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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: When both look like losers

What happens if it turns out that we've nominated two unelectable candidates for president? Do we get our money back? Published July 15, 2008

PRUDEN: Something else to worry about

Blaming George W. for everything from the dog's mange to an itch in places impolite to scratch is summer fun for a lot of people. So is listening to Barack Obama's gaffes, blunders and splutters. But repetition can make anything boring. Published July 11, 2008

PRUDEN: A pariah leads the way to hell

The only people who shouldn't be surprised by Zimbabwe's descent into the abyss are the people who put them on the road to hell. Published July 1, 2008

PRUDEN: The Court defers to plain language

A nice day's work at the Supreme Court ought to be enough to sober the conservatives who look forward to spending election day sulking because they're unable to fall in love with John McCain. Published June 27, 2008

PRUDEN: Saving us from the race card

So far we haven't seen any evidence that Mr. McCain or the people speaking for him are trying to make anyone afraid of Mr. Obama's race. Published June 24, 2008

PRUDEN: A little trouble with the image

Barack Obama got the polling bump he expected when he clinched the Democratic nomination, but the bump only bumped him to the edge of a shallow but inconvenient ditch. Published June 19, 2008

PRUDEN: Not dead yet, and cooling

We were all supposed to be dead now, done in by AIDS, the gift of the gays. After that it was SARS, bequeathed to the world by China. Then it was avian flu, which, to be fair to the alarmists, did in fact result in the deaths of millions. Published June 17, 2008

PRUDEN: Search for one-eyed man

In the land of the blind, so the ancient philosopher reminds us, the one-eyed man is king. In our own time, the ignorant, the unaware and the witless ride high. Published June 13, 2008

PRUDEN: The faith healer for our time

Barack Obama, without a church since he abandoned the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's congregation of addled bigots, racists and conspiracy nuts, ought to consider starting his own. Having never been inside a church, many of his disciples regard him as the messiah. Published June 10, 2008

PRUDEN: The corpse still won't lie down

The story the boys on the bus want is for Hillary to throw in her crying towel today, at last the last day of the primaries. The symmetry and poetry of it all would bring a tear to any scribe's eye. Everyone is eager to pop the corks on the bubbly. Published June 3, 2008