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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.

Illustration on the negating of Trump votes by Republicans by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Inadvertent Conservatives for Hillary

I have coined another neologism to go along with those I have coined over the years. For instance, Kultursmog for a political culture utterly polluted by the left's politics, Black Cat News Story for a news story that the mainstream media hope will sink a conservative candidate, Boy Clinton for you know who, Bruno for his wife whom a former director of the FBI likened to a member of organized crime. Published July 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton, certifiable. Illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's lying is the behavior of a sociopath

When Great Britain's Boris Johnson was forced out of the running to replace David Cameron as prime minister by an act of the utmost treachery, the civilized minority on both sides of the Atlantic knew that we had only one candidate left to deliver us amusement and a dramatic shift to good government, Donald Trump. Published July 19, 2016

Illustration on Obama's devisive rhetoric by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Presidential blather in time of tragedy

Race is what you make of it. For me I have made race a part of what social scientists once called the "melting pot," by which they meant that differences of ethnicity and even of race were all melted down into one great variegated country called America. Published July 12, 2016

Mr. Potato Head Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fact checker fandango

I see that CNN is calling upon the good offices of Mr. Potato Head to refute Donald Trump's evisceration of Hillary Clinton in his speech last Wednesday. Mr. Potato Head is very indignant that Peter Schweizer has written a book, "Clinton Cash," demonstrating that a pattern of corruption exists in the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton State Department. Published June 27, 2016

Illustration on Clinton money by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What Donald Trump has learned

It has now been a year since Donald Trump formally became a politician and declared his candidacy for the nation's highest office. Actually, it has been a little over a year, because he was considering it for months before he declared from Trump Tower on June 16, 2015. What has he learned? Published June 21, 2016

50 origami birds made by Samantha Brouwer and Gabrielle Grace sit around a rainbow flag during a vigil honoring the Orlando shooting victims hosted by the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Monday, June 13, 2016. A gunman has killed dozens of people in a massacre at a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Preventing another Orlando

The Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, and now Orlando -- it goes on and on, as Donald Trump might say. And it is going to continue to get worse, as Mr. Trump already has said. He is the most prescient campaigner in this race for the presidency. Published June 14, 2016

Illustration on the state of intellectual life on the nation's college campuses by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The life of the lost mind

Looking back through the years, I have seen it all coming: the militant ignorance strutting across our college campuses today, the authoritarian style of the administrators, the mediocrity of the professors, the sheer goofiness of the students. Published June 7, 2016

American Tradition Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The state of our tradition

Madrid -- One thing that conservatives overlook in their worldview is tradition. We favor limited government, free enterprise, the social issues, a strong defense, but as to the basic theme of tradition we slide over it. Russell Kirk, an important conservative thinker from the recent past, favored tradition and he wrote about it, but I cannot think of another prominent thinker in recent years who stressed it. Published May 24, 2016

Theatrical poster for "Clinton Cash"

A movie for Clintonites

A couple of weeks ago I heard the National Symphony perform Shostakovich's symphony commemorating war and revolution, his Symphony 11. There was not much lyricism to it, not even a dulcet tune one could leave the symphony hall whistling. It was all ominous rumbling and groaning, with the tympani madly thundering away. Published May 17, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's crumbling legal situation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A conservative crack-up, or Hillary's?

Last week the exigent news story was all about the conservative crack-up, which pleased me. I wrote a book titled "The Conservative Crack-Up" many moons ago, though I had a lot more facts in my book than you will find in all the news reports that appeared last week. Moreover, my crack-up had a happier ending for conservatives than the crack-up predicted last week for contemporary conservatives. Published May 10, 2016

The Greek Barber Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Haircuts and Hillary

If I were to confess my prejudice for Greek barbers, what would be said of me? Well, it depends on where I said it. If were in Athens when I said that I prefer Greek barbers, my preference would be perfectly understandable. I might even become an instant celebrity. Published May 3, 2016

When Britain can't be Britain

President Obama on Friday at a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron convinced me whether or not the British should stay in the European Union. The vote is on June 23. On Friday our president also penned a column in the Daily Telegraph, Britain's equivalent of The Washington Times and The Wall Street Journal. Published April 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders      The Washington Times

Crazy Bernie's missed opportunity

It comes down to this. Crazy Bernie Sanders is running for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton because no other Democrat would stick his/her/its neck out. Hillary was billed as "Hillary the Inevitable" and the rest of the gullible Democrats believed it. Published April 19, 2016

Illustration on the Clinton campaign reaction to Black lives Matter by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Denouncing their own legacy

Over the last few days former President Bill Clinton displayed one of the salient weaknesses of our famously weak contemporary politicians. He did this even while reminding Americans of one of his rare lapses into true leadership, his 1994 bipartisan legislation to lower crimes rates, particularly in the inner city. Published April 12, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan's road ahead

The speaker of the House, the Hon. Paul Ryan, recently expressed his hope for a "confident America." He went on to say, "We don't shut people down. If someone has a bad idea, we tell them why our idea is better. We don't insult them into agreeing with us." He spoke of the superiority of persuasion to execration. Published March 29, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in the atrium of the Old Post Office Pavilion, soon to be a Trump International Hotel, Monday, March 21, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Learning to say 'President Trump'

People on the left are forever thinking well about themselves when they exalt the lowly poor. When they cry out for world peace. When they declaim over race. As these Americans on the left prattle on about their alleged noble ends -- as opposed to the means to those ends -- some American conservatives have grown downright envious. Published March 22, 2016

Protesters and Chicago police outside the Democrat Party convention 1968       Associated Press photo

1968 all over again

I have been an attentive observer of political protests for many moons. You might say I was present at the creation. For me, that would be back in 1968 at Chicago's Grant Park. Published March 15, 2016

The Daeth of Liberalism Redux Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'The Death of Liberalism,' updated

I wrote a book in 2011 with the felicitous title "The Death of Liberalism." The book's title pretty much said it all. By 2011, the ideology of Adlai Stevenson, of Hubert Humphrey, of Daniel Patrick Moynihan had expired. In the book I explained why liberalism was dead. Published March 1, 2016

Illustration on the need for more conservative faculty at Georgetown Law by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A pother at Old Georgetown

I am certainly glad that The Washington Post reported on a controversy at Georgetown University last week, which was created by the sad death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Thanks to that informative report, I am canceling my million-dollar bequest to old Georgetown and channeling it elsewhere, probably to Donald Trump's super PAC, if I can find his super PAC. Published February 23, 2016

Hillary the Unready Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Hillary the Inevitable'

Recall if you will those unforgettable royal figures from yesteryear with their peculiar cognomens. Some of my favorites are Ethelred the Unready, a famously tardy English king from the Middle Ages. Or how about Charles the Bald, the Holy Roman emperor whose glabrous head was widely remarked in his time and still is to this very day? Published February 16, 2016