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.

Hillary, Here Is What Happened

 

Washington What did I tell you? Late in November of last year, after the presidential election that finally ended the Clintons’ 24-year pursuit of power in Washington and their diminishment of the Democratic Party, I wrote that the Clintons were finished. I had consulted my sources. What is more, I reported that on election night […]

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The Anger of the Hurricane Media

 

Washington Here we sit in the comfort of Washington and we read of the discomfort in Florida. There a massive storm moved from the Caribbean north through south Florida, displacing as many as five million people. It marched up the west coast displacing many more. The eye of the storm settled on Naples and Fort […]

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With Roosevelt on Labor Day

 

Labor Day weekend passed with soggy weather in Washington. It was not as soggy as in other parts of the United States, but it kept me indoors most of the time and so I decided to give some thought to the one American president whom I associate with Labor Day, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Actually to […]

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An Alternative to Tearing Statues Down

 

I wonder how my old pal Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan would view racial relations today were he around. In 1970 he wrote a memo to his boss, President Richard Nixon, counseling a period of “benign neglect” for the discussion of racial issues. Of course the memo was leaked and poor Pat was inundated in obloquy. Aficionados on race relations such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson stepped forward to urge just the opposite approach, and across America for all these years we have been maintaining a “dialogue,” as it is called, on race — a dialogue that sounds suspiciously like a monologue.

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Donald Trump’s Problematic Device

 

Washington President Donald Trump is in trouble again with his Moral Superiors. His problem, of course, is that he cannot throttle his B.S. Detector. Trump it seems at some point in life acquired a B.S. Detector that has usually served him well. It certainly served him well during his long years in business and during […]

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Controversy on a Pious Cable News Outlet

 

Last week CNN fired Jeff Lord, its famously pro-Trump contributor, for mocking an activist whom the Daily Caller has reported as a racist and an anti-Semite. Lord addressed him with the salutation, “Sieg Heil!” What is wrong with that? Is CNN covering for racists and anti-Semites?

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Fifty Years of Resistance

 

Washington I have experienced defeat in presidential politics many times. Actually, I expect most Americans have. You win some and you lose some. I first experienced defeat in 1964 when Barry Goldwater went down, though in that year I was not even old enough to vote. I experienced it in 1968 and again in 1976 […]

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Removing the Scar

 

Washington Luigi Barzini, my old pal and the author of so many fine books all written from his aerie above Rome — and his finest, The Italians, he wrote in English — once jolted me by saying, “You Americans talk too much.” Of course, he said it with affection. Back in the days of the […]

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Who Is Colluding With Whom?

 

In the Russia-Trump imbroglio let us be clear. We are now months into it. A dozen or so culprits have been fingered, some being actually quite amusing. You will be seeing more of the fat British music promoter, Rob Goldstone, who has been photographed wearing a baseball hat emblazoned with the letters “CUNTY” on it. He is too good to be ignored. There will be more about the scabrous “dossier” and its Rabelaisian accounts of our president in Moscow that has apparently been taken quite seriously by the FBI. This in itself deserves an independent investigation. However, still no crime has been unearthed, not even a misdemeanor, not even a DUI.

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When Institutions Go Left

 

Washington I have recently been reminded of one of my earliest conclusions about the American left. I arrived at that conclusion when what we now call the left was relatively civilized. We called it, in those days, American Liberalism, but even then it was fla fla. My conclusion was that when any entity fell under […]

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