Conservative Commentator Tony Blankley Is Dead

I met him in October of 2005:

Washington Times Op/Ed Editor Tony Blankley Calls For Constituational Declaration Of War Against Islamic Fascism

Blankley spoke to the Wednesday Morning Club Monday.

I sat next to the radiant Cathy Seipp, bathing in her luminosity to the depth that the Torah allows.

When I first arrived at 11:35AM at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Cathy was not around, so I hung awkwardly around the three-man crowd surrounding Tony (author of the new book The West’s Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations?). I felt like I was getting cock-blocked even though my intentions were purely platonic.

Tony finally broke through his protective wedge and introduced himself. It made me feel like I had worth.

In his speech, Blankley said he was a child actor. He and Humphrey Bogart made their last movie together in 1956 — The Harder They Fall.

Tony (former spokesman for Newt Gingrich, he’s on the libertarian end of the Republican party) called for ethnic profiling, secure borders, and biometric national ID cards.

He said we should not treat China and Russia as friends or enemies.

The Washington Times reports:

Tony Blankley, a noted conservative author and commentator and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times, died late Saturday, according to family sources. He was 63 and had been battling stomach cancer.

Mr. Blankley was an executive vice president of the Edelman public-relations firm in Washington, a visiting senior fellow in national-security communications at the Heritage Foundation, a syndicated newspaper columnist and an on-air political commentator for CNN, NBC and NPR.

He was also a regular weekly guest on “The McLaughlin Group.”

Mr. Blankley was editorial page editor of The Times from 2002 to 2007, and from 1990 to 1997 he served as press secretary and general adviser to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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