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  • What Is So Polarizing About Chris Christie?

    11/14/2013 4:53:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- They are at it again. They are again telling Republicans and conservatives how dreadful their political condition really is. I am speaking, of course, of the voices of the Kultursmog, and to hear them tell it we are in a hell of a heap. We lost the governorship of Virginia. Even worse, we won the governorship of New Jersey. What dreadful news. Of course, in Virginia the Republicans lost to a congenital liar, backed by the most famous congenital liars in American politics, the Clintons. It is only a matter of time before he is in deep do-do....
  • More Than We Can Stomach

    10/24/2013 5:01:04 PM PDT · by Twotone · 18 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 24, 2013 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    Twenty thirteen was a distressing year. The President handed the foreign policy of the United States over to the KGB. Who knows, perhaps next year he will hand over domestic policy to Monaco. Nevertheless, 2012 was no blowout. We have firm control of the House, and a good shot at the Senate next year. We have 54 percent of the state legislatures and 60 percent of the governors’ mansions. Finally we are poised to take the White House in 2016 with appealing candidates ranging from New Jersey to Wisconsin, from Florida to Texas, all of them smart, experienced, principled, articulate,...
  • Why 2016 Already

    05/02/2013 7:05:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- It has happened again! Our gaffe-prone president has filed another blunder on his presidential record. At the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library he invoked history with his usual mastery of detail. He placed President John F. Kennedy in Air Force One, "On the flight back from Russia, after negotiating with Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War." Actually the flight was returning from Vienna, not "Russia," and not much "negotiating" had been done. Truth be known, it was one of the lowest points in JFK's presidency. As Kennedy himself recalled, "He [Khrushchev] treated me...
  • R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.: It Is Time for Newt to Go! [doesn't like his age or his one liners]

    02/16/2012 5:15:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 16, 2012 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr
    WASHINGTON -- There is a grisly pallor that has beset former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Then, too, there is a lumpiness: to his face, to his features, to his – well -- to his lump. When he walks into a room I feel rather sorry for him, but then I feel rather sorry for Bill Clinton too and for Hillary. No longer do I call her "Bill's lovely wife, Bruno." She looks grandmotherly rather than tough. I guess maybe her coeval from the 1960s generation of student government goody-goodies, Newt, looks grandfatherly rather than brainy. What does Al...
  • Who Was Fred Ikle?

    11/17/2011 8:14:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2011 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- The death of Fred Ikle last week inspires me to prophesy. Thus far, only the redoubtable Wall Street Journal has remarked on Fred's passing. That he was a formidable mind during the Cold War and important to the peaceful settlement of that decades-long struggle is remembered thanks to the Journal. Yet, to the rest of the media, he is a minor figure -- perhaps a menacing figure. We shall see what they say, but I am not holding my breath. This is the way liberalism creates the Kultursmog, which is to say, the politicized culture that surrounds us....
  • Liberalism: An Autopsy: The heirs of the New Deal are down to 20% of the electorate.

    12/05/2010 2:14:48 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 55 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4 Dec 2010 | R. EMMETT TYRRELL JR.
    In the tumultuous history of postwar American liberalism, there has been a slow but steady decline of which liberals have been steadfastly oblivious. The heirs of the New Deal are down to around 20% of the electorate, according to recent Gallup polls. Conservatives account for 42% of the vote, and in the recent election the independents, the second most numerous group at 29% of the electorate, broke the conservatives' way. They were alarmed by the deficit. They will be alarmed for a long time.
  • After the Hangover: Conservatives on the Road to Recovery?

    06/10/2010 10:05:18 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 3 replies · 54+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 10 | Bearnd Chapin
    Bernard Chapin interviews R. Emmett Tyrrell, the founder of the American Spectator, on his new book, After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery.... BC: In my opinion, the most interesting concept here is the one you just raised regarding political libido. If Democrats lust power, control, and victory then what — if anything — motivates Republicans? R. Emmett Tyrrell: Well, at some point in Hangover I mention that conservatism is by definition “a temperament to delight in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” — that being happiness as understood by Locke, namely the ownership and exchange of property....
  • Odious Conservatives

    04/03/2010 12:52:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 670+ views
    http://spectator.org/archives/2010/04/01/odious-conservatives ^ | April 03nd 2010 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    Odious Conservatives By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. WASHINGTON -- A major proposition that I advance in a book that will be published later this month, After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery, is that there exists an odious subgroup of conservatives who since the beginning of the conservative movement have made their way to prominence in the mainstream media by a cheap act. They disparage with great melodrama other conservatives. Liberals love it -- and for a while love the disparagers. In the late 1990s Arianna Huffington exploited this instrument of self-promotion brazenly. For several years David Frum has...
  • Odious Conservatives

    04/01/2010 4:29:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 486+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2010 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- A major proposition that I advance in a book that will be published later this month, "After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery," is that there exists an odious subgroup of conservatives who, since the beginning of the conservative movement, have made their way to prominence in the mainstream media by a cheap act. They disparage, with great melodrama, other conservatives. Liberals love it -- and, for a while, love the disparagers. In the late 1990s, Arianna Huffington exploited this instrument of self-promotion brazenly. For several years, David Frum has been doing it haltingly, even timorously. However,...
  • Obama, Obviously [The Nightmare We Knew Was Coming]

    11/07/2009 10:47:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies · 1,442+ views
    Spectator.Org ^ | November 07th, 2009
    Obama, Obviously By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. WASHINGTON -- What strikes me about politics over the last couple of years is how obvious it all has been. In 2008, as the junior senator from Illinois campaigned across the country demonstrating his gifts as a motivational speaker and community organizer, all one had to do was review his recent life to know that he was about to bring down on the country -- ever so incompetently -- the most left-wing government in American history. And so he has -- with the utmost incompetence. Think of the paucity of swine flu vaccine,...
  • 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...
  • More Media Follies

    07/23/2009 4:31:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 588+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2009 | Emmett Tyrrell
    What follows is a column adducing still more evidence of the trivial nature of the contemporary American news media. The other morning, I was lying in bed recovering from minor surgery, my body heaving off the residual effects of a powerful anesthetic, Proposal. Believe me; it is a powerful anesthetic. It thrust me into the utmost darkness for 40 minutes, according to my doctor. It could have been for eternity. I would have had no idea. I cannot imagine why people abuse such charmless drugs. Why not just pull the trigger as Hemingway pulled the trigger and enter the darkness...
  • Appeasers and Bullies

    05/22/2008 7:06:21 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 17 replies · 99+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 22 may 08 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr
    WASHINGTON -- Poor Neville Chamberlain. The long deceased British prime minister -- remembered through the decades for his policy of appeasement and for the war with Hitler that it hastened -- now suffers yet another disgrace. The mere mention of "appeasement" apparently sets off paranoid tantrums amongst members of the political class. Once deemed a very enlightened tool of statecraft, appeasement has become a slur, a hate term. Speaking before the Israeli Knesset, President George W. Bush associated appeasement with those who "believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them...
  • Pants on Fire (Well, Pantsuit in this case)

    03/26/2008 9:07:02 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies · 764+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3-27-08 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    Pants on Fire By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. Published 3/27/2008 12:08:41 AM WASHINGTON -- As the Clintons enter their 17th year at the center of the national stage, some Washington pundits are running out of patience with them. My condition is more desperate. I am running out of jokes about these two perennial college kids. History will eventually remember them as the reincarnation of Warren and Florence Harding. For now they come off as two undergraduate BS-ers on a protracted spring break. Hillary BS-es about her indispensability to the first Clinton Administration. Bill agrees with her and BS-es about everything...
  • Hillary's Latest Whoppers

    03/27/2008 8:04:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,169+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2008 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- As the Clintons enter their 17th year at the center of the national stage, some Washington pundits are running out of patience with them. My condition is more desperate. I am running out of jokes about these two perennial college kids. History eventually will remember them as the reincarnation of Warren and Florence Harding. For now, they come off as two undergraduate BSers on a protracted spring break. Hillary BSes about her indispensability to the first Clinton administration. Bill agrees with her and BSes about everything under the sun. At the beginning of their delightful presidential campaign, a...
  • { Henry Waxman } Democrat Requests Blackwater Inquiry

    03/10/2008 10:23:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 758+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/10/8 | ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer
    A senior House Democrat has called for a wide-ranging federal investigation into Blackwater Worldwide, alleging that the private security contractor violated tax and labor laws by classifying its guards as independent contractors rather than company employees. Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell said the charges are "completely without merit." "Blackwater's classification of its personnel is accurate, and Blackwater has always been forthcoming about this aspect of its business with its customer, the U.S. government," she said in an e-mailed statement on Monday. But Rep. Henry Waxman, who chairs the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, says Blackwater's claims on its business status...
  • Missing Scandals

