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.

Nouns and Verbs and Obama Do Not Agree


Washington Did you know this? “Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama.” Frankly, I did not know President Obama was so wedded to books and the printed word as to be compared to […]

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History’s Lessons Unlearned


Washington The alt-right has apparently lost another battle. The alt-right is the racially preoccupied group that champions the cause of white nationalism. This time it was Yale University that beat them back. There at Yale on Saturday President Peter Salovey and his colleagues at the Yale Corporation — that is, on the Yale board of […]

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The Super Bowl Drives Me Gaga


Washington For me, the football season begins in mid-December (when everyone becomes serious) and it ends at the Super Bowl (when everyone becomes deathly serious). This year it ended with the longest Super Bowl in history. Though I am the epitome of punctuality, I let the season go into the Super Bowl’s first overtime without […]

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Oppositional Denial and Alarm


Washington Last week President Donald Trump’s recently appointed chief White House strategist caused a stir among the press corps. He telephoned the New York Times, and in what the Times reported as “blunt but calm tones” proclaimed, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while….” […]

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Having a Ball at the Ball


Washington Last Friday, as a guest of the Trump family I and my wife, Jeanne, braved inclement weather to attend Donald Trump’s Inauguration. As by now you know it was a typical Trumpian ceremony. It was peaceful, elegant, momentous, and frightening. At least the protesters were frightened. What they were frightened about is a bit […]

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Amongst the Demonstrators


Washington This is supposedly the week of multitudinous demonstrations in Washington. The hordes are getting more media attention than the hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters who are also coming into town. Whether the multitudinous demonstrations will be as multitudinous as anticipated by the media I cannot say. Certainly they are getting plenty of publicity […]

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Donald Trump Is Just an Old Whig


Washington It has come to my attention that there are still conservatives out there who do not believe President-elect Donald Trump is a conventional conservative or even a conservative of any stripe whatsoever. Of course, I suspected him of being pretty much a conservative in 2013 when he spoke at our Robert L. Bartley Dinner, […]

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President Obama’s Legacy Follows His Shadow


Washington President Barack Obama will leave office after eight years of strutting even while sitting down, of preening even while standing up, of swanking while playing eighteen holes. Yet he remains the first president in American history to cast no shadow. Jimmy Carter cast a pale and minuscule shadow. Lyndon Johnson cast an obscene shadow. […]

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This Christmas Season Was Different


Washington I noticed portents that this Christmas season would be different around Thanksgiving time. I noticed it when people unbidden would wish me “Happy Thanksgiving.” There seemed to be a note of exultancy in their greeting. Not everyone would say “Happy Thanksgiving,” but enough did that it got me to wondering. Was this Thanksgiving different, […]

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Justice Thomas and the National Museum of African American History and Culture


Washington Recently a voice of the conservative media did what it is supposed to do, to wit: tell the rest of the story. The mainstream media tells America only part of the story. They tell us how they perceive the world and leave it at that. This is why so much of recent American journalism […]

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