Rich Lowry

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Richard A. "Rich" Lowry (born 1968) is the editor of National Review, the conservative American magazine of news and opinion. He is a syndicated columnist and political commentator.

Lowry's latest book is the political biography Lincoln Unbound,[1] which was published in June 2013.


An native of Arlington, Virginia, Lowry attended the University of Virginia where he majored in English and history. After graduating, he worked for Charles Krauthammer as a research assistant. He joined William F. Buckley's National Review in 1992, after tying for second place in the magazine's Young Writer's Contest. He was named editor of the magazine in 1997.[2]

He regularly appears on the Fox News Channel. He has guest-hosted on Hannity and is a frequent guest panelist on The McLaughlin Group, Fox News Watch, and NBC's Meet the Press.

In addition to his syndicated column with King Features, Lowry is an opinion columnist for Politico. He has also contributed essays to Time.

His New York Times best-selling book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years[3] is a polemic about President Bill Clinton, whom he deprecates as "Navel-Gazer-in-Chief."[4]

In 2009, Lowry and Keith Korman wrote Banquo's Ghosts, a political thriller. The plot revolves around a nuclear-armed Iran and an inebriated leftist journalist.[5]

Lowry frequently speaks on the topics of American exceptionalism and the future of the Republican Party.

Opinions and ideas[edit]

When September 11 attacks occurred, he criticized then-Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta as "certainly the most dangerous" "Folly", over his 'no racial profiling' policy. He even mentioned that "Mineta's ignorance appears to be nearly invincible", although he knew that Mineta's anti-racial-screening policy has been backed up with his own experience as one of Japanese Americans who had been interned during the WWII.[6]

He has been a stalwart opponent of President Barack Obama on all fronts. He has run covers dubbing Michelle Obama "Mrs. Grievance" and portraying President Obama as a doctor donning a latex glove. He called for the repeal of Obamacare immediately upon its passage.

He was a defender of President George W. Bush, although he dissented from his conduct of the Iraq war and was an early advocate of the surge. He broadly supported Bush's foreign policy while criticizing the excesses of the "freedom doctrine." In these years, he became disenchanted with the course of congressional Republicans, whom he characterized as rudderless and corrupt.

He supported the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, but has praised him for his relative centrism compared to Barack Obama.

Lowry has held that in extreme circumstances the interrogation technique known as waterboarding, "belongs in a murky space short of unambiguous torture." [7][8][9]

Following the 2008 Vice Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, Lowry gained some publicity [10][11][12][13] and was selected as then-MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann's Worst Person in the World[14][15] for writing: "A very wise TV executive once told me that the key to TV is projecting through the screen. It's one of the keys to the success of, say, a Bill O'Reilly, who comes through the screen and grabs you by the throat. Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, 'Hey, I think she just winked at me.' And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can't be learned; it's either something you have or you don't, and man, she's got it."[16]

In 2002, Muslim organizations called for Lowry to apologize,[17] after he posted a message on National Review Online's blog, "The Corner", discussing the "nuking" of Mecca, as retaliation for a terrorist attack.[18][19]

On August 19, 2013, during an appearance on "Meet the Press", Lowry said in regard to Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016, "I think although Hillary has quite the resume, I'm not sure she has much substantive accomplishment to back it up...."

Personal life[edit]

Lowry grew up in Arlington, Virginia where he attended Yorktown High. He is a Yankees fan. He lives in New York City.


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