The American Conservative is thrilled to announce the appointment of Robert W. Merry as its new editor. In this position Bob succeeds Daniel McCarthy, who has stepped down to pursue new endeavors. We thank Dan for his years of excellent service to TAC, and for doing so much to get TAC to where it is today, and are glad that he will remain associated with TAC as its editor-at-large.
TAC could hardly be more fortunate than to have Bob Merry take the editorial reins. Bob is the former editor of The National Interest and former CEO and executive editor of the Congressional Quarterly. He has been a Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and National Review, among many other periodicals. Bob has appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Newsmakers, and a number of other programs. His books include Sands of Empire: Missionary Zeal, American Foreign Policy, and the Hazards of Global Ambition; Taking on the World: Joseph and Stewart Alsop, Guardians of the American Century; Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians; and A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent. He is currently finishing a biography of William McKinley, which will be published by Simon & Schuster.
TAC’s influence and base of support have both grown substantially in recent years. The present political-cultural moment provides an opportunity for TAC to make an even greater impact on the public conversation. “Ideas over Ideology, Principles over Party” will remain our motto as we continue to contend for a more patriotic and restrained foreign policy, and to provide a voice for a more humane, realist, Burkean conservativism.