I wrote a book in 2011 with the felicitous title The Death of Liberalism. The book’s title pretty much said it all. By 2011 the ideology of Adlai Stevenson, of Hubert Humphrey, of Daniel Patrick Moynihan had expired. In the book I explained why Liberalism was dead. Today the evidence is even more abundant. A socialist and a Liberal naysayer as the sole candidates for the Democratic nomination? Liberalism is history.
President Bill Clinton in his 1996 State of the Union address was succinct: “The era of big government is over.” President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s made it so. Newt Gingrich in the 1990s was seeing to it that the Liberal corpse could not be resurrected, and not much that Clinton did in his presidency resuscitated Liberalism. By 2011 I thought it was time for an autopsy.