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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The Original Theology of Elizabeth Edwards

John Edwards's campaign left me cold. But now that I've met his wife and her Higher Power, things are warming up.

Of the three top Democratic candidates, John Edwards, I admit, is the one who has left me the most cold. First there was the Sojourners Presidential Forum , where Edwards gamely avoided Soledad O'Brien's obnoxious request (5:51) to name the worst sin he had ever committed, but nonetheless spoke of sin and "my Lord" in the language of his Baptist upbringing -- of which, by my lights, he's made a bit too much. Then, at last week's YouTube/CNN debate, he really lost me when, in response (1:22) to a question about his position on gay marriage, he said that, because of his Baptist upbringing he was against it -- but " mah wahf , Elizabeth, spoke out a few weeks ago, and she actually supports gay marriage; I do not, but this is an enormously difficult issue for me." My major problem was not that he only supports civil unions -- I supported Howard Dean, and that's where he came down -- but that he seemed to be hiding behind his wife. Which made me feel like there was this playing-to-the-base...


IMPEACH CHENEY FIRST. With the Democratic Party-controlled Congress unable to even bring a Senate a measure to a vote on the war , I have been loath to call for impeachment. It would take so much time and energy that would be better spent elsewhere. The Dems would never get enough Republicans to go along with them. And, heck, the Dems are poised to win the White House, anyway; let's just tough it out. Problem is, the Constitution can't tough it out. Somebody has to defend it. If Bush and Cheney are allowed to walk out of office with out the stain of impeachment on them, the Constitution will still exist, but it will be gravely wounded -- perhaps mortally. A recent poll by the American Research Group shows that 54 percent of the American people support impeachment of the vice president; 45 percent would like to see Bush impeached. And that's without a whit of organized marketing of the impeachment product (see the Bush administration's "show of force" brand , as described by the Rand...


WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINIC DIRECTOR ARRESTED FOR CURSING. OPERATION RESCUE ALLOWED TO TRESPASS WITHOUT ARREST. When is it against the law to curse on your own private property? When you're the director of a woman's health clinic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Operation Rescue protesters have invaded your parking lot, that's when. At least that's what clinic staff say happened on Tuesday, July 17, to Gloria Gray , director of the Western Alabama Women's Center, when she confronted antiabortion protester David Lackey in the clinic parking lot, and defied a policeman's order to go back inside the clinic. Rachel Joy Larris at Real Women, Real Voices has the poop, including an exclusive interview with Lorrie Foss-McGaha , a registered nurse at the Western Alabama Women's Center who gives her first-person account of Gray's arrest. (Full disclosure: Larris is my colleague at the National Women's Editorial Forum , where I serve as research director.) The protest at the Tuscaloosa clinic came as a bit...

Goin' Medieval -- A Morass

With his restatement that Catholicism is the "one true church," Pope Benedict deals a blow to progressive Catholics and their ecumenical friends.

I can remember a time when the sound of chanted Latin could soothe my addled soul, before the ancient tongue became the calling card of the most regressive forces in the One True Church, as the Vatican has once again declared the Roman Catholic Church to be, with a bit of curious timing, on the ecumenical Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. The pronouncement, delivered in a document called " Reponses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church ," came on the heels of the return of the Latin Tridentine Mass to the status of liturgical legitimacy (after some 40 years in liturgical Limbo ). If you're not Catholic, the controversy over the Latin Mass is doubtless a bit of inside baseball, but to those who lived through the change from the Latin liturgy to one effectively marked "your language here," the somewhat befuddling linguistic transition became the most obvious legacy of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), from which the church's efforts to modernize...

Off the Hook -- Again

The Libby commutation is another in a series of outrageous actions by the Bush administration. "Chronic outrage fatigue" has set in.

Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby walks towards his car outside federal court after he was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. President Bush commuted his sentence yesterday.(AP Photo)
The conviction and impending prison term of I. Lewis Libby wasn't much, really -- not in the grand scheme of things -- but it was something . After all, this is a man who was once the right hand of Vice President Richard B. Cheney. In other circumstances -- say, in the administration of a duly elected president -- the conviction of a top White House aide on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice would have been a super-duper big deal. But amid the misdeeds of Bush the Younger, a little lying to a grand jury about what you did, at your boss's behest, to discredit an administration critic (so named, ironically, for accusing the president of lying) is not so spectacular as to warrant a couple of years in prison -- a fate that does not bode well for a guy who goes by the name "Scooter." My fellow liberals are seething today at the news of the get-out-of-jail-for- (well, not quite) "free" card handed Libby by President George W. Bush last night, after the latter, in his statement of...