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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.

A 10-foot bronze statue of Ronald Reagan unveiled July 4 in London as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate? One headline would have it so. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Embassy, London)

TYRRELL: The Gipper and the 'special relationship'

The other morning, I wandered down to Grosvenor Square to see the July 4th unveiling of a statue of President Reagan despite reports that only a handful of people would be there. That invaluable piece of intelligence had been handed down by the Honorable Louis B. Susman, our ambassador to the United Kingdom, who was busy as a director of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team during the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan was staring down the Soviets with his befuddling mixture of amiability and steely resolve that astoundingly "ended the Cold War without firing a shot." That is how then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher memorably put it. She was not astounded, nor was President Nixon or other hawkish Cold Warriors from the era. Published July 7, 2011

TYRRELL: J. Gordon Coogler Award rescinded

Followers of this column have noticed that something is amiss. They have looked to it every week for months with increased frustration. Many have gone back to the March, April, May, and June issues of the American Spectator and pored over every page, but all was for naught. They have not been able to find a trace of the J. Gordon Coogler Award for the Worst Book of the Year, and they know that there were many promising candidates in 2010 for this hallowed recognition. The New York Review of Books was full of them. Published June 30, 2011

Illustration: Horse race

TYRRELL: Presidential race made easy

In the weeks ahead, I shall be in Europe to speak on American politics. What will I say to old Europe? Well, I shall give them my broad view of American politics and end with the present election cycle in which I believe Barack Obama will be retired to private life, though he cannot really conceive of private life. He will continue his public life as he has for all his adult life. That is how Democrats live. He will be a community organizer to the world, as Bill Clinton has become, in the words of MSNBC, "President of the World: The Bill Clinton Phenomenon." Published June 21, 2011

**FILE** Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican (Associated Press)

TYRRELL: The charismatic Michele Bachmann

So there are two. Two pulchritudinous ones, that is. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin are very beautiful, and the feminists ask us, "So what?" Well, they never say "so what" when an attractive male, usually a Democrat, comes on stage. They call him charismatic. Mrs. Bachmann and Mrs. Palin are sufficiently charismatic for me, and both have raised families. Mrs. Bachmann had five children of her own and 23 foster children before entering public life. That is the proper sequence of events: Raise a family, enter public life. Published June 15, 2011

TYRRELL: Bill Clinton Syndrome

They call it BCS, Bill Clinton Syndrome, and it has broken out anew in New York City and Washington, where it was first discovered. As elaborated upon in scholarly detail in the now-famous "Starr Report: The Official Report of the Independent Counsel's Investigation of the President," BCS strikes powerful figures, usually male, who experience lewd compulsions of an over-powering nature, generally in the presence of technology, often the telephone, occasionally a smartphone or even a computer, and usually when they are alone or behind closed doors with a woman of inferior rank. Published June 8, 2011

Illustration: SEAL mask by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: An imposter's complaint

Here we are in the afterglow of another Memorial Day. The flags and the bunting are being put away. The memories endure for another year of our honored dead, of the brave wounded, of the veterans - some grizzled, some still youthful - all deserving their country's gratitude. Then there are the imposters, who often from zilch have created military honors, whole careers, records of heroism and splendid triumphs. What wretches. Published June 1, 2011

Illustration by Gable, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada

TYRRELL: Sex in the city

The facts keep changing. Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK to the cognoscenti), the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is nabbed by New York police on Saturday, having just boarded an Air France flight to Paris. Accused of sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel hotel back in Manhattan hours earlier, he is hustled off the plane. DSK, also the leading candidate against French President Nicolas Sarkozy, is taken into custody, is identified by his alleged victim in a police lineup, and lingers in a Manhattan holding cell. He undergoes some sorts of tests wherein DNA samples are taken from his fingernails and skin - he volunteers for this. Published May 18, 2011

Illustration: Osama bin Laden by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: Bin Laden's last daze

It seems to me that our government had vastly more intelligence on what was going on in Obama bin Laden's ghastly hide-out before sending in SEAL Team 6 last week than they are telling us. President Obama told CBS that the odds in favor of Osama being in the compound were "at best" 55 percent. My guess is that they were closer to 100 percent. Published May 10, 2011

This undated aerial handout image provided by the CIA shows the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan where American forces in Pakistan killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (Associated Press/CIA)

TYRRELL: Papering over credit for bin Laden kill

I, in my innocence, was, in the aftermath of SEAL Team 6's disruption of Osama bin Laden's bucolic life in posh Abbottabad, reading editorial comment by the great newspapers of this republic. As always, the Wall Street Journal was superb, pausing to congratulate President Obama for "ordering a special forces mission rather than settling for another attack with drones or standoff weapons from afar." The Washington Post was, likewise, informative and appreciative of the president's prudent decision to let SEAL Team 6 do its thing, skirting the laws of a sovereign nation and acting unilaterally to put a bullet hole in bin Laden's head. Published May 5, 2011

