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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.

Former President Bill Clinton said of President Obama's current low poll ratings, "When you are out there running against yourself and people feel miserable, it's hard to see your numbers go up." (Associated Press)

TYRRELL: White House scandals in times past

A presidential election looms on the horizon and already the nation's great organs of opinion - and occasionally of fact - are gearing up to serve the commonweal and ever so quietly, their own biases. Published November 1, 2011

A protestor of the Occupy Atlanta demonstration is arrested after refusing to leave after Mayor Kasim Reed revoked his executive order allowing the protestors to camp out in Woodruff Park early Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

TYRRELL: Those demonstrators in the park

It is called the Taranto Principle, and it is being employed by the Kultursmogists to blanket the country in a preposterosity: namely, that the Tea Partyers and the Occupy Wall Street crowd have much in common. So go ahead, loyal Democrats, and take up the occupiers' anger. Giving presidential voice to the occupiers' complaints will be a sure winner for President Obama in 2012. Published October 26, 2011

Illustration: Lawrence O'Donnell by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Cain blows up liberal creed on race

As an observer on the national scene lo these many years, I have noted time and again that in a discussion of politics, the first person to inject the topic of race into the discussion is often the racist. Though that person almost always affects to be without bigotry, in fact, he invariably is a racist and hopes to emerge from the fracas as the moral colossus. Those who have followed the careers of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his Holiness Al Sharpton will get my drift. These frauds would have to be debating George Wallace to be the lesser racists and, frankly, I think the contests would be too close to call. Published October 12, 2011

Illustration: Economic dunce by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: The book on Obama

Supposedly, this White House has just made a furious attempt to sink a book, "Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President" by Ron Suskind, which came out Sept. 20. Jay Carney, the White House spinmeister, spoke ill of it. Numerous former White House staffers spoke ill of it. Mr. Carney said "one passage seems to be lifted almost entirely from Wikipedia." Why would a respected writer want to do that? I suspect that the White House is going to be as effective in sinking Mr. Suskind as it has been in keeping President Obama's poll numbers lofty. Published October 5, 2011

Illustration: Nude-in by John Camejo for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Liberalism always goes too far

One of the causes that has brought the great and worthy movement of liberalism to its present state of decrepitude has been remarked upon in this column many times before: Liberalism always goes too far. Even in the case of a noble impulse, it goes too far. Public events in recent days in that magnificent monument to liberalism, San Francisco, show us once again the example of liberalism over the edge. Published September 28, 2011

Illustration: Obama taxes

TYRRELL: Not knowing when to say 'when' on taxes

It is clear from the way President Obama has been talking about the federal budget recently and about taxation since he came to office that all the money Americans earn belongs to the federal government. The key words in this conversation are "tax expenditures." President Obama has lost a lot in tax expenditures and he wants more of those tax expenditures back. He can spend that money, he believes, more wisely than the citizenry - that is to say - you and me. Published September 21, 2011

** FILE ** In this Aug. 16, 2010, photo, U.S. Army soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment pose with an American flag for a photograph after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait. The soldiers are the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

TYRRELL: 'Mission accomplished'

We are preparing to vamoose Camp Victory just outside of Baghdad. There were once 505 bases for American troops sprinkled around Iraq at the height of our involvement, from whence an American army went out to pacify the bloodthirsty hordes. Now we are down to some 40 bases, and shortly there will be none at all. Perhaps one or two headquarters will remain for a skeleton force of Americans training Iraqi police or military. Published September 14, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (right), former head of the International Monetary Fund, and his wife, Anne Sinclair, gesture to the media upon their arrival at their home in Paris on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

TYRRELL: DSK looking gauche in Paris

Readers of this column will remember that when Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken off an Air France flight in May just as it was about to vamoose for Paris, I was suspicious. The story and circumstances of his adventure with the chambermaid, Nafissatou Diallo, in the Sofitel hotel kept changing. In the meantime, he was accorded the indignity of the "perp walk." He was sent to Rickers Island, a veritable hellhole. He got up on the morning of May 14 as one of the world's most distinguished public servants. He was head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and apparently about to become the Socialist Party's front-runner for president of France. He retired that evening a convicted felon in the eyes of almost anyone familiar with his story, and I suspect he slept badly. Published September 7, 2011

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, meets Mongolian wrestler during Mini Nadam, or Mongolian wrestling performance, in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

TYRRELL: Joe Biden, presidential candidate

When Vice President Joe Biden rolls into a room to talk politics, frankly, I am ready to laugh. He is, for me, the gaffable Joe Biden. Remember when he told the perky Katie Couric that during the great stock market crash of 1929, President Franklin Roosevelt immediately "got on television" to reassure the American people? Joe apparently reassured Miss Couric; yet others in the audience who knew their history and recognized his gaffe got a huge laugh at Joe's expense. The president in 1929 was, of course, Herbert Hoover, and there was no television. Published August 31, 2011

** FILE ** In this June 1, 2011, file photo, House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., listens outside the White House in Washington. It might be time for another midnight ride by Paul Revere, this time warning "the creditors are coming." (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

TYRRELL: Ryan withdraws

Alas, we lost a most desirable candidate for the White House this week, one who is not charismatic, did not write (or have someone else write) his memoir, has displayed no jump shot in public, and did not leave important documents on his desk while gallivanting around the country in campaign mode and heading for vacation on Martha's Vineyard. In the first instance, I am talking about Rep. Paul Ryan. In the second, I am talking about President you-know-who. Since the day he was inaugurated, he has been campaigning for his second term, all the while expressing ambivalence about wanting a second term. That is nonsense. He is living rent-free and has that big airplane to fly about the country in. Published August 24, 2011

