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The Question of Respect

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I left the University of Southern California forum where I watched the debate Monday night with an overwhelming sense of unease. And I've been trying to figure out why.

I've been to debates where my candidate did great and debates where my candidate did not; I've been to debates where I can't even remember what city I was in, much less what ...Read more

Are We Crazy or What?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This should be a 10-point race, minimum. If this were an election governed by any of the rules of politics that all of us have been practicing and teaching and writing books about, this should be the biggest snoozer since 1984, when Germond and Witcover penned their aptly named "Wake Us When It's Over."

He picked a fight with the family of a ...Read more

Sitting on the Other Side of the Table

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

My week has been consumed, more than I'd like, on the other side of the columnist's table, with me as the subject. I love writing: I just hate being written about. Usually, it's not good news when you're the subject of a column.

In my case, the occasion is my representing a longtime friend who was sued for sexual harassment. Sexual harassment...Read more

About That Election

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

There is an election tape playing somewhere in the background. I hear it in snippets on the radio or in passing, in newspaper boxes or on elevators. Occasionally, and I mean very occasionally, I may catch people talking about it in line at the grocery store. In such cases, I try very hard to avoid eye contact, so as to avoid recognition, so as...Read more

A Worse August Than 1998

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It took a long time, but every record must eventually get broken, and no one is happier about this one than me: Finally, a presidential campaign has had a worse August than we did in 1988. That year, Michael Dukakis came out of the convention with a lead a mile wide and an inch deep, only to turn his campaign plane around and head back to ...Read more

The Olympic Spirit?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

To watch some of the coverage, you might think that the Olympics proves that the greatest athletes of every country on the globe, plus the refugees, can come together and put aside the various religious, ethnic and historic rivalries that divide us.

Not so fast.

There was the incident of the Lebanese delegation not allowing the Israeli ...Read more

The Nutty Nominee

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Is the Donald really getting "nuttier"? That's what the New York Post said today, claiming insiders as their source. I don't actually know any Donald Trump "insiders," although I do know some of the beleaguered professionals who are trying to gain some measure of control over a hopelessly inexperienced candidate.

But you don't need to know ...Read more

The Donald Uncensored

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Apparently, the Republican nominee for president just can't stand being outside the spotlight. Or maybe he's been making such statements all along, only now they get more attention because he is the Republican nominee.

Like his statement that America would not necessarily defend our NATO allies. Really? What message does that send to Vladimir...Read more

Ginsburg v. Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"I can't imagine what this place would be -- I can't imagine what the country would be -- with Donald Trump as our president," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in The New York Times this week.

Trump responded in his usual unpresidential way, tweeting: "Justice Ginsburg has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her...Read more

What About Bernie?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's strange how it happens almost overnight. One day, you've got television crews crowding for position, top correspondents big-footing out the juniors who were first assigned to what was viewed as a lost cause, and of course, crowds cheering.

And now what?

Did Bernie Sanders dream of pumping his own gas, driving his own car, looking for ...Read more


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