Quin Hillyer

Quin Hillyer, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of the satirical novel Mad Jones, Heretic, published last fall by Liberty Island Media. Follow him on Twitter @Quin Hillyer, or at his website, QuinHillyer.com.

Reagan Library Shows America at Its Best

 

Fresh on the heels of lamenting the Aug. 6 death of former U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt, known as Ronald Reagan’s “best friend in politics,” I found myself last Friday looking at a hand-written sentence from Reagan to Laxalt. On an otherwise routine response to a policy-inquiry message from Laxalt to the White House, Reagan wrote that […]

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PGA Tour at 40-Year Peak

 

Game. On. In golf, that is. As the PGA Tour returns to its accustomed March sojourns in Florida, its season is shaping up to be a second consecutive dance of high drama, with the most intriguing conglomeration of great plotlines in 40 years. The Tour’s young guns are blazing, its mid-career stars at peak brightness, […]

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Confessions of a Lapsed Astros Fan

 

Guilt, empathetic delight for Houstonians, a personal joy that was somewhat muted, and a great sense of wistfulness: All arose in me as I watched the Houston Astros build the solid Game-Seven lead that would make them World Series champions. Please forgive this somewhat rambling discourse, but please do understand what it shows about the […]

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A Summer Round at Eminently Fair Harbour

 

As the recent PGA Championship confirmed the arrival of Justin Thomas as yet another of golf’s growing group of engaging, interesting, likable, gritty superstars, it also was adding to my worries that trends in golf-course architecture or maintenance are going in exactly the wrong direction. It so happened that as the PGA was being played […]

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A Bold Way to Revive Obamacare Repeal

 

The Senate should write another Obamacare repeal bill, quickly — and there’s a way to do it without having the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) offer the bizarre analysis that replacing Obamacare will result in 20 million fewer people having health insurance. The new bill’s first provision would eliminate the entire individual mandate “tax” and replace […]

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Of Protests, Provocateurs, and Presidents

 

Calm down, everybody. Just calm down. The moronic violence at Berkeley Wednesday night was just the latest evidence that behavior in the public square has spun way out of control. Worse, both our immediate past president and our current White House resident are acting in ways that encourage, rather than dissuade, the chaos. As a […]

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CBS just plagiarized me in their Mary Tyler Moore special

 

In the closing monologue in tonight’s hour-long CBS special on the recently deceased Mary Tyler Moore, one line sounded awfully familiar. Host Gayle King said that “women wanted to be her, men wanted to marry her.” I wonder where that came from. Perhaps right here in my tribute to MTM in the Spectacle blog: The […]

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Defending George Will

 

For well over a year now, I’ve noticed a strange and disturbing phenomenon: Almost without exception, leading writers and analysts who are not fans of Donald Trump may come down harshly on Trump, but not on his supporters, and indeed often make clear that they are specifically not intending to cast aspersions on Trump’s supporters — but […]

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High Court Hopefuls: Superstars, Every One

 

When Donald Trump announces his nominee for the Supreme Court (on February 2, supposedly), beware of media accounts and interest groups purporting to say what the nominee’s “position” is on any number of hot-button issues. Most of the reports and analysis will be bunk — and the bunk may well come not just from the […]

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Mary Tyler Moore Had Spunk, Style, and a Smile

 

Word is out that the wonderful, ever-lovable Mary Tyler Moore has died at age 80, after decades of “turn[ing] the world on with her smile.” She leaves behind two of the most winsome characters in television history — Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mary Richards in her own Mary Tyler Moore show. She […]

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