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.

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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The American Left’s Downward Spiral


Washington I have returned! From Europe that is, and I hope I met with no Russian undercover agents while there. The soi-disant Liberals are in a snit about the Russians. Apparently, Donald Trump Jr. and the mysterious Jared Kushner met with an undercover agent of the Kremlin in June of last year, and they did […]

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Freeing Us From ISIS and Sharia


Washington Do I detect a note of desperation in how some of my fellow-Americans discuss how to treat terrorism, specifically the terrorist group ISIS? ISIS has grown from a small group of brutes back in President Barack Obama’s time committing various heinous crimes into a small army consisting of a few thousand, perhaps tens of […]

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Lady Aurelia Triumphs Again at Ascot


It happened again. One year after Lady Aurelia triumphed in the Queen Mary Stakes at Great Britain’s Royal Ascot, the dainty filly, now 3 years old, won again at Ascot in the King’s Stand Stakes, this time by 3 lengths in 57.54, 1/100 of a second off the track record! Congratulations to Spectator Board member […]

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James T. Hodgkinson: Just Another Well-Intentioned Progressive


Washington Have you followed the drift of the Mainstream Media (MSM) as to what provoked James T. Hodgkinson to attempt the massacre of the Republican baseball team as it practiced in Alexandria, Virginia last week? Not the Democratic team, not the Washington Nationals team, but the Republican team. Well, it was not necessarily Hodgkinson’s politics […]

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A Unique Chronicle of World War II


Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft By Lewis E. Lehrman (Stackpole Books, 459 pages, $29. 95) When the world goes to war things fall apart. I do not know how often such a point is made in discussing World War I and World War II, but the thought has occurred to me […]

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James Comey, the Crack-Up


Washington I shall not beat around the bush. As readers of this column perhaps suspect, I have admired FBI Director James Comey for most of his public career, beginning in 2013. That he is a friend of former FBI Director Robert Mueller makes me admire him even more. Mueller is a man of integrity and […]

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Vic Gold, R.I.P.


On June 5 a longtime writer for this magazine assumed his final repose at a hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, Vic Gold. Vic wrote on a wide range of issues here at AmSpec, always with intelligence, style, and a hint of aggressiveness that suggested he was capable of a lot more — a lot more aggressiveness […]

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Meyer Lansky’s Advice to the Clintons


Washington I shall be honest with you. Let me be frank. I am worried about the Clintons. They are that magical couple about whom most of Washington’s commentariat have been in agreement ever since John F. Harris wrote his definitive book, The Survivor. In that 2005 book he wrote that the Clintons have been “the […]

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Did Someone Say, ‘Have a Happy Memorial Day’?


Washington Last weekend I heard, while visiting the New Jersey shore, an astonishing number of vacationing Americans — all well-intentioned, to be sure — greet their fellow vacationers with a cheerful: “Have a Happy Memorial Day.” That cannot be right. The more I think about it, that greeting sounds as misguided as, on another solemn […]

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