R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:08:46 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/r-emmett-tyrrell-jr-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell 00b6fad5d56ade5d77c4706f7b5e04d2 The Democratic 20 Plus 3 for 06/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/06/19/the-democratic-20-plus-3 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Last week, I suggested that convicted felons would be running for the Democratic presidential nomination this year. Well, now it looks like that will not be the case. Crazy Bernie suggested a few weeks back that sex offenders and the Boston Marathon bombers should be free to vote. And what is the difference between a felon's voting for president and a felon's actually running for the Democratic nomination? They all look the same to Crazy Bernie, and doubtless to dozens of other Democratic candidates. But now this reform seems a bit premature. On Friday, the Democratic National Committee settled on 20 of the candidates who are running to appear in debates on two separate nights this month, June 26 and June 27. Mark your calendars.</p> <p>Three candidates did not meet the polling and fundraising criteria. They are Gov. Steve Bullock from Montana (who later qualified for the second debate); the Hon. Seth Moulton, allegedly from a congressional district in Massachusetts; and Mayor Wayne Messam from somewhere in Florida (I hope I spelled his name right). They will perhaps be carrying placards outside the debate venues at the end of the month. So do not count any of them out this early in the race, especially Gov. Bullock.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> 3609f52cd3743cdad73839601fbe6535 Joe Biden Flubs It for 06/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/06/19/joe-biden-flubs-it Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It is increasingly difficult to be a Democratic presidential candidate.</p> <p>There are some 20 candidates who are running for the presidency today. Tomorrow there could be 30. A week from now the number could be up to 50, possibly 100. If they allow convicted felons to run for president in the Democratic primaries, the number could multiply fast. After all, there are a lot of felons who are Democrats, and they do not have a lot to do. Some are confined to small places. Whatever the case, all the Democrats in the primary today pretty much agree on everything. Already it has been remarked upon in the news.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> b8064366041af83fac3a35480ea23753 Who You Callin' Fascist? for 06/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/06/19/who-you-callin-fascist Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; For over two years now, a peculiar combination of the media and the Democrats has been goading Donald Trump, always to painful effect &#8212; painful for both sides in this vituperative battle but particularly painful to the media and the Democrats. Not much good has come of it.</p> <p>The media and the Democrats vilify Trump as a Hitler, a fascist, a racist, a misogynist, a homophobe and so forth. What is more, they do not approve of his hair. Interestingly, they do not disparage him as a Stalin, a Castro or a communist. Why do they not dip into their arsenal of dread phraseology to call him a Stalinist, a Castro or a communist? Is it because they still see these comrades as the good guys? Do they perceive communists as liberals without the red tape? What Henry Wallace once called liberals in a hurry.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> 143e03bd77158fd378ff771acc01ce1f It Is Boris' Moment for 05/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/19/it-is-boris-moment Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Well, the UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, has run out of gas. She just retired. Now the question is who will replace her? All the talk is of Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary and twice mayor of London. I could give you numerous reasons why he should be Great Britain's prime minister, not the least of which is I met him years ago when he was editor of London's Spectator magazine. We spectatorians have got to stick together. Moreover, if the Spectator of London can serve as a springboard to high public office, why should not the phenomenon take place on this side of the Atlantic? Already, I sense my young staff is getting restless. </p> <p>On the most important issue of the day in the UK, Boris was an early proponent. He favored Brexit years ago. He has remained steadfast. He stands with the British majority avid to leave the EU. May let the public down on this vital matter. She became prime minister while remaining lukewarm on the issue. She dithered for two years and finally, last week, threw up her hands and promised to resign. Now I should think it is Johnson's turn to give the people what they want. They want to be relieved of the Brussels bureaucrats preying upon their economy. Boris will do it.</p> <p>Yet influential voices in London are murmuring against him. They sound very much like what President Donald Trump calls voices from the swamp. For a certitude, they do, and we have heard it all before. From the British swamp comes dark talk of Johnson's hair. Yes, his hair. It is forever disheveled, and there are hints that the flaxen mop comes from a bottle. Critics have been obsessed with Donald Trump's hair, too, and with Ronald Reagan's, if memory serves. The critics should fasten upon something more important. Why not try his political record? He has served in Parliament for 11 years with distinction, and he was twice elected mayor of London. That was when London was one of the best-run cities in the world.