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


Some of you who read Amy Chozick's article in the Wall Street Journal, musing whether Obama may be "too skinny" to be president, may have mistakenly thought you were reading The Onion. In her piece, Chozick quotes a "Clinton Supporter" on a message board who says, "I won't vote for any beanpole guy."

Obama's Racial Catch-22

For Barack Obama, countering racist attacks means acknowledging that racism is alive and well -- which poses a threat to his hope-based campaign.

You've probably seen it by now: the images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton dissolving into footage of Barack Obama's speech in Berlin, as a voice dripping with sarcasm proclaims, "He's the biggest celebrity in the world." The McCain campaign's "Britney" ad lays out a series of objections about Obama, questioning whether he's "ready to lead" and criticizing his opposition to offshore drilling.


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Mother Jones has a new project called "SLAMMED: The Coming Prison Meldown," that deals with our ever-expanding prison system. Justine Sharrock writes about how, in Kansas, previously skeptical corrections professionals were pleasantly surprised about how effective transitional services could be, properly supported.


This article in The Washington Post, which actually does a good job of chronicling McCain's wildly fluctuating positions, still shows how strong the resistance is to deviating from the established campaign narrative about John McCain. What's most disconcerting is the way it suggests that McCain has secretly been for a conditional withdrawal from Iraq all along.


Barack Obama's campaign issued a denunciation of this Ludacris song in which he refers to Hillary Clinton as "a bitch".

Simultaneously, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton released a statement saying: