David Atkins

David Atkins is a writer and research professional living in Santa Barbara. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal and president of The Pollux Group, a research and consulting firm specializing in politics and consumer technology.

Recent Articles

Why Millennials Don’t Like Clinton—And What She Can Do About It

Hillary Clinton’s support from millennial voters has dropped sharply since August, a problem that she needs to address even more aggressively to hold onto this key bloc of voters.

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(Photo: Sipa USA via AP/Monica Jorge) Hillary Clinton gives a speech focused on millennials at Temple University in Philadelphia on September 19. Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, holds a Millennial focused speech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Temple University on Monday, September 19, 2016, 50 days before the presidential election. (Photo by Monica Jorge) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field *** (Sipa via AP Images) H illary Clinton has long struggled with younger voters, but the problem now threatens to cost her the election. Clinton’s address to millennials this week underscored her awareness of how crucial they are to her chances in November. But her support from voters ages 18 to 35 has declined by double digits since August, raising an urgent question for Democrats: Why are millennial voters so reluctant to embrace Clinton? On the surface, Clinton should do well with younger voters. Millennials are the most progressive generation in America, and Hillary Clinton’s...

Nothing to Lose: A President Clinton Should Take Aggressive Climate Action

Hillary Clinton’s instincts for incrementalism won’t get her far on the issue of climate change, given the urgency of the issue and the intransigence of Republicans on Capitol Hill.

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AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File Hillary Clinton speaks in Clinton, Iowa. H illary Clinton’s well-known pragmatic streak, which was one factor in her Democratic primary win over the more idealistic Bernie Sanders, may serve her well as president in such areas as economics and foreign policy. After all, both recessions and armed conflicts come and go. But there’s one area in which Clinton, should she defeat Donald Trump in November, should squelch her impulse to take small strides and achieve incremental compromise: climate change. As global temperatures continue to rise more quickly than governments can respond, the climate crisis pits any mandate for compromise against the fierce urgency of now. Clinton has boasted that she is “a progressive who likes to get things done,” and who knows “how to find common ground.” But given the opposition she will face from climate-deniers on Capitol Hill, she will have to take a more belligerent, unilateral approach on this issue if she wants to...