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.


The Media Make History


Washington This week I am going to do something unusual. I am going to enter into a conversation with another columnist. Doing so was not so unusual a few decades back. Bill Buckley and James Jackson Kilpatrick did it when provoked and it was always interesting. Yet today a columnist is a godlike figure. Today’s […]

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Hold the Election — Hillary Needs a Rest


Washington This political campaign has already become too long and too arduous for the campaigners and the voters alike. Dare I say it? Politics as practiced in America is in danger of becoming a health hazard. I can see it now. There may well become a movement among forward-lookers to limit the length of campaigns. […]

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The First Casualty of Hillary Clinton’s Server


Washington Exactly how damaging the classified information is that was discovered on Hillary Clinton’s server became clear this weekend when the Iranian government executed an alleged spy. He had been mentioned in at least one email from an aide to Hillary, who called him “our friend.” The deceased Iranian was the nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, […]

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Boycott the Olympics


Washington Let us change the subject. August is upon us, and it is time to change the subject from the hype of presidential politics to the hype of international sports. No, not the hype of international soccer — the scam of that racket is well known. Let us turn to the hype of international Olympic […]

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Clinton Confidential and Foreign Intelligence


Yesterday Rush Limbaugh raised the possibility that Russian intelligence services may have been responsible for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and could blackmail a second Clinton White House. In so doing he sounded a concern earlier voiced by Donald Trump, though Donald puckishly added, “Russia, if you’re listening I hope your able to […]

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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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