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. Opinions expressed here are her own.

Recent Articles


[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


Bill Richardson : "We said to Musharraf, 'Security is more important than human rights.'" He then went on to say that if Richardson won the election, it would be the other way around. I'm not diggin' the black-and-white nature of this answer. These issues are pretty complex, and sometimes there are no easy answers. Just ask the Bill Richardson who tried to make a deal with the Taliban in 1998. --Adele M. Stan


Barack Obama and John Edwards now seem to agree with Hillary Clinton on the subject of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. At least they agree in principle with the answer she gave two weeks ago at the NBC debate, which was that it was a public safety issue that it was an understandable solution in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. But now Hillary is solidly against driver's licenses for those whom Dennis Kucinich correctly described as "undocumented" -- and not "illegal" -- immigrants. Edwards, however, said he doesn't accept that comprehensive immigration reform is impossible, and Obama said something triangulational that I've already forgotten. --Adele M. Stan


Chris Dodd just made a lovely speech about ending the shrillness of the debate between the Democrats, and suggested that he was the one who could bring the party together. Of course, he's spent the last several weeks suggesting that the frontrunner -- who happens to be a woman -- was not electable (most likely because she is a woman). So I guess he'll be bringing together the men in the party. That's who really counts, no? --Adele M. Stan