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Wesley Pruden

Wesley Pruden

American journalist legend and Vietnam War author James Wesley Pruden Jr. is Editor Emeritus of The Washington Times. Mr. Pruden’s first job in the newspaper business dates back to 1951 as a copyboy at the now defunct Arkansas Gazette where he later became a sportswriter and an assistant state editor. In 1982, he joined The Washington Times, four months after the paper began, as chief political correspondent. He became assistant managing editor in 1983, managing editor in 1985, and editor-in-chief in 1992. He retired in January 2008 and became editor-in-chief-emeritus. Mr. Pruden is known for his coverage of President Ronald Reagan. In 1991, he won the H.L. Mencken Prize for excellence in writing and commentary. Mr. Pruden writes a twice-weekly column on politics and national affairs for The Times.

Articles by Wesley Pruden

Sen. David Vitter

PRUDEN: The scandal card fails in Louisiana

Voters in Louisiana are shockproof, with years of experience weighing the demerits — and even the occasional merits — of their native politicians. They often find the politicians wanting — and want more anyway. The motto of Mardi Gras — "Laissez les bon temps roulez," or "Let the good times roll" — works year-round. Published October 4, 2010

Sen. George Aiken

PRUDEN: It's a refudiation, not a recovery

This was supposed to be Recovery Summer, with all the good things Barack Obama has been doing to stimulate the economy finally kicking in to create jobs, jobs, jobs. But all this messiah has made so far is a mess. Published September 30, 2010

Ronald Reagan

PRUDEN: The killing field for the Democrats

If the Democrats are looking for graveyards to whistle past, taking false courage in the babble of frightened voices, they should find them in the Middle West, where Republicans once owned most of the electoral real estate and Democrats have pried a lot of it out of their grip in recent decades. Published September 27, 2010

PRUDEN: These tea parties are getting rough

There's nothing quite like a slap across the face to get a man's undivided attention. Sometimes, one slap is not enough. The Tea Party seems ready with more slaps, if necessary. Published September 16, 2010

PRUDEN: The time to fight is a time to flee

Here we go again. Republicans just can't help acting like Republicans. Surrender first, fight later, but only if absolutely necessary. It's in their DNA. Published September 13, 2010

Rev. Terry Jones

PRUDEN: Having a little fun with the pious elites

The media created Terry Jones, the Florida storefront preacher who wanted to be Jim Jones without the Kool-Aid, but neither bloggers nor pontificators had a clue to who he is. Published September 9, 2010

**FILE** Nancy Pelosi

PRUDEN: Stealing the strategy to save Nancy Pelosi

Who says bipartisan cooperation in Washington is dead? The Democrats have decided to borrow a nifty Republican strategy for the autumn congressional elections. They're going to run against Barack Obama. Why not? It's working for the Republicans. Published September 6, 2010

Glenn Beck

PRUDEN: Nursing a hangover from a 'tea party'

Knocking the 'tea party' is getting to be a full-time job that not even the president of the United States can manage. Glenn Beck, the resident theologian at Fox, and critics who question his American birth are clearly getting Barack Obama's goat. Published August 30, 2010

John Quincy Adams

PRUDEN: The lonely lives of fruit inspectors

You don't have to be a "mainline" Christian cleric who preaches to empty pews to think the angry skepticism of Barack Obama's faith has gone a rant too far. But it helps. Published August 26, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg

PRUDEN: The 'Zionist plot' to build a mosque

The ground zero mosque, which is stirring such a sandstorm in New York City, isn't so popular in certain precincts of the Middle East, either. Some Muslims there think President Obama and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York are nuts. Impotent and irresolute, too. Published August 23, 2010

PRUDEN: Al and the prince with royal advice

The rich and famous are different from you and me, and a good thing, too. You don't want to get downwind from a lot of their ideas, and sometimes even from themselves. Published August 19, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (Bloomberg News)

PRUDEN: An end not as nigh as we were told

It's the "worst environmental disaster America has ever faced," as President Obama describes it. Lesser mortals call it a "catastrophe" and "calamity." Some call the Gulf oil leak "doomsday for the Gulf of Mexico." Published August 2, 2010