Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is research director of People for the American Way, and a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism. Opinions expressed here are her own.

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Last night, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), admitted to feeling a bit guilty , as a woman, for her support of Barack Obama in the contest for the Democratic presidential nominee. Appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball", McCaskill conceded that Hillary Clinton would make "a terrific president," but that an Obama presidency would best suit the historical moment America faces right now. For weeks now, a heated debate has taken place between feminists who find an onus to support, based on her gender , the presidential aspirations of Hillary Clinton, and those who do not . I am not one who subscribes to the notion that a vote for Clinton is the only feminist option, and, following American Prospect Deputy Editor Ann Friedman , have not hesitated to say so . However, I do believe it to be high time that a woman appear on the Democratic ticket, and strongly suggest to the Obama campaign that, if their man wins the nomination, he choose a woman as his running mate. Call it a return to affirmative...


Yesterday, as called by Brian Beutler , the House of Representatives voted to issue contempt of Congress citations to White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten , and former White House Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff Harriet Miers for failing to comply with House subpoenas summoning their testimony regarding the controversial firing of eight U.S. Attorneys for allegedly political reasons. Yesterday's House vote prompted a highly staged walk-out by the House Republican leadership and a number of G.O.P. House members, and yielded a photograph of a herd of elephants -- mostly men in dark suits, with a smattering of women wearing skirted numbers in Valentine's Day red -- arrayed on the Capitol steps. While this is all fabulously dramatic, the question is, will it come to anything? It is truly heartening that the House, under the guidance of Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.), at long last got these citations passed. But President George W. Bush has said in the past that...


I'll admit it: At first I was extremely annoyed at the refusal of Karl Rove , former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush , to just go away. But now, the more Rove sticks around, the more interesting he becomes. On the outside, untethered to his prince, Rove could prove to be a walking, talking conundrum for he Republican compadres . Take, for instance, yesterday's appearance at Choate, the über-prestigious Connecticut prep school. (The appearance itself was arranged when student protests knocked Rove off the podium on which he was slated to appear at next June's graduation.) There, according to Arielle Leven Becker of the Hartford Courant , Rove addressed rumors that his adoptive father was gay, and then went on to have a prolonged back-and-forth with a student over the legitimacy of gay marriage: One student, citing published accounts, asked about the sexual orientation of Louis Rove, Rove's adoptive father, and its role in Rove's political decisions. Rove said he...


While early speculation is that today's endorsement of G.O.P. presidential contender Mike Huckabee by Focus on the Family founder James Dobson threatens to divide the Republican Party, I see it differently. Looks to me as if Dobson has fired off the warning shot to frontrunner John McCain for the only way in which McCain will win the votes of the G.O.P. base: put Huckabee on the ticket. Having endorsed the Huckster, Dobson has positioned himself -- and others in the religious right -- to be able to endorse a McCain-Huckabee ticket come convention time. --Adele M. Stan


WEST ORANGE, N.J.--In an earlier post , I reported the mayor of Jersey City complaining that he was having trouble "getting our votes counted." Apparently, there were problems statewide with voters gaining access to the polls, according to the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-NJ), which reported that Hudson County, of which Jersey City is the county seat, was a special case. Even Gov. Jon Corzine was unable to vote at his Hudson County polling place in Hoboken because of problems with the voting machines, according to ACLU-NJ Executive Director Deborah Jacobs, and was not offered a provisional ballot, as required by the state's election law. Instead, Jacobs wrote in a press release, Corzine was sent to another polling place. "When both advocates and members of the press called the Hudson County Superintendent of Elections to ask about Gov. Corzine's experience," according to the press release, "staff members hung up on them." The ACLU-NJ conducted, in...