R. Emmett Tyrrell, the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator magazine, tells Newsmax TV that President Barack Obama is not a liberal, but rather a new breed of politico that he describes as a “stealth socialist.”
The best-selling author and syndicated columnist also declares in an exclusive interview on Friday that liberalism is dead in America and that Obama defeated the last vestiges of a liberal movement he calls the “infantile leftists” in his 2008 victory over then Sen. Hillary Clinton.
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“He is not a liberal. I mean he beat the last infantile leftist — Hillary Clinton,” insists Tyrrell. He says Clinton’s 1960s tax-and-spend generation — including Al Gore, and even Clinton’s husband — produced the worst leadership in the Democratic Party in 100 years.
In some ways, the death of liberalism can be ruled a suicide, according to Tyrrell. “Because the infantile left took over the Democratic party in 1972,” he said. “They took over the party and they did what they always do. They overreached, and in overreaching, they’ve spent extravagantly.”
He points to poll results from Gallup and other organizations that show a growing number of Americans now identify themselves with the conservative movement.
“There’s no sign of life in liberalism. It steadily declined over the last 30 years 'til it was down to 20 percent of the American people, whereas conservatism has steadily grown in size with the American people until it’s up to 42 percent,” he explained. “Thirty percent of American people are independent.”
Moreover, Tyrrell said independents voted Republican in 2010, giving the GOP control of the House. “It’s going with us in 2012 and it makes it very clear that liberalism is kaput. However, the stealth socialist is alive.”
Author of the new book, “The Death of Liberalism,”
Tyrrell believes that Obama is even more dangerous as a stealth socialist than an infantile leftist. “He even spent more than they did. And that’s why I consider the future is with us — because the conservatives have a solution to this problem of overreaching, overspending, and that is [Rep.] Paul Ryan’s budget.”
Following the 2008 election, liberals rang up additional trillion-dollar deficits that can’t be solved by more spending and higher taxes.
“That’s all they’ve ever done. I mean that’s what they did. And that’s what the stealth socialist does. And those policies are dead,” Tyrrell insisted. “I mean we can’t take on more budgetary excess in this country. We simply can’t do it, and the bond markets are going to rebel.”
As a result, he said, liberalism is “kaput” and, “I think that Barack Obama is going to be sent to ... Illinois come this fall.”
Recent polls show presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney overtaking Obama in the all-important swing states.
“Obama is going to be beaten but a more careful look at the polls shows that in the swing states, he’s going to be beaten by 5 to 10 percent,” according to Tyrrell. “There’s a rising movement in the country — the tea party movement — and that’s a very healthy movement. It’s interested in American constitutionalism and it’s terrified by this over-extension of the budget.”
He said that conservatism fell on hard times after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs were adopted following the 1929 stock market crash that triggered the Great Depression.
“Conservatism has been rising for 30 or 40 years. It came from almost no place but that’s because any vestige of it was eliminated by the New Deal,” he said. “It had a long way to go. And it’s come a long way.”
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