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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.

Robert H. Ferrell   The Washington Times

Death of a historian, Robert H. Ferrell

On August 8 one of the great historians of his generation, and — for a certitude — one of the great teachers of any generation, passed away, Robert H. Ferrell. He was 97. Some thought he was too old to die, but nonetheless he worked to the end. When he retired from Indiana University we thought he would quietly subside. He did not. He continued to write. Even after pulling up stakes and heading off to Michigan to live with his daughter he continued to write. The result was that he wrote or edited more than 60 books, but books were not his only area of fecundity. As I said, he was a great teacher. Published August 21, 2018

Burqa Letter Box Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Lay off Boris Johnson, and us for that matter'

A fellow Spectatorian is under enemy fire, and we all must rally around him, particularly because he has done nothing wrong and because if those attacking him triumph we shall all suffer. The cause is free speech. The free speech that is endangered is in Great Britain, but if the forces of censorship win in London it is only a matter of time before the forces of censorship will be bringing their muzzles to our shores. Published August 14, 2018

Illustration on charges of political and criminal malfeasance right and left by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How we got here

Did you see this Wall Street Journal front-page headline on Monday? It read, "Profits Soar as Economy Advances." That headline will probably be the most important headline of the week. It certainly is of colossal importance. Published August 7, 2018

Illustration on the rising fatigue for Trump's critics by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Some relief for Trump

It has been a pretty good week for Donald Trump. The economy is growing faster than anyone on the left or in the middle or among the Never Trumpers believed possible. Published July 31, 2018

Illustration on never-Trumpers' opposition by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The future site of the Never-Trumpers' museum

Here is my World Exclusive for the week. The Secret Service adores its boss, President Donald Trump. Some government employees may be a bit wobbly in their loyalty to the president but not the Secret Service. Never Trumpers, remember the Secret Service's steadfast loyalty, when next you contemplate a coup. For that matter, George Will, remember the Secret Service's ardor for the president, when next you compose an indignant column. Published July 24, 2018

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Peter Strzok

Calling for declassifying documents

Mr. Strzok looked like a cocky crook testifying to Congress about a failed con job. His appearance was utterly astounding. He actually smirked at the assembled elected officials of government. He smirked from morning until late in the afternoon when Congress finally adjourned, though admittedly by late in the afternoon the wind was pretty much out of his sails, and his smiling face most assuredly ached. He looked deflated, and if he was eager for anything it was for the exit and the arms of his FBI paramour Lisa Page. Published July 17, 2018

How Perkins Coie plans to get Jim Jordan

Have you been keeping up with the charges against Congressman Jim Jordan? They first wafted from the swamp around July 3, when NBC News quoted three former wrestlers as saying the congressman had to know about "inappropriate" behavior by an Ohio State University team physician toward some Ohio State wrestlers. Published July 10, 2018

Illustration on negative results to Democrats from connecting to socialism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What a difference a week makes

Happy Birthday America! Sing "Yankee Doodle!" Light firecrackers! March in a parade! We have something to celebrate this year. What a difference a week makes. Published July 3, 2018

George Will in Pieces Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why George Will is down and out

I have in my office a framed note from Donald Trump. It says, "Bob, Now We Really Did It. Thanks For All Of Your Help!" The note is dated Jan. 13, 2017. He was responding to my congratulatory email to him earlier acknowledging that indeed he "did it." Published June 26, 2018

Black Cat News Story Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Scott Pruitt and the return of the Black Cat news story

Do you remember when we called those utterly frivolous though dreadfully ominous news stories of yesteryear Black Cat news stories? They filled the media in the 1980s during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Not a week passed when a Reaganite was not being hounded by reporters for committing some minor misdeed or often no misdeed at all, for instance, forgetting to wash one's hands after lunch or neglecting to hold the door for a lady. That was back in the days when it was permissible to call a lady a lady, and her gender was a matter of fact not of litigation. Published June 19, 2018

Illustration on Charles Krauthammer by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The passing of an important voice

