What's different here than you'll hear on Rush Limbaugh's or Sean Hannity's or Mark Levin's talk shows? Nothing, really. We could have used Tyrrell's need to make himself the Mary Sue of the story deprives us of a chance to see, in great detail, what he's observed as a much-liked, modestly influential conservative.
Plenty of conservative authors go to this well. Derbyshire, who has written bestselling books about algebra, elevates the material by doing -- or collating -- actual research, the best stuff from scientists and other authors.