Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is the executive editor of The American ProspectHis email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

Recent Articles

The Right's Denial

On their journey through the stages of grief, conservatives don't yet seem to have gotten past denial. Republicans may have lost, conservatives argue, but only because they misplaced their ideology. "[T]hey were punished not for pursuing but for forgetting conservatism," George F. Will, conservatism's most trenchant champion, wrote in The Washington Post last week. Their mortal sin, in this gospel, was their abandonment of fiscal prudence. They doffed their green eyeshades and gushed red ink. "The greatest scandal in Washington, D.C., is runaway federal spending," said Indiana congressman Mike Pence, the true-blue conservative who is challenging Ohio's John Boehner for the post of House Republican leader. Holding conservatism blameless for last week's Republican debacle may stiffen conservative spines, but the very idea is the product of mushy conservative brains unwilling to acknowledge the obvious: that conservatism has never been more ascendant than during George Bush's presidency...

The Fair-Trade Election

The architect built his house of straw. The foundation -- the Republican base -- may have retained its brick-like solidity in support of its candidates Tuesday, just as Karl Rove predicted. But the house itself -- and the House itself -- was blown to smithereens, with massive shifts among moderate and independent voters to the Democratic column. And for all the talk of coming Democratic dissonance within their expanded congressional delegations, it's clear that on economic policy, a new progressive center has formed. The Democrats' pickups came largely in the Northeast, Midwest, and Mountain West. In the South, outside of Florida, they won just a couple of new seats. Moderate northern Republicans in both houses -- including the most moderate, Rhode Island's Lincoln Chafee in the Senate and Iowa's Jim Leach in the House -- went down to defeat. The Republican Party that limps away from this election is rooted more firmly in the South -- which is precisely the party's problem. It was the...


LUGAR AND SANDERS WIN. We now have one Republican and one socialist elected to the Senate. --Harold Meyerson


LAST MINUTE PREDICTIONS. Ever the optimist, I'll say the Dems will pick up 32 in the House and 6 in the Senate (RI, PA, OH, VA, MO, MT). I could, of course, be wrong. --Harold Meyerson

Action, Meet Reaction

The North, it seems, shall rise again. Most of the House seats that the Democrats are expected to take from Republicans are in the Northeast and industrial Midwest, heartland of the old Republican Party of Lincoln, McKinley, and Eisenhower. Many of the Republicans holding these seats are a distinct minority in a party now dominated by southerners who are more supportive of executive branch authoritarianism and yet also more government-phobic. And the Republican moderates, judging by their own comments, are boiling mad that the Democrats are going after them. "There is no one who has voted more often with the Democrats than Linc Chafee," Susan Collins, the Republican senator from Maine, told The New York Times of her Rhode Island colleague, who is trailing Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in the polls. "Yet that didn't stop them from going after him with everything they had." And we all remember how moderate Republicans stopped the conservatives who control their party from going after...