Illustration: Texas jobs by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Perry right where Obama wrong

There is squabbling in the White House. President Obama's approval rating has dipped to unprecedented lows in the polls, and he has not a clue what to do about it. Within the president's team there are the pragmatists led by David Plouffe and William M. Daley, who favor small gestures. I mean really small gestures. They would favor free-trade agreements, possibly with Gabon, perhaps the Maldives. They also favor improved patent protections for investors, assuming they can find investors, and something about Michele's garden. At least I thought it was about Michele's garden. At any rate, it was small. Maybe they were advocating growing cherry tomatoes. Published August 17, 2011

Illustration: Thumbs down

TYRRELL: A growing bipartisan consensus on Obama

Who on Aug. 18, 2010 - almost one year ago - said, "I now think it is clear even to official Washington that President Obama is the worst president of modern times. President Jimmy Carter is redeemed"? Yes, it was I, and I threw the entire weight of the American Spectator behind that asseveration, putting both Jimmy and Barry on the cover. Published August 10, 2011

Illustration: Battle worn Tea Party by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: The long war over the budget

We are engaged in a long war - actually two long wars. The first and most commonly accepted of our wars is the long war against Islamofascists. It is not a war against vast armies. Comparatively speaking, it is just a war against a handful of thugs, but they want to strike at our heart - wherever we are ill-prepared - and if they can, they will cause incalculable destruction. This we discovered Sept. 11, 2001. We are on the hem of wiping out al Qaeda, but there are other thugs waiting. We must be vigilant against them. It will be a long war. Published August 3, 2011

Illustration by Mark Weber

TYRRELL: Adolf and Anders

Think of Anders Behring Breivik, the man who bombed a government building in Norway before proceeding coldbloodedly to massacre scores of defenseless young people on a secluded island several miles away, as an Adolf Hitler of one. The first Adolf Hitler was a Hitler to millions. He captured an entire nation and terrified the world for years. Published July 27, 2011

Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, signs the "cut, cap and balance" pledge during a news conference while campaigning in Columbia, S.C., on Monday. (Associated Press)

TYRRELL: Faith in the Constitution

It seems Rep. Michele Bachmann is under increased scrutiny for her religious views even as she climbs ever higher in the presidential polls. With Tea Party support, she is now No. 2 in the Republican polls, though she has only been in the race a short time. The numero uno, former Gov. Mitt Romney, is himself the victim of gentler bigotry for his religious views. He is a Mormon. No, I did not say moron. I said Mormon. Published July 20, 2011

Illustration: Rupert Murdoch

TYRRELL: The Kultursmog against Murdoch

Do we need any other evidence that the Kultursmog exists and that it is international - at least in the English-speaking world - than the fact that the biggest news story in the United Kingdom today is also the biggest news story here? I have in mind the telephone-hacking story about News of the World reporters in London listening in on private conversations and possibly bribing Scotland Yard. The Kultursmog is that set of ideas and tastes that are utterly polluted by left-wing values and carried by the liberal news media to pollute peoples' minds. Published July 13, 2011

Illustration: Mao

TYRRELL: Rumsfeld and Kissinger memoirs worth a read

It is summer and time to read books. I recall the late editor of the editorial page of The Washington Post, the sainted Meg Greenfield, making fun of the idea of summer books, but I have long filed her quip away as a quip that was quipless. She could read books almost anytime she wanted, but busy people read when they have a special opportunity, and during summer break, I would like to remind them of good books to read. This summer there is an abundance of them. Published July 8, 2011

A 10-foot bronze statue of Ronald Reagan unveiled July 4 in London as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate? One headline would have it so. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Embassy, London)

TYRRELL: The Gipper and the 'special relationship'

The other morning, I wandered down to Grosvenor Square to see the July 4th unveiling of a statue of President Reagan despite reports that only a handful of people would be there. That invaluable piece of intelligence had been handed down by the Honorable Louis B. Susman, our ambassador to the United Kingdom, who was busy as a director of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team during the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan was staring down the Soviets with his befuddling mixture of amiability and steely resolve that astoundingly "ended the Cold War without firing a shot." That is how then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher memorably put it. She was not astounded, nor was President Nixon or other hawkish Cold Warriors from the era. Published July 7, 2011

TYRRELL: J. Gordon Coogler Award rescinded

Followers of this column have noticed that something is amiss. They have looked to it every week for months with increased frustration. Many have gone back to the March, April, May, and June issues of the American Spectator and pored over every page, but all was for naught. They have not been able to find a trace of the J. Gordon Coogler Award for the Worst Book of the Year, and they know that there were many promising candidates in 2010 for this hallowed recognition. The New York Review of Books was full of them. Published June 30, 2011

Illustration: Horse race

TYRRELL: Presidential race made easy

In the weeks ahead, I shall be in Europe to speak on American politics. What will I say to old Europe? Well, I shall give them my broad view of American politics and end with the present election cycle in which I believe Barack Obama will be retired to private life, though he cannot really conceive of private life. He will continue his public life as he has for all his adult life. That is how Democrats live. He will be a community organizer to the world, as Bill Clinton has become, in the words of MSNBC, "President of the World: The Bill Clinton Phenomenon." Published June 21, 2011