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  • Make Way for Hillary 2.0

    05/22/2014 9:57:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- As I reflect on the "inevitable" presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton, I try to put it in historic context. She lacks the shifty eyes, darting hither and yon at her audience and the assembled press corps. Her brow betrays no beads of sweat. Nor is there any noticeable perspiration on her upper lip. She has never exactly said, "I'm not a crook." Though she has certainly slipped up with plenty of other maladroit pronunciamentos, from her famous 1992 boast, "I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies," to her more recent rant before a Congressional...
  • Another Noble Quest With No Solution

    05/15/2014 9:36:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- The arrival last week of the enormous -- 829 pages! -- and laborious U.S. National Climate Assessment, a report put together by 300 American worrywarts, reminds me of a little noted fact. The American left has no practical solution for many of the problems that agitate it, and that its neurotics hope will agitate us. Put another way, the left is given to setting the American people off on noble quests for which there is no solution. A case in point is global warming or climate change. The global warmists -- mostly drawn from the left -- may...
  • An Academic Fraud Exposed

    03/13/2014 5:01:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- From time to time, I put down my duties of writing about politics and other human follies and pick up a book, often a book of poetry, often by W. B. Yeats. The other night I read Yeats' poem "The Fiddler of Dooney." It is a little masterpiece, but then Yeats wrote so many masterpieces. It begins: "When I play on my fiddle in Dooney, Folk dance like a wave of the sea; My cousin is priest in Kilvarnet, My brother in Mocharabuiee. " And on it dances for a few more stanzas, delighting the eye and the...
  • New Benghazi Witnesses

    02/27/2014 2:31:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- National Security Advisor Susan Rice appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday and said that when she had appeared on several news outlets back in September 2012 to state that the attack on an American diplomatic installation in Benghazi was a "spontaneous reaction" to an American-made film that appeared on YouTube she had used "the best information we [the White House] had at the time." Senator John McCain responded to her statement Sunday that it left him "almost speechless." The Arizona Republican said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that "I'm almost speechless, because it's patently obvious, first of...
  • Welcome to the Presidential Race, Hillary

    02/13/2014 11:28:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- It is happening again. The media tell us there is a huge groundswell of support for Hillary to run for the presidency in 2016. Already an enormous political action committee has been formed. She is again -- as she was in 2008 -- the Inevitable Candidate and, by the way, the Inevitable President. Moreover, the mainstream media are, of course, with her. These are what I have been calling for over 20 years the media's Episodic Apologists. Their professional lives have followed a well-worn arc since at least 1992 when the Clintons first emerged nationally -- though the...
  • Woman of the Year (?)

    01/02/2014 9:38:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- "What you're seeing is how a civilization commits suicide," observes Camille Paglia, the learned iconoclast and professor of humanities at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She made that observation in a lengthy interview with The Wall Street Journal, the highbrow newspaper that proves daily that intelligent journalism in America is neither dead nor near bankruptcy as long as it holds to the right values. Paglia was talking about our civilization, and I have nothing to add save one caveat. I recall the late 1970s, when America was pretty much in a heap. Suddenly, along came the...
  • The Liars Club - Obama's lying goes back to Ayers

    12/05/2013 4:55:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | December 5, 2013 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    WASHINGTON—It is now apparent that our President has lied to us. He lied when he crooned soothingly about improving the healthcare of millions of Americans through vast changes in health policy that would actually lower their costs. Those costs are now going up, and they are going up for almost everyone. They will not come down. He lied when he said we could keep our present healthcare policy. Those policies are rapidly disappearing. He lied again when he said we could keep our doctors. He lied when he said his plan would not involve rationing. I could go on, but...
  • Crony Capitalism: The 1960s Generation’s Legacy

    10/31/2013 5:17:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 31, 2013 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    WASHINGTON — The historic blunders of President Barack Obama’s embarrassing healthcare rollout demonstrate spectacularly the utter failure of what? Let me tell you. They are the blunders of what was once called the “Brightest Generation” in American history, the 1960s generation. It did not start with Obama. His blunders were just a continuance of their blunders. By the 1960s generation I mean the pot-smoking, war-protesting, guitar-strumming kids of the left—not the majority from the 1960s generation, not the silent majority, but the minority. They were the miracle workers in politics: Jean-François Kerry, the Clintons, Al Gore, Joe Biden, and all...
  • Senator Rand Paul Comes of Age

