Bob Moser

Bob Moser, the author of Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority, is a contributing editor at The New Republic and Rolling Stone

Recent Articles

The Voter Suppression Chronicles

When the Roberts Court all but nullified the Voting Rights Act, it said the pre-1965 practices were long gone. New hearings by the House make clear: They’re back.

This article appears in the Summer 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Kristin Scott had a mess on her hands. In June of last year, less than three months before the start of early voting for the midterms, the news had come down to the elections director of rural Halifax County, North Carolina: The state’s Republican lawmakers, those mad scientists of American voter suppression, had voted to create uniform hours for early voting across the state. Every polling place would have to be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The bill had seemingly popped up out of nowhere, tacked on to a budget bill the day before and waved through in just 40 hours with no public testimony, committee hearings, or input from local or state elections officials. “In the most undemocratic way possible, we’re undermining democracy,” fumed Democratic state Senator Jay Chaudhuri. Scott’s reaction was more pragmatic: “Uh-oh. What do we do now?...

A New South Rising: This Time for Real

The midterms made clear that progressive candidates can retake the region with young and minority voters.

This article appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . By the time Mike Espy took the podium at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, conceding defeat in his U.S. Senate runoff, many observers of this year’s midterms down South had seen quite enough. Like Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida, African Americans who’d come agonizingly close to defeating far-right whites in November, Espy had raised hopes of a symbolically monumental victory over white conservatism in—of all unlikely places—Mississippi. He’d done something similar years before, as a much younger man, becoming the first black congressman from Mississippi since Reconstruction in 1986. When Espy fell short, with 46 percent of the vote, it was a high-water mark for Mississippi Democrats in the 21st century. But it was still a heartbreaker—the year’s “final moment in a series of...

Q&A: The Quiet Fire That Burns Democracy

Carol Anderson on voter suppression and Jim Crow 2.0

I n her impeccably timed 2016 best-seller, White Rage , historian and Emory professor Carol Anderson took readers on a jarring and illuminating journey through America’s deep history of structural racism. Her new book, One Person, No Vote , connects that historical legacy with the resurgence of voter suppression that’s capturing headlines in 2018, thanks not only to the ascendance of Trumpism, but the state-level depredations of voting-rights foes like Brian Kemp in Georgia, John Husted in Ohio, and Kris Kobach in Kansas. This fall, I spoke with Anderson for nearly two hours about how the country has circled back to what she’s called “Jim Crow 2.0” after the voting- and civil-rights triumphs of the 1960s—and how she still finds sparks of hope for breaking the cycle. The interview has been edited for concision. One of the “enemies of democracy” you focus on in your book, Brian Kemp, has spent eight years suppressing black votes in Georgia...

Bobby Jindal: Let's Get Small

Today a pair of leading Republicans—and potential presidential contenders for 2016—offered some indications that the party might actually have a conversation about its future that goes beyond nominating Marco Rubio and grudgingly submitting to immigration reform. In interviews with Politico , Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky had some bracing things to say about the GOP’s failures and future—though only one of them (guess which?) suggested anything more than an image makeover. Jindal, who’s taking over as head of the Republican Governors Association this week, had lots of eminently quotable and bold-sounding things to say—not the least being that he acknowledged openly that Republicans had been “the stupid party,” and implied that Mitt Romney had been the chief dumbass: “The Republican Party is going to fight for every single vote,” he said, adding rather pointedly: “That means the 47...

No He Didn't!

Apparently we don’t need to wait five days to find out who’ll be president for the next four years. All we need to do is check out, say, The Boston Herald , for a headline confidently proclaiming : “Romney set to win, maybe by a mile.” Or National Review Online , where we learn that “the size of Romney’s victory could be the biggest surprise of all.” Or The Wall Street Journal , where that most disinterested of political observers, Karl Rove, proclaims : “It comes down to numbers. And in the final days of this presidential race, from polling data to early voting, they favor Mitt Romney.” Then there’s The Hill , where Dick Morris prophecies , “Here comes the landslide.” And if we still have any lingering doubts—or fanciful hopes for President Obama—they will be shattered by, which has “The Updated Definitive Projection of the race: Romney wins 54 percent and 359 EVs.” That...