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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.

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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

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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

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TYRRELL: All the angry liberals

I was innocently making my way through the weekend newspapers when I came upon a "think" piece in The Washington Post by a dreamer named Chris Mooney, a self-confessed "liberal." Yes, he actually admitted to it. Published April 18, 2012

Illustration Teapot by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Whither the Tea Party?

All is bleak. All is woe. I speak of the Tea Party movement, the movement of 2009 and 2010 that was the hot news story of those years and led to the Republican rout of the Democrats in 2010. Now the Tea Party movement is, according to media reports, in decline. Published April 11, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands during a campaign stop on Saturday, March 17, 2012, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

TYRRELL: Mitt, the normal guy

There are some campaign advisers who would counsel former Gov. Mitt Romney to jog tirelessly on the campaign trail, probably in short pants and with a catchy T-shirt emblazoned with some memorable phrase, a la Al Gore and Bill Clinton. Published April 4, 2012

Rep. Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, has proposed cutting $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade as a start to dealing with the national debt. The plan relies on repealing the year-old health care law and deep cuts in Medicaid. (AP Photo)

TYRRELL: Paul Ryan's budget express

As America rings up another $3 tril- lion-plus budget - almost a historic peacetime 25 percent of gross national product (GDP) - and borrows another $1.3 trillion to pay for it, one should not be surprised that the usual mob of special pleaders is fuming at anyone who has the temerity to suggest a sane alternative. These are the new Democrats, and they do not mind putting us on the road to Greece. Published March 28, 2012

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TYRRELL: Overextended America

We in America today live in a country circumscribed by entitlement policies devised by an America that has steadily been disappearing. Those policies established more than a generation ago cannot possibly - in mathematical or demographic terms - support the America of the present, much less the America of the future. That is the stark reality. Published March 21, 2012

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TYRRELL: High cost of free speech

For a couple of years now, I have been talking about the Kultursmog, the utterly polluted state of our political culture. Those who pollute it are liberals. Kultursmog is the only form of pollution they approve of, but they approve of it mightily, and, of course, they are the chief contributors to its noxious fumes. Now they are using it to kill off an American value prized by millions of Americans down through the centuries: free speech. As I say in another context, we are watching the death of liberalism. Published March 14, 2012

The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Ms. Fluke's fluke

I like to think of Sandra Fluke's contretemps with the madly admired Rush Limbaugh as, well, a fluke. She objected to his joke about her being "a slut" and "a prostitute," and, hesto presto, the part-time Georgetown University law student struck pay dirt. You object to my characterization of her as "part-time"? Published March 7, 2012

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TYRRELL: Nat Gas Act is no boondoggle

The other day, the estimable Wall Street Journal editorial board took issue with the equally estimable T. Boone Pickens, the legendary oilman, over the Nat Gas Act. The Journal argued with its customary lucidity that Mr. Pickens' idea of subsidizing natural gas, even for a short period, was ill-advised. To my mind, the Journal left one argument out, to wit: national security. Published February 29, 2012

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TYRRELL: Foster Friess' joke

There is another horripilation on the campaign trail. Someone has told a joke that has roused the virtue police. I am speaking of the virtue police who are working for the grim forces of political correctitude. They do not find the joke very funny. The jokester is a supporter of Rick Santorum's, and now he, too, is on the hot seat for it. Late last week, his supporter, the amiable Foster Friess, perpetrated the joke. Published February 22, 2012

The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Time for Newt to go

There is a grisly pallor that has beset former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. When he walks into a room, I feel rather sorry for him, but then I feel rather sorry for Bill Clinton, too, and for Hillary. No longer do I call her "Bill's lovely wife, Bruno." She looks grandmotherly rather than tough. Published February 15, 2012

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TYRRELL: Delousing of a movement

As the tents were coming down at McPherson Square, the dead rats and mice being retrieved, the urine and feces and filthy bedding disposed of by D.C. employees dressed in hazardous-materials suits like their contemporaries at Fukushima, Japan, I thought of the left-wing press. You see, I read the left-wing press. Published February 8, 2012

The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Exit Newt

Ah, yes, Newt Gingrich did in the last days before the Florida primary precisely what I predicted he would do. He hurled wild charges at Mitt Romney that suggested Newt was losing his grip. He charged Mr. Romney with lying and falling into the hands of George Soros and Goldman Sachs, and he did this while seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Published February 1, 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who won the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, laughs while speaking during a victory party on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

TYRRELL: Our Bill Clinton

How long have I been saying it? At least for 15 years, but in private I have been aware of it longer. Newt Gingrich is conservatism's Bill Clinton, but without the charm. He has acquired wit, but he has all the charm of barbed wire. Published January 25, 2012

Illustration: Christie the budget cutter by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Obama vs. Christie and the future

Whose job would you want to have? Would it be President Obama's or Gov. Chris Christie's in the great state of New Jersey? Would it be President Obama's, whose budget woes are getting graver, or would it be Mr. Christie's, whose budget is at least looking to be survivable? Published January 19, 2012

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow bows his head on the sidelines after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the Broncos' 17-13 home victory on Nov. 17, 2011. (Associated Press)

TYRRELL: Taking a knee with Tebow

I have officially called off my boycott of the National Football League (NFL). I do not care how many felons or frotteurs play the game. Now there is Tim Tebow to redeem it. He can pass and run. He inspires his teammates. He inspires many returning fans like me. I shall follow him through the playoffs and maybe even next year as the season resumes anew. He is an American original - and he is controversial. I am for him. Published January 10, 2012

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TYRRELL: Progressive prance of the fat cats

An underlying theme of our times that has gone unperceived by the high and mighty in media, government and other locales where the politically alive come to roost is the thumping failure of an increasing number of counterproductive old progressive reforms. Published January 4, 2012