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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.

Another Clinton scandal

I have been defamed by Taylor Branch, and he will not reply to my repeated calls for clarification. The defamation takes place in his new book, "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History With the President." The defamation he printed comes from the Boy President himself, so perhaps my reputation will emerge immaculate. By now I think it is pretty clear to all Americans that Bill Clinton tells the truth only when he misspeaks. Published October 16, 2009

White-collar hero

If you happen to be in Manhattan on Monday, do not miss the Columbus Day Parade gliding up Fifth Avenue. It will be a gaudy, joyful affair as always, but it will feature something especially timely. Published October 9, 2009

Freedom from foreign oil

Boone Pickens likes to call it a "game changer," and the game he has in mind is a big one, the game for our global energy security. Boone is the billionaire Texas oilman who years ago warned that the price of oil will continue to go up, price plateau by price plateau - each plateau being higher and more expensive for the American consumer. Published October 2, 2009

The next advent

Was I wrong about him? I have voiced a low opinion of Newt Gingrich since the mid-1990s. It was then that I concluded that Newt was the Republican equivalent of Boy Clinton. That is to say, Newt was a 1960s narcissist of the student government variety. Published September 25, 2009

Absurdity meter overload

My absurdity meter has blown up. The current news has been simply too much for this frail device, which I attach to my television set to give me a daily reading of the news' absurdity content. Published September 18, 2009

Buchanan refights World War II

Sept. 1 was the 70th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's blitzkrieg into Poland and the beginning of World War II. Fifty million people died. Western Europe was devastated. Eastern Europe was more thoroughly devastated and subjected to communist tyranny that for decades seemed invincible and a threat to the Free World, which remained armed and vigilant. Published September 11, 2009

A carousel of incompetence

According to the Gallup Poll, the Prophet Obama's job approval is at its lowest since his coronation. It began at 70 percent. Now it is 51 percent. Equally glum, his disapproval rating has climbed from 11 percent to 42 percent. Published August 28, 2009

A prince of a fellow

It took cancer more than a year to kill Bob Novak, and actually this was the fifth cancer that tried to kill him. Let that stand as a testimonial to how tough this guy was. Published August 19, 2009

From the grisly to the frivolous

Allow me a word of encouragement to our president, Barack Obama. Mr. Obama, you are doing just fine. You wanted to set a new tone in Washington, and you have. You wanted an open debate on health care, and you have it. Admittedly, the tone is astoundingly rancorous, and not incidentally, your approval ratings continue to decline. Published August 14, 2009

The Al Franken shtick

The Minnesota Supreme Court has now ended months of vote fraud and other assorted acts of skullduggery to pronounce Al Franken winner of the state's 2008 senatorial race over Republican Norm Coleman. The process was unseemly, and it is conceivable that the court's justices merely acted out of civic pride. They did not want Minnesota's U.S. Senate races to attain the sort of notoriety attached to aldermanic elections in Chicago or presidential elections in Iran. Published July 3, 2009

TYRRELL: ACLU talks too much

It was my old friend and mentor, Luigi Barzini, who asseverated, "Americans talk too much." He was sitting in the elegant library of his home in Rome. Published May 29, 2009

TYRRELL: Evolution and fuel efficiency

This week, a 47-million-year-old fossil was put on display at New York's American Museum of Natural History. Scientists accorded the event enormous attention, as did the press. Published May 22, 2009

TYRRELL: McAuliffe’s mischief

I see that my chum Terry McAuliffe will be in Virginia's June 9 Democratic primary competing for his party's gubernatorial nomination. Published May 15, 2009

TYRRELL: The snickering of liberals

Is it possible that Justice David H. Souter has sensed what I have sensed in reading the liberals' dutiful adieus to him, their judicial Benedict Arnold? They are all snickering behind their hands. Published May 8, 2009

TYRRELL: Masters of deception

Students of intelligence-gathering will tell you deception and outright lying are essential to the art. Published May 1, 2009

TYRRELL: Obama’s world tour

Stop the presses! Finally, after half a century of staunch disagreement with Fidel Castro, I see the Cuban dictator has rendered a judgment with which I heartily agree. Published April 24, 2009

TYRRELL: Precedent-breaking apologies

Another Democratic president has shattered precedent. Democratic politicians take great pride in shattering American precedents, and they do so with such regularity that it is surprising there are any precedents left to shatter, except, I guess, for the precedents Democrats establish on the ruins of earlier precedents. Published April 17, 2009

TYRRELL: Another tax forgetter

It has happened again! Another Obama appointee has admitted to tax problems. Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has admitted to irregularities in her tax returns extending over the past three years. Published April 3, 2009

TYRRELL: Progress thwarted

Vindication is sweet! During last summer's Olympics, I wrote in this space that the high-tech swimming suits worn by competitive swimmers in the events and manufactured by Speedo with the assistance of NASA scientists were irrelevant to the sport and destined for further controversy. Published March 27, 2009