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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.

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

Illustration on the artistic side of the Neanderthals by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Picasso was a Neanderthal. Wasn't he?

There have been some very auspicious developments in human evolutionary studies that ought to allow us a welcome respite from my usual political ramblings in this space. Published April 3, 2018

Brenner Getting Intel from the Brits Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Partisanship and John Brennan's plot

What passes for the current wisdom today contains a great deal of solemn slop. Yet there are some solemnities in the current wisdom that one assumes are legitimate. For instance, it is said that today partisanship is more intense than it has been since — I suppose — the Civil War, or at least since the days of Sen. Joe McCarthy. Americans on the left, the right, and those treading water in the middle cannot agree on anything. Well, I would have said this was a bit far-fetched until last week. That was when I experienced partisanship for myself. Published March 27, 2018

Illustration on ongoing reform at the FBI by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Goodbye, Andrew McCabe, and no more tears

Last week, if you follow the soap opera drama that the mainstream media has orchestrated against the Trump administration, you got your money's worth. As the week progressed Andrew McCabe, the departing deputy FBI director, was almost frantic. He was running from office to office at the Justice Department in a frenzy to save his pension before retiring. Published March 20, 2018

Illustration of Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

#MeToo, the Hillary and Monica edition

There is a growing debate on the left over whose side to take in the simmering controversy between Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton or the Clintons (plural), depending on how long Hillary remains loyal to Bill or, come to think of it, how long Bill remains loyal to Hillary. Truth be known, she might be in even hotter water than Bill at this moment. Published March 13, 2018

Stopping the Tariffs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump and free trade

President Donald Trump has had a splendid first year in office. He has the economy moving again and at a healthy pace, 2.6 percent in the most recent quarter. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and the economic signs are mostly healthy. Published March 6, 2018

Illustration of Steve Bannon by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

Me and my garbage man

It has been at least 10 years since I stopped by American conservatism's largest and gaudiest national jamboree, the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC. Published February 27, 2018

Illustration on accusations of racism at Penn State by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Professor Amy Wax and the Brownshirts on campus

Recently a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in league with a professor at the University of San Diego Law School made bold to write an essay for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her name is Amy Wax, and I have no idea what her politics might be. That she has gained tenure at Penn suggests that she is a liberal, but that is about all I know about her. If she were teaching when I was in college back in the 1960s she almost certainly would have been a liberal. There were very few conservatives back then. Published February 20, 2018

Valentine's Day Shell Game Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Following the Clintons' final con

For years I have been saying that the Clintons lie when they do not have to, and they tell a gigantic whopper when a little white lie would be perfectly adequate. This time-honored observation explains many of their past run-ins with the law. Published February 13, 2018