<p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p> a8a3c4eb5f8ec5336c260455be96d262 At the Bullfights Ole for 05/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/19/at-the-bullfights-ole Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>LAS VENTAS, MADRID &#8212; I am supposedly on holiday in Madrid. I take a break from politics, from public policy, from culture, and take in life in the country. In Spain that means the bullfight. Las Ventas is the major league in Spanish bullfighting, and I am not disappointed in what I see. These are fine bullfighters and ferocious bulls, though I wish Spaniards would give more consideration to the safety of the bulls. This evening, I saw six bulls slain and two bulls pull up lame. At least those lame bulls did not taste the sword. </p> <p>One of the reasons I visit Spain regularly is that it is one of the last traditional countries in Europe. <span class="column--highlighted-text">American conservatives have not paid sufficient attention to tradition. </span>Tradition is one of the major elements in the conservative point of view. We conservatives spend plenty of time attending to national defense, and it has paid off. As I like to say, we won the Cold War without firing a shot. Today, Donald Trump is attending to national security quite well. He is adjusting strategy for changing times. He is keeping America strong without taking reckless chances. Thus far, we conservatives should have no problem.<p>Updated: Thu May 23, 2019</p> 00ecbee449f3f85f838ed3cfb2937c08 Assassination Attempt on a Philosopher for 05/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/19/assassination-attempt-on-a-philosopher Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The Virtue Patrol is prowling around on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. It hunts down racists, xenophobes, anti-feminists, homophobes and almost every kind of bigot except for bigots within its own ranks. Those bigots are exempt. If the Virtue Patrol were to attack its own kind, what a spectacle that would be. But of course it would mean the end of the Virtue Patrol. So the Patrol looks outward, never inward.</p> <p>It has been attacking and harassing bigots beyond its ranks for a generation, possibly longer. The problem is that such bigots are increasingly difficult to hunt down. Thus the Virtue Patrol increasingly harasses perfectly decent people. Some months back, the Patrollers accosted the Covington Boys while the Boys were visiting the District of Columbia. The Boys from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky were on a field trip. They were accosted by black radicals and one lone American Indian who claimed, somewhat dubiously, to be a Vietnam veteran. The Boys, for their part, were perfect gentlemen. The media and others members of the Virtue Patrol, however, called them racists and worse. The Boys sued. Good show, Boys.</p> <p>Yet, as I say, the Virtue Patrol is at work on both sides of the Atlantic, and in London a few weeks ago, one of its agents, George Eaton, the deputy editor of the left-wing New Statesman, alighted on Roger Scruton, a friend of mine. He granted Eaton an interview. Why Scruton would agree to an interview with Eaton I have no idea, though he is a renowned philosopher, and possibly he thought he could have a fair discussion with this champion of Virtue. <p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> 2f7f55a5bbf29e16f8599b887e140094 The Democrats' Sore Loser Syndrome for 05/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/19/the-democrats-sore-loser-syndrome Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Has it ever been noted by the republic's historians &#8212; all of whom are Democrats, save for a lone Republican who remains undercover somewhere in the Middle West &#8212; that one characteristic that distinguishes Democrats from Republicans is not very flattering to the Party of the Jackass? It is that, with the exception of my good friend former President Bill Clinton, modern-day Democratic presidential candidates are sore losers. The only exception to this rule is former President Barack Obama. He, it turns out, is a sore winner. </p> <p>He won the presidency twice, and that ought to be enough for anyone. Now he can make millions of dollars on the lecture circuit, play golf to his heart's content and smoke cigarettes behind Michelle Obama's back. But since leaving the White House, he has been grumping and grousing and acting as a pain in the neck to the army of professional writers whom he has employed to write his books, his speeches and his letters to the editor. Truth be known, he is not a very good writer, though I can understand his bad mood. Did you read the economic news Friday? President Donald Trump is stepping all over Barack's record on the economy. All of his guff about a 2 percent growth rate being the new normal is nonsense. Trump's economy is on its way to new records every quarter.</p> <p>At any rate, very few Americans seem to be aware that the Democrats are such sore losers, but they are. After every presidential race, the Democratic loser &#8212; and in Obama's case, the Democratic winner &#8212; complains that he or she had the race stolen from him or her. In Hillary Clinton's case, it was stolen by an international cabal led by a real estate tycoon from Manhattan and his co-conspirator, Russia's Vladimir Putin. Possibly they had help from Ukraine and German bankers. As the election of 2020 comes over the horizon, Hillary will doubtless dream up other fictions. <p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> 88497563454a623f53370502a8d0b593 Steve Moore's Law for 05/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/05/19/steve-moores-law Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Steve Moore, one of the oracles of free market economics, is President Donald Trump's choice for the Federal Reserve Board, and the long knives are out for him. Yet I am told by conservatives everywhere not to worry. He is a shoo-in.