R.I.P. Tony Blankley 1949-2012

posted at 9:05 am on January 9, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

We lost one of the highly respected conservative voices in politics over the weekend. Tony Blankley, former editor at the Washington Times, died at the age of 63.

Tony Blankley, a noted conservative commentator, Ronald Reagan speechwriter and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times, died late Saturday, leaving a legacy of significant analysis that bridged politics and culture with finesse, optimism and a sense of history.

He was 63 and had been battling stomach cancer.

At the time of his death, Mr. Blankley was an executive vice president of the Edelman public relations firm in Washington, a visiting senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation think tank, 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.”

In addition to the credits listed above, Blankley was a chief adviser to Newt Gingrich during his tenure as Speaker in the nineties. He also held a number of positions in the Reagan administration. Blankley had more than a little in common with Reagan, in that he was also an actor earlier in his career. (He even appeared on screen with my personal favorite, Humphrey Bogart early in life.)

Stacey McCain adds a colorful, personal tribute as one who knew and worked with the man.

He was, among many other things, a splendid peacock in his wardrobe, giving no heed to those in Washington who suppose that influential men should limit their suits to dull grays and somber blues. I would often be out in front of the office having a cigarette break when Blankley arrived for work or returned from an event downtown, and we would sometimes have brief, lively discussions of policy or political issues.

Not a good start to the new year. Rest in peace, Mr. Blankley.

EDIT: (Jazz) Had incorrect spelling of Mr. Blankley’s name in the last line.


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RIP…

Does Ed have the day off?

OmahaConservative on January 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I so enjoyed reading his pieces. Thanks Jazz for remembering Tony Blankley.

CoffeeLover on January 9, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Tony and Ronny together again. RIP

Deano1952 on January 9, 2012 at 9:10 AM

RIP

Thanks Jazz

blatantblue on January 9, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Dare you visit a place like DU or KOS to see what they might have to say about his death? *shudder*

Bishop on January 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Rest in peace, Mr. Blakely.

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Pablo Honey on January 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM

RIP Mr B

Just a note, when a lib dies, its on all the lsm, didn’t hear one thing about his death on any of the networks, did anyone else

Wonder if tingles will mention it, he’s been on his show several times

cmsinaz on January 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

We’ve lost one of the sane ones. RIP, Mr. Blankely

Cleombrotus on January 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Blankley. Sorry.

Cleombrotus on January 9, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I e-mailed him a few years ago when he was still at the Washington Times, pointing out some sort of typo or usage problem (can’t recall) in a column while expressing my appreciation of his work and he sent a gracious and humorous reply.

RIP.

Drained Brain on January 9, 2012 at 9:18 AM

RIP Mr B

Just a note, when a lib dies, its on all the lsm, didn’t hear one thing about his death on any of the networks, did anyone else

Wonder if tingles will mention it, he’s been on his show several times

cmsinaz on January 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I heard about William F. Buckley Jr….once.

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I always liked him. A smart and classy guy.

Goodbye and God bless you, Tony Blankley. You’ll be missed.

AZCoyote on January 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Does Ed have the day off?

OmahaConservative on January 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Ed is in New Hampshire covering the primary until Thursday. He’ll be posting interviews and such as frequently as he can, though, as wifi allows.

Jazz Shaw on January 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM

KA2, once

cmsinaz on January 9, 2012 at 9:26 AM

This really was a shocker, he will be missed on so many levels. God bless and keep his family and I hope they know how many friends he had.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

A voice of reason for many years.

R.I.P. Tony Blankley

TerryW on January 9, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I loved Tony for his incisive analysis, cheerful disposition, but most of all for that great accent.

RIP Tony. You’ve earned it.

rogaineguy on January 9, 2012 at 9:33 AM

He will be missed.

conservative pilgrim on January 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Jazz Shaw on January 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Thanks, Jazz…

OmahaConservative on January 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

What a Happy Warrior he was! Always a smile on his face! Him and Tony Snow two of my most favorite people gone to soon!

lisa fox on January 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Sure going to miss him on our side. RIP Tony.