    03/14/2013 7:47:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- When Senator Rand Paul took to the floor of the United States Senate the morning of March 6 he really -- as they say -- may have made a difference. It is a difference in our awareness of the issues facing the country. It is a difference in our perception of the man who is leading the country, President Barack Obama. It might even have been a difference in the direction the country will go. Will it continue on its melancholy path toward statism or will it follow the course of freedom as laid out by the Founding...
  • The Lie Gets Worse

    03/07/2013 11:45:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I do not know about you, but to me this sequestration imbroglio is getting interesting. Last week, I wrote of my surprise that a basic untruth was being repeated over and over again by the White House, to wit, that the Republicans were responsible for the monstrosity of sequestration. I wrote that, as I recalled it, sequestration was an idea introduced by the White House to coax the Republicans and the Democrats into a deal in the summer of 2011 to raise the ceiling on the national debt. Remember that deal? And another thing, there would be no...
  • Lessons From the Ancient Mayans

    01/31/2013 7:32:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Guatemala -- Where is that, you ask? Generally this column comes to you from Washington, D.C. or New York City. Occasionally it comes from London or Paris. Today it carries the dateline of a seaport in Guatemala, and if it were written a day ago or two days hence it would carry the dateline of Belize. It is freezing up north. The inclement weather has driven me to tropical parts. Global warming sounds more and more agreeable to me and, frankly, if you have your wits about you, to you, too. The frozen remains of palm trees have supposedly...
  • Has Harry Reid Committed a Felony or Just a Misdemeanor?

    01/10/2013 11:11:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/10/2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I have one question about the way Majority Leader Harry Reid has been conducting the Senate. Has he committed a felony or a mere misdemeanor? The wags will say that a politician from Nevada does not commit misdemeanors, but I am in earnest. The difference between whether Dingy Harry -- as he is known by the eminent political scientist Dr. Rush Limbaugh -- shuffles off to a federal prison or merely pays a hefty fine is significant. I suppose we can leave it to the federal prosecutors to decide, but if he gets off on a misdemeanor I...
  • Close Down Those Embassies. In so doing we'll be killing two birds with one stone.

    09/20/2012 1:49:51 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 34 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 9.20.12 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr
    WASHINGTON -- Allow me to offer a suggestions as to how our government might avoid the slaughter of our personnel in diplomatic installations around the Islamic world by mobs. It seems to me most probable that insults to the Prophet Muhammad appear regularly in the modern world. After all, insults against revered figures in the world's other major religions pop up all the time. As for Islam, a book such as Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses can be published anywhere. A thirteen-minute anti-Islamic video can arrive on YouTube, and my guess is there are others that have and will appear there....
  • Close Down Those Embassies

    09/20/2012 8:47:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2012 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Allow me to offer a suggestion as to how our government might avoid the slaughter of our personnel in diplomatic installations around the Islamic world by mobs. It seems to me most probable that insults to the Prophet Muhammad appear regularly in the modern world. After all, insults against revered figures in the world's other major religions pop up all the time. As for Islam, a book such as Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses" can be published anywhere. A thirteen-minute anti-Islamic video can arrive on YouTube, and my guess is there are others that have and will appear there. In some...
  • Chief Justice Roberts, You Fox You

    07/05/2012 6:46:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 131 replies
    The American spectator ^ | 7-5-12 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    WASHINGTON -- I have a headache. I imagine you do too, if you have been trying to interpret the legalese employed by those legal sages who have pronounced on Thursday's Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. I would rather read the lyrics of a thousand rap composers than the anfractuous language of one legal sage. Thanks, however, to Professor E. Donald Elliott of the Yale Law School I had a translator at my side, and I shall now hand down my judgment of the Court's decision on Obamacare, which all sensible Americans have abstained from reading in its entirety including B....
  • I Take the Secret Service Scandal Personally

    04/26/2012 5:32:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2012 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Washington -- When you have a young woman screaming in a hallway about some sort of grievance she has with you, you have a problem. Even a Secret Service agent, surrounded by his buddies, has a problem. I know about this sort of thing from my work in the archives pursuant to my researches as a presidential historian. One thinks back to the late 1940s of Elizabeth Bentley, an American spying for the Soviet Union. She raised an intolerable ruckus outside a hotel room with one, possibly two, Soviet intelligence operatives -- both male. Her involvement with one had been...
  • Tebow!

