Eliza Newlin Carney

Eliza Newlin Carney is a weekly columnist at The American Prospect. Her email is ecarney@prospect.org.


Recent Articles

Is 2016 Another “Year of the Woman?”

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rules-logo-109.jpeg Twenty-five years ago this month, a young lawyer and federal worker named Anita Hill publicly accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Hill’s allegations during Thomas’s televised confirmation hearings transfixed the nation, not only because they were graphic and controversial, but also because the Senate Judiciary Committee’s all-white, all-male composition hit female viewers like a lightning bolt. Back then, the Democratic women’s PAC EMILY’s List was a fledgling shop with about 1,200 members and a 1990 campaign budget of just $3 million, money the group had both donated to and raised on behalf of women candidates. By the time Election Day 1992 rolled around, membership had exploded to 24,000, candidate fundraising had hit $10 million, and EMILY’s List—along with several other women’s organizations suddenly flush with cash and volunteers—helped elect five new women to the Senate...

Could Clinton Tame Congress?

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This article appears in the Fall 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . When the market research firm YouGov asked Donald Trump supporters in August what they thought of Hillary Clinton, 93 percent said she was “corrupt,” 92 percent called her “dangerous,” and a striking 84 percent branded her downright “evil.” Such visceral GOP hostility spells gridlock on Capitol Hill should Clinton win the White House. Republicans are almost certain to retain control of the House—which may well tilt even further right, as moderate Republicans retire or struggle to retain their seats. Predicts David Wasserman, House editor of The Cook Political Report : “Calls to impeach Hillary Clinton will begin well before she takes office.” This gloomy scenario bodes poorly for the ambitious policy agenda Clinton has pledged to enact with Republican help, including infrastructure investments, immigration changes, and an overhaul of...

Big Money May Not Save GOP Senators

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rules-logo-109.jpeg Senate Republicans have built a seemingly impenetrable wall of money to insulate themselves from the threat of a Democratic takeover, but they are starting to discover—not for the first time—that deep pockets aren’t everything. It’s too early to say how badly the tape scandal that’s triggered open warfare between Donald Trump and GOP leaders will damage Republicans struggling to hold onto their Senate majority, or whether it may even put the House in play. But the massive GOP spending advantage that until now has insulated many Republicans from the radioactive Trump suddenly looks less foolproof. “I think there are cycles when parties develop problems that money can’t fix,” notes Nathan Gonzales, editor of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report , pointing to 2006 and 2010 as examples. In 2006, congressional Republicans outspent Democrats but still lost the House and the Senate in an election that became a...

Trump’s Voter Fraud Fantasy

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rules-logo-109.jpeg Donald Trump’s racially tinged calls for his backers to “watch” voters in “certain areas” lest the election be “rigged” against him have alarmed voting-rights advocates, who are mobilizing thousands of volunteers to protect voters from Election Day harassment and obstruction. The League of Women Voters “has been pretty concerned about these statements, because of the chance of intimidation and discrimination,” says Lloyd Leonard, the League’s senior advocacy director. The League is one of several voting-rights groups rounding up volunteers to help to forestall disruptions or challenges at the polls, which could lead at least to long lines, and at worst to voter suppression. With his dark warnings that “a lot of bad things happen” and that his supporters should “go check out areas”—read African American and Latino neighborhoods—to guard against fraud, Trump is not just...

Trump Foundation Legal Problems Pile Up

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rules-logo-109.jpeg Donald Trump has ditched any semblance of self-restraint with his renewed attacks on his Democratic rival as “Crooked Hillary,” but it’s Trump’s own apparent legal violations that are increasingly making the news. After months of breathless reports about the conflicts posed by the Clinton Foundation when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, a string of disclosures involving the Donald J. Trump Foundation point to multiple clear-cut tax and campaign-finance violations. Watchdogs and congressional Democrats have asked the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service to investigate, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has already launched a probe. Trump has dismissed the New York inquiry as politically motivated, and his campaign aides say he has followed all applicable laws. But there are signs that Trump and his campaign are increasingly nervous about the mounting pile of evidence that Trump used the foundation as a...