Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, and professor at Brandeis University's Heller School. His latest book is Debtors' Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility. He writes columns for The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe and the New York Times international edition. 

Recent Articles

Will Trump Fire Himself?

Even if Donald quits the race now, the GOP’s problems are far from over.

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak during a campaign rally at Sacred Heart University, Saturday, August 13, 2016, in Fairfield, Connecticut. A version of this story appeared at The Huffington Post . D on’t rule out the possibility of Donald Trump quitting the race. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal called on him to clean up his act by Labor Day, or step aside. That’s yuge. If Trump continues to be unable to discipline himself (as all signs indicate), and if Hillary Clinton keeps solidifying her lead, there is a plausible scenario in which his campaign enters a kind death spiral. First, more and more Republicans desert him. Recent press accounts quote senior Republicans saying that if Trump keeps sinking, the Republican National Committee should write off his campaign as hopeless and shift funds to House and Senate races to preserve the congressional fortress. That move itself would only intensify the self-fulfilling-prophesy aspect of...

Donald’s Unlikely Gift to Hillary

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking at a rally at Adams City High School in Commerce City, Colorado, Wednesday, August 3, 2016. A version of this article appeared at The Huffington Post . T his was going to be a tough election for Hillary Clinton. She represented continuity and establishment politics, at a political moment when unhappy voters wanted change. She was pushing 70. Most of her prospective GOP opponents were more youthful, some of them a whole generation younger, reinforcing the image of Clinton as a candidate of the past. She had a lot of baggage—Bill’s affairs, potential embarrassments from Clinton Foundation deals, a very long public record of public service, with inevitable gaffes and contradictions as targets. Even her strength in national security and foreign policy was blemished by misadventures such as the email mess. And then along came Trump. At first, it seemed as if Trump, in the role of faux...

Glass Ceiling and Class Ceiling: Can Hillary Smash Both?

To win in November, Clinton will need to put pocketbook issues front and center.

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File In this July 30, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Youngstown, Ohio. A version of this story appeared at The Huffington Post . B ernie Sanders might be the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton. I don’t just mean persuading most of his delegates not to walk out. Think about it. Without the Sanders campaign, Clinton would be running mainly on three things—her exceptional experience, her breakthrough status as the first woman president, and her embrace of the cultural left that so dominated the Democratic National Convention. All three elements have as many negatives as positives. Clinton may be the most qualified candidate ever to run for president, but her experience includes some awkward baggage. The first potential woman president runs into headwinds of misogyny, personified by Donald Trump. And the cultural left risks alienating as many voters as it mobilizes. What Sanders added was to push Clinton...

Democratic Unity: The Very Tricky Case of Trade

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Delegates supporting Bernie Sanders wave TPP signs during opening proceedings at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. T he unity on display at the Democratic National Convention both Monday and Tuesday nights was nothing short of remarkable. Bernie Sanders has been a radical insurgent all of his political life. He defined himself a democratic socialist and political independent because he could not stomach the corporatized Democratic Party epitomized by the Clintons. Yet Sanders, working the caucuses, spent his political capital quelling the same radical energy that he had inspired—in favor of unity behind Hillary Clinton. By Tuesday night, he could move the nomination of his rival by acclamation, and the handful of boos from his own hard-core were all but inaudible. Did Sanders sell out? I don’t think so. As a real world politician who knew that Hillary’s nomination was inevitable, Sanders did what he did...

Now Comes the Hard Part

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AP Photo/John Locher Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders walks off the stage after speaking to delegates during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016. T o appreciate the surprising success of opening night at the Democratic National Convention, it helps to appreciate the multiple, overlapping pieces of theater being staged. On one level, party leaders were speaking to the country—to the national audience beyond the hall—drawing the contrast between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and not incidentally the contrast between the two parties. On that level, Monday night came off well. The Democrats showed that they can behave like grown-ups. They demonstrated how grown-ups deal with the difficult challenge of party unity when the candidate who won the hearts of the party base was a near miss. They demonstrated that they are serious about the multiple challenges afflicting the country in a way that Donald...