Harold Meyerson

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

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Class Will Out

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Rex Features via AP Images Trump supporters at the rally Donald Trump campaign rally, Las Vegas on February 22, 2016. W hy is this year’s presidential contest different from all previous cycles’ presidential contests? There are lots of reasons, but at the root of them all is class-based voting. To a limited degree, Americans’ votes have always been influenced by their income, wealth, and education levels—the most common metrics defining a voter’s class. They’ve also been influenced, however, by other aspects of Americans’ identities: race and religion foremost. In recent decades, though, voting in the two parties’ presidential primaries has tended to follow more specific patterns. The Republican primary electorate (which has become almost entirely white) has generally been divided between more affluent voters favoring traditionally conservative economic policies (chiefly, low tax rates) and less concerned with religious and cultural matters, and evangelicals, more commonly less...

Come Saturday, the Donald and the Bern Are Lookin’ Good

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts as the crowd cheers for him during a rally at Sumter Country Civic Center in Sumter, South Carolina, Wednesday, February 17, 2016. O n Saturday, South Carolina Republicans and Nevada Democrats vote on their presidential preferences—the Republicans in a primary, the Democrats in caucuses—and, as in New Hampshire, the two parties’ establishments may take it on the chin. A series of polls show Donald Trump ahead of his GOP opponents by between 15 and 20 percentage points in South Carolina, while the only even semi-reputable poll (CNN-ORC’s) of likely Nevada Democratic caucus-goers shows a tie between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (at 48 percent) and Senator Bernie Sanders (at 47 percent) in a state on which Clinton until recently was said to have a lock. (In case you’re wondering, Nevada Republicans don’t caucus until next Tuesday, and South Carolina Democrats don’t go to the polls until a week from...

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...

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