conservatives for Hillary: A Cleveland Update


Word is seeping out. Frank Buckley and I have been offering our advice and a few speeches for Donald Trump’s campaign. There goes my longtime friendship with George Will. He began his writing career with AmSpec almost fifty years ago but apparently will not end it here or for that matter even in the Republican […]

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Among Cleveland’s Pathetic Losers


I flew into Cleveland yesterday accompanied by a reassuringly large veteran of the Iraq war, the war in Afghanistan, and military service around the world (he also is from the Spectator’s Board of Directors), and a woman who has been stalking me for some twenty years. My flight was late, but we made it to the outskirts […]

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The Candidates for 2016


Washington When Great Britain’s Boris Johnson was forced out of the running to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister by an act of the utmost treachery, the civilized minority on both sides of the Atlantic knew that we had only one candidate left to deliver us amusement and a dramatic shift to good government, Donald […]

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Race to the Finish


Washington Race is what you make of it. For me I have made race a part of what social scientists once called the “melting pot,” by which they meant that differences of ethnicity and even of race were all melted down into one great variegated country called America. There might be different heritages and different […]

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Questions Remain for the FBI


Some unanswered questions that remain regarding Crooked Hillary’s server(s). How did classified information get transferred from the “high side” computer to her “low side” computer? “High side” computers carry classified material. They do not communicate with “low side” computers. Thus we might ask: Who transferred the classified information to Hillary Clinton’s server or servers? Was […]

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A Walk With the Demonstrators


London A week after the historic Brexit referendum I attended what we might call its sequel. As Americans will recall, throughout Great Britain on June 23 all of the country’s bien-pensants ever so unctuously voted against Brexit — that is to say, they voted against leaving the EU. They lost by 52% to 48%. The […]

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Donald Trump vs. CNN: Score One for Donald


Washington I see that CNN is calling upon the good offices of Mr. Potato Head to refute Donald Trump’s evisceration of Hillary in his speech last Wednesday. Mr. Potato Head is very indignant that Peter Schweizer has written a book, Clinton Cash, demonstrating that a pattern of corruption exists in the relationship between the Clinton […]

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