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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.

TYRRELL: Moving past Hillary

Historians will some day piece together precisely what happened in Jerusalem last week when Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. visited Israel to encourage renewed negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinians. Of a sudden, an announcement that Israel was proceeding with the construction of a small number of residential units - 1,600 in a section of Jerusalem with more than 400,000 inhabitants, roughly 181,500 Jewish and 229,000 Muslim - was interpreted as a slap in the face to the United States. Historians will have to decide whether this was an Israeli insult to Washington. Or was it a low-level bureaucratic announcement, long in the works, that assumed undue significance owing to Mr. Biden's visit? Or were partisan forces within Israel or perhaps within the Obama administration manipulating the story? Other possibilities can be conjured. Published March 18, 2010

TYRRELL: Fiddling with talk radio

There has been yet another eruption of violence from what our liberal friends a year or so ago were wont to call "the angry left." However, if you read The Washington Post, you might think this recent outburst of violence came from talk radio. Published March 12, 2010

TYRRELL: Tea Partiers and the ‘angry left’

Whatever happened to the mainstream media's high regard for anger in politics? From roughly the midterm elections of 2006 through the presidential election of 2008, the "angry left" seemed to grow in stature with the media. Liberal pundits spoke of it with a hush of awe. By the election of the Prophet Obama, the angry left had acquired a hallowed public status similar to that of the muckraker or the consumerist, though no consumerist whom I have ever known has been agreeable company. Would you want to sit down to tea with, say, Ralph Nader? Certainly Ralph has never been known for his hearty laugh or elegant manners. Published March 5, 2010

TYRRELL: Hamid Karzai, Chicago Democrat

I am beginning to think of President Hamid Karzai as Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan Democrat. The way he inveighs against troops who are fighting to secure his government in that inhospitable realm sounds very much like Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, inveighing against our troops during the George W. Bush administration. Not only that, but now Mr. Karzai has arrogated for himself a formerly independent Afghan commission whose duty it was to monitor elections for fraud and other irregularities. Last week he signed a decree that henceforth will allow him rather than the United Nations to appoint officials to the Electoral Complaints Commission, which the United Nations set up in the aftermath of Mr. Karzai's rigged re-election. So maybe it would be more appropriate for me to think of him as Hamid Karzai, Chicago Democrat. Published February 25, 2010

TYRRELL: Biden takes on Cheney

This week, the Drudge Report gave emphasis to its lead headline that a CNN poll had found 52 percent of its respondents opposed to the re-election of President Obama by using the boldfaced screamer: "Shock." Who is shocked? The American people are a sensible lot. Frankly, I am not shocked. Published February 18, 2010

TYRRELL: Marketing to American men

In recent years when I have heard the ongoing dirge about the deficiencies of America's young men, I have had my doubts. The Army we have sent abroad to confront some of the most barbaric enemies Western civilization has ever faced is superb. Confronting savages, usually on their own soil, our forces have been professional to the utmost - the Wehrmacht but with democratic values. Withal, they are brave, spirited, manly. Published February 11, 2010

TYRRELL: Acts of the obnoxious

Irving Kristol, the recently deceased godfather of neoconservatism, once said to me, "Fairness is not a liberal value." I thought about his asseveration while observing the liberals' colossal indignation over conservative activist James O'Keefe's entry under false pretenses into the district offices of Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat. Mr. O'Keefe is the merry prankster who entered the offices of the left-wing Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) under the false pretense of being a pimp. Repeatedly, and in ACORN offices across the country, the ACORNiacs counseled this faux pimp on how to be a successful sex entrepreneur. He taped them. The tapes exposed ACORN for the criminal enterprise it has become. Mr. O'Keefe became a hero to some conservatives but a scoundrel to all liberals. Published February 4, 2010

TYRRELL: Savings accounts, not collectivism

Well, you might ask in the aftermath of the Democrats' unseemly frenzy to create a health care reform that restrains expenses and extends health care to those who need or want it, is there an alternative? Through all the Democrats' wheeling, dealing and spilling of red ink, sensible health care innovations have been available. They are modern reforms that have been hammered out in conservative think tanks over the years. Wherever they have been tried, they have shown promise. Yet during the Democrats' Capitol Hill revels, they have hardly been heard of. Allow me to suggest a modest health care alternative to what is commonly called the present Congress' health care monstrosity. Published January 28, 2010

