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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: Obama shrinks

TYRRELL: Dimness of the Democrats

At this Democratic National Convention I am particularly interested in the crowds on the floor. Who cares about what Bill Clinton says? He does not mean it anyway. In the 1990s, he governed like a Republican after saying that "the age of big government is over." Incidentally, he governed pretty well. Published September 5, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Who speaks for reform in Islam?

How little we know about holy Islam. When those poor wretches who were imprisoned at Abu Ghraib were pictured for all the world to see naked with underpants on their heads, we were told that the naked male Islamic body must never be seen in public. Published August 29, 2012

The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Obama's looking for the moron vote

It has been a very rough patch for Our President, and I do believe it is going to get rougher still. Do not be surprised as the month goes on and August runs into September, that his campaign budget becomes tighter. President Obama is spending more money than he is raising. It will get worse. Published August 22, 2012

Illustration Reid Loves Cows by John Camejo for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Harry Reid's cow and Joe Biden's parrot

Aweek passes, and thus far Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has yet to tell us whether he is or is not having sexual relations with a cow. As was reported in this column last week, based on sources in the field, Mr. Reid has been involved with the cow for at least three months, possibly more. Published August 15, 2012

Illustration: Donkey by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Of Democrats and distractions

Now it can be told. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, despite his lofty position in the U.S. Senate and despite being married to a very nice woman, has been having sex with a cow for at least three months, maybe more. Published August 8, 2012

Milton Friedman

TYRRELL: Invasion of the left-wing body snatchers

Milton Friedman, the great economist, was one of a handful of intellectuals whose work forms the foundation for the modern conservative movement. He has been dead since 2006, but this week would be his centennial. He lived a long and prodigious life. Published August 1, 2012

TYRRELL: Forget the creep

What does James Holmes, the Colorado accused killer, have in common with Jared Loughner, Andres Behring Breivik, Seung-Hui Cho, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris? They all linked to the massacre of innocent people on a massive scale. Yet they have something else in common. They are all nobodies or losers, as the phrase has it. Published July 25, 2012

** FILE ** In this Monday, June 6, 2011, file photo U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., addresses a news conference in New York, N.Y. Weiner, who has been under fire after admitting to sending graphic photos to women online, has acknowledged he had online contact with a 17-year-old girl but said the communications were "neither explicit nor indecent." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

TYRRELL: Return of a Weiner?

I see that the stalwarts of reform politics throughout the city of New York have been given reason for hope and change. It is reported that former Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (pronounced as you might expect) is testing the waters for a return to public life. Published July 18, 2012

Illustration: Commerce Clause clobbered by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times.

TYRRELL: Roberts' foxy rule

I have a headache. I imagine you do too, if you have been trying to interpret the legalese employed by those sages who have pronounced on Thursday's Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. I would rather read the lyrics of a thousand rap composers than the anfractuous language of one legal sage. Published July 4, 2012

Illustration by Donna Grethen

TYRRELL: Another Olympic bellyflop

The Summer Olympic are upon us, and already they are spoiling things for those of us who like our summers restful and given over to reasonable pageantry, particularly pageantry in London. Published June 27, 2012

This is a photograph of Franklin D. Roosevelt taken on Jan. 19, 1937. (AP Photo)

TYRRELL: God and FDR at war

Warren Kozak, the author of "LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay," wrote a memorable piece in the Wall Street Journal on June 6 that cries out for comment. Published June 20, 2012

Nixon by The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Taking the measure of Lyndon Johnson

One of my favorite controversialists is back - Bob Woodward - with his sidekick, Carl Bernstein. Sunday in The Washington Post, they wrote that Richard Nixon was more hideous than we have heretofore known. Published June 13, 2012

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TYRRELL: No hope in political no man's land

Frankly, I wish the Pew Research Center would occasionally keep its thoughts to itself. Sometimes those thoughts are merely insipid and beneath the attention of serious minds. Sometimes they are alarming and capable of stirring up an already excitable populace. Published June 6, 2012

The Washington Times

TYRRELL: All the Romney trivia that's fit to print

Did I waste my time last Sunday? In the morning, I was reading the New York Times, acquainting myself with precisely how the rich and famous live. The editors of the New York Times chose this story for its front page so I figured they thought it important. Published May 30, 2012

Illustration: Fox News balance by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Not debating liberalism

Here I am on the campaign trail, frenetically promoting my book, "The Death of Liberalism." I appear on scores of radio interviews, in and out of the studio. I appear on Fox News and C-SPAN. Published May 23, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Dirty days ahead

I first heard it two, perhaps 2 1/2 years ago. A sage sitting in his New York City office pronounced it. Said the sage to me: "This is going to be the dirtiest presidential campaign in history." Published May 15, 2012

Canadian Press

TYRRELL: Conrad Black's example

Conrad Black is back in Canada. He controlled the third-largest string of English-language newspapers in the world before he became embroiled with the U.S. Justice Department. For his friends, it was a terrible loss. We missed him, and we have missed his newspapers. Published May 8, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Osama bin Laden, one year later

It has been a year since Osama bin Laden became a ghost courtesy of U.S. Navy SEALs. I had long since come to the conclusion that Osama had become crepes suzette for the worms back in Tora Bora in December 2001, and I was somewhat stubborn in my belief. Published May 1, 2012

Heng Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore

TYRRELL: Taking the Secret Service scandal personally

When you have a young woman screaming in a hallway about some sort of grievance she has with you, you have a problem. Even a Secret Service agent, surrounded by his buddies, has a problem. I know about this sort of thing from my work in the archives pursuant to my researches as a presidential historian. Published April 25, 2012