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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: NPR on the melt by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: National Public Radical

It is a bloodbath over at NPR. First this pinhead, Ron Schiller, resigns after initially being defended by NPR, then by the end of the day Tuesday, he's given the shuffalo to Buffalo. Then Vivian Schiller, no relation to Ron Schiller, resigns the next day as chief executive officer and president of NPR. Ron Schiller was caught on tape saying NPR did not need its subsidy from the federal government to survive, but I guess the board of directors of NPR is taking no chances. Off with both of the Schillers' heads. Published March 10, 2011

Illustration: Coed wrestling by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: She touched you where?

A frotteur is someone - usually male - who takes aberrant pleasure in rubbing his fully clothed groin area against someone else - usually female - generally in a public place, say a subway, perhaps a funeral parlor. The frotteur is a pretty weird duck. The word is obviously French in derivation, and it unsurprisingly has an arty origin. Frottage is "the technique or process of taking a rubbing from an uneven surface" according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "as a point of departure for a work of art." Published March 2, 2011

TYRRELL: Clinton and the episodic apologists

Frankly, I did not think of Chris Matthews as an episodic apologist until I watched his MSNBC documentary, "President of the World: The Bill Clinton Phenomenon," this week. The episodic apologists were a familiar fixture of the Clinton administration, much as the court historians were a fixture of the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Whereas the court historians could always be relied upon to spin history FDR's heroic way, the episodic apologists always end up slobbering all over the Clintons - albeit with a twist. Published February 23, 2011

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks on the subject of public service reform at the Royal Society of Arts in London Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, pool)

TYRRELL: Multiculturalism has failed

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has joined the chorus. The other day, he said, "My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure." The "it" was multiculturalism, and he was on French national television. In pronouncing multiculturalism defunct, the French president joins German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Spain's former Premier Jose Maria Aznar and, most recently, British Prime Minister David Cameron in heaving a failed policy into history's dustbin. The question is: What will replace it? Or actually, another question arises: How did multiculturalism ever become a policy of these European countries anyway? Published February 16, 2011

The Green Bay Packers huddle during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLV football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

TYRRELL: Super Bowl sucker punch

The other night while watching the Super Bowl, I became increasingly aware that the angry left might have a point about the giant corporations. Not that the game wasn't exciting. It was. Those quarterbacks can really heave the ball. Suddenly it is in their hands, and suddenly it is in a receiver's outreached arms, having passed through a forest of opposing players' arms. Published February 8, 2011

Illustration: Obamacare by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Obamacare's creators sent slithering

My guess is that Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Fla., is an amateur zoologist. Judge Vinson is the federal judge who ruled Monday that those who confected Obamacare cannot compel the citizenry to buy health insurance. Moreover, he found that the way the 2,700-page law was created, without any "severability clause," makes the entire law unconstitutional. The authors of Obamacare declared that without mandatory insurance, the whole bill was unworkable. Mandatory insurance is not severable from the law. Hence, Judge Vinson threw out the whole law because of the way it was constructed. Now it is up to the Supreme Court to breathe life into this legislation or bury it. I say RIP. Published February 2, 2011

Illustration: Rahm's dream by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Rahm's Chicago-style politics

Every day, in every way, it becomes ever clearer that Rahm Emanuel's campaign for mayor of Chicago and mine have striking similarities. Rahm went off to Washington two years ago to pursue politics on the national stage. I left Chicago about 40 years ago to pursue politicians on the national stage, particularly huckster politicians. Two of my targets were Rahm's old boss Bill Clinton and his boss, Hillary. Published January 27, 2011

**FILE** One of the few remaining original First Folio of Shakespeare's works from 1623 on display in the Exhibition Hall at the library. Photo taken on Friday, April 13, 2007. (Bert V. Goulait / The Washington Times)

TYRRELL: Books for the winter blues

I received a call the other day from an agreeable lady at C-SPAN, asking me to do a show with the network called "In Depth." It will take a lot of time, as C-SPAN wants to interview me on all the books I have written. Also, it will last three hours. That is a marathon. I can hardly listen for three hours, much less talk. Yet I have been a fan of C-SPAN for years, so I could hardly say no. Also, I am an advocate of the printed word. I want it to survive. Published January 19, 2011

Illustration: Lefty's resting place by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Liberalism's death knell keeps tolling

The evidence mounts that liberalism is dead. The liberal wizards, working their wonders at the New York Times and its clearinghouses in the major networks, cannot even dupe the American people with an absurd conspiracy theory anymore. In Dallas back in 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald, a pious communist awash in the Marxist-Leninist bilge, shot President John F. Kennedy. In no time, the liberals had the nation focused on the "dangerous right-wing atmosphere" supposedly pervading Dallas. Published January 12, 2011

Jim Percoco (far right) visits his students Becky Koenig (second from right), Beth Stinson (left) and Tim Wing (second from left) at Mount Vernon.