Hummer53 on January 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Wow, this is a shocker. My father actually knew him, so I had the pleasure to meet Tony on more than one occasion (although I was always a kid / teenager at the time). He was forever a class act.

Vyce on January 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Was he an atheist?

Just wondering if we’re going to see 40 more obituaries on Hotair.

The Rogue Tomato on January 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I came of age watching ‘McLaughlin’. Now Mr. Blankley will be reunited wit hanother ‘Tony’…Mr.Snow.
Oh the stories those two cool conservatives will be able to tell.
RIP to a class act.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I saw him on the McLaughlin show quite a few times.. RIP Mr Blankley.. a gentleman to his core..

Sad Day indeed.

nagee76 on January 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Sorry for his passing. I believe God has a reason for everything in this universe He created, but I just don’t get the whole cancer thing.

swinia sutki on January 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I always liked him. A smart and classy guy.

Goodbye and God bless you, Tony Blankley. You’ll be missed.

AZCoyote on January 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Along with others here, exceedingly well put.

BuckeyeSam on January 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM

He’ll be missed. Loved watching him and hearing that accent.

NYconservative on January 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

My favorite local radio morning show hosts paid tribute. I’ll miss his weekly informative and entertaining chats with them. Thanx for the memories.

stukinIL4now on January 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Dare you visit a place like DU or KOS to see what they might have to say about his death? *shudder*

Bishop on January 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

No way! Sorry, I don’t need the aggravation.

RIP, Tony Blankley! You’ll be sorely missed.

Scriptor on January 9, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Definitely one of the best contemporary conservative voices and writers. I, along with many admirers of his work, will miss reading and hearing his cogent thoughts. I was so looking forward to his covering the upcoming elections. He never wavered from his core beliefs. Bless you, Tony and RIP. You will be missed.

they lie on January 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

His presence on the mclaughlin group was the only reason to ever watch the unrehearsed chaos and yelling and ellenor cliff stridently defending lies.

dunce on January 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

A sad day. RIP Tony. You were admired and will be missed

jayhawkingeorgia on January 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Reqiescat in Pace
We had occasion to discuss our sons in the Army and he said he was busting with pride the day his son was commissioned a 2LT.
Two comments he made in our discussions:
In 2009: “Obviously, I share your extreme doubt as to Obama’s chances of being a successful president. I take some hope from the evidence in history that America is a providential country and will come through this–somehow.”
And in 2010:
“These are hard days for the Republic, when faith must do double duty…”

Goodbye Tony B…Until that time…

southsidetom on January 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

R.I.P. Tony B. You were one of a kind and I admired you greatly.

UnEasyRider on January 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

RIP, Mr. Blankley.

jqc1970 on January 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Great American died.

So sad for all the world.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM

RIP

jnelchef on January 9, 2012 at 1:15 PM

RIP. May God bless you and your family.

Khun Joe on January 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Mr. Blankley taking Ed Schultz to school about a year and a half ago:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/08/10/tony-blankley-destroys-ed-schultz-debate-about-clinton-and-gingrich

radjah shelduck on January 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

He was a prince of a guy and a very respectful, dignified pundit. This is a great loss.

Mark30339 on January 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Rest In Peace, Patriot.

Colatteral Damage on January 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I will dearly miss Tony on the NPR program Left, Right and Center. While I didn’t often agree with him, his opinions were always intellectually honest, and delivered in a clear and respectful manner. I wish there were more conservatives like him.

Constantine on January 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

What a great, dear fellow. I will miss him very much

Whenever he was on television, I turned the sound up. What he had to say had value and he dignified the conversation

I am sorry he lost his battle to a terrible disease. Now he is with his Creator and the angels. My sympathy to his family and friends.

entagor on January 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

One class act!R.I.P.,Tony…

SMACKRUNNER on January 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

One class act!R.I.P.,Tony…

SMACKRUNNER on January 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

He knew his stuff

FlaMurph on January 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM