Harold Meyerson

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

Recent Articles

Informed Citizens and the Mob

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AP Photo/David Goldman A supporter holds up a sign as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally Monday, February 8, 2016, in Manchester, New Hampshire. campaign-trail-icon-109.jpeg M anchester, New Hampshire — On election eve in New Hampshire, as strong winds sent snowflakes flying horizontally, the mind of Donald Trump was similarly in full, free-associational flight. “We will save Social Security,” he told the Trump faithful who’d braved a near blizzard to attend his final campaign rally at the Verizon Wireless Arena in downtown Manchester. “They want to chop away at it! Like they’ve chopped away at the Second Amendment! Like they’ve chopped away at Christianity! Very soon, very, very soon, we’ll all be saying, ‘Merry Christmas’ again!” The progression from savior of Social Security to winner in the “War on Christmas” distills the concerns of right-wing populists down to parody—it was vintage Trump. From genuine economic...

The Candidate of Republican Nostalgia

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AP Photo/Charles Krupa Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at a campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire, Sunday, February 7, 2016. campaign-trail-icon-109.jpeg J ohn Kasich begins his town hall gatherings in New Hampshire with a trip down memory lane. On a sparkling Super Bowl Sunday, at his 101 st town hall, he came before jam-packed auditorium at a Nashua Community College and made a point of countering the doom-and-gloom jeremiads of his Republican rivals by summoning remembrances of past glories. He told of how he sat alongside his parents and watched men walk on the moon; how as a kid he met Ronald Reagan and, better still, Jimmy Stewart (after whose manner, minus the stammer, he somewhat models his own); how Reagan and Tip O’Neill relaxed over drinks and saved Social Security; how the Berlin Wall came down thanks to Reagan’s resoluteness. Into this flow of world historic moments, he weaves an account of his own career, taking credit for the federal budget surpluses of the late 1990s...

Rubio’s a Robot! And Other Republican Revelations

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AP Photo/David Goldman Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio answers a question as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump listens during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College Saturday, February 6, 2016, in Manchester, New Hampshire. campaign-trail-icon-109.jpeg N ew Jersey Governor Chris Christie achieved his apotheosis in Saturday night’s Republican debate, settling happily into a role he was born to play. Christie is the bad cop in the interrogation room, slapping the detainee so silly that he’ll break down and say anything. His victim Saturday night was Florida Senator Marco Rubio, whom Christie accused not just of being an unready, callow youth, but of giving the same canned speech over and over again. Rubio was so rattled that he responded to Christie’s attack by delivering the same canned answer, verbatim, three times in the span of about a minute. It was not an effective reply. The reduction of...

In But Not Of the Party

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(Photo: AP/Matt Rourke) Supporters of Hillary Clinton cheer during her speech at the New Hampshire Democratic Party McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Celebration dinner on February 5, 2016, in Manchester, New Hampshire. unnamed.jpg M anchester, New Hampshire — The New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner and rally goes on steroids in presidential years. Invariably scheduled for the weekend before the presidential primary, the dinner is held in a far larger venue than is customary: The national (and global) press corps swarms in, and, above all, the Democratic presidential candidates and their supporters turn out in force. On Friday night, the party repaired to the Verizon Wireless Center in the heart of Manchester. The ice hockey arena featured the standard shell-out-the-bucks tables of ten festooning the floor where the ice normally sits. The presidential partisans and party faithful filled the thousands of low-dollar spectator seats: The Hillary supporters on one side of...