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

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."

Raging with the Machine

Hudson, New Hampshire -- It is almost primary day, and I'm pressing flesh with Granite Staters. Not hand shaking, mind you, but really squashed in there between them. Most are sporting Bush 2000 paraphernalia and straining to snap pictures. They are cheering, and I am starting to think that I'd better drop everything and start working for George W.

Not that I think Bush is the best candidate -- or even the best Republican. In fact, just three hours ago, McCain gave a performance in Peterborough that made Bush look like an amateur.

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."


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.

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.