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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

PRUDEN: Smells from the shadows

Something odd is going on. The Obama campaign boasts of a landslide in the making even as his polling lead slips a point or two, and there's anger bordering on rage when John McCain and Sarah Palin raise questions about Barack Obama's judgment in his unexplored past in Chicago. Published October 10, 2008

PRUDEN: The kitchen sinks are ready

It's October and time to start throwing the kitchen sink. Throwing the kitchen sink is fun because it makes a lot of noise when it shatters against an opponent's head, particularly when the sink is full of dirty dishes. Published October 7, 2008

PRUDEN: Time to bail, saving the villains

Bankers, like politicians and lawyers, are immune from the kinder, gentler impulses that quicken conscience in the rest of us. But sometimes a banker, even on Wall Street, can be thought of too harshly. (Lawyers, not so much. Politicians, never.) Published October 3, 2008

PRUDEN: A job for the right woman

If there's still room under the bus where Barack Obama throws his discards - his white granny, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, William Ayres, Bernadine Dohrn and even Hillary Clinton - that's the right place for Nancy Pelosi. Published September 30, 2008

PRUDEN: Bonnie and Clyde, banking pioneers

Now we see what Bonnie and Clyde could have made of themselves if only they had gone to Harvard Business School. Machine guns and fast getaway cars are not nearly as efficient as computers, lawyers and imaginative accounting. Published September 23, 2008

PRUDEN: No more Wall Street encores

Once upon a time, Wall Street bankers caught in the traps of their own avarice would be searching by now for the taller skyscrapers in town, looking for good places to jump. Published September 16, 2008

PRUDEN: A bad week for a running mate

The rap on Joe Biden is that he's bright, well-meaning and amiable, and when he opens his mouth you never know what's likely to fly out. But sometimes he comes up with interesting ideas. Published September 12, 2008

PRUDEN: The media's gift to McCain/Palin

Ranting at the press is great fun, but usually an exercise for losers, like invoking the spirit of Harry S. Truman on the eve of an election the polls say you're about to lose. Published September 9, 2008

PRUDEN: A live dream for Hillary's women

Hillary's feminists have something new to root for this morning, a compelling reason to clap for Barack Obama with only one dainty hand. The success of John McCain and Sarah Palin in November would likely set up their dream match for 2012. Published September 5, 2008

PRUDEN: No caving for the moose killer

This is where you expect Republicans to cave, to start crawfishing, to surrender convictions in the wan hope that their adversaries will ease up and maybe even say something nice. There's a familiar mantra: "Vote Republican. We're not as bad as you think." Published September 4, 2008

PRUDEN: Fear in a handful of dirt

The little lady from the wild has dispatched rafts of butterflies - the big monarchs - to unsettle the tummies of Democrats. Throwing a handful of dirt at a girl and her mama didn't work the way everybody thought it would. Published September 3, 2008

PRUDEN: The humiliation of a young girl

How mean, how low can a partisan stoop? Mean enough to humiliate a 17-year-old girl at the time she needs sympathy and understanding. Low enough to bruise the broken heart of a girl's mother and to mock a father's affection. Published September 2, 2008

PRUDEN: A little spice for the party

The knock on the Republicans this week in Minnesota is that this is the white-bread party, with no spice, no glitter and no glitz. White bread or not, the Democrats, in the press booths or watching it from a safe distance, can't make toast of it. Published September 1, 2008

PRUDEN: Torch passed to the radicals

Not with a bang but a whimper, the Clinton era ended. An angry and frustrated Bill Clinton could only watch as Hillary's pitifully shrunken delegate numbers were posted on the counting board. Published August 28, 2008

PRUDEN: Clintons' Kennedy model

The lady says all the right things. Bubba is saying some of the right things. They're a hundred percent, maybe more, for Barack Obama. Published August 27, 2008

PRUDEN: Brass knuckles and party unity

There's a good reason why Mr. Dooley always takes a pair of brass knuckles to a Democratic unity meeting. A glass jaw represents opportunity. Published August 26, 2008