Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is executive editor of The American Prospect. His email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

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California Stays Blue

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(Photo: AP/Nick Ut) California Senator-elect Kamala Harris address the media in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 10. This story originally appeared at The Los Angeles Times . T here’s America, and then there’s California. Golden State residents know that their state is a different political animal from their nation, but just how different may not have been fully apparent until Tuesday’s election. Californians voted for Hillary Clinton at a rate (61.5 percent) higher than any other state’s, save Hawaii. They voted to extend progressive tax rates, restrict ammunition sales, legalize weed, and ban plastic bags. They appear to have given the Democrats a two-thirds supermajority in the State Assembly and perhaps, pending the final vote count in one district, a supermajority in the State Senate. Even Orange County, once the seedbed of Goldwaterism, voted Democratic in the presidential race—for the first time since Franklin Roosevelt’s landslide victory in 1936. This time around, of course...


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Scott Sommerdorf/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP People react to the announcement that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has carried another state, while gathering at a Democratic election night party at Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. I t wasn’t James Comey who did her in. It sure wasn’t Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. It was her husband. No, not because of Bill Clinton’s personal financial dealings or sexual behavior. Because of his economic policy, which was the establishment economic policy. NAFTA. Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. Signing financial legislation that crucially omitted any regulation of derivatives. Last night, the Rust Belt—whose rust buildup Bill Clinton signally contributed to by signing deals that offshored millions of decent-paying jobs—revolted. Last night, from Pennsylvania in the east to Iowa in the West, one formerly-solid Democratic state after another saw their white working class, their small town and rural...

The Trump Financial Panic

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Donald Trump in Warren, Michigan, on October 31 T here’s a lot to pay attention to these days, what with new polling results popping up every five minutes and possibly the best damn World Series Game 7 ever. So you have a perfectly good excuse if you haven’t been watching the markets grow increasingly nervous as the prospects of a Donald Trump victory next Tuesday have risen from impossible to—well, possible. Consider: The Dow dropped 150 points in the few minutes after news of FBI chief James Comey’s letter to Congress became public last Friday. The VIX—short for Volatility Index, which measures financial traders’ anticipation of market instability—rose by 5.4 percent in the same brief period. “Wall Street’s bet against fear,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, “is starting to wane.” And that’s just a foreshock of the 9-point quake that would follow in the event of a Trump victory. “The conventional wisdom,” The New York Times ’ Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote the same day, “is...

Democrats Get Out the Vote. Republicans Suppress It.

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(Photo: AP/Jim Mone) A voter passes a sign in Minneapolis on September 23, 2016. I t’s during the homestretch of campaigns that political parties often reveal their deepest identities, and that’s never been truer than it is this year. What really distinguishes the Democrats from the Republicans this fall isn’t their ideologies, their platforms, or even their candidates, though there’s contrast aplenty in each of those. What really distinguishes the two parties is what they’re actually doing in the campaign’s final weeks. The Democrats are trying to get out the vote. The Republicans are trying to suppress it. To be sure, Republicans have something of an operation to turn out their vote, but Donald Trump has failed to focus on building it—raising the funds, hiring the managers, directing his zealots to pound the pavement. Instead, he’s all but directed his zealots to pound black and Latino voters at the polls, should they have the presumption to show up to vote. But we shouldn’t blame...

Trump’s Refusal to Accept Election’s Legitimacy Is No Surprise

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(Photo: AP/David Goldman) Donald Trump speaks during the third presidential debate on October 19, 2016. D onald Trump’s Jeezus-Christ-Did-He-Really-Say-That Moment last night—saying he wouldn’t guarantee that he’d accept the result of the impending presidential election—didn’t come out of the blue. Herewith, two explanations. Explanation One (the short one): People seem to have forgotten Trump’s answer to the very first question at this year’s very first prime-time presidential debate, which featured the ten highest-polling Republican presidential candidates. The moderator asked the debaters to raise their hands if they’d pledge to back the eventual Republican nominee, whoever that was going to be. Nine hands went up. Trump’s did not. By suggesting he might oppose the nomination of anyone but himself, leaving open the possibility he might run as an independent candidate, the conventional wisdom was that he’d hurt himself, possibly fatally, with the Republican electorate (certainly,...