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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The Real Race Card

The Clinton campaign's discussion of Barack Obama's admitted drug use is having an effect, all right. An effect on the black community's acceptance of Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Helen Miller, an assistant majority leader in the Iowa House of Representatives, is simmering on low. On Saturday, I reached her on her cell phone in the lobby of the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she was meeting several other women state legislators who were in town for the annual conference of the National Caucus of Black Legislators. According to Miller, one of only four African Americans in the Iowa House, a lot of the offline conversations she had during the three-day conference centered on the comments of two Clinton campaign advisers -- one of whom has since resigned -- about Barack Obama's admitted past drug use. To many observers who are not African American, the comments by New Hampshire's Billy Shaheen -- then a national co-chair of the Clinton campaign -- about Barack Obama's admitted past drug use were simply hardball politics, playing on an opponent's perceived weakness. But to some African Americans, Shaheen's suggestion that if Obama won the...


As Brian Beutler reports today at TAP Online, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to put before the full Senate the matter of contempt citations for White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove for their refusal to comply with subpoenas for information on the controversial firings of eight U.S. attorneys. In Big Media, this is playing as no big deal, perhaps because President Bush has said that should any such citations head for the courts, he will not permit the Justice Department to prosecute them. Presto-change-o, just like that -- instant coup ! No biggie, apparently. Whether the Senate ultimately issues these criminal contempt citations or the Justice Department stonewalls on behalf of Napolean Bonehead (a.k.a., the president), there's a more efficient route the Senate could take. It's one that former Clinton Administration Chief of Staff John Podesta told me back in September: the Senate has the option of using the Capitol Police...


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...