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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 decline and fall of literary substance by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Public nuisance: The future of the New Republic

I should like to pose a question to the overnight press baron Chris Hughes, who owns the moribund New Republic that he has rendered moribund with astounding speed and no class at all. Published December 10, 2014

Illustration on the American Christmas tradition by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ignoring the Christmas haters

Alas, it is over. I am speaking of the Thanksgiving Day celebration — one of my favorite holidays. It is a serious celebration as we give thanks for our many blessings. Yet it is also a jolly day, full of good food, drink and sport, perhaps touch football, more likely a televised game. The whole family comes together and, often in the company of friends, has a festive time. Moreover, there is a venerable sense of tradition to the feast that renders the whole holiday somehow reassuring. Published December 3, 2014

President Barack Obama pauses during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. Obama is telling Americans who voted for change: "I hear you." The President said the Republican victories Tuesday in the midterm elections are a sign they want Washington "to get the job done."  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The president of 'no'

In the gloom of the day after last week's election, I think even his allies in the media expected something more from the prophet, Barack Obama. Published November 12, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. The Justice Department and EPA announced that Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Company would pay a $100 million penalty for overstating vehicle fuel standards. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The last of the racists

So what did you think of the 2014 election? Do I hear talk of a wave election? Is 2014 another 2010 election? I think it is, and that makes it more significant than any other recent election, as I shall explain in due course. Published November 5, 2014

Illustration on lessening government's role in education by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

After the election wave comes the liberation

The wave is approaching the shoreline. I am talking to Republicans and independents. The wave they have been awaiting is an electoral wave, and it seems to be coming in. Published October 29, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder (above, in 2009) exemplified President Obama's racial vision in calling the U.S. a "nation of cowards" for evading racial guilt, says Colin Flaherty. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Liberal lunacy on voter-ID cards

Let us put the forthcoming elections into perspective. At least let us put it into perspective as the left wing sees it. Published October 15, 2014

Illustration on Joe Biden, gaffe-prone vice president by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Good old Joe 'G is for Gaffe' Biden

What do you suppose our ebullient vice president says to his sorely pressed staff when he rolls into the office at the end of the day and discovers that, yes, he has done it again? Published October 8, 2014

"Divided House" by William Gropper

When unhappy voters threaten the status quo

Can it happen here? It is happening in Europe, where French polls show that the National Front's Marine Le Pen would win the election for president if elections were held tomorrow. Published October 1, 2014

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at Tamarack during the Working for Jobs Rally in Beckley, W.Va., on Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley, File)

The restive right at election time

The 2014 midterm races are heating up. It seems to me everyone is uneasy. Some Republicans are gleeful. Published September 24, 2014

Paul Ryan    The Washington Times

Paul Ryan's way forward

There is a mystery about Rep. Paul Ryan's new and very good book "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Dream." Perhaps there are several mysteries. Published September 10, 2014

Illustration on Neanderthal "art"     The Washington Times

Neanderthal man rocks

When I read the other day about those "cross-hatched" engravings found by archaeologists in Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar being "the first known examples of Neanderthal rock art," I, of course, thought immediately of Rolling Stone magazine. Published September 3, 2014

President Barack Obama follows through on a swing while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

On the golf course, Obama avoids the rough

Immediately after his telephone call consoling the Foley family on their son's grisly murder at the hands of Islamofascists, President Obama took a powder. Published August 27, 2014

Smokin': Cannabis lovers revel in the freedom to smoke marijuana during the 4/20 festival this weekend in Denver. It was the first time the annual celebration was held since Colorado legalized pot for recreational use. On Monday, however, state lawmakers moved to tighten rules on marijuana products in the wake of two tragic deaths thought to be related to the drug. Story, A5. (Associated Press photographs)

The growing acceptance of weed

Turning once again to what the sociologists call "coping mechanisms": There is marijuana, and then there is alcohol. They are increasingly the civilized options. Published August 20, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds her memoir "Hard Choices" at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, in Vineyard Haven, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, during a book signing event for her memoir "Hard Choices."  Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's looking forward to hugging out her differences with President Barack Obama. Obama's former secretary of state told reporters Wednesday that she's proud to have served with him despite some differences of opinion. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Hillary Clinton’s neocon moment

Is it not a thing of wonderment that the two leading families of the Party of the Poor and Down-and-Out are ending the summer in Martha's Vineyard? Published August 13, 2014

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (seen here) and ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson met Monday in Baghdad, possibly signaling a resolution of the country's dispute with America's largest oil company. (Associated Press)

TYRRELL: Iraq, the perfect ingrate

Maybe Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq should not have been in such a hurry to bid American troops adieu as he was back in 2007. Published August 22, 2013

Ariel Castro

TYRRELL: Sociopaths and Democrats

As Ariel Castro, the convicted kidnapper, rapist and baby killer, shuffled off in chains to the hoosegow, I thought, why was there so little reportage or commentary about his idiotic statement made in an Ohio courtroom? Published August 8, 2013