On Friday, Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative journalist and writer, released a noble statement to the public. Its final words were: Published June 12, 2018

Under the Bed Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Bill Clinton emerges from under his bed

During the current hysteria about sexual harassment within elite circles, one of the most revered of our elites, Bill Clinton, has been hiding under his bed. He has not been seen in public for eight months. Published June 5, 2018

Illustration on conspiracy theories about the RFK assassination by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Re-examining the RFK assassination

I have never believed in conspiracy theories. Though some critics have lumped me in with conspiracy theorists excogitating on Clinton aide Vince Foster's death in Fort Marcy Park and other such phantasmagorias, I plead innocence. Published May 29, 2018

Tom Wolfe in the 1980's   Associated Press photo

A luminary of language fades away

On May 14 a star failed to come out. Tom Wolfe passed away that day. With his passing the conservative movement lost its greatest social critic, and America lost one of its greatest novelists. As a writer Tom was his own man. He died as he lived, on his terms, or at least as much on his terms as a man can have it. Published May 22, 2018

Illustration on the left in newspapers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Americans don't read newspapers

I once did a weekly column for The Washington Post. It appeared on Mondays, and was picked up in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, possibly Chicago and I believe Bull Snort, Georgia. It ran in a lot of newspapers, but that was many years ago. Things were different in America. Liberals were different then. For one thing liberals were liberal. Published May 15, 2018

Illustration on John Kerry's renegade diplomatic efforts on behalf of the Iran nuclear deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The delusions and collusions of the Hon. Kerry

There is a whiff of the absurd about former Secretary of State Jean-Francois Kerry's recent "aggressive yet stealthy mission" to New York City. "Aggressive yet stealthy" is how the Boston Globe described his mission, though to serious observers of this elongated buffoon the diplomatic mission was also comic. His return to diplomacy was as comic as his episodes of hang-gliding while running for president, mad bicycling jaunts across Europe in what looked like his underpants, and recreational surfing — all while ostensibly on duty. Published May 8, 2018

Amazon Enters the Pharmaceutical Market Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Climbing the health care mountain

Milton Friedman was not only a brilliant economist — a Nobel laureate in fact — but he was a gifted writer. In his 1962 book, "Capitalism and Freedom," he presciently explained how health care costs were going to leap out of control over the next decades. Sure enough they did. They multiplied from spending roughly one of every 20 dollars on health care in the 1960s to spending roughly one of every 5 dollars on healthcare today. Published May 1, 2018

Liberal Media on Cable Television Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The angry left and its adversaries

Has it been noted that the country's political disagreements are becoming increasingly violent? About 15 years ago "the angry left" appeared on the scene, and its indignant members got a lot of attention from the media. The enormous volume of press attention signaled the media's manifest approval, if sotto voce. Next came the Occupiers' movement, and again these ruffians came with the media's approval, at least sotto voce. Then gun-toting cowards began shooting people for humanitarian reasons, and the media did not know what to think. The assassination attempt on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his colleagues comes to mind. Published April 24, 2018

Voting for a Communist Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The wrath of the frustrated elites

William Casey was my lawyer. One day I came into my office and found a large man sitting on my desk. I greeted him amiably, and he greeted me amiably. Yet, he was still siting on my desk. At some point in our meeting we settled into a more conventional seating arrangement, and Bill began to tell me about the world as he analyzed it at the time, the late 1970s. I then made two decisions. If Bill agreed to be my lawyer I could take on anyone. What is more, he knew prodigious amounts about the world. He had brought charts and maps. He would be my foreign policy adviser. Published April 17, 2018

Illustration of Larry Kudlow by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Larry Kudlow to the rescue

The markets are on edge. Yet, then again, inflation is low, employment is high — in the case of blacks and Latinos historically high — and growth is healthy and looking to become very healthy. Dare we say it, robust? The reason for the edginess in the markets is that President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on Communist China and threatens to impose still more tariffs. There is talk of a trade war. That should worry any champion of free markets. Published April 10, 2018