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

Do Unto Ashcroft:

Missouri Senator John Ashcroft -- recently defeated by the late Governor Mel Carnahan -- is one of those observers held responsible for increasing the number of battles over judicial and other nominees. The arch-conservative senator furiously opposed President Clinton's appointments; often, he was one of the only senators fighting. Now George W. Bush has chosen Senator Ashcroft to be his attorney general, and it is Ashcroft who will face the confirmation process. Ashcroft has not shied from bullying qualified nominees because their political leanings do not match his; sometimes he even fabricated charges with which to assault them. (Anthony Lewis writes that Ashcroft led the crusade against one judicial nominee, accusing him of having a "tremendous bent toward criminal activity" and a "serious bias against the death penalty" -- even though the judge had upheld 41 death penalty convictions.) The Christian conservative senator also attacked David Satcher's nomination for...

Gore's Liberal Secret

When President Clinton goofed during the State of the Union address, solemnly paying tribute to Vice President Gore for his effort to "make our communities more liberal," he got a lot of laughter. And even more when he flubbed it again. But the guffawing audience didn't know how very true Clinton's Freudian blunder was. Clinton was talking about Gore's Livable Communities initiative, which purports to curb sprawl and preserve open spaces. It is a proposal marketed to soccer moms while secretly aiding the welfare moms too. In other words, it panders to swing voters while benefiting the liberal Democratic base -- minorities and the urban poor. It is also wonky and green -- vintage Gore. Here's the soccer mom narrative. For decades, Americans have moved out of cities for the peace and open space of the suburbs. But as more people move out, suburbs become clogged with traffic and blighted by strip malls. Sprawl eats up surrounding farmland (not to mention other...

Tough D:

With Republicans controlling Congress, the White House, and -- apparently -- the Supreme Court, things might look bleak for progressives. But for those concerned about a crush of conservatism, hush -- the sky is not quite falling. A discombobulated team of Democratic senators will strain valiantly to hold it up. And they may just succeed. This team is hardly a fine-tuned demolition machine like the Ravens or the Giants. But it may turn out that the very heterogeneity of the Senate Dems will make them the perfect match for the conservadors unleashed on Inauguration Day. Without planning it that way, Democratic senators tend towards the good cop, bad cop strategy when dealing with ruffian Republicans. The bad cops hurl insults, staking out far-left positions from which to negotiate; the good cops cozy up to their adversaries and offer compromise. Democratic senators excel at backroom backslapping or cultivating the grass roots. The backroom...

The Accidental Feminist:

Sure, George W. Bush did away with the White House Women's Office of Initiatives and Outreach. He's given us a first lady who prefers to be seen and not heard. He hired women with much fanfare, then promptly dismissed their input and humiliated them in public. (Think Dick Cheney usurping Condoleezza Rice's authority and the repeated episodes in which Bush publicly contradicted and muzzled Christine Todd Whitman.) He's hacking away at the right to choose, and he's eliminating birth control coverage for federal employees. Never mind that. In his first hundred days, George Bush has done feminists a big favor. I realized the extent of Bush's contribution at this past weekend's Women's Leadership Summit sponsored by Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the American Bar Association. Though discussions ranged from old-fashioned gender bias to the double-discrimination faced by women of color, the conversation invariably returned to work/family balance. How can women achieve...

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