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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.

The Battle for Israeli Security Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The return of a 47-year-old headline

I was thumbing through an old magazine over the weekend. It was 47 years old to be exact, and I came across a surprisingly prescient piece entitled wittily, "The Arab, the Jew, and the Pickle." What particularly caught my eye was that the piece was written by me in what is now called The American Spectator. Imagine that. Published November 24, 2015

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's 1960s roots by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The three Democratic stooges

So it has come to this. The party that once nominated Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Harry S. Truman to win the presidency -- the party that once nominated men of the stature of Adlai Stevenson and Hubert Humphrey to contest the presidency -- is now left with the Three Stooges vying for the highest office in the land. Published November 17, 2015

Ben Carson Under the Biased Microscope Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Carson, clean in comparison

Last week I wrote in this column that Ben Carson, a leading Republican candidate for the presidency, was an "American hero." I pronounced him thus even as the roof was falling in on his candidacy. Published November 10, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks in Lakewood, Colo. FILE (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The source of Ben Carson's success

Ben Carson is an American hero. He is also a front-runner in the Republican race for the White House. What is more, he is black, God-fearing, law-abiding and a distinguished neurosurgeon. Weighing the most important things in life, he is everything you would want in an American man. Published November 3, 2015

Differing Media Coverage Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Looking at Benghazi with closed eyes

We are told that our political system here in Washington is "broken." The left and the right do not get along, and usually it is because the right is obdurately partisan. Actually, it is not the political system that is broken. It is much wider than the political system. Published October 27, 2015

Democrat Deathwish Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Behind the candidates' smiling faces

All patriotic, civic-minded Americans at this point in the electoral cycle have seen quite enough of our presidential aspirants on the debate stage. For a certitude, we have seen enough of the Democrats. One evening of them is enough for me. Published October 20, 2015

The Clintons' long and mendacious road

Here we are again with Hillary Rodham Clinton confronted by charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and general improbity. Such behavior has been going on with her for a long time. Some journalists who today chronicle the charges facing the Clintons were not even born when it all began. Published October 12, 2015

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