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

2008: The Year of the Single Woman Voter?

The Democrats' quest for unmarried women voters could yield a new election narrative that offers a better look at the state of the republic than we've seen in the recent past.

The narrative that emerges from the contest for the 2008 Democratic nomination will likely be a story about women . That's understandable given the major milestone that is the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Still, I can't help but have some trepidation as I contemplate how that story will be told. As the Iowa caucuses and the early primaries fast approach, the narrative for the general election will soon begin to take shape. Since 1980, the electoral gender gap -- the fact that women tend to vote for Democratic presidential candidates -- has provided the context for a story that has carried great weight over the last three presidential election cycles. Suburban white women, all referred to condescendingly as "moms," were presumed by journalists to be the all-important swing voters who ultimately decide who wins the White House. This time around, the story of women voters who matter may be a bit different. Enter the "single anxious female." She's certainly a departure from the...


Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee emerged strong from this debate, coming across as reasonable, compassionate, humble and humorous. If G.O.P. leaders knew what they were doing, they'd throw in with this guy and get him some dough. (See my colleagues at TAPPED writing on this phenomenon earlier in the day.) Thankfully, their own elitism will likely prevent party leaders from giving the former preacher the nod. After all, Mike ain't no fortunate son. Rudy Giuliani might have gotten away with throwing abortion law back into the states and endorsing gun control had he not come out swinging at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over the hiring of undocumented workers as groundskeepers at the governor's mansion. Even though the base is likely to consider Romney suspect on this issue, as with abortion and his religion, Giuliani cast more doubt on his own character than Romney's when he played so rough right out of the gate, especially considering his own claim to fame is as mayor of a...


In a breathtaking moment for us queer folk, a question submitted by an openly gay retired brigadier general was aired by Anderson Cooper , who is rumored to be gay. The general not only challenged the "Don't ask, don't tell" military policy; he did so by turning the tables. Why, he wanted to know, did the candidates not trust the professionalism of American soldiers to work with gay men and lesbians? As it turns out, the good general was in the audience, and when Cooper gave the elderly gentleman -- who served more than 40 years in the military -- the microphone, Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr (ret.) was booed by an audience of Republicans. There's your patriotism for you. --Adele M. Stan


As Dana blogged, an African-American father and son asked the candidates how they would end the "war at home," which they named as "black-on-black" crime. This gave Mitt Romney the opportunity to display a breathtaking combination of stupidity and condescension, when he spoke of how lucky the son was to have a dad standing with him (presumably, seeing as he is black and everything). Then he said he would win the war by "giving moms and dads". (See update below.) What?! BTW, if Mitt is elected, I'd like him to send me a puppy -- 'cause the world would be a much better if all single people had puppies. UPDATE (11/29/07): What Romney actually said, according to the CNN transcript: "And it's time in this country that we go back to the kind of values that allow kid to have moms and dads." Still pretty dumb. --Adele M. Stan


A half-hour into the Republican YouTube debate, every question has dealt with paranoia over the delusion of a disintegration of American sovereignty, whether by a perceived invasion of people "with funny accents," to paraphrase Mitt Romney , or by an alleged conspiracy to create a North American Union on the order of the European Union, as Republican candidate Ron Paul has suggested . --Adele M. Stan