TYRRELL: Reinforcements are here

New Year's Day in Washington dawned gray, wet and cold. It was a perfect day for sightseeing, and so my wife and I decided to sightsee. We went to Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, named, incidentally, after a British admiral, Edward Vernon, by George's older half-brother. Upon inheriting the mansion, George never saw any reason to change the name, despite the British army's many acts of rudeness to him. George was a big enough guy not to bear a grudge. Published January 5, 2011

Students among a crowd of 20,000 celebrate as former Cuban President Fidel Castro delivers a speech in Havana during the 50th anniversary of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, the nation's neighborhood vigilance system. (Associated Press)

TYRRELL: Fidel is forever

This week marks the 52nd anniversary of Fidel Castro's arrival to his Cuban throne. I cannot wait to see how it will be solemnized. Will little children appear before Fidel throwing flowers? They better not throw them too hard. He is pretty frail. Will there be a military parade? If there is, where will they come up with the gasoline? There is hardly enough in the country for the Communist Party leaders' limousines. What will they be celebrating? By now, everyone knows that the revolution was a stupendous bust starting about 51 years ago. Published January 3, 2011

Illustration: Kim Jong-il by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: An aye for bigotry

The big news this week is that in the Senate, the Democrats have joined with the Republicans to pass tax relief contained in an extension of the hated George W. Bush tax cuts. Certainly, by early next week, the House of Representatives will have done the same. Thus, the burden overhanging the economy of a huge tax increase is eliminated for two years. After that, it sounds as if our president, if he still is our president, threatens to raise taxes. Somehow, he came around to accepting the argument that one does not raise taxes in a recession. A few months back, it appeared that in the unlikely event that senators and House members extended the hated Bush tax cuts, our president would veto the bill. Now he has accepted it. Has he learned anything? Published December 15, 2010

Illustration: Capitol Pelosi by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: New label for liberals

The Great Denial continues. The liberals continue to labor under the assumption that nothing very bad happened in early November. They are still supreme. The columnists go on as though nothing is amiss. This week, E.J. Dionne consulted with three defeated congressmen whose advice he passed on to President Obama on how to succeed during the next two years. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi continues as though she is speaker for life, though she probably is the last Democrat to hold the post for a generation. Mental illness can be amusing. Published December 8, 2010

A passenger at Palm Beach International Airport is patted down by a TSA worker on Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Fla. Security lines moved quickly the day before Thanksgiving. (Associated Press)

TYRRELL: I was wrong

"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" So said John Maynard Keynes when a dearly held belief of his was confronted by new facts. He changed his mind and was not ashamed. I am an extreme empiricist. Show me the facts, and I shall make up my mind. Show me the new facts, and I shall change my mind. Published November 24, 2010

Illustration: Full body scan by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Pat me, please

I blame Drudge! Yes, I blame the Drudge Report for this insane controversy about the use of high-tech body scanners and "pat-downs" at airport security zones. Published November 18, 2010

Illustration: NYT Fish by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Hand-wringing journalism

The other day I sat down to breakfast. It was a normal day. Five daily newspapers were laid out before me. As I went over the front pages, I downed orange juice and a bowl of oatmeal powdered with brown sugar and flaxseed. Then I went off to my library with the newspapers and a cup of coffee. By then, incidentally, I was revolted. Published November 11, 2010

Illustration: Democratic delusion by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Psychology of defeated Democrats

Liberals are having a difficult time explaining what happened to them on Election Day. Actually, it appears that many of them do not know what happened to them. They are in denial. Published November 4, 2010

Illustration: Getaway luggage by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: The coming struggle

There is an axiom that is adhered to by conservative journalists that explains at least some of what for liberals is this inexplicable election. It is the Taranto Principle. Coined by the inimitable James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal, the Taranto Principle encourages the worst in liberals by reporting politics with a slavish bias. The conservatives can do nothing right. The liberals can do nothing wrong, and besides, they are always more winsome, more intelligent and moreover, they have an aesthetic and philosophical side. Published October 27, 2010

Illustration: Liberalism's god by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: The god that failed

The Democrats are about to be beaten by something they do not in their heart of hearts think exists - a huge national majority. At this late hour, with the storm clouds gathering and the livestock getting restless, they see only sunshine. Yes, there is "foreign money" out there. Yes, the media have bungled broadcasting the purity of the Democratic message. And naturally, angry voices can be heard. Yet surely there is no majority gathering to unseat the party of decency and good deeds. Well, there is, and it is nothing like the Democrats describe it. Published October 20, 2010

Outgoing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel winks as President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, during an announcement that Emanuel will be stepping down to run for Mayor of Chicago. Obama announced that Pete Rouse will be interim Chief of Staff. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

TYRRELL: Foreign money?

OK, OK. It is only a satire. I am not really running for mayor of Chicago, but I do have something in common with someone who is running for mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel. Neither I nor Rahm qualifies for residency in Chicago, though my family traces its roots in the city back to the 19th century, and I was at least born in Chicago. If Rahm bullies his way to residency, Chicago's big shoulders are not what they once were. He gave no thought to running until a few weeks back, when Mayor Richard M. Daley announced his retirement, and now Rahm has no place to live. Published October 13, 2010