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.

Recent Articles


In David D. Kirkpatrick 's thoughtful piece in the most recent New York Times Magazine , he separates the threads of a tangled skein to give a glimpse of what's going on among the bewildered who populate the religious right. Younger evangelicals, he explains, care at least as much about the environment and the poor as they do about ending abortion and stopping gay marriage. Well, actually, they seem to be less concerned about the threat of liberated women and gay people than they are about the planet and its less fortunate denizens. Kirkpatrick's piece offers some fascinating and incisive glimpses of the personalities involved in this apparent sea change. His interview of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee , a favorite of religious right rank-and-file but not of movement leaders, is particularly pointed. Huckabee implies it's his anti-poverty agenda that unnerves the movement's top men: “Some of [the movement’s leaders] have spent too long in Washington. . . . I think they...


Get used to that phrase. If any one theme emerged from yesterday's speech Adm. Mike Mullen , the new chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, it was one of protracted engagements around the globe, what Mullen called "a generational conflict," one that would endure throughout the careers of the youngest of today's career military personnel. In an address sponsored by the Center for a New American Security , Mullen used the term "the Long War" much as military and foreign-policy types of an earlier time used the phrase "the Cold War." The Long War has a poetic ring to it, something sad and vaguely musical -- more elegant that Rummy 's "long slog" and more poignant than the Global War on Terror, known to military folk as GWOT. The one hint of optimism I gleaned from Mullen's remarks was his contention that the jihadists will be defeated only when their ideas no longer serve adequately as motivators to their recruits -- in other words, until conditions on the ground make a violent ideology...

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-...