Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect

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Ted Cruz Pours Gasoline on the Trumpster Fire

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AP Photo/Matt Rourke Senator Ted Cruz addresses the delegates during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. O ne of the best speeches you’re likely to hear in the quest for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination was delivered on Wednesday from the podium of the 2016 Republican National Convention by Ted Cruz, who, of the 16 defeated contenders in the primaries, came the closest to winning the prize that was ultimately claimed by Donald J. Trump. In the battle for national attention, Trump has few rivals who can come close to beating him. Ted Cruz, the U.S. senator from Texas, proved with his speech that, like the Republican presidential nominee, he knows how to grab the spotlight by breaking form. On a night that was to have shone a light on Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, the party’s vice presidential nominee, Cruz blocked the view with a well-crafted speech that pointedly contained no endorsement of the party’s new...

In Trump, Conservatism’s Old Guard Sees a New Goldwater

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears on a video monitor during the Republican National Convention, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Cleveland. T o the naked eye, Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump would seem to have little in common with the late Senator Barry Goldwater. And given the fact that Goldwater lost the 1964 presidential election to Lyndon Johnson in a landslide, Trump himself might not care for the linkage; after all, there’s nothing Trump hates more than a loser. But as I’ve talked to the operatives of conservatism’s old guard during the Republican National Convention, the name of the Arizona senator comes up time and again. From his vanquished campaign, the young leaders of what was then called the New Right built today’s conservative coalition. Despite their grand success in delivering Ronald Reagan to the White House in 1980, they’ve yet to complete their project: purging establishment Republicans such as the Bushes and the...

Mike Pence’s Bumpy Ride

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) C LEVELAND—Poor Mike Pence. The Indiana governor, described in news reports on Thursday as the Republican vice presidential pick, awoke Friday morning to speculation among the chattering classes that Trump might be changing his mind. Never mind that: According to the Indianapolis Star , Pence yesterday decided to withdraw from his state’s gubernatorial race and hopped a plane to New York, presumably for the big announcement with his new boss—who turned out not to be there. In short, Pence was getting a taste of what it means to be a friend of Donald J. Trump’s. (Just ask Chris “Get on the plane and go home” Christie.) The suspended animation in which Trump held Pence ended later Friday morning, when Trump tweeted that Pence was his pick. That made Pence the first running mate ever unveiled through Twitter. But it had been a bumpy...

The Trump Campaign: Bigotry With a Purpose

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AP Photo/David Zalubowski In this July 1, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to supporters during the opening session of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. D onald Trump may be a bigot, but he’s a bigot with a strategy. The strategy is bigotry. When Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, tweeted an internet meme about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton that appears to have been gleaned from a white nationalist Twitter account, it was but one in a series of such incidents. The Washington Post ’s David Weigel summed it up this way : For at least the fifth time, Trump’s Twitter account had shared a meme from the racist “alt-right” and offered no explanation why. In this case, the meme featured an image of Clinton’s face against a backdrop of $100 bills, with a tagline encased in a red Star of David: “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” After a predictable uproar ensued, Trump deleted the tweet, and then tweeted a new version of the meme...

Trump Lays Bare the Moral Bankruptcy of the Religious Right

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(Photo: AP/Patrick Semansky) GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, speaks alongside Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University during a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, on January 31, 2016. T he business of saving souls has always had its charlatans. In the United States, the religious right often seems to serve up more than its share. Take Ralph Reed, for example. The political operative who rose to fame as executive director of the now-defunct Christian Coalition, Reed has long used his evangelical cred to feed his for-profit businesses, as he did when lobbyist Jack Abramoff hired Reed’s firm, Century Strategies, to rally his Christian soldiers to oppose the casino-building plans of one American Indian tribe in order to serve the gambling interests of a competing tribe . (This scheme, along with others, landed Abramoff in prison for bribery.) It should come as no surprise, then, to find him as a lead evangelist for Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican...