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Wesley Pruden

Wesley Pruden

American journalist legend and Vietnam War author James Wesley Pruden Jr. is Editor Emeritus of The Washington Times. Mr. Pruden’s first job in the newspaper business dates back to 1951 as a copyboy at the now defunct Arkansas Gazette where he later became a sportswriter and an assistant state editor. In 1982, he joined The Washington Times, four months after the paper began, as chief political correspondent. He became assistant managing editor in 1983, managing editor in 1985, and editor-in-chief in 1992. He retired in January 2008 and became editor-in-chief-emeritus. Mr. Pruden is known for his coverage of President Ronald Reagan. In 1991, he won the H.L. Mencken Prize for excellence in writing and commentary. Mr. Pruden writes a twice-weekly column on politics and national affairs for The Times.

Articles by Wesley Pruden

PRUDEN: A bad week for a running mate

The rap on Joe Biden is that he's bright, well-meaning and amiable, and when he opens his mouth you never know what's likely to fly out. But sometimes he comes up with interesting ideas. Published September 12, 2008

PRUDEN: The media's gift to McCain/Palin

Ranting at the press is great fun, but usually an exercise for losers, like invoking the spirit of Harry S. Truman on the eve of an election the polls say you're about to lose. Published September 9, 2008

PRUDEN: A live dream for Hillary's women

Hillary's feminists have something new to root for this morning, a compelling reason to clap for Barack Obama with only one dainty hand. The success of John McCain and Sarah Palin in November would likely set up their dream match for 2012. Published September 5, 2008

PRUDEN: No caving for the moose killer

This is where you expect Republicans to cave, to start crawfishing, to surrender convictions in the wan hope that their adversaries will ease up and maybe even say something nice. There's a familiar mantra: "Vote Republican. We're not as bad as you think." Published September 4, 2008

PRUDEN: Fear in a handful of dirt

The little lady from the wild has dispatched rafts of butterflies - the big monarchs - to unsettle the tummies of Democrats. Throwing a handful of dirt at a girl and her mama didn't work the way everybody thought it would. Published September 3, 2008

PRUDEN: The humiliation of a young girl

How mean, how low can a partisan stoop? Mean enough to humiliate a 17-year-old girl at the time she needs sympathy and understanding. Low enough to bruise the broken heart of a girl's mother and to mock a father's affection. Published September 2, 2008

PRUDEN: A little spice for the party

The knock on the Republicans this week in Minnesota is that this is the white-bread party, with no spice, no glitter and no glitz. White bread or not, the Democrats, in the press booths or watching it from a safe distance, can't make toast of it. Published September 1, 2008

PRUDEN: Torch passed to the radicals

Not with a bang but a whimper, the Clinton era ended. An angry and frustrated Bill Clinton could only watch as Hillary's pitifully shrunken delegate numbers were posted on the counting board. Published August 28, 2008

PRUDEN: Clintons' Kennedy model

The lady says all the right things. Bubba is saying some of the right things. They're a hundred percent, maybe more, for Barack Obama. Published August 27, 2008

PRUDEN: Brass knuckles and party unity

There's a good reason why Mr. Dooley always takes a pair of brass knuckles to a Democratic unity meeting. A glass jaw represents opportunity. Published August 26, 2008

PRUDEN: Tales from the Chicago crypt

Bashing, slashing and knocking is what makes politics the favorite sport of Americans, even in an Olympics year. Viewing with alarm is more satisfying than pointing with pride, and we expect successful pols to cultivate the gentle delicacy of linebackers. Published August 22, 2008

PRUDEN: Going for brass in Beijing 2008

All that glitters is not gold, as China continues to teach the world this week in Beijing. Sometimes the shiny stuff is neither gold nor silver, or even bronze. Only brass. Published August 19, 2008

PRUDEN: A legacy lurks in the shadows

History disabuses every president of the notion that he has a legacy to leave. What he leaves is a record, sometimes written in fire and blood, and history assigns the legacy. Published August 15, 2008

PRUDEN: Burning a path through Georgia

His critics ought to give George W. a little credit. He famously looked into Vladimir Putin's eyes and saw a soul. That's more than anybody else has ever found there. Published August 12, 2008

PRUDEN: Now a campaign like all others

Nothing is as fierce as guerrilla warfare, where anything goes. Video warfare, with its manipulated images and half-truths posing as facts, is fiercest of all. The Geneva Convention does not apply. Published August 5, 2008

PRUDEN: The messiah who can't break away

Barack Obama leads in the polls, but every pollster understands the butterflies in the bellies of sober Democrats. With everything going for him, why hasn't Barack Obama put a little daylight between himself and John McCain? Querulous minds want to know. Published July 29, 2008

PRUDEN: When snake oil was in season

Barack Obama finally played the Palace, or at least the Tiergarten, and he left a lot of promises in his wake. He'll get Christians, Muslims and Jews to hit the sawdust trail together, to repent their sins and suspicions and remake the world. Published July 25, 2008