Adele M. Stan

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

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For what it's worth, Clinton campaign spokesperson Kathleen Strand says that Hillary Clinton personally apologized to Barack Obama for comments by Clinton advisor Bill Shaheen that Obama's past drug use impeded his electability. No further word on Shaheen's future with the Clinton campaign. --Adele M. Stan


Okay, so I'm no neophyte, thinking everybody should play nice with each other until we get this primary thing done with. But yesterday's comments by Billy Shaheen , a national co-chair of Hillary Clinton 's New Hampshire campaign (and husband of former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen ), on the past drug use of Clinton rival Barack Obama are really shameful. When soon-to-be also-ran Chris Dodd went after Hillary Clinton for alleged lack of "electability", I took issue with his transparent attempt to leverage any lingering sexism in the Democratic base to his own advantage. Here, we find Shaheen, as Clinton's surrogate, not simply mining a rival's past for unflattering information, but deploying that information in a way that he likely knows will evoke a racial stereotype of the black drug-thug in the minds of voters who have never known actual black people. From The Trail , the blog: Shaheen said Obama's candor on the subject would "open the door" to further...


Last week, TAP columnist Sarah Posner explained why GOP honchos have so far refused to get behind the surging candidacy of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee : he's soft on immigration and believes in taxes. When applied to the leaders of the religious right -- such as Phyllis Schlafly -- Sarah's exegesis casts a harsh light on their priorities, leading me to suspect that for some, that religion thing is just a cover for a doctrine of greed and scapegoating. (Ya think?) Today, Zev Chafets , in his engaging profile of Huckabee that will run this Sunday in the New York Times Magazine , offers a companion theory of why the top dogs in the religious right (with the exception of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Falwell, Jr. ), have refused to line up for the former Arkansas preacher: even a failed presidential run stands to vault him to the front of the religious-right-leader pack. ‘‘Mike Huckabee isn’t just another politician,’’ [Charles Dunn, dean of the school of government at Regent University]...


Former Baptist minister and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been on the defensive since it was revealed last week that he had, while governor of Arkansas, called for the "isolation" of AIDS patients from the general population. This weekend, on Fox News Sunday , Huckabee defended those remarks, here via Mark Silva writing for The Swamp : Huckabee acknowledged the prevailing scientific view then, and since, that the virus that causes AIDS is not spread through casual contact, but said that was not certain. "I still believe this today," Huckabee said Sunday, that "we were acting more out of political correctness" in responding to the AIDS crisis. "I don't run from it, I don't recant it," he said of his position in 1992. Yet he said he would state his view differently in retrospect. In response, today the Human Rights Campaign and the AIDS Institute sent a letter to Huckabee asking him to meet with Jeanne White-Ginder , the mother of the late Ryan White , the...


Once considered something of a friend to the gay community, Rudy Giuliani has managed to raise the ire of LGBT voters who may have considered him their best bet among the Republican presidential contenders. In his ongoing effort to distance himself from his actual beliefs by means of contortionist reasoning, Rudy this Sunday made comments to Tim Russert on Meet the Press about gay "acts" that should serve to alienate both of the constituencies he was seeking to mollify: so-called "social conservatives" and Log Cabin Republicans. MR. RUSSERT: But you don’t believe homosexuality is aberrant... MR. GIULIANI: Oh, no, no, no. MR. RUSSERT: ...unnatural or sinful. MR. GIULIANI: My, my, my -- no, I don’t believe it’s sinful. My, my moral views on this come from the, you know, from the Catholic Church, and I believe that homosexuality, heterosexuality as a, as a way that somebody leads their life is not -- isn’t sinful. It’s the acts, it’s the various acts that people perform that are sinful,...