    01/13/2012 8:53:19 AM PST · by rhema · 70 replies · 2+ views
    Patriot Post ^ | 1/12/12 | R. Emmett Tyrrell
    I have officially called off my boycott of the National Football League. I do not care how many felons or frotteurs play the game. Now there is Tim Tebow to redeem it. He can pass and run. He inspires his teammates. He inspires many returning fans like me. I shall follow him through the playoffs and maybe even next year as the season resumes anew. He is an American original -- and he is controversial. I am for him. No, I shall not fall for the NFL's gimmicks. You will not see me wearing a jersey of the Denver Broncos,...
  • Liberalism Is Dead

    02/21/2011 8:35:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies
    American Spectator ^ | February 2011 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    IN THE TUMULTUOUS HISTORY of postwar American Liberalism, there has been a slow but steady decline of which the Liberals have been steadfastly oblivious. This pose has called for admirable discipline, for the evidence was all around them. Yet Liberals, who began as the rightful heirs to the New Deal, carried on as a kind of aristocracy, gifted but doomed. They dominated the culture and the politics of the country unchallenged from the beginnings of the Cold War to the first Nixon administration. With the general populace, however, they increasingly faltered. Now they are down to around 20 percent of...
  • Rahm's Residency

    12/02/2010 10:07:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2010 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- My campaign for mayor of Chicago against Rahm Emanuel is getting under way. I already announced on Sean Hannity's nationally televised program and have Sean's endorsement. After careful consideration, Rush Limbaugh undoubtedly will be aboard and Mark Levin and, of course, the tea partyers. Moreover, I already have two major newspapers endorsing me, The New York Sun, which was very kind in noting my talents and relative integrity compared with the opposition, and The Washington Times -- also very kind. Neither had a good word to say for Emanuel. Perhaps more endorsements are coming. Frankly, I would not...
  • Why Is No One Laughing?

    11/22/2009 7:18:58 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 1,074+ views
    Spectator.Org ^ | November 22nd 2009
    Why Is No One Laughing? By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. WASHINGTON -- What would the mainstream media's response be if former governor Sarah Palin described China's economic growth to an audience of students in Shanghai as "an accomplishment unparalleled in human history"? That is what the most inexperienced president in modern American history said in Shanghai this week. I wonder if any of the assembled journalists choked. President Barack Obama makes such unhinged pronouncements with the kind of frequency that if he were anyone else he would be set down by the media as a boobie. I take that back....
  • Public Nuisances: Mark Sanford and the Odd Fellows

    09/03/2009 4:21:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 400+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2009 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Why is the governor of South Carolina still a national news story? This past week, Gov. Mark Sanford was again in the news, and neither sex nor romance had anything to do with it. I can understand his first great news splash, after he completely vanished from the face of the earth. Then he duped his staff into announcing that he was communing with the birds and the bees along the Appalachian Trail. Then it was discovered that he had actually been emulating the birds and the bees down in Argentina with a secret Argentine inamorata. She is...
  • The Health Care Chaos

    08/13/2009 6:20:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 544+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2009 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Allow me a word of encouragement to our president. Mr. Obama, you are doing just fine. You wanted to set a new tone in Washington, and you have. You wanted an open debate on health care, and you have it. Admittedly, the tone is astoundingly rancorous, and not incidentally, your approval ratings continue to decline. Then, too, support for your health care reform is dropping, especially among independents. Yet I believe you can take heart. You have roused the interest of the American people in you, the Democratic Party, the Congress and health care. That is good news, at least...
  • President Obama's World Tour

