Harold Meyerson

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

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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...

The Three Powerful Messages of the Democratic Convention

The final night of the convention in Philadelphia was an argument for diversity—and against Trump.

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(Photo: Sipa USA via AP/Dennis van Tine) Hillary Clinton speaks during the final night of the Democratic National Convention, after formally accepting the party's nomination for president. dem_convention_icon.jpg T he Democrats left Philadelphia last night after a generally successful convention that conveyed three messages. The first was simply that we are, as the campaign says ad nauseum, stronger together, and that Donald Trump’s efforts to pull us apart will—well, pull us apart. No convention has ever emphasized tolerance and equality—and the costs of intolerance and the denial of rights—like this one. None ever featured so prominently every minority or out-group. In the first two hours (4 to 6 p.m. Eastern time) of Thursday’s session, more than 25 speakers came to the podium, not one of them a straight white male. The most devastatingly effective of these presentations, however, came during primetime, when the father of a Muslim Arab-American immigrant who became an army officer...

Obama Confronts Trump's Shaky Grasp of Democracy

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Riccardo Savi/Sipa via AP Images President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, on July 27, 2016. dem_convention_icon.jpg O ne of the shorthand characterizations of our two political parties that has long had some truth to it has been that the Democrats are the mommy party, and the Republicans, the daddy party. This year, if the two parties’ conventions are any indication, those characterizations have become understatements. The Republicans under Donald Trump have become the swaggering macho bluster party, while the Democrats have become the take-care-of-the-children-and-don’t-bring-that-damned-gun-into-my-house party. If you’ve watched the entire Democratic convention so far, and not just the big late-hour speeches, you’ve seen a constant drumbeat about Hillary the mom, the children’s advocate, the woman who bounced back after the defeat of Hillary-care to win the enactment of health insurance...