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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.

Hillary the Unready Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Hillary the Inevitable'

Recall if you will those unforgettable royal figures from yesteryear with their peculiar cognomens. Some of my favorites are Ethelred the Unready, a famously tardy English king from the Middle Ages. Or how about Charles the Bald, the Holy Roman emperor whose glabrous head was widely remarked in his time and still is to this very day? Published February 16, 2016

Illustration on the policy messages of Democrats and Republican by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Fast growth, not slow or negative

Well, well, the stock market has, of a sudden, caught up with the Obama economy. The spectacle is not pretty. In January the market dropped like a stone. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 8.1 percent. On Friday the Nasdaq shed 3.25 percent points upon hearing the news that payroll additions grew by only 151,000 jobs. Published February 9, 2016

Illustration on the Clinton "curse" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Clinton Curse returns

In the many decades I have had the pleasure of covering the Clintons I have developed several themes about them that have over the years been validated by fact. One theme is that there is a Clinton Curse. Published February 2, 2016

An Endorsement for Donald Trump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'A manifesto of my own'

In reading Paul Johnson's masterful "Art: A New History," I came across a startling number of art masters who did bodies sublimely, hands and even landscapes brilliantly, but who could not plausibly paint a human face. Some of the artists recognized this and had their subjects look over their shoulder or off to the horizon, or were painted behind a floppy hat. Nonetheless, the artists are esteemed as great, though limited. Published January 26, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's past suppression of "Bimbo eruptions" against her husband by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary's past meets the present

Did any of the political cognoscenti consult Real Clear Politics last Thursday? Those who did found that Donald Trump's recent charges that Hillary Clinton was for years her husband's "enabler" while committing "very seedy" behavior is irrefutable. Moreover, the evidence is contained in a book that has been right under our noses for years. Published January 19, 2016

Illustration on the possible indictment of Hillary Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary's problems multiply

This week, three weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton spent valuable time during an appearance on "Face the Nation" swatting down stories that surfaced Friday. Early on Friday morning when most Americans are asleep, save second-story men, the State Department released thousands of Hillary's emails. Published January 12, 2016

Rahm Emanuel Chicago Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Rahm, I tried to warn you'

Chicago has always struck me as one of the most affluent cities in the world. Growing up in Chicagoland I saw little poverty in the city at the foot of glistening Lake Michigan. I am sure poverty was there, but Chicago in the 1960s seemed rich and abundant with opportunity. Published January 5, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's server troubles by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Cataloguing the Clinton lies

To those of us who have followed the ongoing Clinton Saga, which now reaches back almost 25 years, Hillary Rodham Clinton's computer server promises to become as historic as Monica Lewinsky's stained dress. That is to say, that her server may indeed become as significant to her presidential prospects as Monica's dress was to Bill's prospects for impeachment. Published December 29, 2015

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Third Class Danielle Hinchliff, left, and Master-at-Arms Third Class Anna Schnatzmeyer, center, participate in a U.S. Navy Riverine Crewman Course under instructor Boatswain's Mate Second Class Christopher Johnson, right, on a Riverine Assault Boat at Camp Lejeune, N.C.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Women warriors and the bottle

It is apparently a little-known fact in the Obama administration that girls are weaker than boys and that grown women are weaker than grown men. Moreover, women training for combat positions suffer physical injuries at twice the rate of men, and they suffer significantly higher rates of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety after exposure to combat. Published December 22, 2015

Leaving No Shadow Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama's disability

Last week President Obama, the 44th president of the United States and the only one who reportedly leaves no shadow, ventured forth to Paris to join 196 other national leaders on official business. Published December 8, 2015

Vladimir Putin   Associated Press photo

Putin pouts

Truth be known, I once rather admired Vladimir Putin, as George W. Bush rather admired him. I cannot say as Mr. Bush can that I looked into his eyes and "was able to get a sense of his soul." But his nation has suffered so long through a century when the Western world had achieved so much. Published December 1, 2015

The Battle for Israeli Security Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The return of a 47-year-old headline

I was thumbing through an old magazine over the weekend. It was 47 years old to be exact, and I came across a surprisingly prescient piece entitled wittily, "The Arab, the Jew, and the Pickle." What particularly caught my eye was that the piece was written by me in what is now called The American Spectator. Imagine that. Published November 24, 2015

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's 1960s roots by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The three Democratic stooges

So it has come to this. The party that once nominated Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Harry S. Truman to win the presidency -- the party that once nominated men of the stature of Adlai Stevenson and Hubert Humphrey to contest the presidency -- is now left with the Three Stooges vying for the highest office in the land. Published November 17, 2015

Ben Carson Under the Biased Microscope Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Carson, clean in comparison

Last week I wrote in this column that Ben Carson, a leading Republican candidate for the presidency, was an "American hero." I pronounced him thus even as the roof was falling in on his candidacy. Published November 10, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks in Lakewood, Colo. FILE (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The source of Ben Carson's success

Ben Carson is an American hero. He is also a front-runner in the Republican race for the White House. What is more, he is black, God-fearing, law-abiding and a distinguished neurosurgeon. Weighing the most important things in life, he is everything you would want in an American man. Published November 3, 2015

Differing Media Coverage Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Looking at Benghazi with closed eyes

We are told that our political system here in Washington is "broken." The left and the right do not get along, and usually it is because the right is obdurately partisan. Actually, it is not the political system that is broken. It is much wider than the political system. Published October 27, 2015

Democrat Deathwish Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Behind the candidates' smiling faces

All patriotic, civic-minded Americans at this point in the electoral cycle have seen quite enough of our presidential aspirants on the debate stage. For a certitude, we have seen enough of the Democrats. One evening of them is enough for me. Published October 20, 2015

The Clintons' long and mendacious road

Here we are again with Hillary Rodham Clinton confronted by charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and general improbity. Such behavior has been going on with her for a long time. Some journalists who today chronicle the charges facing the Clintons were not even born when it all began. Published October 12, 2015

Illustration on the mental illness root of mass murder by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

A culture of death?

Regarding last week's mass murder in Oregon, what is there to say that is new? There was a day in America when such an atrocity was almost unheard of. There were family feuds, mafia murders and I guess what were called juvenile delinquents' murders, though they were comparatively rare and for the most part ignored. Published October 6, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (AP Photo/File)

Kevin McCarthy revisits Benghazi

When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blurted out on Fox News September 30 that: "Everybody thought Hillary Rodham Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we [the Republicans] put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. Published October 1, 2015