Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is research director of People for the American Way, and a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles


Barack Obama just posed a challenge to Hillary Clinton on Social Security. On substance he was great, noting that Clinton's promise to cap at $ 97,000 the annual income that could taxed for Social Security taxes protected the top 6 percent of Americans. He stood up to counter her, offering a direct challenge, and she neither backed down or away. Then he sat down, and she rebutted. I barely heard what she said, so mesmerized was I by Clinton's physical attitude, which really was strong; firm stance and hands moving in unison. That, combined with Obama's weak answer on the question of driver's licenses for undocumented workers, seemed to leave the contest's Number 2 man somewhat diminished. --Adele M. Stan


Okay, so maybe I'm warming up to the reality show. That's because of the mother of a soldier serving in Iraq who asked what the candidates would to the close the pay gap between her son -- who makes around $30,000 -- and the contractors, whom she cited as making more than $100,000 for their work in Iraq. Bill Richardson gave a serviceable answer about ending the war, but the question begs an answer from Congress. --Adele M. Stan


In a sort of hybrid of the town-hall format and the more standard debate, CNN has dispatched White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux into the audience, where real people who symbolize certain issues have been planted with questions for the candidates. First up, a serviceman who has served three tours in Iraq, and his mother, who calls his tours in Iraq as participation in "Iraq's civil war." The question, however, is about Iran, and after Joe Biden was asked to answer, Clinton was put on the hot seat because, per Wolf Blitzer , her vote for the Kyl-Lieberman resolution. I'm not loving this reality-show take on the debate format. --Adele M. Stan


[Tsk. Tsk.] Hillary got a good one in just by saying Campbell Brown's first name when the one female questioner among the three asked the frontrunner what she meant in her address to the students of her alma mater,Wellesley, when she spoke of "the all-boys club of presidential politics." "Campbell," said Hillary. Translation: Like, really, just between us girlfriends, are you gonna tell me you don't know what it means to crack an all-boys club? --Adele M. Stan


Asked if the surge strategy implemented by Gen. David Petraeus is working, Dennis Kucinich got his opportunity to address his big issue, saying that the troop increase is fueling the insurgency. Then he took that notion and applied it to the current strife in Pakistan, explaining that American aggression in Iraq had increased instability across the Muslim world. Then he flipped the old "peace through strength" adage of the Cold Warriors into his own new mantra. --Adele M. Stan