Lindsay Sobel

Lindsay Sobel came to the American Prospect in January
of 2000 as the first editor of the newly-launched American
Prospect Online
. Before joining the Prospect, she
worked for Slate magazine and covered Congress for
The Hill newspaper. Sobel earned her B.A. from the
University of Michigan and a master's degree in public policy from
Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Sobel grew up in Los Angeles and now lives in Cambridge, MA with
her husband Terry Klein.

Recent Articles

Fuzzy Logic:

It's been a long, exhausting week. If you're like us, you may be having feverish nightmares about counting ballots and flashing electoral maps. And you wake up confused about the intricacies of Florida election law and the ramifications of "pregnant chads." You keep listening to press conferences with Governor Bush's many lackeys, and it seems they repeatedly contradict themselves. Could it be? What follows is a rundown of the Bush campaign's arguments -- in all their shameless glory: "When the election looks like it's going Gore's way, everyone should hold their horses and wait for the real numbers. When the election looks like it's going Bush's way, it's time to get on with the transition." After the networks called the states of Florida and Pennsylvania for Al Gore, George W. Bush went on television proclaiming, "[T]he networks called this thing awfully early." He then sermonized, "I'm going to wait for them to count that and call the votes, and I think...

I'll Be the Judge:

As the trial opens today in a case in which plaintiffs charge Republican voting officials with illegally permitting GOP operatives to tamper with absentee voter applications in Seminole County, many observers are calling the case a dark horse that may crush George W. Bush's momentum. Presiding over the case is Judge Nikki Ann Clark, a five-foot-tall Democratic appointee who makes Republicans quake. If she rules against the Bush team, Clark could go so far as to throw out all of Republican-dominated Seminole County's 15,000 absentee ballots. If so, Gore would take a lead of several thousand votes in Florida. The most nail-biting fact for Republicans is that on November 17 -- just two weeks ago -- Florida Governor Jeb Bush passed over Judge Clark for a position on an appellate court. Having slighted her, they fear her. Fearing her, they're trying to crush her. Republicans have done everything in their power to get the case out of Judge Clark's courtroom. They...

The "Firewall" Between Katherine Harris and Ethics

Katherine Harris, who was simultaneously Florida Secretary of State and co-chair of Bush campaign for Florida, insisted that she had erected a "firewall" between her official duties and her extra-curricular political ones. But it appears the firewall must have cracked. An exploration of hard drives from Harris' office revealed explicitly political documents on the state-owned computers. Included among them was a document called "George W. Bush Talking Points," and a draft of a speech that included the line, "I am a bit biased. I co-chair the campaign effort of George W. Bush . . . I hope it will be W." "Using state equipment and time for political activity falls under the state law governing misuse of public position," reported the Associated Press , paraphrasing an official with the State Commission on Ethics. The investigation of the hard drives (commissioned by a group of media outlets including the New York Times ) also revealed that numerous documents related to the Florida...

Riotville:

A grand jury charged Cincinnati police officer Stephen Roach with negligent homicide Monday for the shooting of an unarmed African-American man that sparked three nights of riots. The same day, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced he is launching a civil rights investigation of the Cincinnati Police Department. While the investigation is thoroughly justified -- officers have killed 15 suspects, all of them black males, since 1995 -- the Justice Department and others should not wait until tense race relations explode in riots before they start trying to address glaring problems. Numerous cities today have shocking levels of police homicide, racial profiling, segregation, and poverty -- all factors that observers say led to Cincinnati's unrest. Like Cincinnati, many big-city police departments have failed to adequately diversify their force, leading African Americans and other minorities to fear they are victims of racial profiling. And cities remain appallingly segregated with high...

Race to the Bottom:

I have tremendous respect for Andrew Sullivan. And that is why his article, " Drag Race ," in the most recent issue of the New Republic is so appalling. Sullivan charges Al Gore with race baiting and concludes that as a result, he is "quietly grateful" that Gore may lose Florida because of the disenfranchisement of African Americans in the state. Sullivan starts with a description of the NAACP's ad attacking George W. Bush for refusing to support hate-crimes legislation in the wake of the dragging murder of James Byrd Jr. The ad included gruesome footage and a voiceover by Byrd's daughter describing the renewed pain she felt when Bush refused to sign stronger hate-crimes legislation. I've heard principled arguments against hate-crimes bills -- that they don't work as a deterrent and violate free speech. But Sullivan acknowledges that Bush actually supports hate-crimes laws. Instead, Sullivan argues, "Bush opposed the stronger hate-crimes law the ad alluded...

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