Word comes that a distinguished conservative man of letters intends to enter the lists and touch lances with the cavalcade of candidates for Chicago Mayor. Fellow Loyola Alum and thoughtful writer, Mark Rhodes gave me the heads-up.
R. Emmett Tyrrell, the founder of The American Spectator is interested in running for Mayor of Chicago. Bob Tyrrell, like Governor Pat Quinn, is a proud Alumnus of Fenwick High School.
Unlike Pat Quinn, Bob Tyrrell is a conservative Democrat. Hey, I am one as well. So are many of my neighbors. Bob's entry into the race for Mayor could spark a groundswell of support from middle class Chicagoans who are beset with endless and growing taxes and sickened by the waste that is the hallmark of city government.
Bob Tyrrell would be the only candidate untarnished by the Illinois/Blago/Tax-Up-A-Storm/Kill-Middle Class crowd.
Welcome to the brawl, Bob!
It is becoming apparent for all to see, that a man who made his name as a community organizer does not have the skills to be President of these United States. Maybe he could develop the requisite skills as a governor. Possibly, he could develop such skills were he to sit in the Senate for a couple of terms. Yet there are delicate sensitivities, the ability to listen, to stick by your guns, occasionally to remain reticent. These are the fundamentals of a leader, and President Barack Obama has demonstrated that he lacks all of them, most notably reticence. I now think it is clear even to Official Washington that President Obama is the worst president of modern times. President Jimmy Carter is redeemed.Bob Tyrrell in The American Spectator
Robert Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. (born December 14, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American conservative magazine editor, New York Times bestselling author, and columnist. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of The American Spectator. He writes under the byline R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. but is known socially as Bob Tyrrell. Tyrrell is a 1961 graduate of Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois, where he was on the swim team. He then went to Indiana University where he was a swim team manager for the notable coach James "Doc" Counsilman. While at Indiana University, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, living in a chapter house where Steve Tesich resided and in years when Bob was not at IU, such figures as Mark Spitz, and Evan Bayh. He did not live in the chapter house for his entire stay at IU but rather lived off campus with swimmers John Wagner and Terry Townsend.
In 2000, government investigations of The American Spectator caused Tyrrell to sell the magazine to venture capitalist George Gilder. In 2003, Gilder, having a series of financial and legal setbacks, resold the magazine to Tyrrell and the American Alternative Foundation, the organization under which the magazine was originally incorporated, for a dollar