Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist at The American Prospect, and editor of Clarion, the newspaper of Professional Staff Congress, a New York City labor union. The views expressed here are her own.

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Yearning for Biden Reveals Gender Bias Against Clinton

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AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Vice President Joe Biden waves and smiles to the crowd before speaking at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities' (HBCU) National HBCU Week annual conference, Tuesday, September 22, 2015, in Washington. Y ou’d think we’d be past this by now—the endless discussion of whether Hillary Clinton has the stuff it will take to win the presidential election, whether she has the stuff to govern, whether she has the stuff to make you like her. But we’re not. And it has little to do with her ties to Wall Street, or her email server or marriage to a certain former president. It’s because she’s a woman. How else to explain the yearning in some quarters for Vice President Joe Biden to enter the race? In his last two attempts to win the Democratic presidential nomination, he proved himself to be a pretty terrible candidate. In fact, he withdrew from the 2008 nomination race after tanking in the Iowa caucuses, some six months before...

Pope Decries Fundamentalism, Insulting Church’s Own Allies

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Ron Sachs / CNP Pope Francis delivers an address to a Joint Session of the United States Congress in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 24, 2015. I t’s a word so chic, so common now, that it’s become cliché. But it so perfectly suits Pope Francis, that I must deploy it. The pontiff, you see, is a disruptor. He disrupts, with his ostentatious humbleness (oh, that adorable Fiat!), your notion of what a pope should be. He speaks harsh truths in a lovingly pastoral tone, and harsh judgments in a voice of equanimity. Deeply conservative on matters of gender equality and sexual orientation , he’s been know to serve up words on those topics that lead the world to see him as liberal. (As I’ve written here , he is not.) With all this talk, though, he mashes up labels and categories that once seemed so clear, perhaps busting up old alliances as a consequence. Speaking yesterday in the U.S. Capitol Building before a joint session of Congress—the first pope ever to do so—...

GOP Debate: Fiorina Vanquishes Trump

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AP Photo/Chris Carlson Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, right, leads fellow candidates Scott Walker, second from right, Jeb Bush, center, and Donald Trump as they take the stage prior to the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, California. I f there were anything to be learned from Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate, it was that three hours is far too long for such a program—especially when the questions asked of the 11 candidates are as uninspired as those asked by CNN host Jake Tapper. While Tapper, with an occasional assist from his colleague Dana Bash and radio host Hugh Hewitt, did hit the hot buttons—Planned Parenthood funding, immigration, Iran, same-sex marriage, Donald Trump’s remarks about Carly Fiorina’s face—the questions read more like a greatest hits list of GOP bloviation points than prompts for serious discussions of issues...

A Nation of Sociopaths? What the Trump Phenomenon Says About America

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(Photo: AP/Rex Features) Donald Trump signed the Republican National Committee loyalty pledge on September 3 at Trump Tower in New York. T he Republican Party has a Donald Trump problem—and that has some Democrats thanking Lady Luck for apparently blowing on their dice. The casino mogul, after all, has thrown the GOP into a disarray even greater than that wrought by the Koch brothers and the Tea Party, dashing the hopes of Reince Priebus , chairman of the Republican National Committee, to launch a nominee who could reach out to racial and ethnic minorities, or one who at least would not say terrible things about women. With his continued antagonism of Spanish-speakers , his incendiary denouncement of the Black Lives Matter movement, and his base comments about actor Rosie O’Donnell and Fox News host Megyn Kelly, as Trump continues to surge in polls of Republican primary voters, he threatens to lay Priebus’s plans to waste. This is no way to win a general election, the thinking goes...

Carly Fiorina and the GOP Gender Card

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(Photo: AP/Jim Cole) Carly Fiorina speaks during an education summit in New Hampshire on August 19. H owever unlikely it is that Carly Fiorina, the fired Hewlett-Packard CEO and loser of a U.S. Senate race, will win the Republican presidential nomination, there’s a very good chance she could be the GOP running mate . The best card in the hand she has to play is that of gender, and she obviously knows it. Call it her anti-Trump card (if you can bear to). In presidential contests, the role of the vice presidential candidate is typically to attack whoever’s at the top of the other party’s ticket. That allows your presidential candidate to look like a nice person, while the running mate lobs some mud—or to use Fiorina’s parlance, “throws a punch,” which she promised the fancy-pants crowd at the Koch brothers’ confab last month that she knew how to do . And who might she be dreaming of throwing punches at? Why Hillary Clinton , of course. The problem with being an anti-woman male...