</p> <p>It all reminds me of July 1, 1987, when then-President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Robert Bork for an opening on the Supreme Court. He had it made in the shade, said my complacent conservative friends. The result was brutal. But we do not have to look back 32 years to see how unruly the left-wing mob can be. Recall the recent fate of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Only his courage and unscotchable determination saved him. The simple fact is that the conservatives are often slow on the draw against the American left. Only the Wall Street Journal has come out swinging for Moore. It is time for the conservatives to rally around him. He can probably win with the president on his side. He apparently has the votes. Yet the coming battle would be a lot less bloody if the conservative movement were to take the field on Moore's behalf &#8212; and make it clear that from now on, it is going to wage war for the president's nominees.<p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p> 9c65f50afbe496dbb2529b01a3e539e4 A Hero Amongst the Liars for 04/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/19/a-hero-amongst-the-liars Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Over the weekend in the Wall Street Journal, Brian Lamb, the founder of C-Span, tendered a Solomonic statement in his valedictory interview after some 40 years before the television cameras. Said Lamb, "Lying is the word that I would use to describe this town." And he went on, "I don't know if it will ever stop. It's gotten worse rather then getting better, and both sides do it. You've got to listen very carefully to what they're saying." By "they" he meant politicians, journalists and practically anyone listening to them. He referred to the politically alive as, shall we say, the political class. </p> <p>For 40 years Lamb has been interviewing the political class, and for 40 years he has sat through its endless lies. Some of those lies were simply B.S., the kind of B.S. one expects from people who make their way in the world not by candor but by exaggeration or understatement to the point of inaccuracy, or other revisions of reality. One thinks of former President Bill Clinton. Other lies are more serious. One thinks of Bill Clinton again. Actually, when Lamb says, "It's gotten worse rather than getting better," Clinton is not the only one who comes to mind. There is also Hillary Clinton, whose lies are both unserious and serious, and an entire city of liars. As Lamb says, it is not getting better. It has gotten worse. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> e2c6967c296f582bde5e223c5a343e24 The Congresswoman From Somalia for 04/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/19/the-congresswoman-from-somalia Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; If a politician of Japanese extraction were to address a "largely Japanese-American audience" and characterize the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor by saying that "some people did something," would you think that those words diminish the loss of life and of property suffered by our country? I would, but apparently Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., would not. </p> <p>She thinks it is a perfectly respectful &#8212; and accurate! &#8212; way to refer to the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., by 19 Muslim terrorists in 2001. She characterized the 9/11 attacks in this way to a largely Muslim audience just last month. What the terrorists did, for those who might have forgotten, was murder 2,977 people, injure countless thousands more and cause billions of dollars of property loss.</p> <p>The Hon. Omar, who is Muslim, spoke of the 9/11 attacks in this vague and anodyne way for a political purpose. She was speaking at a Council on American-Islamic Relations meeting, and she went on to say, "CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties." As a matter of fact, CAIR was founded &#8212; for whatever reason &#8212; seven years <i> before </i> 9/11, and since 9/11 there has been no discernible loss of "access to our civil liberties," by which I assume she means Muslim Americans. Incidentally, CAIR is not a widely recognized humanitarian group, as its name would have you believe, but an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist financing case involving the Holy Land Foundation. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 18, 2019</p> 290c3c28c88ee1055efd26e366cb4264 The Alger Hiss Democrats in Congress for 04/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/19/the-alger-hiss-democrats-in-congress Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Well, I guess I have been right all along. Others have been saying that special counsel Robert Mueller was going to be swept up by the Kultursmog and become a tool of Hillary Clinton's conspiracy. She said Russian hackers were the cause of her defeat &#8212; see page 395 of "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign" &#8212; and she ordered her media to investigate. </p> <p>Hillary's explanation for her defeat has been that the Russians colluded with the Trump team to fashion her defeat. After all, she has been a lifelong enemy of Moscow, almost a member of The John Birch Society. Mueller and the Camorra of Clinton supporters that he surrounded himself with must come to her aid now. They would reveal that Trump and the Russians were in collusion to steal her election.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> 8753e94fb55b85e9ff61aef875a1daa2 Bernie Travels First Class for 04/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/04/19/bernie-travels-first-class Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I wonder if, at the outset of his career back in woodsy Vermont, Bernie Sanders &#8212; Crazy Bernie, as we say &#8212; ever imagined that years later, at the age of 77, he would be running for president, have developed a taste for private jets, be the master of three homes and run on a platform that includes "Medicare-for-all," free college for all and a minimum wage of $15 an hour for all &#8212; that and the rest of the Green New Deal, with no hint of how he would pay for it. No one is making a very big issue of it that Crazy Bernie has already rung up a tab of trillions of dollars that the taxpayers will have to pay somewhere down the road.