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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Scenes from the Bewildered Right

Last weekend's Values Voters conference showed the religious right as a party in search of not just a candidate, but its place in the upcoming election. If the reports sound mixed, well, that's because the right appears a little lost.

This year's Values Voter Summit , a gathering of religious right activists, offered a marked contrast to last year's intensely focused vitriol. Sure, there was plenty of blaming and finger-pointing at the usual "enemies" (gay people, feminists, Muslims, civil rights activists, secular humanists), but permeating the atmosphere of the Washington Hilton last weekend was an unsettling sense of bewilderment and anxiety. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the one candidate who genuinely excited the crowd of more than 2,000 right-wing evangelicals, failed to win outright backing, leaving the specter of a nominally pro-choice Republican nominee looming on the horizon. If frontrunner Rudy Giuliani should actually win the Republican nomination, he would be the first pro-choice candidate since 1976 to do so. Several speakers exuded a sense of pessimism over the Republican Party's chances to win the presidency in 2008, regardless of who wins the nomination. "[T]here is an ominous feeling in the...

Giuliani, Gays and Values Voters

By agreeing to attend this year's Values Voter Summit, Rudy Giuliani will have to face up to the discrepancy between his views and those of the religious right. That may be the showdown Dobson and others are looking for.

One thing you can say about Rudy Giuliani: the guy's got moxie. In less than two weeks, Rudy will join the very right-wing leaders who oppose him in addressing the most faithful of the faithful at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. All of the Republican presidential contenders have been invited to address the gathering, which last year brought together more than 1,500 right-wing Christians. Until yesterday, Rudy's RVSP was the only one missing from the top-tier candidates. He declined -- along with Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson and John McCain -- to participate in last month's Values Voter Debate in Florida. But James Dobson's pronouncement on the op-ed pages of The New York Times that he and his fellow religious-right leaders stood poised to walk out of the G.O.P. (and into the arms of a third-party candidate) should a pro-choice candidate (read: Giuliani) win the nomination, all but mandated Giuliani's participation in the Washington confab. To do any...

Run, Newt, Run!

If the former speaker of the House enters the presidential race, he will be vulnerable to spattering by the very dirt he would sling. His potential candidacy also speaks volumes about the state of the Republican Party.

What a joy to behold, the headline from the Washington Times , the right-wing newspaper in our nation's capital: " Gingrich seeks donors for GOP bid ." Just as the presidential race appeared to be veering toward a New York showdown, along comes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to do what he does best: threaten to toss a monkey wrench into the works. Indeed, as the media promoted President Bush's spoken contention that New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee, and his unspoken but heavily hinted bet that former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will be the Republican one (via the nomination of a Giuliani adviser to run a Justice Department charged with enforcing voting rights ), I despaired at the thought of such a contest. Too much New York, too much 9/11. Then along came Newt to put the fun back in the race. Should Hillary live up to the president's prediction (and I've yet to count out Sen. Barack Obama) and Newt become the GOP standard-...


BLACKWATER RUNS DEEP. The thing I find most interesting about yesterday's terrible news of the killing of civilians , allegedly by the hired guns of Blackwater USA , is that it actually made news. In fact, it seems that the matter of the military's outsourcing of tasks ranging from security to interrogation is finally finding its way into the public conscience, and the public is apparently not at ease with this state of affairs. I've long wondered why the phenomenon was so taken for granted by media and ordinary citizens. While working for a labor union that represented federal employees, I got a glimpse at the extent of the government's outsourcing of security and procurement operations to for-profit corporations, but had a hard time finding a reporter or editor who found it as troubling as I did. Here's a brief and incomplete synopsis of contractor complicity in -- or instigation of -- torture and murder: Abu Ghraib prison ( interrogations -- see Tara McKelvey 's Monstering for more...


TED OLSON COULD BE EATING WORMS. First Harry Reid ; now, the New York Times editorial board. Yesterday afternoon, the Senate majority leader issued a statement declaring his opposition to any potential nomination of Theodore B. Olson as the replacement for departing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales , and saying, "I intend to do everything I can to prevent him from being confirmed as the next attorney general." Today, the New York Times weighs in on Olson and so much more in its editorial on who the next attorney general should not be, and what she or he must do to fix the Department of Justice (DoJ), which the Times declares "a disaster zone." Of Olson, who, says the Times , "may be best remembered for representing Mr. Bush in Bush v. Gore , the Supreme Court case that stopped the vote recount in Florida after the 2000 election." The editorial writer goes on to note that Olson "was also on the board of the American Spectator magazine, which conducted the “Arkansas Project,...