Harold Meyerson

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

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What’s Millennials’ Support for Jill Stein and Gary Johnson All About?

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(Photo: AP/Christopher Dolan/The Citizens' Voice) Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein speaks at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on September 21. O n the afternoon of the opening session of this summer’s Democratic Convention, I was walking into the convention arena while hundreds of young demonstrators, many carrying signs backing Green Party candidate Jill Stein, shouted and occasionally hurled invectives at those entering the hall—an odd tactic, I thought, since more than 40 percent of the delegates entering the building were Bernie Sanders’s. The friend I was walking in with—a Latino legislator from California—cast a cold eye on the demonstrators and noted, “They’re all white.” Two months have passed since that convention, and Hillary Clinton is still having trouble winning the allegiance of the young, a disproportionate number of whom are backing either Stein or Libertarian Gary Johnson. But my friend’s take on the demonstrators is still an apt...

Young Voters Love Gary Johnson -- For All the Wrong Reasons

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(Photo: AP/Scott Morgan) Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson runs onto the stage during a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 3. This story originally appeared at the Los Angeles Times . It has been updated. H illary Clinton’s in trouble with the young. It’s not that they’re flocking to Donald Trump, who trails her in every poll of millennial voters. Instead, she’s losing their allegiance to Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson. The oddity—and potentially, the tragedy—of all this is that many young Americans’ defining beliefs are dismissed or opposed by libertarians generally and Johnson in particular. But then, Johnson’s appeal is less a testament to the popularity or credibility of his program than to the fact that he’s become the none-of-the-above option for disgruntled citizens. It may be that Clinton’s and Trump’s performances in their first debate moved some young voters into Clinton’s column. According to a post-debate poll by Public Policy Polling,...

Enough Rope

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Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton smiles as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Monday, September 26, 2016. H illary Clinton had to do three things in last night’s debate, and she did roughly 2.8 of them very well. First, she had to actually make sounder, and more appealing policy points than Donald Trump did. On the whole, she succeeded—though she still doesn’t really have a good comeback to Trump’s criticism of the past several decades of trade policy (that’s why I only give her a 2.8 of three). Second, she had to get under his skin, so he’d feel compelled to defend himself, which is to say, defend the indefensible. Third, she had to know when to let him go, to rant, to be Donald Trump, and not step on it by interrupting or trying to refute the absurd. On points two and three, she was brilliant. Getting under his skin, she handed him the rope...

The Riddle of Immigrant Voting

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AP Photo/Lynne Sladky Georgina Arcienegas holds a sign in support of Latino voters during a protest in Doral, Florida, on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. I mmigration is one of the defining issues of the 2016 election, but does that mean it will bring out immigrants to the polls? Naturalized Americans, who hail disproportionately from Latin America and Asia, certainly have the potential to put Hillary Clinton over the top: In the 2012 presidential contest, more than 70 percent of both Latinos and Asians voted for President Obama. This year, however, polls show that despite the threat posed to immigrant communities by the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, Clinton is doing no better against Trump—and perhaps worse—than Obama did against Mitt Romney four years ago. Similarly, there are no clear indications that Latino and Asian turnout will grow more than incrementally from their lackluster levels of 2012. A remarkable study released last week by Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, and...