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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.

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

Illustration Free Speech by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Keep free speech free

I am grateful to George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley for pointing out that a growing number of world leaders find the First Amendment's right of free speech to be an inconvenience. Published October 17, 2012

Heng Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore

TYRRELL: Beholding the essential Obama

Well, apparently, I am not crazy after all. The polls have caught up with me, and they -- after the debate -- are coming around to my point of view. Mitt Romney is ahead in the race for the White House, and, let me add, he probably will be residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in 2013. Published October 10, 2012

Christopher Columbus

TYRRELL: Kudos to Columbus

Autumn in New York -- that sounds like the title of a song. In fact, it sounds like the first line of a song, and so it is. Autumn is a lovely time of year in many places, but for me, my favorite place at this time of year is New York City. Published October 3, 2012

Illustration: Obama's truth by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: More reasons for Obama to go

Now that Mitt Romney has revealed the details of his tax returns, it is high time that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reveal the details of his relationship with the cow that was linked to him in a world exclusive right here in this very column last month. Published September 26, 2012

Tunin Moscow, Russia

TYRRELL: Close down those embassies

Allow me to offer a suggestion as to how our government might avoid the slaughter of our personnel by mobs in diplomatic installations around the Islamic world. Published September 19, 2012

Illustration Polling by John Camejo for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Obama's polls tax credibility

Nuts. The Democratic National Convention is over. Watching Bill Clinton, Jean-Francois Kerry, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and all the other preposterosities -- not least being the widely underdepreciated Sandra Fluke -- I fell under a spell. Published September 12, 2012

Illustration: Obama shrinks

TYRRELL: Dimness of the Democrats

At this Democratic National Convention I am particularly interested in the crowds on the floor. Who cares about what Bill Clinton says? He does not mean it anyway. In the 1990s, he governed like a Republican after saying that "the age of big government is over." Incidentally, he governed pretty well. Published September 5, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Who speaks for reform in Islam?

How little we know about holy Islam. When those poor wretches who were imprisoned at Abu Ghraib were pictured for all the world to see naked with underpants on their heads, we were told that the naked male Islamic body must never be seen in public. Published August 29, 2012

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TYRRELL: Obama's looking for the moron vote

It has been a very rough patch for Our President, and I do believe it is going to get rougher still. Do not be surprised as the month goes on and August runs into September, that his campaign budget becomes tighter. President Obama is spending more money than he is raising. It will get worse. Published August 22, 2012

Illustration Reid Loves Cows by John Camejo for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Harry Reid's cow and Joe Biden's parrot

Aweek passes, and thus far Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has yet to tell us whether he is or is not having sexual relations with a cow. As was reported in this column last week, based on sources in the field, Mr. Reid has been involved with the cow for at least three months, possibly more. Published August 15, 2012

Illustration: Donkey by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Of Democrats and distractions

Now it can be told. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, despite his lofty position in the U.S. Senate and despite being married to a very nice woman, has been having sex with a cow for at least three months, maybe more. Published August 8, 2012