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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 of Cleveland by 6:00 PM, thanks to the expert driving of a female African-American taxi driver who was not the least bit interested in payment as far as I could see, but only in service to her customers and in burnishing the reputation of Cleveland. So much for the rumors that racial relations are frayed in the Midwest. We tipped her munificently.

RET Arrival 2 (1)

I say my veteran friend is reassuringly large as we were soon menaced by a mob of protesters. Yet his brute force was not necessary. The cops were out in force — overwhelming force. Moreover, this mob appeared to be shockingly undernourished, unhealthily debauched, and dithering. They seemed to pose only a threat to themselves. These were not the protesters of 1968. They were not the troops of the Chicago Seven. They were the children of the Great Depression of 2009.  They were the children of fatherless homes, of the welfare state. They were lost souls. They were shouting at us and waving their arms and breathing heavily. Frankly, I feared for their safety. I thought my woman friend might attack them.

RET on Convention Floor

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief ofThe 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.
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