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

Earth Last!

It has become a depressing pattern with George W. Bush: Declare a crisis. Hype it until the prophecy is fulfilled. Ignore the good science that offers a solution. Propose a different plan that will not solve the problem, but will reward wealthy business interests that funded your campaign. Repeat. First it was the economy. President Bush was enticing a recession from day one, describing the economy like a beached whale: "sputtering" and "slowing down." Dick Cheney warned that the country might be "on the front edge of a recession." With the administration so alarmist, consumer confidence began to flag, softening the economy. Bush's solution? The tax cut he'd been pushing since before the recession scare: Huge tax cuts for the rich that don't kick in for at least half a decade. Never mind that the rich would tend to save most of their tax cut cash; even if they got their checks today, the cuts wouldn't provide much stimulus to the economy. Economists agree that Bush's plan won't work...

Republican to the Rescue!

So Senator James Jeffords of Vermont is going to leave the Republican Party and become an independent. The Democrats will take control of the Senate, even while the ancient Strom Thurmond (who switched parties himself back in the Mesozoic period) is still shuffling along. Jeffords has long been one of the GOP's most liberal members. And ever since the characteristically spiteful Republicans started talking revenge after Jeffords made them tone down their tax bill, he has been sidling up to the less venomous crowd on the other side of the aisle. It's a big day for the Democrats. A day on which a whole series of lame and weak-kneed deeds -- perpetrated by the Dems since Bush barged into the White House -- are getting richly rewarded. From the minute Bush assumed the presidency, the Democrats have been acting like Xavier High Junior Varsity playing the New York Knicks. Though they had the power to stop him, the Dems immediately signaled their meekitude by confirming a Pat Robertson-...

Taxing Rhetoric:

"A lot of people feel as if they have been looking through the window at somebody else's party," empathized President Bush at a recent tax-cut pushing event. "It is time to fling those doors and windows open and invite everybody in.'' He further pronounced, "I strongly believe that a tax relief plan is an important part of helping our country's economy recover." Democrats agree on both counts. It's just that the plan President Bush will send to Capitol Hill today would achieve neither inclusiveness, nor economic recovery. The kind of proposal that would accomplish both -- and more -- closely resembles the one for which Democrats have been pushing. Here's why: Bush's tax cut is mostly for the rich. If there's one thing W. knows, it's partying. And he knows very well that the people who would benefit the most from his tax cut -- by far -- are those who have guzzled half the keg straight from the nozzle, and are grooving to their favorite CDs with lamp shades on their heads. (They are...

The Hypocrisy of Dan Burton:

Democrats have been tripping over each other in the mad dash to distance themselves from former President Clinton and his pardon of Marc Rich. And before one news cycle has passed, they've already begun to wail about Hugh Rodham's influence in two more pardons. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, Representatives Barney Frank and Henry Waxman, Senators Joe Lieberman, Chuck Schumer, Russell Feingold and Paul Wellstone, and former Clinton Commerce Secretary Bill Daley have all taken the time to blast Clinton. In doing so, they've run right into the welcoming arms of Government Reform Committee Chairman Dan Burton, who is milking his investigation of the pardons for all he can. In fact, Burton just announced he intends to subpoena three advisers of former President Clinton to testify, indicating that he has no intention of stepping aside just because a federal prosecutor has taken up the case. Sure, Democrats are trying to be open-minded. But an open mind is apparently not the same thing...

The Streets of Philadelphia

Day One : Nudeling Against Oppression Day Two : Please Stop the Oppression Thank You Day Three : Goats with Votes Day Four : Goggles and Gas Masks for Mumia Day Five : Politics and Hygiene 101 Photo Gallery of the protests Day One: Nudeling Against Oppression The night before I leave for Philadelphia, C-SPAN is airing a Training for Change training session in which fewer than a dozen prototypical protesters prepare to flail against the machine during the Republican National Convention. Training for Change is one of the more than 200 members of the R2K Network (as in Republican 2000) planning to air at least as many peeves and injustices this week. (The organizers for both conventions are the R2/D2K Network.) The topic at hand is what to do when you get arrested for civil disobedience. Uber-earnest trainer Andrew Rose -- with the requisite long hair and Guatemalan shirt -- warns that while "jail solidarity" is important, protesters can expect that the police will treat minorities,...