Adam Serwer

Adam Serwer is a writing fellow at The American Prospect and a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also blogs at Jack and Jill Politics and has written for The Village Voice, The Washington Post, The Root, and the Daily News.

Recent Articles

MORE IRREGULAR AMERICANS.

During the Democratic primary, Chris Matthews asked if Barack Obama could "connect with regular people" or just "people who come from the African-American community and from the people who have college or advanced degrees." But a recent poll taken by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation reveals that Obama has more support among hunters and fishers than previous Democratic nominees Al Gore and John Kerry . A Christian research firm says that Obama enjoys more support than McCain among all Christian subgroups excepting Evangelicals. The Washington Post also polled working class whites and found that they support Obama over McCain too. And now it seems that American servicemen are supporting Obama by a wider margin : According to an analysis of campaign contributions by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Democrat Barack Obama has received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas at the time of their contributions than has Republican John McCain, and...

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE.

Yesterday, John McCain , staunch advocate of the invasion of Iraq, proudly declared yesterday that “in the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.” That someone who seems to constantly be advocating for the invasion of other nations should make such a statement strikes me as more than a little odd, but clearly I’m in the minority, because today The Washington Post quoted McCain’s statement without irony: McCain, speaking to reporters in Birmingham, Mich., also praised Bush ’s announcement but said he was concerned the cease-fire did not do enough to guarantee Georgia’s “territorial integrity.” “I’m interested in good relations between the United States and Russia,” he said. “But in the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.” So either McCain doesn’t think it counts when America invades other nations or he’s not aware of his own policy record, but either way the Post doesn’t think there’s anything worth noting there. Meanwhile, according to The New York Times ,...

MCCAIN'S PRESUMPTION.

It seems that McCain thinks he's already President of the United States and is sending his own "delegation" to Georgia consisting of Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Joe Lieberman . (Why not Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson ? They are after all, the only Senators who could say "We are all Georgians now" and mean it literally.) No doubt this will produce a flood of reports noting how cocky and presumptuous it is for McCain to be acting as though he is already President and should be formulating policy in response to the situation there. These reports will be almost as numerous as the stories noting that McCain does not have the authority to conduct negotiations on behalf of the United States, and that doing so deeply undermines the President's authority to conduct said negotiations since foreign governments can't be sure about where they actually stand with our own. These will be followed by hysterical condemnations by Right Wingers about McCain overstepping his authority, much the...

THE FOLLY OF PETER BEINART.

Peter Beinart on Barack Obama and Colin Powell : Think about it this way: Many of the voters who right now won't vote for Obama because he's black would probably vote for Colin Powell even though he's black. That's because they don't see Powell as a racial redistributionist, a guy who would favor his community at their expense. No. White people who would not vote for Barack Obama because he's black would vote for Colin Powell because Colin Powell isn't running. Ta-Nehisi has a far more extensive take on why "there's always a good reason to be racist," or, in other words, why no one ever actually needs a reason. I think the president has enough responsibilities without adding "psychotherapist-in-chief" to them, and I just find it sort of confusing that Obama gets ridiculed for being uppity having "messianic" delusions when its quite clear that the unrealistic expectations on him aren't the ones he's set for himself, but come instead from journalist types who keep insisting that he "...

THE OCTOBER SURPRISE THAT WASN'T.

Some Obama fans are concerned about the supposed book tour that Jeremiah Wright will be taking this October to promote his new book, as reported by John Heilmann in New York Magazine this month. This would be fantastically bad news for Obama if it was true, given that voters will be conclusively making up their minds about who to vote for, but it isn't, as CNN's Roland Martin tells us after contacting Wright's daughter : After I reached out to her, she called her father, who is teaching and ministering in Ghana (I ran into him last month when I was in the West African nation) and said he "laughed" when she asked about the book. "He said that he also got an email, but was unable to respond since he's in email hell," Wright said, meaning in a place in Ghana where it's difficult to send and receive email. "I asked him if he was writing and he said, 'Nope. I'm not publishing anything. I'm not going on any book tours.'" Rumors about a pre-election book by Wright have been surfacing for the...

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