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R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and a New York Times best-selling author. 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, The Washington Times, National Review, Harper's, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris) and elsewhere.

Articles by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

Illustration on the mental illness root of mass murder by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

A culture of death?

Regarding last week's mass murder in Oregon, what is there to say that is new? There was a day in America when such an atrocity was almost unheard of. There were family feuds, mafia murders and I guess what were called juvenile delinquents' murders, though they were comparatively rare and for the most part ignored. Published October 6, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (AP Photo/File)

Kevin McCarthy revisits Benghazi

When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blurted out on Fox News September 30 that: "Everybody thought Hillary Rodham Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we [the Republicans] put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. Published October 1, 2015

Illustration on the contrasts between secular realities and the Pope's positions by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Weighing the blessings of the papal visit

I write as a practicing Roman Catholic. I watched the pope in America last week with pride. All the virtues that he so admirably embodies are virtues I strive to embody, too. Though he will have to excuse me on one or two. Published September 29, 2015

Big Bird Visits the Guggenheim Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Guggenheim and 'Sesame Street'

My wife and I are concluding our trip through Spain in a grand way. I am bowing to her wish that we see the celebrated Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Published September 15, 2015

John Von Kannon Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The passing of a giant

Here I am out in the Spanish hinterland, and John Von Kannon, one of the giants of the conservative movement, has passed on. Published September 8, 2015

Illustration on the elderly Democratic Party's presidential front runners by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Donald Trump vs. the party of septuagenarians

I shall pose the question once again that I posed months ago: Why is the Democratic presidential field the turf of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), and where is the party's diversity? Published August 25, 2015

Illustration on parallels between Warren G. Harding and Bill Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Titillating talk about Harding recalls Bubba's hanky-panky

That 1920s predecessor of President Bill Clinton has again been in the news, and in a big way. Last week the media resounded anew with delightful reports of President Warren Gamaliel Harding's nigh unto maniacal attraction to women, or at least to some women, during that period of American history that became known as the Roaring Twenties. Published August 18, 2015

Illustration on Joe Biden running for president by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Joe's most crucial race

In addressing my old friend, Vice President Joe Biden, as he contemplates a run for the White House, I would ask him what he thinks of Hillary Clinton's chances for the presidency? Published August 4, 2015

Inspectors General and Hillary's Email Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama's great gambit

The plot thickens. As we all know, the inspector general of the intelligence community has discovered that a small number of emails on Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal, albeit mysterious, server were in fact classified e-mails. She as recently as this weekend denied that they were classified, but we shall see. There could be many more classified documents on that server. After all, she herself admits there were some 30,000 more e-mails. Published July 28, 2015

Illustration on how damaging Obama's comments are by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obama's careless words

"Things fall apart," as Yeats was wont to say, "The center cannot hold." The center is most assuredly falling apart today, and who is at the center? Well, his name is Barack H. Obama. He is our president, and I think many Americans wish he would shut down. Every time he pipes up, especially on a peripheral issue, he makes things worse -- no, not worse, appalling. Published July 21, 2015

Illustration on Donald Trump's obvious observation on illegal immigration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trumping the media

I cannot recall another time when the American media has given so much aid and encouragement to a fledgling candidate as they have given to Donald Trump, and he is a billionaire. He does not need their help. Published July 14, 2015

Bernie Sanders in 1974

Bernie's flower-child roots

Political observers are still speculating over whether the July 4 New York Times report on the loony biography of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was meant as a hit job or an encomium. He is closing in on the Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. Joe Biden is standing in the wings. Other ambitious Democratic pols are smelling blood. Sen. Sanders is surging in New Hampshire, the first primary state. Published July 7, 2015

Chart to accompany Tyrrell article of July 1, 2015

The week in review, with perspective

If you dutifully read the weekend newspapers and watched the Sunday morning gasbags on television, I suspect you departed the chaos with a terrible headache. Possibly, you departed for the bar. Published June 30, 2015

Donald Trump announcing his candidacy for President of the United States

New faces in the race

The Republican Party, the political party of commerce (and of jobs), has two aspiring candidates for the presidential nomination who are drawn from the business community -- one who evokes unwarranted snoozes, the other who rather astonishingly evokes derision. Published June 23, 2015

Illustration on threats to Hillary's nomination hopes by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary's race warms up

What did I tell you a couple of weeks ago? In fact, what have I been suggesting for months? Hillary is going to have a very tough time winning her party's nomination. Published June 16, 2015

Illustration on a proposed national 20 day early voting period by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Awakening a new constituency

For a generation -- perhaps longer -- the liberals have been segregating Americans into smaller and smaller groups. Then they claim to be each group's unique champion. First they fragmentize America. Then they step forward and represent themselves as fragmented America's noblest defenders. Published June 9, 2015

Skeletons in the Closet Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The future of identity politics

Are American voters still suckers for identity politics? Have they not learned that character matters more to leadership than some random physical trait, say, race, color, or creed? Did Franklin Delano Roosevelt's race help him win World War II? Did Ronald Reagan's creed help him win the Cold War? What was his creed? Published June 2, 2015

Illustration on alternatives to inner-city public schools by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

An escape route from inner-city schools

Before he passed away recently, John M. Templeton, the distinguished physician and philanthropist, questioned: "Should we tolerate a public educational system with its entrenched self-interest which virtually every inner-city parent knows is destroying any hope or possibility of their children achieving meaningful opportunity in a 21st century economy?" A growing number of parents say no. Published May 26, 2015