    04/23/2009 1:27:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 2 replies · 474+ views
    TownHall ^ | April 23, 2009 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Stop the presses! Finally, after a half-century of staunchly disagreeing with Dr. Fidel Castro, I see that the Cuban dictator has rendered a judgment with which I heartily agree. Responding to the Prophet Obama's friendly conversation with his brother Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in steamy Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Fidel, in the words of The Associated Press, "blasted the new U.S. president for showing signs of 'superficiality.'" But given all the Hollywood stars Fidel has hosted on his island paradise, you can rest assured that Fidel is a connoisseur of superficiality. Fidel apparently was angered by the Prophet's...
  • Public Nuisances

    12/01/2008 4:15:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 404+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2008 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- There is a condign symmetry about this financial crisis. A government-induced crisis is getting a government-insured resolution. The excesses of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are being mopped up by huge federal spending, made all the more massive by all the reckless endeavors of the politicians, the regulators and the financiers who frivoled with the intemperance of Freddie and Fannie. Now President-elect Barack Obama has perhaps faced up to the mess. He has not shied away from bringing former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers onto his economic team as head of his National Economic Council. Summers was...
  • Another Obama Emerges

    08/21/2008 5:45:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies · 99+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2008 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- It has been a mixed week for Sen. Barack H. Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate. On the one hand, a Reuters/Zogby poll announced that the junior senator from Illinois' 7-point lead over Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, has dissolved into a 5-point deficit. McCain now leads him 46 to 41 percent. On the other hand, the media have discovered Sen. Obama's long-lost half brother George Hussein Onyango (also spelled Owango) Obama living quietly in Kenya. Among the rustics who constitute the Democratic base, this discovery can only help Sen. Obama. According to the Reuters/Zogby...
  • The Prophet Obama

    07/16/2008 9:27:19 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 31 replies · 138+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 7-17 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    Print Article         Close Window     The Prophet Obama By R.Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. Published 7/17/2008 12:08:01 AM WASHINGTON -- As I suggested a few weeks ago, Senator Barack H. Obama is not going to have an easy time of it. For one thing, Senator John McCain is a much tougher candidate than has been suspected. Looking over his career, one will note that McCain learned politics before ever entering politics. As a young Navy liaison to the Senate in the 1970s, he worked effectively with Democratic and Republican hawks to reverse the post-Vietnam military decline. He, having managed the...
  • All Is Vanity (Clintons)

    06/05/2008 2:57:36 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies · 139+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 05 june 08 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    WASHINGTON -- The other day an aroused Bill Clinton addressed a lady reporter in South Dakota, shouting a word into her face that the Dictionary of American Slang labels "Taboo." As the reporter recorded it, Boy Clinton was "tightly gripping" her hand and "refusing to let it go." What had aroused him was a story in Vanity Fair that chronicles the excesses -- libidinous, commercial, and ontological -- of his life in retirement and while campaigning for his wife. Among other epithets, the former Boy President applied to the Vanity Fair writer, Todd Purdum, was "scumbag."
  • ‘Conspiracy’ comes back for Clintons (Emmett Tyrrell Jr. back on the attack)

    03/16/2007 1:05:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 1,079+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | March 16, 2007 | Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin
    If it’s campaign season, that means one thing: Let the mudslinging begin. The latest book by American Spectator founder and Editor in Chief R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., “The Clinton Crack-Up,” hits book shelves next week, and our sneak peek into the tome suggests it’s certain to cause a stir. Tyrrell, you’ll recall, is no fan of the Clintons. His last book, “Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House,” compared Sen. Hillary Clinton’s time in the White House to that of a pre-revolutionary French monarch. And his American Spectator magazine cried “Scandal!” throughout the Clinton administration. With his new...
  • The Republican's Bill Clinton (Newt)

    06/29/2006 9:53:51 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 115 replies · 1,595+ views
    CNN ^ | Thursday, June 15, 2006 | Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
    The Hon. Newt Gingrich's recent oracular rumble to a luncheon audience at the Brookings Institution, during which he threatened to seek the Republican presidential nomination if a "vacuum" remains in the Republican field, reminded me of an inescapable insight I suffered sometime in 1998. Gingrich is the Republicans' Bill Clinton. Being a Republican, Gingrich is not as hollow as the Arkansas huckster, nor as amusing. In fact, he can be boring. Springing from the same late 1960s jugendkultur as the Boy President, Gingrich is the career pol, the hustling, self-promoting narcissist, the sempiternal fantasist. When he was Speaker of the...
  • Kerry's war (...on Swifties!!!)

    06/29/2006 5:53:22 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 100 replies · 2,162+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 30 June 2006 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- The comic career of Senator Jean-Francois Kerry is picking up steam, or gas, as the case may be. This inveterate windbag is, according to the New York Times, reopening the Swift Boat controversy of 2004 that did such damage to his presidential prospects when hundreds of the Vietnam War veterans who served with him deflated his reckless boasts of military gloire. He has undertaken this quixotic mission claiming that he can repristinate his military record despite the Swifties' evidence against it. Then the delusory senator from Massachusetts seems to think he will be a shoo-in for the presidency...
  • Teddy (Brain-dead Senator from Ma)

    01/26/2006 2:50:07 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 60 replies · 2,107+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 26 January 2006 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I cannot rid from my mind the name Alioto, Judge Samuel Alioto. That is the name of Judge Samuel Alito as pronounced by the delightful Sen. Edward Kennedy, or is it Eduardo Kennedino? No, it is simply Teddy, and he is as entertaining as any U.S. Senator since the days of the soused Southerners, who would tipple their way through the dreamy days on Capitol Hill, rousing themselves for histrionic oratory in the mid-afternoon and then slumping back into their seats, awaiting the late afternoon hour when they would all gather in one or another's chambers for a...
  • Reporting the Report

    01/20/2006 4:12:41 AM PST · by saveliberty · 45 replies · 1,328+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/20/2006 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    Reporting the Report By Published 1/20/2006 12:09:31 AM   WASHINGTON -- There was some last-minute drama in Washington before yesterday's release of the long-awaited report by Independent Counsel David Barrett. Sources close to the three-judge panel overseeing the report say that the panel's members were furious about leaks to the press previewing the report's contents. The report, detailing an organized attempt by Clinton Administration officials to shut down an Internal Revenue Service investigation into possible tax violations by President Bill Clinton's secretary of housing and urban development Henry Cisneros, was to be released at 9:00 AM Thursday. The day...
  • More Barrett drama

    01/20/2006 5:30:03 AM PST · by harpu · 10 replies · 1,240+ views
    www.townhall.com ^ | 1/20/06 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- There was some last-minute drama in Washington before yesterday's release of the long-awaited report by Independent Counsel David Barrett. Sources close to the three-judge panel overseeing the report say that the panel's members were furious about leaks to the press previewing the report's contents. The report, detailing an organized attempt by Clinton administration officials to shut down an Internal Revenue Service investigation into possible tax violations by President Bill Clinton's secretary of housing and urban development Henry Cisneros, was to be released at 9:00 a.m. Thursday. The day before, late in the afternoon, word went out from the...
  • The Democrats have issues

    12/29/2005 5:41:03 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 6 replies · 666+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 29, 2005 | by Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the end of 2005 and time to look back. In politics what do I see? Well, I see the Republican party struggling against high seas. In the media the party is depicted as being in danger of losing to the Democrats in the off-year elections next fall. That probably will be the case, unless the Republicans have to run against the Democrats. Against the Democrats they could win with Warren Harding in the White House. The reason for this is that the Democratic leadership is fractured and dominated by people who are hysterical, abusive and oblivious. The...
  • The Democrats Have Issues

    12/29/2005 3:14:57 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 28 replies · 1,215+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 12/29/05 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the end of 2005 and time to look back. In politics what do I see? Well, I see the Republican party struggling against high seas. In the media the party is depicted as being in danger of losing to the Democrats in the off-year elections next fall. That probably will be the case, unless the Republicans have to run against the Democrats. Against the Democrats they could win with Warren Harding in the White House. The reason for this is that the Democratic leadership is fractured and dominated by people who are hysterical, abusive and oblivious. The...
  • . . . in the aftermath

