Adele M. Stan

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

Recent Articles

Donald Trump and the Twilight of Movement Conservatism

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(Photo: AP/Olivier Douliery) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on February 21. O n Tuesday night in Nevada, Donald J. Trump, a known liar , gave perhaps the most honest political speech uttered in the modern age of presidential elections. And with that victory speech, delivered as news came in of the billionaire businessman’s trouncing of his rivals in the state’s Republican Party presidential caucuses, movement conservatism as the guiding force of the GOP came tumbling down. By way of thanking a would-be mega-donor, the Republican frontrunner explained how difficult it was to turn down the offer of casino-owner Phil Ruffin to fund the Trump campaign to the tune of $10 million. “[I]t’s hard for me to turn down money, because that’s not what I’ve done my whole life,” Trump said. “I grab and grab and grab. You know, I get greedy; I want money, money.” The crowd roared its approval. What passes for conservatism in United...

Beware the Bigmouth on Your Team: The Alan Grayson Saga

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(Photo: AP/CQ Roll Call/Bill Clark) Florida Democrat Representative Alan Grayson walks down the House steps on January 8, 2016. I f you’re running for U.S. Senate on a populist progressive platform, it’s probably not a good idea to preside over a hedge fund , a high-risk speculative financial instrument, designed to serve the greed of the one percent, that is often destructive to the overall economy. But that’s just what Representative Alan Grayson of Florida has done, generating an ethics cloud that darkens any room he enters. During the 2009 race-baited GOP hate-war against the legislation that would create Obamacare, Grayson, then a little-known back-bencher, uttered this in a floor speech: “If you get sick, America, the Republican health-care plan is this: Die quickly.” I kind of loved him for that, and so did a lot of progressives. Grayson was soon a populist hero, popping up all over MSNBC and progressive radio. In moments such as the brutal war of words over the Affordable Care...

Election's Secret Theme: Letting Women Know Who's Boss

Between Trump's misogyny and Sanders's demeaning of Planned Parenthood, this presidential contest is all about the role of women in society.

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(Photo: AP/Matt Rourke) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters in Hooksett, New Hampshire, after the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. A s they tend to be, the media narrative emerging from New Hampshire the day after the first-in-the-nation primary is simple: a tale of two “outsiders” named Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Yet step back to examine the campaign’s ongoing controversies and it becomes clear that the subtext, the dark undercurrent, of the 2016 presidential contest is about something even greater than the changing dynamics of America’s major political parties. It’s about the role of women in American society. And a whole lot of Americans, male and female alike, remain uncomfortable with the notion of real female power. On the Republican side, that’s evident not only in the stances against women’s rights embraced by all the GOP candidates, but particularly in the utterances of frontrunner Donald Trump, who has placed...

Why Tying in Iowa Is Worse for Hillary than Losing

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AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a Clinton event in Hampton, New Hampshire, Tuesday February 2, 2016, Clinton's first day in New Hampshire after winning the Iowa Caucus. J udging by media narratives, the Iowa caucuses compose an odd little contest. A candidate can win third place, as Marco Rubio did in the Republican caucuses on Monday night, and be declared something of a winner. Another can come in second, as Donald Trump did, and be designated a big fat loser. Or one can achieve a near tie, but lose in a squeaker, as Bernie Sanders did in Monday’s Democratic Iowa contests, and be seen as a winning weirdo. On the other hand, the candidate who won in the nearly even squeaker might be seen to be leading a campaign that’s in trouble, as in the case of Hillary Clinton. In the universe, Einstein taught us, everything’s relative. In Iowa, it’s even more so. On caucus night in 1996, I strolled through the victory party hosted by Bob...

Fear of Women Is Key to Donald Trump’s Misogyny -- and America’s

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(Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik) Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Muscatine, Iowa, on January 24, 2016. W ell, whattaya know? Big, bad Donald Trump is afraid of a girl—well, a woman, to be more precise. A woman named Megyn Kelly. On Tuesday, Trump announced he was pretty certain that he would skip the final Republican presidential debate if Kelly, the Fox News Channel host, wasn’t booted from her role as moderator, a decision he described as “pretty close to irrevocable.” (His campaign manager later said more definitively that Trump would not appear.) The problem? Kelly had treated the Republican frontrunner “unfairly,” he said, in an earlier debate. “Let’s see how much money Fox is going to make on the debate without me,” Trump said at a press conference in Marshalltown, Iowa. While the contretemps between Fox and Trump—two noxious media entities that, in the realm of cosmic justice, somehow deserve each other—is fascinating as a battle of titans, the source of Trump’s ire deserves greater...