Emmett Tyrrell

Posted May 07, 2015

WASHINGTON -- It turns out that 17 years ago Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr was lucky that, at the end of his long pursuit of President Bill Clinton, he could fasten upon a DNA sample left by the president on Monica Lewinsky's dress to prove that Clinton was lying when he said, "I did not have sexual relations with woman, Miss Lewinsky." Otherwise Starr might still be pursuing the wily ex-president.

Posted April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Does it strike you as an indication of a political party's robust vitality that in a country of more than 300 million people that party has just one likely nominee for president? Notwithstanding the fact that she has at her disposal nearly a billion dollars, she is 67 years old and stands accused of committing at least one felony. What country are we talking about, the old USSR? No, we are talking about the contemporary U.S. of A.

Posted April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Notwithstanding what the Marxist whim-wham artists have been telling the youths of our country for over a generation, there has been little sign of a true aristocracy in America. For a very short period of time, something like an aristocracy appeared during the era when the robber barons plied their arts, but it did not last.

Posted April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Does anyone remember what it was that turned America hostile toward the tropical paradise of Cuba?

Posted April 09, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Some of my most cherished lines from President Bill Clinton's presidency had nothing to do with women with whom he did or did not have sexual relations. Rather, they were inspired by the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which he signed on the South Lawn of the White House on Nov. 16, 1993. At the time, there was not much controversy about what he then said, but they were admirable lines nonetheless. Today they might be deemed heroic lines.

Posted April 02, 2015

WASHINGTON -- What is going on in American politics of late? There has not emerged a truly goofball politician since Anthony Weiner, the congressman and later New York mayoral candidate who could not resist sending pictures of his private part so frequently and to so many women that it really was no longer a private part but rather a public spectacle. Go ahead; Google it. In fact, Yahoo it. My guess is there are dozens of pictures of Weiner's public private part all over the Internet.

Posted March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON -- What do you know, the world's leading reformer of Islam is turning out to be a general. He is not a learned mullah. He is not a suicide bomber. He does not even have a weaponized bicycle. He is Egypt's Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi who, somewhat reminiscent of our own General George Washington, turned in his uniform for civilian garb and was elected president of Egypt with a huge majority.

Posted March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON -- A couple of months back in our nation's capital Senator Rand Paul spoke at The American Spectator's annual Robert L. Bartley dinner and wowed the crowd. However, at the end of his rousing speech, he assumed a more somber tone as he spoke about the plight of America's poor, particularly the poor who commit petty crime.

Posted March 12, 2015

Regarding last week's string of stories about Hillary Clinton conducting her State Department business between 2009 and 2013 exclusively on a private email account, the heat -- as we say here in Washington -- is on in the kitchen.

Posted March 05, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Readers of this column are familiar with my argument that a conservative tide is sweeping the country, contrary to the mainstream media.

Posted February 26, 2015

When former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he did not think that "the president loves America," was he right? Of course he was.

Posted February 19, 2015

The irrepressible New York Times is at it again!

Posted February 12, 2015

WASHINGTON -- On the vexed matter of Brian Williams my friend and colleague Wes Pruden raises a fundamental question.

Posted February 05, 2015

Two potential Republican presidential candidates caused mild palpitations amongst the press corps this week in expressing their misgivings about state-mandated children's vaccinations. The press's concern could be a precursor of what Republican candidates might experience in the coming primaries. Ostensibly a mild outbreak in measles is the cause of the journalists' alarm.

Posted January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON -- There is a problem with the Internet. Its commentary is too often dominated by pinheads. H.L. Mencken used to complain that only idiots write letters to the editor.

Posted January 22, 2015

A few weeks back, many Americans were understandably perplexed by Duke University's decision to allow Muslim students to sound the call for Friday prayer (the adan) from the belfry of its famed Chapel tower.

Posted January 15, 2015

WASHINGTON -- This column over the years has been interested in liberalism in a special way, as a coroner is interested in a corpse in a special way. Specifically, I have been interested in the pathologies that laid the patient low. What precisely has been the cause of death?

Posted January 01, 2015

WASHINGTON -- It is the end of the year 2014 and the beginning of 2015.

Posted December 25, 2014

Two news stories, both from New York City, suggest that 2015 may be a grim year, but the grimness might be tinged with whimsy -- at least in the second case.

Posted December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Will Rogers, the late American humorist and corn-pone philosopher, once said, "All I know is what I read in the papers."