Quin Hillyer

Quin Hillyer is a senior editor of The American Spectator. Follow him on Twitter @Quin Hillyer, or at his website, QuinHillyer.com.

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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Saul Alinsky Leaves the White House

 

When Barack Obama leaves the White House tomorrow, he leaves with his worst dreams unrealized. Still, what he leaves behind is awful. Thank goodness he’ll be gone. The very day after Obama was elected in 2008, I predicted in this space that his team would steal the Senate by hook and crook (see: Al Franken); […]

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For Supreme Court, No Moore Grudges, Please

 

It is said that conservatives, like elephants, never forget — and apparently some of them never forgive, either. For very good reason, conservative 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William Pryor is reportedly on President-elect Trump’s short list for a Supreme Court nomination. Strangely, some of the fiercest opposition to Pryor comes from a small […]

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Against A Priori Judgments Against William Pryor

 

Nonsense can come from both ends of the political spectrum. As Senate Democrats and left-wing organizations flailingly tried this week to show that Alabama’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions is too conservative to be U.S. Attorney General, some conservative groups have been fulminating that Sessions’s protégé, 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William Pryor, is […]

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You Wanted Trump, You’ve Got Him

 

This should be the last time I write against Donald Trump all year. Okay, all you conservatives who supported Donald Trump before he officially became the Republican Party’s official nominee last night: Now, you own him. He’s all yours. When he again spouts asinine or even vicious nonsense — like belittling tortured POWs from Vietnam, […]

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Trump, a Loser, Stiffs the ‘Ordinary Joe’

 

South Carolinians ought to see through Donald Trump’s pose as a winner to recognize him as a repeated failure, and should ignore his pretense as a populist to see his long record of leaving ordinary Americans in the lurch. Trump won’t fight for American voters; he fights only for himself, and he loses more than […]

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