Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist at The American Prospect, and editor of Clarion, the newspaper of Professional Staff Congress, a New York City labor union. The views expressed here are her own.

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HILLARY FOUND HER VOICE; BELLA NEVER LOST HERS.

At the Women's Media Center Web site, Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom examine the presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton against the backdrop of the passionately lived career of Bella Abzug , the late congresswoman and world-renowned women's rights leader. (Levine and Thom recently published a delightful oral history of Abzug's life as a public figure.) They posit that somewhere within the psyche of the highly scripted and carefully calculating presidential candidate may still lurk the firebrand who delivered a famously controversial speech to her graduating class at Wellesley, who championed children's rights, who took a huge risk with her plan for a national healthcare system. In the end, they leave open their question of whether or not Hillary possesses an "Inner Bella," with an implied hope that she does. Among the interesting tidbits in their commentary is the role that Abzug played in advising the then-first lady in her preparation to address the U.N.'s 4th World...

CLINTON SWARM.

Here in the loud cluster of audio equipment and colorful characters known as radio row at the Manchester (N.H.) Radisson, this morning was marked by a veritable swarm of Clinton surrogates, including (but not limited to) longtime advisor Ann Lewis , Women's Outreach Director Dana Singiser , moneyman Terry McAuliffe , Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and my Jersey homeboy, Rep. Bill Pascrell . Congressman Pascrell predicted the margins would narrow considerably between Clinton and Obama before it was all over in New Hampshire. Other campaigns have been around all day -- including some of the candidates themselves ( Mitt Romney being the biggest deal to grace the microphones) -- but nothing has equaled the Clinton airtime drop-by. The presence of Terry McAuliffe nearly drove Laura Ingraham into convulsions. A lot of shouting commenced from her corner. --Adele M. Stan

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...

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