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.

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In a sort of hybrid of the town-hall format and the more standard debate, CNN has dispatched White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux into the audience, where real people who symbolize certain issues have been planted with questions for the candidates. First up, a serviceman who has served three tours in Iraq, and his mother, who calls his tours in Iraq as participation in "Iraq's civil war." The question, however, is about Iran, and after Joe Biden was asked to answer, Clinton was put on the hot seat because, per Wolf Blitzer , her vote for the Kyl-Lieberman resolution. I'm not loving this reality-show take on the debate format. --Adele M. Stan


[Tsk. Tsk.] Hillary got a good one in just by saying Campbell Brown's first name when the one female questioner among the three asked the frontrunner what she meant in her address to the students of her alma mater,Wellesley, when she spoke of "the all-boys club of presidential politics." "Campbell," said Hillary. Translation: Like, really, just between us girlfriends, are you gonna tell me you don't know what it means to crack an all-boys club? --Adele M. Stan


Asked if the surge strategy implemented by Gen. David Petraeus is working, Dennis Kucinich got his opportunity to address his big issue, saying that the troop increase is fueling the insurgency. Then he took that notion and applied it to the current strife in Pakistan, explaining that American aggression in Iraq had increased instability across the Muslim world. Then he flipped the old "peace through strength" adage of the Cold Warriors into his own new mantra. --Adele M. Stan


Bill Richardson : "We said to Musharraf, 'Security is more important than human rights.'" He then went on to say that if Richardson won the election, it would be the other way around. I'm not diggin' the black-and-white nature of this answer. These issues are pretty complex, and sometimes there are no easy answers. Just ask the Bill Richardson who tried to make a deal with the Taliban in 1998. --Adele M. Stan


Barack Obama and John Edwards now seem to agree with Hillary Clinton on the subject of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. At least they agree in principle with the answer she gave two weeks ago at the NBC debate, which was that it was a public safety issue that it was an understandable solution in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. But now Hillary is solidly against driver's licenses for those whom Dennis Kucinich correctly described as "undocumented" -- and not "illegal" -- immigrants. Edwards, however, said he doesn't accept that comprehensive immigration reform is impossible, and Obama said something triangulational that I've already forgotten. --Adele M. Stan