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Conservative commentator R. Emmett Tyrrell: Liberalism is dead

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      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Conservative commentator R. Emmett Tyrrell says liberalism is dead. In fact, it’s right in the title of his latest book, “The Death of Liberalism.”

He wrote the book “because I noted that an ideology that does not respond to its opposition honestly and to the reality of, for instance, trillion dollar deficits is dead,” the founder and editor-in-chief of The American Spectator told The Daily Caller.

“Liberalism began to die with the arrival at the top of the Democratic Party of the Infantile Left, the Clintons, Jean Francois Kerry, and so forth. They replaced Hubert Humphrey and Pat Moynihan. The debate between conservatives and liberals ended because the liberals were all gone. Now comes the stealth socialists and cronyism, or ‘friendly fascism.’”

Asked if he may be a bit premature in his assessment of liberalism given how well Democrats fared in the 2006 and 2008 elections, Tyrrell said he didn’t think so. ”Those elections in ’06 and ’08 were the death rattle.”

“They allowed the moribund liberals into the federal government with almost plenary power save for the workings of the Supreme Court and the U.S. military. It was a frightening time, though we did still have various state militias. But those elections did allow the moribund liberals to expose their essence and that was the beginning of the end. They accumulated  trillions of dollars in debt, higher taxes, and, well, idiotic pursuits like green power and eventually the ultimate folly, Solyndra crony capitalism. The American people shouted out in 2010 and will shout louder in the years to come.”

TheDC interviewed Tyrrell about his book and his assessment of the 2012 presidential race:

Why did you write the book? 
I wrote “The Death of Liberalism” because I noted that an ideology that does not respond to its opposition honestly and to the reality of, for instance, trillion dollar deficits is dead. Liberalism began to die with the arrival at the top of the Democratic Party of the Infantile Left, the Clintons, Jean Francois Kerry, and so forth. They replaced Hubert Humphrey and Pat Moynihan. The debate between conservatives and liberals ended because the liberals were all gone. Now comes the stealth socialists and cronyism, or “friendly fascism.” It is all in the book.
Will you be attending liberalism’s funeral?
We are holding a small ceremony at the Roosevelt Memorial. I hope well wishers will attend.
Why are you so sure that liberalism is dead? It seemed to do fairly well electorally in 2006 and 2008.
Those elections in ’06 and ’08 were the death rattle. They allowed the moribund liberals into the federal government with almost plenary power save for the workings of the Supreme Court and the U.S. military. It was a frightening time, though we did still have various state militias. But those elections did allow the moribund liberals to expose their essence and that was the beginning of the end. They accumulated trillions of dollars in debt, higher taxes, and, well, idiotic pursuits like green power and eventually the ultimate folly, Solyndra crony capitalism. The American people shouted out in 2010 and will shout louder in the years to come.