    11/01/2007 5:29:44 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 4 replies · 55+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 01 nov 07 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr
    WASHINGTON -- The other day while laying down my thoughts on the forty years of conservative journalism that I have undergone so painlessly since perpetrating my first published wisecrack in the autumn of 1967, I rang up El Rushbo for his collaboration. That would be Rush Limbaugh for the benighted; for the millions in his daily radio audience, he is El Rushbo. Rush recalled the liberal media monopoly that existed in the late 1960s and that now is sorely pressed by the emergence of talk radio, of various conservative journals and newspapers, and by the rise Fox News. He noted...
  • My Costly Wisecrack (Emmett Tyrrell)

    09/20/2007 5:18:38 AM PDT · by Renfield · 2 replies · 49+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 9-20-07 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr
    WASHINGTON -- Forty years ago this autumn I began my professional life as an innocent procreator of wisecracks by founding The American Spectator, a magazine that I suppose is taking its place in American literature as one extended wisecrack. At the Spectator we have always seen a joke lurking where the humorless and smug perceive a sacred cow or a golden opportunity. This week it became clear that a joke is a dangerous thing -- the humorless and the smug are in the ascendancy. My most famous wisecrack has denied my fellow Americans the services of a lawyer who would...
  • Sticking It to the Enviros

    08/23/2007 3:54:16 AM PDT · by Renfield · 5 replies · 595+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 8-23-07 | R. E. Tyrrell, Jr.
    ~~~snip~~~ WASHINGTON -- For well over three decades now thoughtful Americans have lived in wonder at the enduring spectacle of the environmentalist. How, these thoughtful Americans ask, can a group of people continue to fetch the attention of the nation after being so thunderously in error year after year? "The end is nigh," our environmental Jeremiahs have told us over and again. Yet, over and again, when nigh arrives it generally arrives very decorously and passes uneventfully.... ~~~snip~~~ Yet I have yet another environmentally friendly vehicle to commend to our Democratic friends. Consider the Pogo Stick. It would certainly keep...
  • Capitol Hill's Losers

    05/16/2007 9:19:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 1,185+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2007 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Thursday, May 17, 2007 WASHINGTON -- The approval ratings of the Democratic Congress continue their swoon. When Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi led their enlightened hordes onto Capitol Hill early this year, they promised liberation and progress. They would raise the minimum wage. Homeland security was to be made foolproof. Medicare's drug prices would be lowered by congressional writ. Moreover, they had a scheme to lower interest rates on college loans. Finally something vast and ingenious was going to be done about the war in Iraq. Possibly the congressional Democrats were going to yank our military from that...
  • Rock And Roll Is Dying And So Are The Democrats

    03/20/2006 9:08:08 PM PST · by Mo1 · 103 replies · 2,491+ views
    The Evening Bulletin - The New York Sun ^ | 03/20/2006 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr
    Those gruesome news reports from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony the other night remind me of a conclusion I came to a few years back. Rock and Roll is dead. Rest in peace. Through the years the peace of the grave has crept up on a lot of rockers, usually years before they arrived at the average life expectancy of almost any type of adult human being, including skydivers and inebriated jaywalkers. Given how preachy the average rocker became by the late 1960s, this is ironic. In their warbles they lectured ordinary Americans on what to eat,...
  • Secretive and Smug (Emmett Tyrrell)

    03/01/2006 9:15:06 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 8 replies · 857+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3-2-06 | R. Emmett Tyrrell,Jr. - Commentary
        Secretive and SmugBy R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. Published 3/2/2006 12:07:52 AM WASHINGTON -- So we hear this week that President George W. Bush is taking delight in the spread of the "alternative press" (read conservatives on the Internet, in talk radio, in print, and at Fox) and the gentle detumesence of "mainstream media" (read liberal media, or more precisely Democratic media). Well, I join him in his satisfaction. I have spent much of my life with journalists, beginning in competitive swimming and moving on to politics and culture. Usually, even in covering sports, the journalists have been liberal Democrats....
  • Our Angry Left (R.Emmett Tyrrell,Jr.)