    09/09/2005 12:04:18 PM PDT · by JZelle · 4 replies · 319+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-9-05 | R. Emmett Tyrrell
    Modern broadcast media stars take prodigious pride in the speed with which they can communicate to the masses. Of course, these artistes remain utterly oblivious of the poisonous concomitant of that speed, namely, the media's almost inane superficiality. Discovering the cause of the New Orleans tragedy will take months, perhaps years. In reading "In Command of History," a brilliant history soon to be published here of Winston Churchill's efforts to write his monumental history of World War II, I have been struck by the differing explanations of great events historians accumulate after an event. Doubtless, many explanations will accumulate in...
  • The Dems' Problem ("Why I Say Liberals Are, Politically Speaking, Finished.")

    11/11/2004 2:44:26 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 21 replies · 2,041+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 11/11/04 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One of the reasons I can say with the utmost confidence that the liberal Democrats are going to be out in the cold for a very long time has to do with a sociological observation. Almost no liberal Democrat knows a conservative Republican of whom he is not contemptuous. To be sure, liberals in their think tanks, their universities, their corporate offices or government bureaucracies encounter the occasional conservative. Doubtless over at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, many of the resident liberals knew that amiable moderate conservative former, Sen. Al Simpson. Many probably even liked him. Simpson...
  • 'My Life' is just more lies

    06/23/2004 9:59:50 PM PDT · by kattracks · 14 replies · 234+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 6/24/04 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Pondering the many scrapes with the law and with public convention that the Clintons have suffered over the past dozen years of the Clinton Glory, we can ascertain one weird quirk shared by both eminences that explains their unprecedented string of scandals. Having reviewed both their autobiographies now, I see this one weird quirk standing out ever more starkly. The Clintons land in the soup most frequently because they lie when they do not have to, and they tell a whopper when a little white lie would be perfectly understandable.  Whether this gratuitous mendacity is a profound...
  • Hypocrisy in Florida

    05/05/2004 11:35:22 PM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 121+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 5/06/04 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Very few things ever surprised the recently deceased editor of The Wall Street Journal, Bob Bartley. However, I know of one firsthand. When the First Amendment rights of The American Spectator were trampled by the Clinton administration, specifically via a melodramatic grand jury investigation, almost no one from the press paid any attention.  That surprised Bob. He believed that legions of civil libertarians would hasten to the magazine's defense, not only from the media but also from the First Amendment "Watch Dog" groups that sempiternally pat themselves on the back for their fearless idealism and their direct...
  • 1992 again?

    04/28/2004 9:52:37 PM PDT · by kattracks · 16 replies · 106+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 4/29/04 | Emmett Tyrrell
    John Francois Kerry’s 2004 campaign for the presidency is taking on endearing aspects of Boy Clinton’s 1992 campaign. Does that mean this Democratic contender will in the end defeat another Bush? This I cannot say. I will say that as long as the French-looking, cologne-scented, junior senator from Massachusetts remains in the race, the media’s fact checkers are going to be kept on their toes.In 1992, the fact-checkers were repeatedly called to their posts to review Gov. Clinton’s ongoing revisions of his draft record. They worked overtime on the Boy Candidate’s constantly evolving elucidations of his marijuana adventures, his anti-war...
  • 'Crooked' and 'Lying'

    03/24/2004 9:36:43 PM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 171+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 3/25/04 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- I do not know what you thought when you heard that Sen. John Francois Kerry was overheard in a scrum of Chicago blue collar workers referring to unnamed politicians as "crooked" and "lying." I thought he was referring to the Clintons. What is more, I thought he was being complimentary. The Clintons have, indeed, been very artful in all their transgressions. Even when they get caught, they wriggle out of it, save for the time that Bill got impeached, and found in contempt of court, and lost his license to practice law. Actually, Bill has never really...
  • The Woman in Kerry’s Future (Hillary for VP?)

