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.

How Perkins Coie Plan to Get Congressman Jim Jordan


Washington Have you been keeping up with the charges against Congressman Jim Jordan? They first wafted from the swamp around July 3 when NBC News quoted three former wrestlers as saying the congressman had to know about “inappropriate” behavior by an Ohio State University team physician towards some Ohio State wrestlers. The “inappropriate” behavior supposedly […]

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What a Difference a Week Makes


Washington Happy Birthday, America! Sing “Yankee Doodle”! Light firecrackers! March in a parade! We have something to celebrate this year. What a difference a week makes. At the beginning of last week the left was gathering steam. Their sudden discovery of family life, of the inhumanity of breaking up Latino families at the Texas border, […]

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George Will Is Down and Out


Washington I have in my office a framed note from Donald Trump. It says, “Bob, Now We Really Did It. Thanks For All Of Your Help!” The note is dated January 13, 2017. He was responding to my congratulatory email to him earlier acknowledging that indeed he “did it.” He won the election and now […]

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George Will: Nobody’s Lapdog


Readers of The American Spectator are possibly aware that George Will, our Washington columnist of many years ago, quit the Republican Party over Donald Trump in the autumn of 2016 and just last weekend directed his readers to vote against the Republicans in this autumn’s election. Well, we had George’s number years ago. In fact, […]

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Scott Pruitt and the Return of the Black Cat News Story


Washington Do you remember when we called those utterly frivolous though dreadfully ominous news stories of yesteryear Black Cat News Stories? They filled the media in the 1980s during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Not a week passed when a Reaganite was not being hounded by reporters for committing some minor misdeed or often no […]

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The Passing of a Giant


Washington On Friday Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative journalist and writer, released a noble statement to the public. Its final words were: “I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to […]

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Bill Emerges From Under His Bed


Washington During the current hysteria about sexual harassment within elite circles, one of the most revered of our elites, Bill Clinton, has been hiding under his bed. He has not been seen in public for eight months. Now Bill has emerged with a sidekick from the realm of belles-lettres, James Patterson, the novelist with whom […]

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Who Killed Robert Kennedy?


Washington I have never believed in conspiracy theories. Though some critics have lumped me in with conspiracy theorists excogitating on Clinton aide Vince Foster’s death in Fort Marcy Park and other such phantasmagorias, I plead innocence. It is just too difficult to keep a conspiracy under wraps. Particularly in Washington and New York, where garrulity […]

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Tom Wolfe Is Dead and I Am in Italy


Castelvetro di Modena, Italy On May 14th a star failed to come out. Tom Wolfe passed away that day. With his passing the conservative movement lost its greatest social critic, and America lost one of its greatest novelists. As a writer Tom was his own man. He died as he lived, on his terms or […]

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Why We Don’t Read Newspapers


Washington I once did a weekly column for the Washington Post. It appeared on Mondays, and was picked up in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, possibly Chicago and I believe Bull Snort, Georgia. It ran in a lot of newspapers, but that was many years ago. Things were different in America. Liberals were […]

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