    02/15/2006 10:00:09 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 22 replies · 1,074+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 2-16-06 | r. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
        Our Angry LeftBy R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. Published 2/16/2006 12:08:40 AM WASHINGTON -- For weeks now civilized observers around the world have been astonished by the dispendious angers vented by indignant young Muslims. These young indignados have listened to the counsel of their venerable leaders in government and in the mosques. They have noted the intolerable provocations of the unbelievers. Finally, they have taken to the streets and city squares to burn flags, bash passersby, rush the cops, and -- from what I have observed on the TV news -- take a swing or two at each other. Their...
  • The Islamofascists defy analysis (Important read for intellectuals, if pts. are arguable)

    02/10/2006 8:54:24 PM PST · by Dark Skies · 28 replies · 710+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/10/2006 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Contemplate this: A Danish newspaper in September publishes some cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. Four months later Muslims, mostly Arab, get wind of this event and riot, burning Danish flags and attacking embassies, mostly Danish, but thus far also an Austrian Embassy. Apparently geography is one of the many subjects not studied very attentively in Arab schools. At any rate, as the riots intensify local governments can apparently do nothing. Most of these governments, for instance the Syrian, are famously repressive. Yet in this instance they are impotent against the dirty-necked galoots burning flags and howling in the...
  • Woolsey-Eyed Democrats

    02/01/2006 9:53:25 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies · 1,415+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 2-2-06 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
        Woolsey-Eyed DemocratsBy R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. Published 2/2/2006 12:08:54 AM WASHINGTON -- In the months after our invasion of Iraq -- our liberation of Iraq -- there was a neat little peace movement. It was composed of the likes of linguist Noam Chomsky, Ramsey Clark, and various lesser patheticos who all looked like they belonged on the streets of Berkeley, California, some with begging pots in their hands. That this forlorn band did not grow for many months was no surprise to me. America had suffered 3,000 casualties at home, not one of whom had been engaged in warfare...
  • Mutiny of the bored (The Borkette-ing of Harriet Miers)

    10/14/2005 3:27:53 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 90 replies · 1,047+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Friday, October 14, 2005 | by Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- To the excitement of all Washington, the hullabaloo over President George W. Bush's nomination of Harriet E. (and you can be sure the Senate Judiciary Committee will get to the bottom of this mysterious "E" in due course) Miers builds, picking up wails and execrations daily. What makes the excitement so Continues...============================================================= The Borkette-ing of Harriet Miers OK, on the downside, you-know-who at one time was a Democrat. Hard-core liberal Democrat. Contributed to Hard-core liberal Democrats. Loved FDR. Loved Harry Truman. Was once "pro-choice." Switched parties, became Republican. Strong pro-lifer. Born-again Christian. Ah-ha! Big flip flop there! No...
  • Depicting the life of a founder of modern American conservatism

    08/10/2005 9:41:36 PM PDT · by manny613 · 1 replies · 225+ views
    have been reading an advance copy of memoirs written by Jesse Helms, the retired North Carolina senator who braved the liberals' indignation to create the politics that now prevail on Capitol Hill and in the White House, namely, modern American conservatism. Helms did not do this alone, and arguably, he was only a member of the first-string team whose quarterback was Ronald Reagan. Yet Helms was very important, particularly on the social values issues that average Americans now deem so compelling. His memoir, "Here's Where I Stand," is a very good refresher course on how America moved from the dreary,...
  • Pat Buchanan: Cybersquatter?

    02/14/2004 3:32:05 PM PST · by Richard Poe · 34 replies · 2,768+ views
    RichardPoe.com (Poe's Blog) ^ | February 14, 2004 | Richard Poe
    R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.'s American Spectator is back. But you may have trouble finding it online. Type in americanspectator.org, and you find yourself at a completely different publication: Patrick Buchanan's The American Conservative. To find Mr. Tyrrell's magazine, you must go to spectator.org. What's up with that? Explaining why he founded The American Conservative two and a half years ago, Patrick Buchanan told The New York Times on September 9, 2002: "We need to recapture the conservative movement. The movement has been hijacked and turned into a globalist, interventionist, open-borders ideology, which is not the conservative movement I grew up...
  • 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 Dean of Democratic Lying

    02/26/2003 11:11:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 169+ views
    American Prowler ^ | 2/27/2003 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    Washington -- Time has been passing since Congress approved its genial bipartisan resolution on war with Iraq, and the Democrats' resolve for "regime change" in faraway Baghdad has declined with every tic of the clock. Ever the reasonable chief executive, President George W. Bush has been dutiful about consulting all the assembled dignitaries and dictators at the United Nations. He has sent his diplomats to every foreign capital that mattered to explain the obvious, namely, that Saddam Hussein has remained defiant of United Nations Resolution 1441. Our President repeatedly conferred with the Congressional leadership. What has been the President's reward?...