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.

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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The Mad Search for Pro-Trump Columnists


Washington Over the weekend some pathetic wretch — obviously a casualty of the November 8 election — writing under the pen name Paul Farhi, filed a column in the Washington Post lamenting that after an extensive search of the newspapers of this great country, he could hardly find any pro-Trump columnists. Actually, he could not […]

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Bob Dylan: What Is the Question?


Washington When I heard that Bob Dylan had received the Nobel Prize for literature, I was mildly surprised. He writes music, popular music. As did George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, both of whom almost certainly wrote better music. I have nothing against Dylan’s music, except that it was written by a scruffy young man who […]

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The Inevitable End of the Prototypical Liberal Presidential Candidate


Washington What is it like in the Clinton household now that the last prototypical liberal presidential candidate has lost her run for the White House? Hillary the Inevitable? I attempted to correct that media-wide delusion months ago, as I did in 2008, which would have been years ago. Where is my Pulitzer? Close students of […]

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Stephen K. Bannon Is Winning


Washington History is not standing still. It did not stop with the Clinton era, which is now finally over. At least history did not stop for America. America is moving along and at a rapid pace. For the Clintonistas and their millennial acolytes, however, I guess America did stop. In fact, it froze, locked into […]

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Against the Democrats Jeff Sessions Will Prevail


Washington The winds of change are blowing, and they are blowing away the politics of the past. Among the casualties are the Clintons and their politics of personal destruction. There is not much the Clintons can do to prevent these winds of change. They have themselves been blown from office forever, and if my sources […]

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