My agents report that President George W. Bush is even now contemplating a memoir. When it comes to writing a memoir, I humbly submit that even a commander in chief should take counsel from an editor in chief, especially if the editor in chief is an admirer. Published December 12, 2008
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
Articles by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
There is a condign symmetry about this financial crisis. A government-induced crisis is getting a government-insured resolution. Published November 28, 2008
Somewhere in his very interesting Journals 1952-2000, the late historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. erupts with the observation that history is unfailingly interesting. Over the years I delighted in disagreeing with Mr. Schlesinger, but on this I am in hearty accord. History is always interesting. Even when not much is happening, history is interesting. Published November 21, 2008
What a wonderful morn! Campaign '08 is a corpse. Step gently around it. Offer a gentle wave of the hand to those poor wretches over in the corner looking forlorn and lost. Those are the political junkies. They have awakened every day for almost two years eager for the electioneering fray: Published November 7, 2008
Though I cannot recall ever endorsing a presidential candidate I am going to do so in this column. Published October 31, 2008
So intense have the Republicans' suspicions of their Democratic rivals become in the last weeks of this presidential race that they are now accusing the delightful Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, of withholding the results of his brain scans from his recently released medical records. Published October 24, 2008
How is it that Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has been badly damaged by this financial crisis while the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, is successfully presenting himself as a financial genius, capable of working Christ's miracle of the loaves and fishes on our economy? Published October 17, 2008
How is it that an attractive woman who has been involved in state and local government since the early 1990s without much controversy is now passed off in the media as an airhead? Published October 10, 2008
Years from now, in journalism schools, they will call it the "Taranto Principle." At least that is what they will call it, if they still have journalism schools years from now. Published September 25, 2008
In this election year, "change" has been the catnip of the liberals. It renders them blissful. Change will put an end to the dominance of American politics by the "Washington insiders." And the instrumentality of that "change" will be a first-term senator of unassailable probity, Sen. Barack H. Obama, who curiously enough began his career a decade ago in Chicago as a cog in the political machine of Mayor Richard Daley. Published September 5, 2008
I believe I made a mistake when I decided not to attend the Democratic National Convention. The consequence of that decision has been that I have had to watch its highlights on national television. Published August 29, 2008
It has been a mixed week for Sen. Barack H. Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate. On the one hand, a Reuters/Zogby poll announced the junior senator from Illinois' 7-point lead over Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, has dissolved into a 5-point deficit. Mr. McCain now leads him 46 percent to 41 percent. On the other hand, the media have discovered Mr. Obama's long-lost half-brother, George Hussein Onyango (also spelled Owango) living quietly in Kenya. Among the rustics who compose the Democratic base, this discovery can only help Mr. Obama. Published August 22, 2008