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

The GOP’s Primary Lesson: Be Careful What You Wish For

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(Photo: AP/Paul Sancya) Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz raises hands with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (left) and his wife Heidi (right) during a campaign event in on primary night, Tuesday, April 5, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. D onald J. Trump, frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, is steaming mad. After losing Tuesday’s primary in Wisconsin to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the Trump campaign issued a statement decrying the machinations of party leaders. “Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet—he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump," the statement read. And he might just be right. As I wrote last week , the endorsement of Cruz by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a former presidential contender himself and a beneficiary of the political apparatus built by the billionaire Koch brothers, suggested as much. It was a move that seemed engineered more for the purpose of keeping Trump from bearing...

Could Paul Ryan Be the Koch Brothers’ Dream Candidate?

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(Photo: AP/Ron Sachs) Speaker Paul Ryan delivers a speech to House interns on Capitol Hill on March 23. P aul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives, would like you to know two things: He is very, very sorry for those mean things he said about poor people, and he is not seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency. On that second point, though, were there to be a need for a candidate who hadn’t run in any of the 2016 primaries or caucuses, well … “People say, ‘What about the contested convention?’ I say, well, there are a lot of people running for president,” Ryan told CNBC’s John Harwood on March 15. “We'll see. Who knows?" His spokespeople were quickly dispatched to Twitter to assert that their boss would never accept such a nomination, words that the speaker himself has yet to utter. The most Ryan will say is “ I will not be the nominee ,” a statement that sounds more like a prediction than a rejection. And predictions are known to be often wrong. Makers and Takers A...

Is Ted Cruz the New Republican Establishment?

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AP Photo/John Locher Republican presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign rally Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Draper, Utah. T ed Cruz isn’t exactly what you’d call a member of the Republican establishment. He says outlandish things. He doesn’t play nicely with others. He wears no cloak of gentility over his criticisms of opponents. “Nobody likes him,” former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said of Cruz, the U.S. senator from Texas and presidential hopeful. Yet the establishment’s arbiters are increasingly lining up behind Cruz. This morning’s news brought word of an endorsement by a pillar of the Republican establishment, former presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. "For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena," Bush wrote in a statement issued on Wednesday morning. It is well known in Washington circles that Cruz is not well liked by his Capitol Hill colleagues. His...

Trump’s Success, and Our Failure: Violence

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AP Photo/Paul Sancya An audience member holds up a sign for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Boca Raton, Florida, Sunday, March 13, 2016. I n a nation conceived in a violent revolution, and whose popular culture revels in entertainment violence, it should perhaps come as no surprise that the presidential frontrunner of one of our two major political parties is carving a path to victory fueled in part by aggression. And yet the political fortunes of Donald J. Trump, with his calls to fisticuffs and worse, continue to shock. After a week marked by scuffles at his campaign rallies , and controversy over his campaign manager’s manhandling of a female reporter , Trump is riding high, having just swept most of the primaries held on Tuesday, even defeating a sitting U.S. senator in his own state. Trump is winning not despite this incitement; he is winning partly because of it. There is little doubt that Trump’s racially charged and incendiary rhetoric...

Trump Prevails on Super Tuesday, Unleashing Beast of Contempt

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(Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on March 1, 2016, Super Tuesday, at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. T o celebrate his Super Tuesday sweep, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald J. Trump sought to appear presidential. In lieu of the standard victory speech, he staged a press conference on March 1 in the opulent ballroom of his Mar-a-Lago resort, in which he called on journalists by name, just as the president does. But to make clear his conception of a Trump presidency, he also used the occasion to threaten the speaker of the House. Earlier in the day, Speaker Paul Ryan condemned Trump’s reluctance to disavow the support of David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and the support Trump has enjoyed among white supremacists. When asked at his news conference how, as president, he would find a way to work with Congress, given Ryan’s comments, Trump replied : “Paul Ryan, I don’t know him well...

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