Phoebe Connelly

Phoebe Connelly is a former web editor of the Prospect. Previously, she was managing editor of In These Times. She writes on political culture, human rights and feminism.

Recent Articles

The Year In: Immigration

If there's one issue liberals really screwed up this year, it's immigration. On the same day the House of Representatives passed health care reform, a massive march for immigration reform flooded the National Mall. Turning next to fixing our broken immigration system, TAP argued, was the logical next move. Alas, Democrats disagreed. But, as Adam Serwer noted , the administration's failure to make headway on immigration reform may cause Democrats to lose the growing Hispanic vote. In April, Arizona passed SB 1070, which empowered police officers to stop and demand proof of citizenship from anyone they suspected of being in the country illegally, without requiring probable cause of another crime. As it turns out, we have the private prison industry as well as racial animus to thank for the law. Although the Justice Department stepped in at the last minute to contest the Arizona law, other states have looked to replicate this type of discriminatory screening. Progressives are partly to...

The Year In: Gay Rights

Civil rights battles tend to have years of what feels like quixotic agitating and organizing before change occurs. This year was a tipping point for gay rights. To wit, last week Congress finally repealed "don't ask, don't tell," the 17-year ban on openly-gay military service. President Obama had endured withering criticism for failing to advance repeal, one of his campaign promises. Many TAP contributors, including myself, took aim at the president for failing to be forceful enough in pushing for the legislation despite the fact that it has become, as Paul Waldman wrote in June, a matter of public consensus that the policy should end. It remains an open question whether Obama's painfully slow, legislative approach to ending the ban will be vindicated by historians -- for the moment, he's not getting much credit from gay-rights advocates. But there is little doubt that John McCain , who opposed repeal to the end, will be remembered as the George Wallace of the DADT episode. As TAP...

The Year In: Finance and Housing.

The year in financial regulation kicked off with some immediate hope for reformers: Reacting to the January election of Republican Scott Brown to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy's seat, President Barack Obama decided to stake out some populist ground and endorse stiffer bank regulation, including the Volcker rule which limits risky bank trades. While that provision found its way into the final financial reform bill, a plan to tax banks announced at the same time fell by the wayside. Also in January, the much-anticipated Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission began its task of figuring out what caused the financial crisis, but it doesn't look like it's going to end well, either. Still, after the passage of health care reform in March, all eyes turned to the Senate's effort to pass a financial overhaul under Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd . (The House, lead by Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank , had done their part in 2009). The debate soon focused on how...

TAP Takes A Holiday.

We're taking some needed rest here at the Prospect. Posting will be light until we return from our various holidays on Jan. 3. If you just can't stay away, we'll be rolling out a series of posts looking at the past year in major progressive issues and staff picks for the best article we've published this year. Safe travels, and happy holidays. --Phoebe Connelly

Ann Friedman: World's Smartest Woman.

It's with a heavy heart that we here at TAP say goodbye to Ann Friedman (quick, before you start crying, bookmark her new blog ). Let me let you in on a little secret: Ann has hired every. single. person. you. read. on. this. site. That includes our boss, Mark Schmitt . She's a formidable editor, an insightful writer, and a true friend. So, we're sending her off the best way we can: with a rundown of her greatest hits: The 2008 election eliminated "white male" as the default political identity : But just because our front-running candidates are a woman and a black man, it does not mean that this is the first election to hinge on candidates' identities. All those other election years, when only white guys were vying for the nomination, well, those were "identity politics" races, too. Why weren't they framed that way? Because most of the framers shared the identity of the candidates: white and male. Democrats can't blame their losses on identity politics : But what if Chait is right,...