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


I don't have much to say about Barack Obama 's ad calling McCain Washington's biggest "Celebrity," except that imitation is the sincerest form of validation. I think the ad has a strong case to make but that it mostly highlights how successful the McCain campaign's attacks in this vein have been. -- A. Serwer


In Maryland last Friday, Prince George's County Police Chief Melvin C. High apologized for a recent paramilitary police raid on the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo , in which both of Calvo's dogs were killed and he and his mother in law were handcuffed under suspicion of smuggling marijuana. A package containing 30 pounds of green was sent to Calvo's house, addressed to his wife, and when Calvo picked up the package and went into his house, a SWAT team burst in. This is a small excerpt from Calvo's description of what happened : The officers called for me to walk downstairs backwards with my hands up, which I did. The officers then directed to me to kneel down in the living room by the open front door in my boxer shorts with my hands restrained in plastic cuffs behind my back. I remained in that position for a considerable period of time, watching Payton's [one of the dogs] body in the other corner of the room and my mother-in-law lying face down in the kitchen. I'd suggest...


Is it just me or has the world been having a rough 24 hours? In Iraq, lawmakers may have to postpone provincial elections set for October after they failed to come to a power sharing agreement between Kurds, Turkmen and Arabs over Kirkuk. As a result, the Sunni Awakening leaders may become disillusioned about the process after boycotting the elections entirely four years ago. President Musharraf of Pakistan announced he would fight impeachment from the ruling parliamentary coalition, with an aide giving this unfortunate statement: "We will prepare a case, the president should be there (in parliament) and defend himself, and at least say 'I am not a crook'. Spencer Ackerman reports that Afghanistan's Ambassador to the U.S. explicitly blamed the Pakistan's ISI for the bombings of the Indian embassy, following President Hamad Karzai 's lead. Afghanistan is often used as a site of proxy battles between India and Pakistan, and it won't really be possible to bring U.S. presence there to a...


Michelle Malkin , reacting to the news that John Edwards lied about having an extramarital affair: Well, the shoe has dropped. Does this mean he’ll get to speak at the DNC now? The other big Democrat liar/cheater’s already secured his spot, you know. What, as opposed to running one at the top of the presidential ticket this year? Redstate adds : John Edwards Admits Being a Lying, Adulterous Swine Personally, I don't care what politicians marriages are like, but I really think that it's a mistake for conservatives to make marriage fidelity an issue when their standard-bearer has his own share of problems in that arena. Edwards is not his party's nominee. Still, remember when he was arguing that he was "the most electable?" His run this year has to go down as one of the more incredibly stupid decisions in recent political history. He should have just run as a Republican, where such indiscretions don't matter as long as they happen with members of the opposite sex. -- A. Serwer


I'm going to cosign what Ta-Nehisi Coates said about Stephen Cohen being able to join the CBC. Rep. William Lacy Clay 's explanation is patently ridiculous. "Quite simply, Rep. Cohen will have to accept what the rest of the country will have to accept -- there has been an unofficial Congressional White Caucus for over 200 years, and now it's our turn to say who can join 'the club.' He does not, and cannot, meet the membership criteria, unless he can change his skin color. Primarily, we are concerned with the needs and concerns of the black population, and we will not allow white America to infringe on those objectives." Cohen's district is mostly black. If the priority is to address the needs and concerns of black Americans, then I assume that means the black folks in TN-09, who voted for Cohen as their representative. Unlike in 2006, where his mandate was questionable because he won with a small percentage of the vote in a crowded field, Cohen's victory this year represents a...