Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is senior editor, digital at The American Prospect.

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BUCHANAN HEARTS HUCKABEE.

Working out of the Talk Radio News Service row here in Manchester, New Hampshire, I ran across Pat Buchanan , who, 12 years ago, delivered quite a surprise to G.O.P. leaders when he won the 1996 New Hampshire primary. Yesterday afternoon, when he finished up a long interview with a Boston radio station, I tailed after him and his lovely wife, Shelley , as they made a break for the parking garage. Buchanan told me that his sympathies were with Mike Huckabee , saying that "the Republican Party establishment" found itself a bit "shaken up" by former Arkansas governor's win in Iowa. "As they were by your New Hampshire win," I said. Buchanan smiled. "I know what's in store for him," he said, laughing. Sen. John McCain , who is expected to win today's New Hampshire primary, is not exactly a favorite of the establishment, either, Buchanan reminded me. McCain is not loved by conservatives, Buchanan said, "and Sen. McCain doesn't have a lot of friends in the Senate." Mitt Romney , expected to...

Benazir Bhutto: An Imperfect Feminist

However disappointing Bhutto was in her actions on behalf of Pakistan's women, she was a potent symbol of their potential empowerment. And symbols matter.

Female supporters of Pakistan's slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto take part in a candle light ceremony in Lahore, Pakistan. (AP Photo/K M Chaudary)
From the moment she appeared on the international scene, she was destined to be an icon. To the West, Benazir Bhutto, the first democratically-elected woman to lead a Muslim nation, looked like a Disney drawing of a beautiful fairytale princess from an animated fable set somewhere in the mysterious Orient. Deftly wielding her Ivy League education, she had plenty of intelligence to accompany her beauty and charm, as well as an uncanny ability to synthesize the aspirations of her South Asian nation with the longings of its Western patrons. To the West at large, she spoke the language of secular democracy. To American women, Bhutto spoke the language of feminism , filling a void left by the absence of a female American counterpart to mirror her ascent to power in Pakistan. Even after she was put out of office on corruption charges during her second stint as prime minister (1993 to 1996), she remained a romantic figure in the annals of popular feminism. In Beijing, at the 1999 United...

GENUINE ANTI-POLITICS.

Good stuff from Kos and Josh Marshall taking on the latest iteration (this time from Newsweek 's Evan Thomas ) of the perennial elite DC press chestnut that partisanship and polarization depress mass political engagement. Of course, empirical evidence and not a small degree of basic common sense have indicated for a while now that this thesis is essentially the opposite of correct. Thomas's argument erroneously puts the media at the center of a story that has far more to do with structural political changes and the decades-spanning process of southern electoral realignment. His argument for the growing disaffection of the center largely hinges on a single reference to the 1960 peak in national voter turnout, which, as Kos notes, obscures the fact that the modern developments Thomas is specifically bemoaning happened decades later and have correlated with, if anything, a period of (modestly) higher-turnout elections since they emerged. (And as Nathan Newman used to point out , even the...

IS EDWARDS MUSHARRAF'S PICK?

Among the more perplexing moments to occur during the aftermath of the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was yesterday's call from Pakistan's dictator, Pres. Pervez Musharraf , to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards . As Edwards explained it last night to CNN's Wolf Blitzer while the latter acted as Larry King 's guest host, Edwards had reached out to Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S., and asked him to pass word to Musharraf to give a jingle to Edwards, who had met the Pakistani strongman in Islamabad some years ago. (He gave the same explanation to Radio Iowa; the interview is here , via Talk Left.) Edwards' advice to Musharraf, as he himself reported it, was wise: allow an international team of experts to investigate the assassination -- a move that could help calm the nation's troubled populis. Yet as violence spilled into the streets of Pakistan's teeming cities, it seems odd to me that the nation's leader should be spending time on the...

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES WAGE EPIC STRUGGLE FOR CIVILIZATION -- AND NOMINATION.

As Brother Tom noted here , the presidential candidates spent yesterday, after news broke of the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto , falling over themselves in an effort to show that they would know better than the current occupant of the White House how to deal with the troubled South Asian nation. The response of Republican candidates was predictable: the assassination was obviously the work of al Qaeda, showing why we need to fight all the harder against the purveyors of "terror". Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson said Bhutto's killing revealed a contest between "the forces of civilization and the forces of anarchy." Thompson concluded, "It's us against them." Arizona Sen. John McCain used the event to sell his experience in foreign policy, according to the Associated Press : "My theme has been throughout this campaign that I'm the one with the experience, the knowledge and the judgment," [McCain said.] So perhaps it may serve to enhance those...

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