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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

Ron Wyden (Associated Press)

The churls and their denial and grief

Life is not fair to losers, or the critics of Donald Trump, and the way he won the presidency. He just won't stand still and give the rotten eggs a chance to hit their mark. Published December 1, 2016

Donald Trump (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The melting of campus snowflakes

Academic freedom, once so popular in the faculty lounges, appears to be optional on many campuses where college presidents wilt under the first squeals of snowflakes. Published November 28, 2016

Sen. Jeff Sessions (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The agony of watching the transition

What we used to call "the press," before the newspapers aspired to be part of the professional class with its inflated titles and airs, is never happy. Nor should it be. The press is a demanding and cranky lot by definition, and now they're something called "the media." Marshall McLuhan, who invented the concept if not the word, must never be forgiven. Published November 24, 2016

Rudy Giuliani (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Chaos in transition, business as usual

The Democrats and their media acolytes keep sorting through the entrails of road kill looking for clues to find the disaster to unmake the making of the president. So far nothing has worked. Published November 17, 2016

Bill Clinton campaigning in 2016    Associated Press photo

The Clintons and a long goodbye to Arkansas

This has been a bad year for dreams of dynasties. The Bush dynasty has been dismantled with Jeb, who was the first favored son, writing finis to the family dream of a trifecta. Published November 14, 2016

Dan Quayle (Associated Press)

Drowning the elites in the gene pool

The 2016 elections are a gift that keeps on giving, and nothing has been sweeter than watching the chattering class being taken back to school. Rarely has smug arrogance been so sharply rebuked. It's delicious to watch. Yum, yum. Published November 10, 2016

Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A day to separate the losers

This is the day that divides winners and losers, and it's fashionable to say it's about time. But watching the losers of aught-16 do it unto themselves was the best part of the show. Published November 7, 2016

Ronald Reagan campaigning in 1980

Reprising Hillary's choke of 2008

Choking is never pretty to watch, whether by a football team, in a child or by a political candidate suddenly running in blind panic. Nobody does the choke better than Hillary Clinton. Published November 3, 2016

FBI Director James B. Comey. (Associated Press)

Now, or later, the Clintons are toast

Donald Trump is learning at long last that when your opponent is destroying himself -- or herself -- you should get out of his way. The opponent deserves ample room to do the deed. The Donald is taking the high road past Hillary Clinton's hell week. Published October 31, 2016

Trig Dommer, 4, of Sioux Falls, checks out the voting booth next to his mom Naomi Dommer as she fills out her ballot during the South Dakota Primary Election, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Joe Ahlquist/Argus Leader via AP)

A suspicious wind in the rigging

There's no such thing as voter fraud, as the Democrats and right-thinking press mavens have been telling us for weeks, but some curious things are happening out there in flyover country. Some of the assurances that all is well on the old ship of state have been caught in what looks suspiciously like the rigging. Published October 27, 2016

John Podsesta (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The coming media settlement with Hillary

There's no one more repentant and eager to promise reform than the town drunk coming off a week at the bottom of a bottle. Some of "the top political reporters in the country," as they think of themselves, will be soon looking for similar redemption. Published October 24, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage for the third presidential debate at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary as ladies' fashion leader. Who knew?

Nobody has accused Hillary Clinton of setting an example of how to dress for success, and certainly not for fun. She's clearly no Melania Trump. But she may be assisting the Chinese in bringing back "the Mao suit." She probably shouldn't expect a standing ovation from men. Published October 20, 2016

LBJ (Associated Press)

Could the Donald get lost in the rigging?

Donald Trump says the November election may be "rigged" against him, and nearly half the voters in one public-opinion poll agrees with him. Even more voters than that say they're not confident their votes will be accurately counted. Published October 17, 2016

Michelle Obama (Associated Press)

Trash talk and the White House

The darndest people have ants in their pants in the wake of the revelations of Donald Trump's vulgar trash talk. Who knew such behavior still had the power to offend? Published October 13, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hillary and the art of the dirty mouth

Cussin' and talkin' dirty is ugly stuff, ugliest of all in the mouths of women, who, despite everything the feminists can do to insist on equality (with a few caveats), are usually a little more refined than men. Most of them. Most of the time. Published October 10, 2016

In this Dec. 10, 2009, file photo, President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama poses with his medal and diploma at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at City Hall in Oslo. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)

If this is peace, why fear war?

Barack Obama will soon be gone, banished to a smaller house down the street from the mosque, and peace, alas, will not be upon him. The anti-war president leaves behind a world with more war than it had when he first moved into the White House. Published October 6, 2016

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Feb. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

And now the season of October surprises

The season of "the October surprise" is hard upon us, but this year we're getting the October surprise on the installment plan. There's a medium-sized surprise with the morning paper every day. Published October 3, 2016

Barack Obama      Associated Press photo

Rough justice for Obama and the Saudis

Throwing a stone at Saudi Arabia, where stoning women is the national sport, is great fun, and nobody deserves an occasional stoning like the Saudis, just to let the king and his legion of princes know how it feels. Published September 29, 2016