Harold Meyerson

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

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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...

A Shifting Electoral Map Gives Democrats the Advantage

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, third from left, Democratic vice presidential candidate, and Senator Tim Kaine, second from left, and Representative Marcia Fudge, left, hold hands together after Clinton speaks at the 11th Congressional District Labor Day festival at Luke Easter Park in Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, September 5, 2016. W e are all of us drowning in polls, but The Washington Post’s poll of each of the individual 50 states , posted online on Tuesday and presented in a special section of the paper’s print edition Wednesday, is something else again. The survey of 74,000 voters, compiled from August 9 through September 1, offers us two things that most national polls don’t: A window on the broader future of American politics, and a clear picture of how the third-party candidacies of Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Jill Stein are affecting this year’s race. First, to this year’s election and the curious role of the third parties:...

How the Charter School Lobby Is Changing the Democratic Party

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Rex Features via AP Images Eli Broad at the Broad Museum civic dedication ceremony in Los Angeles, September 18, 2015. This story originally appeared at The Los Angeles Times . A t a time when Democrats and their party are, by virtually every index, moving left, a powerful center-right pressure group within the liberal universe has nonetheless sprung up. Funded by billionaires and arrayed against unions, it is increasingly contesting for power in city halls and statehouses where Democrats already govern. That’s not how the charter school lobby is customarily described, I’ll allow, but it’s most certainly what it’s become. Next year, the progressive mayors of America’s two largest and overwhelmingly Democratic cities—New York’s Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles’s Eric Garcetti—will each stand for re-election. So far, the only visible challenger to Garcetti’s bid is Steve Barr , founder of the Green Dot charter schools. In New York, de Blasio’s critics have suggested that Success Academy...

Trump’s Appeal to the Forgotten Man

Donald Trump plays to the alienation of the white working class as a vengeful, authoritarian father figure.

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Briar Woods High School, Tuesday, August 2, 2016, in Ashburn, Virginia. I t’s hard to keep track of Donald Trump’s outrages, as he careens from one to the next: Gold Star families, prominent Republicans, crying babies. Trump calls to mind the line of the early 1960s comic and satirist Mort Sahl, who invariably paused mid-routine to ask, “Is there anyone I haven’t offended?” Still, before Trump’s Republican Convention speech fades into the mists of time, I’d like to revisit one particularly troubling passage. No, not the one where he said that he “alone” could fix our problems—a passage that has since garnered a fair share of attention, since it suggests a conception of the office of president that doesn’t leave much room for the other branches of government, or more broadly, for American citizens to play a role in steering the country. It’s a kindred passage from his speech that I want...