</p> <p>There was a day when we chuckled about "limousine liberals." What do you call Bernie? A Sybaritic socialist? Sure, he still dresses like a rag doll, but his transportation is another matter. He does not fly first class. He flies private jet and lounges about in his three homes, all tended to by his wife, who previously headed a minor university that just bankrupted. I wonder if she is paying off any of that university's debt that she rang up.</p> <p>Bernie is not being questioned about the enormous amount of debt his campaign promises are bundling on the taxpayer, so it is a bit churlish for me to complain. But let me follow the Good Times &#8212; that is, the Washington Times, and question how he is planning to cover the enormous carbon footprint that his use of private jets accounts for.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 04, 2019</p> b0d941ec790ea87b8618eae75410fa3c The Times of Our Lives for 03/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/19/the-times-of-our-lives Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Thu Mar 28, 2019</p> 9c6d71d5d51e58d0b8aba6cd8766131d Child Exploitation for 03/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/19/child-exploitation Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Have you heard the good news? Large numbers of students worldwide are going to be skipping school on Fridays until they educate us on the perils of global warming. Moreover, they "are declaring the era of American climate change denialism over." Those are the words of Alexandria Villasenor, who is 13 years old. She was addressing a crowd in front of the United Nations building in New York City. In America, hundreds of thousands of children are calling it quits every Friday, heading off to parks and other public gathering spots to bounce gigantic beach balls in the air, heave Frisbees and wave wands with which they intend to fill the air with soap bubbles &#8212; though I would caution against too many soap bubbles. That might be construed as contributing to air pollution. </p> <p>At any rate, I am on the children's side on this one, and I plan to enlist Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform to join with me. And, of course, our leaders, the children. As I see it, with hundreds of thousands of American students skipping school on Fridays, every state in the union will be justified in cutting back on its education budgets, and the federal budget, too, will get a reprieve. Go for it, Donald! As Adam Siegel, who has a 14-year-old daughter at McLean High School in Virginia, said over the weekend, "This is a form of education. ... This is citizenship." Here, here, Mr. Siegel. He will approve of his daughter Leah's cutting school on Fridays so she can participate in what the clever man calls "civil action." Indeed it is. What it all means is one less day per week of macerating the innocent in propaganda, and for the taxpayer, tax relief. I can hear the applause of Americans for Tax Reform now. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 21, 2019</p> 0d3aa382070a43bb678b34e2b850c0a0 The Left-Wing Crack-Up for 03/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/19/the-left-wing-crack-up Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It was in the mid-1980s that I resuscitated the term "crack-up" and applied it to political movements that were not very healthy. I say I resuscitated the term because it was F. Scott Fitzgerald who first used it as a title for a 1945 collection of essays that were mostly personal and first published between the 1930s and 1940s. When he did finally crack up, the term fell into disuse. Then, I reviewed the state of the liberal coalition and the state of the conservative coalition and decided the term applied to both. <span class="column--highlighted-text">I named one book "The Liberal Crack-Up" and the next "The Conservative Crack-Up." Of the two books, the liberal crack-up was most clearly observable.</span> </p> <p>The term has been applied to politics off and on ever since, but in the last several weeks, it has come into fashion with a vengeance. In The Spectator of London, the Wall Street Journal and in various other places, "crack-up" keeps being resorted to in a political context. In the United Kingdom, it pops up in relation to Brexit, and its astonishing mishandling by the government's Theresa May and the Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn. In America, it pops up in politics across the board but most frequently on the left in relation to the Democratic Party &#8212; and you who are reliant on the leftist state media thought the Democrats were full of vigor. Guess again. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 14, 2019</p> 2c456a8f3735999c36b258628bc0824e Michael Cohen's Political Libido for 03/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/03/19/michael-cohens-political-libido Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; One of the greatest characters I have encountered in Washington died years ago. He was the legendary political operator Paul Corbin. He had worked for John F. Kennedy and more closely for Bob Kennedy. He was loyal to the Kennedys to the end, but after the Kennedys were assassinated he wandered. Eventually, he linked up with my lawyer Bill Casey, President Ronald Reagan's head of CIA. That is how I came to know Paul. We both admired Casey, and I admired Paul. He was a shrewd observer of politics and a fabled practitioner of politics' darker arts. A rumor that has circulated about Paul for years is that he helped the Reagan team win the presidency. </p> <p>I got to thinking about Paul as I watched Michael Cohen's lugubrious testimony before Congress last week. And by the way, why is it considered a felony to lie before Congress? Many in Congress lie to one another and tell ornate lies to their witnesses. Can a witness bring charges against a congressperson for formulating a question that embraces a lie? How about a white lie?