by | Jan 16, 2020

As the reelection of Donald Trump becomes increasingly likely, the Never Trumpers on the political right have found new favorite outdoor sports: cherry-picking and goal-post shifting. The latest practitioner is National Review’s Kevin Williamson. Before I go any further, I…

by | Dec 31, 2019

The year 2019 brought some notable golden anniversaries from a wild year: 1969. Some were glorious, such as the Moon Landing; others were scurrilous, scandalous, such as the Manson Family murders, Woodstock, Chappaquiddick. The year 1969 also marked some shocking…

by | Dec 27, 2019

It’s increasingly difficult to distinguish the views of the new “national conservatives” from those held by “democratic socialists” when it comes to government regulation of the economy and social media platforms. Both groups are upset at the outcomes that a…

by | Aug 10, 2019

He might not eagerly admit it, but the distinguished George Will has a long, storied history with this venerable publication — dating back to before it was The American Spectator. In fact, dating back to its founding days in humble…

by | Aug 9, 2019

Ahab had his white whale. Wile E. Coyote has his Road Runner. Charlie Brown had the football that Lucy wouldn’t let him kick, and a lot of other things that made him exclaim “Rats!” And columnist David French has the…

by | Jan 25, 2019

When I first heard of the hullabaloo surrounding the visit to the Lincoln Monument by students of Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, as they took a side trip to that Washington attraction following their participation in the massive annual…

by | Apr 20, 2018

A fine article by Conrad Black suggests the anti-Trump factions lost rounds last week. While the Mueller investigation has yet to produce any evidence of illicit campaign “collusion” with the treacherous Russians, one of the leaders of the disputationists, former FBI director…

by | Apr 5, 2018

Updated 4.5.18 4:23 p.m. Shortly after the essay below was published, we learned that Williamson had been fired by the Atlantic. In an email to his staffers, Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg wrote: Late yesterday afternoon, information came to our…

by | Nov 28, 2017

Neal Freeman’s byline is one that more conservatives should be acquainted with. Happily, those not familiar with this ever-faithful conservative warrior, both a combatant and a clear and able chronicler of the ideological battles, can catch up with him through this collection of columns, articles, and speeches. They cover significant events, trends, and personalities in the conservative movement from the days of Goldwater to the age of Trump. The previously published pieces in Skirmishes appeared in such as National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and, happy to say, The American Spectator. 

by | Feb 10, 2017

Go read more about The American Spectator’s founder here. A tidbit: Tyrrell is a charismatic, spry, and unaccountably handsome 73-year-old whose mainstream political influence peaked during Ronald Reagan’s first term. **** Tyrrell’s Spectator was a hipster National Review, his generation’s…

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