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.

Russia’s Influence Spreads


Last week we discovered that former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about the import of what he told them regarding his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Yet Flynn once served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the presidency of Barack Obama. Why would he lie to the FBI about what passed between him and Kislyak? Had he forgotten that, for a certitude, the conversation of a Russian Ambassador was being recorded secretly by American intelligence agencies? Moreover, when he was being interviewed by the FBI, why did he not bring with him a lawyer? When I was being interviewed by the FBI about my perfidious Arkansas Project I most certainly brought a lawyer with me, and it helped that my lawyer looked like he once worked for Don Corleone. Thinking back on it, I should have brought two lawyers.

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My Defense of the New York Times


Washington I never expected to come to the defense of the New York Times, but here I am ready and willing to defend what I have hitherto called the Bad Times as opposed to the Good Times, that being the Washington Times. The New York Times has always been biased, but with the rise of […]

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With Al Franken This Thanksgiving


As Americans prepare for their Thanksgiving Day turkey or perhaps protein bars, or possibly artichoke hearts, or whatever the au courant are dining upon this year, I would like to propose a thought. You all have much to be grateful for. Our friends on the left may doubt it, but even they have much to be grateful for. For my part, I am grateful not to have Al Franken for a neighbor. You saw what one of the zealots did to his neighbor Senator Rand Paul. Moreover, I have two very pretty daughters, who will be visiting me. With Franken in the neighborhood we would have to maintain a high security watch, possibly even an electrified fence with barbed wire.

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Will the Republicans Get Tax Reform?


It has long been my conviction that Democrats are the more adept pols, the most tireless pols, the most political pols. I have said that their political libido is that of a nymphomaniac. By that I mean to compliment them, at least to compliment their political skills. The political libido of the Republicans is, by comparison, the political libido of a Victorian lady, complete with white gloves and parasol.

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Donna Brazile Sees the Light


After over two decades of writing about the Clintons, it is pretty dispiriting to see how my friends, the Democrats, have ignored my findings about that rapacious couple. I rather like the two-party system. Yet ever since the Clintons came to national attention — and to the attention of various law enforcement officials — they have done little for the Democratic Party except enrich themselves, a matter I have actually written several books about. Well, all I can say is that I tried, but all for naught.

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Sex: The Progressives’ Problem


Washington “Sex is a beautiful thing.” Remember that solemnity being intoned endlessly by the sex prophets of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s? Of course, the more recent prophets were preceded by the sexual psychopaths of the 1920s and ’30s. There is a long history to the absurdity of sexual utopia. Yet by the 1960s the […]

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Trump, the Yankee Doodle Dandy


Washington Regarding the imbroglio caused by the Hon. Frederica S. Wilson, representing her constituency in south Florida and apparently the entire African-American race in America plus anyone else who hates President Donald Trump, my research has uncovered something interesting. Mrs. La David T. Johnson, widow of the Green Beret killed in Niger, apparently objected to […]

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Hillary and Harvey’s Shared Fate


Washington I have been fascinated by Harvey Weinstein’s initial response to charges that the Bathrobed Romeo sexually molested women. His statement was at once otherworldly and yet weirdly similar to Hillary Clinton’s eventual response to the scandal. I say “eventual response” because it took her over a week to comment. Obviously, Hillary’s lawyers and public […]

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Revering Life After Las Vegas


Washington In the aftermath of the most deadly massacre in American history a friend asks: “Why would God allow a man to wreak so much carnage?” And the enormous violence clearly weakened my friend’s belief in God. It should not have weakened his belief in God. Who else or what other agent is around to […]

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The Democratic Frontrunner for 2020: A Preview


Washington I have been trying to warn President Donald Trump, but to no avail. I have been trying to caution him about his tweets, but to little effect. Not that they are all that alarming to normal people. Not that they are without their own special charm. In a world filled with Republicans and Independents, […]

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