Peter Suderman on the Clinton Comeback



When Bill Clinton was first elected president in 1992, he was widely viewed as an avatar of the New Democrats, a relatively moderate coalition that had grown in response to the perception that the party had tilted too far toward the left. New Democrats thought of Clinton's victory as their biggest success, or at least they did until he took office, according to Joel Kotkin's February 1995 article, "The Center Folds."

Once again, writes Peter Suderman, good times for liberalism may be on the verge of ending. After Democrats' recent sag in the polls, the party turned once more to Bill Clinton.