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 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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My First Fifty Years: From the Creation to the Clintons’ Final Car Wreck.

 

I have been preceded all the days of my life by little children scattering flowers. I have few regrets. Think of all the morbid people — usually on the left — who whimper about how dreadful it is to be born in America: their struggles to find the public toilet of their choice, their struggle […]

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Fifty Years At One Magazine

 

On the occasion of my 50th anniversary of founding and editing The American Spectator, I feel moved to reflect on the parlous condition of the magazine business. We celebrated our anniversary just last night, and naturally I composed my reflections before the event. What makes this column something more than an occasion for indulgence is that the sickly condition of magazines is, of a sudden, a hot news item.

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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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