Harold Meyerson

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

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Yes, But How Will They Vote?

Ethnicity is one of many factors that help determine a person's voting preference.  

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This is a contribution to Prospect Debate: The Illusion of a Minority-Majority America . R ichard Alba’s thoughtful and iconoclastic piece in the Winter issue requires us to rethink the nation’s shifting racial profile. What it doesn’t do, however, is dispel the thesis that “demography is destiny”—that the shifting racial palette of American voters will contribute to creating a lasting Democratic majority. The key question for hard-nosed political strategists is how Hispanics and the children of marriages between Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites will vote, since these constitute the largest racial components of the presumably emerging Democratic majority. Here, too, a great deal of caution is in order—for if the Census Bureau has not yet figured out how to accurately classify children of mixed marriages, as Alba suggests, exit polls haven’t even tried. When a voter tells a pollster she’s Hispanic, that settles it—she’s Hispanic, no matter her lineage. But even when a voter who’s half...

The Establishment Tanks

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AP Photo/J. David Ake Senator Bernie Sanders reacts to the cheering crowd at his primary night rally Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in Manchester, New Hampshire. N ashua, New Hampshire — New Hampshire on Tuesday became the graveyard of both political parties’ establishments. Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primary, and just as important, the fleeting emergence of John Kasich as the leading establishment-lane candidate and the not-so-fleeting debacle of Marco Rubio’s fifth place finish, all add up to the likelihood that Trump will emerge as the Republican nominee. Bernie Sanders’s landslide victory over Hillary Clinton—he won all age groups save those over 65, and all income categories save those with household incomes in excess of $200,000—means he’s a credible contender for the Democratic nomination. He will need to improve his standing among voters of color, of course, which poses a significant challenge to his campaign. But Sanders has already cleared one hurdle that no...

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. 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 anxiety to gun-control phobia...

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. 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 (he was then chair of the...

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