    03/04/2004 1:23:02 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 506+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 3/4/2004 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    WASHINGTON -- Do my eyes deceive me? The morning after Super Tuesday expired with a burst of fireworks enhaloing the hunk of granite that is John Kerry's head, Senator Hillary Clinton -- still the most popular Democrat in the country -- pops up at Washington's Mayflower Hotel to give a major speech on trade and manufacturing, two burning issues during the Democrats' primary season. What can this mean? Several weeks back as Senator Kerry emerged as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, that veteran Clinton-watcher with the keen eye for political machinations, Dick Morris, announced that Hillary had become a...
  • Hillary

    03/03/2004 9:17:18 PM PST · by kattracks · 29 replies · 238+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 3/04/04 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Do my eyes deceive me? The morning after Super Tuesday expired with a burst of fireworks enhaloing the hunk of granite that is John Kerry's head, Sen. Hillary Clinton -- still the most popular Democrat in the country -- pops up at Washington's Mayflower Hotel to give a major speech on trade and manufacturing, two burning issues during the Democrats' primary season. What can this mean? Several weeks back, as Kerry emerged as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, that veteran Clinton-watcher with the keen eye for political machinations, Dick Morris, announced that Hillary had become a...
  • Talk of the town

    02/18/2004 9:32:29 PM PST · by kattracks · 137+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 2/19/04 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The campaign trail has been cluttered with such fantasticos as Sen. John Pierre Kerry, Dr. Howard Dean, Generalissimo Wesley Clark and the Rev Al Sharpton. Now I, too, have had to venture onto the campaign trail, but a more civilized trail it is. With the publication of my cheerful little tome on the junior senator from New York, "Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House," I am on what might be called the literary campaign trail, booming the book's merits hither and yon. That means many appearances on broadcast media, especially talk radio. The exercise...
  • The moron vote

    02/11/2004 11:26:25 PM PST · by kattracks · 12 replies · 155+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 2/12/04 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Readers of this column will remember, as apparently political scientists and pundits have not, that in the rancorous months before the Democratic primaries got underway, I identified that one dynamic new political constituency that would decide the winner. In years gone by, the dynamic constituency was the youth vote. And there was the year of the women's vote. This year as we watched Dr. Howard Dean gain the role of frontrunner, the veins in his neck bursting, his face an angry gnarl of sneers and grimaces, it became obvious that the dynamic new force in the Democratic...
  • The hucksters remain

    02/04/2004 10:47:03 PM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 122+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 2/05/04 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The week has witnessed the departure from the Democratic presidential race of the party's last authentic man competing for the nomination, Sen. Joe Lieberman. The remaining candidates are all hucksters. They are the masters of such lines as "Ah ... let me clarify what I said the other day," and, "Oh, allow me to apologize to my distinguished colleague," and, "Well, what I really meant to say was ..." From frontrunner Kerry to bottom-of-the-heap Sharpton (and a well-upholstered bottom it is), each remaining candidate lives in fear of what a Lexis-Nexis search might reveal about his past...
  • R. Emmett Tyrrell's New Book: Madame Hillary / Annotated by Mia T

    01/31/2004 4:51:55 PM PST · by Mia T · 29 replies · 3,014+ views
    Conservative Book Service ^ | 1.29.04 | Unnamed Reviewer, Mia T
    R. Emmett Tyrrell's New Book: Madame HillaryAnnotated by Mia T   1.29.04   Madame HillaryTyrrell, R. Emmett with Mark Davis "This is a woman who's been first lady, who's lived in the White House and shared power with a president," says one of Hillary's fellow Senators. "Her ambition is not the Senate leadership. . . . It's obvious she has a much greater goal in mind. Her ambition is the White House, with all the moves to prepare the way." Now, R. Emmett Tyrrell and Mark Davis reveal in Madame Hillary: The Road to the White House that not...
  • The moron vote

    10/16/2003 12:09:15 AM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 159+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 10/16/03 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I am wondering. At this point in the Democratic lunge for the presidential nomination, does Dr. Howard Dean have a monopoly on that sector of the Democratic vote that we may classify as the moron vote? Or is the idiotic Sen. John Pierre Kerry chipping away at these serried ranks of oafs? And, just as an aside, are there still enough Democrats of the type who nominated Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson, John Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey to give the nomination to Sen. Joseph Lieberman, heir to the governing wing of the Democratic Party? The other day...