<p>Updated: Thu Mar 07, 2019</p> 17f1e017ae4f92670b4f6012f660e32f A Job Opening for Jussie Smollett for 02/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/02/19/a-job-opening-for-jussie-smollett Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I have been assiduously studying the case of Jussie Smollett, the chap who claims that two pro-Trump ruffians wearing MAGA hats accosted him on a Chicago street at 2:00 a.m. on one the coldest nights of the year, shouting anti-gay (Smollett is openly gay) and anti-black (Smollett is openly black) slurs at him while beating him and placing a noose around his neck. Incidentally, Smollett's first name is not a typographical error. It is spelled with a "u," but it is pronounced as an "e" for reasons that have yet to be divulged. Perhaps it will be in the final police report.</p> <p>At any rate, after prolonged study, I am left asking, "Where does the star of 'Empire' go from here, and what will become of 'Empire'?" Will the Royal Shakespeare Company ever snap it up? <p>Updated: Thu Feb 28, 2019</p> 89b95c9cc1b10eeaf138f29ab0f1c372 What Is in the Pope's Hand? for 02/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/02/19/what-is-in-the-popes-hand Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Pope Francis is increasingly showing his hand. He came into the papacy promising to clean up the Catholic Church, especially on matters of sexual abuse. In doing so, he raised hopes among the laity, especially in America and Latin America. He said all the right things, or at least many of the right things. He traveled the world. Now it is increasingly obvious that he means none of it.</p> <p>Pope Francis comes from Argentina. Yet the more I see of him, the more he looks and sounds like a fat alderman from Chicago. He is slippery and evasive, and I think we all know where he is going to go. <span class="column--highlighted-text">He is heading to the comfortable left, ever to the left. </span>What he really thinks about anything I cannot say, but look at the issues that he claims move him. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 21, 2019</p> 15fcb3202457f6344b43d01bb48fea40 Democrats: The Party of Dinkelspiels for 02/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/02/19/democrats-the-party-of-dinkelspiels Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; As President Donald J. Trump climbs to the highest approval rating he has reached in his presidency, we keep hearing about how much trouble he is in. He cannot possibly be re-elected, the critics tell us, while his approval rating rises above 50 percent and his disapproval rating detumesces. </p> <p>Well, I would agree with the critics if his opponent in 2020 were Abraham Lincoln or George Washington or Franklin D. Roosevelt, or even Ronald Reagan &#8212; he was the president that the left still calls stupid, though he figured out how to win the Cold War without firing a shot and wrote many more of his own public utterances than any president since Woodrow Wilson &#8212; that is, <i> professor </i> Woodrow Wilson. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Yet in 2020, Trump will be running against a Democrat, a living Democrat. No deceased Democrat can run, and the living Democrats constitute a melange of dinkelspiels.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> 3fa63ca72ec0fce7ea4a09ca450e34f0 The Case of Ralph Northam for 02/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/02/19/the-case-of-ralph-northam Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Whatever is to be the ultimate fate of the wretched Gov. Ralph Northam of the great commonwealth of Virginia, I wonder what he now thinks about those who use the term "racism" as loosely as he did in his race with Ed Gillespie. In his rabble-rousing 2017 campaign, he actually rebuked Gillespie for his nonexistent "racist rhetoric and fearmongering." I do not recall his apologizing for that false charge in his apology-laden press conference over the weekend. Nor do I recall any apology from him about statements he made about late-term abortion during the past week. He was apologizing for various recreations of his that occurred some 35 years ago.</p> <p>As everyone doubtless now knows, over three decades ago, a picture appeared in Northam's medical school yearbook page portraying two people, one dressed in blackface, another dressed in the gothic paraphernalia of a Klansman. Claims were made that one of these bigots was Northam. The governor at first apologized for the picture. Then he denied it was him, though his apologies became even more fervent when he admitted to having appeared on another occasion wearing black shoe polish on his face and mimicking Michael Jackson doing Jackson's famed "moonwalk." The roof caved in on Northam, with Republicans and Democrats in a lather to outdo one another in calling for his scalp &#8212; if I might still use the term. If I have committed an offense, I, of course, apologize, and that is a profuse apology, before Pocahontas gets into the act. </p> <p>I have attempted to come to terms with Northam's predicament. Since his press conference, all sorts of claims have been made against him. He has been compared to our president. He has even been compared to Brett Kavanaugh, though Kavanaugh has been convicted of no crime and has not even apologized profusely for any crime. Actually, he has been raised to the Supreme Court.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 07, 2019</p>