TYRRELL: The lost liberals

With Scott Brown's election to the senatorial seat held by Edward M. Kennedy for 47 years, a few things are suddenly clear. Published January 22, 2010

TYRRELL: Tiger tanks

When I read the other day that lapsed golfer Tiger Woods' nationwide approval rating had fallen from 87 percent to 33 percent, the only conclusion I could draw was that he had been out campaigning for the Democrats' health care plan. According to an interesting piece on him in the current issue of Vanity Fair, the superb golfer now has a disapproval rating of 57 percent. Is this the consequence of his getting too close to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the glacial-faced Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi? No, apparently it is the consequence not of his associating with politicians, but of his living like one. His sex life has been exposed, and it is comparable to that of a particularly virulent germ. Published January 15, 2010

Sanctioning SEALs for Abed cover-up

The editor of the venerable conservative weekly Human Events is causing an admirable ruckus. Jed Babbin, once deputy undersecretary of Defense in the George H.W. Bush administration and now editor of the oldest conservative periodical in the land, is petitioning Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates to dismiss charges against three Navy SEALs for purportedly causing discomfort to one of the most-wanted terrorists in Iraq during his capture in September. Mr. Babbin has more than 90,000 petitioners. Count me in. Published December 25, 2009

Expurgating team names

I am rather sorry that Myles Brand has passed on to his reward. Brand is the fellow who as president of Indiana University gained enormous respect among liberals for ruining the basketball program of that basketball-loving university in that basketball-loving state. He fired basketball coach Bob Knight, one of the sport's greatest coaches, for a minor altercation that was an obvious setup. Published December 18, 2009

‘Spend out’ of recession

Do my eyes deceive me? Did I really see President Obama this week calling for a vast increase in government spending? Published December 11, 2009

Gate-crashing boors

Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton administration's famed servitor, saw it all coming. He predicted the Obama administration's Carousel of Incompetence, as I like to call it. He was not thinking about the serious botches, the health care monstrosity, the spending spree, the criminal trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed planned for New York, the cap-and-trade extravagance. He probably agrees with these policy lurches. Published December 4, 2009

Global Warmists exposed

I assume all readers of this column are aware of polite society's theory of global warming. According to the theory, anthropogenic (once known as "man-made") gases waft into the atmosphere, causing worldwide temperatures to soar and our imminent doom. Published November 27, 2009

Obama and Palin gaffes

What would the mainstream media's response be if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin described China's economic growth to an audience of students in Shanghai as "an accomplishment unparalleled in human history"? That is what the most inexperienced president in modern American history said in Shanghai this week. Published November 20, 2009

Anita Dunn is done

Well, that did not take long! Just weeks after initiating a war of words with Fox News and being exposed as an admirer of Chairman Mao Zedong, Anita Dunn, the White House communications director, is stepping down. I intimated as much a couple of weeks back, when I lumped her in with two other Obama administration zanies who were forced to resign: environmental czar Van Jones and National Endowment for the Arts spokesman Yosi Sergant. Published November 13, 2009

The politics of the obvious

What strikes me about politics over the last couple of years is how obvious it all has been. In 2008, as the junior senator from Illinois campaigned across the country demonstrating his gifts as a motivational speaker and community organizer, all one had to do was review his recent life to know that he was about to bring down on the country - ever so incompetently - the most left-wing government in American history. And so he has - with the utmost incompetence. Think of the paucity of swine flu vaccine, in large part the consequence of his government's meddling with production. Published November 6, 2009

Where the girls are not

These are vexed times. The country is at war on two fronts. Rogue states are edging toward acquiring strategic nuclear weaponry. We have been through a very serious recession from which we may not emerge into the bright morn of economic health for years. The dollar is frail. The future of national health care, finance and corporate governance is in doubt. Yet that is not all. Published October 30, 2009

Dangerous zanies

We are at that delicious moment in a modern Democratic presidential administration when the bizarre fantasticos who decorate each chaotic regime make their painful appearance - though this administration is bringing a whiff of the ominous. Let me explain. Published October 23, 2009