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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 Washington Times

TYRRELL: Rand Paul comes of age

When Sen. Rand Paul took to the floor of the United States Senate the morning of March 6, he really -- as they say -- may have made a difference. It is a difference in our awareness of the issues facing the country. It is a difference in our perception of the man who is leading the country, President Obama. Published March 14, 2013

Illustration Defense Funding by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: A lie by any other name

I do not know about you, but to me this sequestration imbroglio is getting interesting. Last week I wrote of my surprise that a basic untruth was being repeated over and over again by the White House, to wit, that the Republicans were responsible for the monstrosity of sequestration. Published March 7, 2013

Illustration Sequestration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Sequestration's birth certificate

I have long contended that public policy issues are as complicated as they appear because the giants of Capitol Hill like it that way, particularly the giants of the left. Bills can be written more simply. Decisions can be phrased with a certain lucidity. Published February 28, 2013

Calvin Coolidge

TYRRELL: Why 'Silent Cal' was such a successful president

I am indebted to Amity Shlaes for gently correcting a joke of mine that dates back to July 8, 1972. On that day in the New York Times, I joshed that President Calvin Coolidge "probably spent more time napping than any President in the nation's history" and therefore was a successful president. Published February 21, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: A misapplied conservative label

It has happened again. Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, referred to by Paul Krugman the other day as "a longtime conservative," has essayed in the New Republic the modern conservative movement and traced us all back to John C. Calhoun. Published February 14, 2013

M. Ryder

TYRRELL: Football after Beyonce

In the aftermath of the Super Bowl, it is perhaps salutary to take stock of professional football and to suggest a few reforms that might make the game more wholesome. Published February 7, 2013

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. walks out of the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 4, 2013, following the counting of Electoral College votes. (Associated Press)

TYRRELL: A penalty for Harry

A couple of weeks ago, I elaborated on how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had at the time failed for three straight years to write up a budget in the Senate, thereby breaking the law three -- now four -- years running. Published January 24, 2013

William Brown

TYRRELL: Another trouble with Hagel

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel is a suave, energetic, spirited fellow. He is intelligent and, from his early youth, apparently patriotic and undoubtedly courageous. Published January 17, 2013

The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Putting off the piper's pay

I wonder, as we begin 2013 and face four more years of this insufferable poseur in the White House, where Sandra Fluke might be. Published January 2, 2013

Winston S. Churchill, AP Photo.

TYRRELL: Churchill and company

The year 2012 is about to expire. It was a blank in my judgment -- poof! -- and it is gone. We have the same sorry vacuity in the White House, bereft of a clue as to how to run the government. Published December 26, 2012

Illustration Massive Spending by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Higher spending deadlier than 'fiscal cliff'

William McGurn, the esteemed Wall Street Journal columnist and soon-to-be editor of the editorial page of the New York Post, has made an interesting observation about the fabulous Bush tax cuts that are about to lapse. Published December 12, 2012

Officer Lawrence DePrimo helping Mr. Hillman/ Associated Press

TYRRELL: Good Samaritan meets 'Obama Man'

Jeffrey Hillman shambles along the streets of New York City looking quite unkempt, drab and hopeless. He panhandles sometimes and mutters to himself. Frankly, he looks a wreck and apparently often is in need of a pair of shoes. Published December 5, 2012

Grover G. Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform is scheduled to join with NAACP officials and business and education leaders at National Press Club to discuss an alternative way of dealing with nonviolent felons, rather than just incarcerating them. (The Idaho Statesman via Associated Press)

TYRRELL: Republicans, Democrats and Grover

What is a Republican elected official? A Republican elected official is one who says, "I won't raise my constituents' taxes." Asked to elaborate, the Republican elected official explains, "I will keep taxes down to allow the economy to grow and to throw off ever more tax revenue." The Republican believes that the way to pay for government is to let the economy roar -- and to keep spending reasonable. Published November 28, 2012

Illustration: Petraeus by John Camejo for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Sex and the general

Sex remains the surest prop for all that is funny — and sad. In the first instance, we often call the result ribaldry. In the second instance, it is always called tragedy. Published November 14, 2012

President Barack Obama smiles after delivering his victory speech to supporters gathered in Chicago early Wednesday Nov. 7 2012. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

TYRRELL: The election … of 2014

Jimmy Carter is redeemed. The grinning dunce of yesteryear, who grew into the anile doddering figure of today lecturing the civilized on all manner of statecraft, has been replaced by the saturnine gaunt prophet, Barack Obama. His sorry performance these past four years he lays to the administration of George W. Bush. The next four years will be a replay of the last four years, and an even graver crisis will confront us then with the domestic economy in a funk and foreign potentates all laughing at us. Published November 7, 2012

Illustration GOP Busting Obama by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Au revoir, Mr. President

Reviewing the past few months of this tumultuous presidential campaign, I see the debates as having a wondrous salience. The first was the most momentous since Nixon versus Kennedy, though that 1960 confrontation was mostly a matter of cosmetics. Published October 31, 2012

Illustration Ballot Box by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Obama sings the ballot box blues

This election is not turning out the way President Obama had expected. Perhaps that is why he has looked so uncomfortable in his three debates with the suddenly debonair Mitt Romney. Published October 24, 2012