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.

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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


Hmmm...a sanctuary mansion sounds to me like a good, maybe, what Jesus was talking about when he said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." Sounds like a sanctuary mansion to me. --Adele M. Stan

The Struggle to Shift the Immigration Narrative

Who won last week's Democratic presidential debate? Thanks to the immigration question, the winner was Rudy. Or Mitt. Or whoever stands to win the Republican nomination.

Thanks to the Republican resentment machine, the 2008 presidential contest is shaping up to be a referendum on immigration, and, in an effort to differentiate themselves from one another, Democrats are buying into the story as the Republicans have framed it -- which happens to be a perfect wedge issue for cleaving apart the Democratic base. In the last two Democratic presidential debates, first Hillary Clinton, then Barack Obama were excoriated for fumbling their answers to the question of driver's licenses for undocumented workers. Yet, for Iowa's likely Democratic caucus-goers, immigration barely ranks among the top 10 issues, according to a poll by the University of Iowa , which found that only 2.4 percent of caucus-goers claimed immigration as their top issue. The tale of perils posed by immigrants to hardworking Americans is a false issue trumped up by Republicans as a terrific diversion from the woes of war and a tanking economy. It's scapegoating at its most rank. So why do...


At this morning's meeting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said saving the Constitution is of paramount importance -- of such importance that the freshman class has been tasked with whipping votes on the contempt of Congress citations for White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolton and former Deputy Chief of Staff Harriet Miers . (Both have refused to testify on their role in the controversial firings of eight U.S. attorneys.) In response to a question by Elana Schor of Guardian America , the speaker said, "If we let the status quo stand, on their refusal to turn over the documents or have the show up to answer the questions of Congress, then we might was well invalidate our oath of office." That's a wonderfully strong statement. But then why, in the House, where seniority is everything, has the fate of the U.S. Constitution been left in the hands of the freshman members? It's a question I ask with all due respect. Why is this fight not being fought without quarter, floor vote after floor...