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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VIGUERIE'S PICKS FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL.

VIGUERIE'S PICKS FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL. With Karl Rove now banished from the White House Office of Strategery , Richard Viguerie , an architect of the religious right, is stepping up to offer advice on a replacement for soon-to-be-former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales . First, Viguerie advises playing clearly to the base, nominating a hard-core "conservative" (read: right-winger), and promises the president outstanding personal gain for his trouble: Confronting the Democrats and rallying the conservative base is also a way for you to raise your approval ratings from the 30s, perhaps even into the 50s. Not to mention the boon to the party: A Democratic refusal to confirm a conservative as Attorney General is an issue that the Republican presidential candidate-- whoever he is--can carry all the way into the White House in 2008. Here are some of the names offered by Viguerie that amount to fightin' words : Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum , Edith "School Discipline" Jones , William "Cuff 'em...

TRIANGULATION, PAKISTAN-STYLE.

TRIANGULATION, PAKISTAN-STYLE. The Associated Press is reporting that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto have reached a power-sharing deal that, should their respective parties together retain a plurality of votes in the coming parliamentary elections, would allow Musharraf to hold on to his position as president and permit Bhutto to return to Pakistan from her exile to stand for prime minister. At least that's how I'm understanding this , thanks to Griff Witte and Imtiaz Ali of the Washington Post . South Asian politics are always a bit baffling to at least this Western mind. The fly in the ointment here is the Pakistan Supreme Court's decision to allow former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to return from his exile. Sharif has sworn to end the rule of Musharraf, the army chief who unseated Sharif in a 1999 coup d'etat . In the deal with Bhutto, Musharraf has said to agreed to "taking off his uniform," as the saying goes. But this is Pakistan,...

Defending the Constitution After Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales was deeply involved in the scandals that may yield contempt of Congress citations for members of the executive branch. But will Congress step up and issue those citations?

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announces his resignation at a press conference at the Department of Justice yesterday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Look at any of the myriad ways in which the Bush Administration has compromised, trampled on and otherwise twisted the text of the U.S. Constitution, and you will find the fingerprints of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales somewhere in the margins. There's Fredo (as his commander-in-chief calls Gonzales), who was then White House counsel, making the case for torture and trying to strong-arm his incapacitated predecessor at the Justice Department into signing off, from his hospital bed, on a plan for spying on Americans without obtaining search warrants. And later, after replacing John Ashcroft as attorney general, we find Fredo firing U.S. attorneys and fibbing to Congress about the reasons that he did so. Despite a litany of iniquities, we're all quite surprised by Gonzales's sudden departure. By "we" I mean both political journalists and Hill staffers. As one well-placed staffer explained it to me, Gonzales was so completely discredited that there was really nothing you could do to...

SANJAYA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING.

SANJAYA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING. Six years into the tenure of television's hottest "reality" show, the wags were calling it all but cancelled. Then an asexually cute but incompetent contestant kept enough viewers from changing the channel and so, we're told, American Idol will live to see another season. Surely Alberto Gonzales is to the Bush administration what Sanjaya was to Idol , a useful fool who kept the Fox television fan base from straying too far. But, like Sanjaya, Gonzales was destined to be voted off the show as the viewers grew hungry for something real. No amount of thick, brown hair or teddy-bear eyes could obscure the fact that when he got in front of the hearing-room cameras, Alberto still hadn't learned to sing very well. After Sanjaya's exit from American Idol , the contest finished with a wholly unsatisfying victor. I can't even think of her name . But the series was renewed for yet another year. Even with ratings significantly lower than what they once were, Idol...

TRADING A LIAR FOR A DISSEMBLER?

TRADING A LIAR FOR A DISSEMBLER? With reports of the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales barely an hour old, wags were already naming Michael Chertoff , secretary of homeland security, as the likely nominee for Gonzales's replacement. For Democrats -- and the American people -- this should be the perfect week to shoot down that idea. Marking the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this week, scrutiny of the government's abandonment of the people of New Orleans should be turned on Mr. Chertoff. A former prosecutor and judge, Chertoff either misled reporters in 2005 or displayed an unforgivable lack of understanding when he asserted that no warnings had ever been served by scientists of a storm with the force of Katrina approaching New Orleans. Here , from CNN on September 3, 2005, just days after the storm: WASHINGTON (CNN) --Defending the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff argued Saturday that government...

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