Illustration: Obama zombies

TYRRELL: Liberalism's death croak

While inspecting the body politic, one encounters one clear sign that liberalism is dead. It is the condition of our political discourse. Polite commentators note that the dialogue is "rancorous." Some say toxic. Actually, it is worse than that. It is nonexistent. From the right, from the sophisticated right, there is an attempt to engage the liberals. Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, just did it by presenting a budget that cried out for intelligent response. President Obama's response was to invite Mr. Ryan to sit in the front row for Mr. Obama's "fiscal policy" speech at George Washington University. There, Mr. Obama heaped scorn on an astonished Mr. Ryan and his work. He did not even mention Mr. Ryan's name. This is what Mr. Obama calls an "adult" debate? Published April 27, 2011

** FILE ** Rep. Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and House Budget Committee chairman. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

TYRRELL: Ryan to the rescue?

Why is it that Donald Trump is a creditable candidate with a significant segment of Republican voters? In some polls, he runs ahead of all Republicans save Mitt Romney, and all I have heard him say is that he wants to see our president's birth certificate. Imagine if he would ask to see budget cuts from the president or revenue enhancements. Published April 20, 2011

Illustration: Gas by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: The Boone Pickens Bill

Last week was the culmination of a process begun years ago. A bill was introduced in Congress that can end American dependence on foreign oil. What is called the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act - more simply put, the Nat Gas Act - came to Congress on April 6. It had bipartisan support. It ought to pass and pass promptly. It could be called the Boone Pickens Bill. Published April 13, 2011

Illustration: Obama race 2012 by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: The race is on

I see that President Obama has filed as a candidate for re-election in 2012. I had suggested that he get to work early on his presidential library and forgo the race, but he is insistent. Well, I tried. Published April 6, 2011

Illustration by William Brown

TYRRELL: Asserting the nonexistent

Monday night I attended a public policy discussion sponsored, not surprisingly, by the American Spectator - I say not surprisingly because I have been attending these meetings for roughly 30 years and always come away with fresh ideas. They are meant to ventilate ideas, and now that a presidential election is drawing near, we are inviting presidential candidates as our special guests to float their ideas by our assembled luminaries. Published March 30, 2011

Illustration: Henry Wallace and Obama

TYRRELL: Obama gives war a go

Well, it's official. The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has asked the Nobel Prize Committee to take back President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize owing to Mr. Obama's missile strikes in Libya. The head of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, also has weighed in, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is really in a snit. This is the best news Col. Moammar Gadhafi has had in weeks. Published March 23, 2011

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

TYRRELL: Barbour out on the hustings

There finally are some rustlings on the hustings - you will pardon my attempt at poetry. Republican presidential hopefuls are moving about in places like Iowa and New Hampshire - does that clarify my admittedly amateur attempt at rhyme? I simply could not resist. Published March 16, 2011

Illustration: NPR on the melt by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: National Public Radical

It is a bloodbath over at NPR. First this pinhead, Ron Schiller, resigns after initially being defended by NPR, then by the end of the day Tuesday, he's given the shuffalo to Buffalo. Then Vivian Schiller, no relation to Ron Schiller, resigns the next day as chief executive officer and president of NPR. Ron Schiller was caught on tape saying NPR did not need its subsidy from the federal government to survive, but I guess the board of directors of NPR is taking no chances. Off with both of the Schillers' heads. Published March 10, 2011

Illustration: Coed wrestling by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

TYRRELL: She touched you where?

A frotteur is someone - usually male - who takes aberrant pleasure in rubbing his fully clothed groin area against someone else - usually female - generally in a public place, say a subway, perhaps a funeral parlor. The frotteur is a pretty weird duck. The word is obviously French in derivation, and it unsurprisingly has an arty origin. Frottage is "the technique or process of taking a rubbing from an uneven surface" according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "as a point of departure for a work of art." Published March 2, 2011

TYRRELL: Clinton and the episodic apologists

Frankly, I did not think of Chris Matthews as an episodic apologist until I watched his MSNBC documentary, "President of the World: The Bill Clinton Phenomenon," this week. The episodic apologists were a familiar fixture of the Clinton administration, much as the court historians were a fixture of the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Whereas the court historians could always be relied upon to spin history FDR's heroic way, the episodic apologists always end up slobbering all over the Clintons - albeit with a twist. Published February 23, 2011

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks on the subject of public service reform at the Royal Society of Arts in London Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, pool)

TYRRELL: Multiculturalism has failed

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has joined the chorus. The other day, he said, "My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure." The "it" was multiculturalism, and he was on French national television. In pronouncing multiculturalism defunct, the French president joins German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Spain's former Premier Jose Maria Aznar and, most recently, British Prime Minister David Cameron in heaving a failed policy into history's dustbin. The question is: What will replace it? Or actually, another question arises: How did multiculturalism ever become a policy of these European countries anyway? Published February 16, 2011