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This Is Real

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This is not a television show.

This is not one of those audience response things that measure how loudly we scream and or how many balls we throw.

No, this is our democracy, of Presidents Washington and Jefferson and Madison and Jackson and Lincoln and Roosevelt and, yes, Reagan and Obama.

And Donald Trump?


Is there anyone who doesn't...Read more

Donald Trump?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Donald Trump: the Republican Party's nominee for president?


Could there be some last-minute twist, some redemption, an unfinished Frank Capra movie?

No. There are no backrooms anymore. Delegates are enthusiasts. Try convincing them -- I have -- to switch. They don't. We put our faith in democracy, but it's a risky business.

The ...Read more

Choosing a President in Uncharted Waters

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Susan Estrich is off this week. The following column is by Jamie Stiehm.

WASHINGTON -- It couldn't happen to a nicer party.

The Republican Party lost its compass in another century when Newt Gingrich ruled the House. Now Donald Trump just crashed the party, breaking glass in a brazen takeover. He exposed how utterly empty the ...Read more

We Are Waiting No More, Ladies: From Abigail to Hillary

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Susan Estrich is off this week. The following column is by Jamie Stiehm.

We are ladies in waiting no more, gentlemen. Tired of traveling third class to the revolution.

Heroines Harriet Tubman, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul and Eleanor Roosevelt on the money herald the start of something big.

And by we I mean American women here now in 2016...Read more

The Lesser of the Evils?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's pretty darn depressing when political writers are essentially writing off the 2016 election as a choice between the lesser of two evils -- seven months in advance of the election. It's one thing when, after months of negative ads, we shake our heads in disgust, but we haven't even really started yet.

If this is the way we begin, is there...Read more

The Way of the World, Hamilton, Jackson and Tubman

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Susan Estrich is off this week. The following column is by Jamie Stiehm.

One treasury secretary has saved another. Isn't that the way of the world? History has its eyes on you, Jacob Lew.

Brilliant, storied Alexander Hamilton, darling of Broadway and Wall Street, will stay on the $10 bill. Hamilton, the first treasury secretary, had his...Read more

Donald Trump Says Something Sensible

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Donald Trump said something that makes sense. It shouldn't be a headline, but it is (which says more than the rest of this column, really).

It was about an issue that is, at best, peripheral -- not a federal question, more the stuff of school board races than hotly contested primaries. The issue was bathrooms. Seriously -- bathrooms? ISIS is ...Read more

Why Democrats Love Bernie

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Why do Democrats love Bernie Sanders? OK, it's not just because he's "cute" (as some younger voters are calling him). In point of fact, could someone tell me when 74-year-old bald Jewish men became America's symbol of "cute"? Larry David pulls it off, but I'm not so sure about Bernie Sanders.

It is also not the case that the only reason, or ...Read more

Uncle Bernie and Hillary Clinton's 'Woman Problem'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"He's so cute," the young woman said to me, explaining her support for Bernie Sanders.

Cute? This, about a 74-year-old Jewish socialist from New York, one with floating pie-in-the-sky solutions that serious economists say could have devastating impacts on the U.S. economy if ever enacted (which of course they never would be, because Bernie is...Read more

The Streets of San Francisco, a Libertarian Take

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Please note that Ms. Saunders is filling in for Ms. Estrich today, who is on vacation

"Sometimes I think we're so liberal that we're OK stepping over dead people on our sidewalks," Daniel Bergerac of the Castro Merchants Association and Castro Cares told me as we discussed the state of the streets of San Francisco. As he knows, people ...Read more

The Feminist Blind

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This is not a column I am happy to write. Such things shouldn't happen; but they do. And unless we admit it, the whispers will undermine us all. In my book, that special place in hell can welcome one more group: women who play on the sisterly, feminist and instinctual trust many of us have for other women our age, women who have fought similar...Read more

Why Superdelegates Count

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Every time I see a tally of the delegate race that excludes so-called "superdelegates," I have to laugh. "Of course they count," I want to scream at The New York Times, which otherwise offers a flawless tally. That's precisely why I, and a minority of others, fought so hard against the introduction of superdelegates. Now I've been fortunate to...Read more

The Democrats Are Done. The Republicans Are Done In

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Say good night, Sen. Marco-mentum-less Rubio. When you get trounced in your home state, you're toast. Also in the toaster is the other boy senator, Ted Cruz, the least liked man not only in the United States Senate but also in quite a few states so far.

The winner, the man crowning himself once again, is none other than the unsuitable, ...Read more

Is He 'Unsuited'?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

As the news sinks in, the editorials are starting to come.

The news is that yes, it appears Donald Trump really is going to be the Republican nominee for president. He's collecting delegates, and that's what matters. With more states now holding winner-take-all contests, the question seems to be not "if" but "when": How long will it take for ...Read more

It's the Delegates, Stupid

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Whenever I hear some otherwise smart person explain to me how Joe Biden is going to march in and become the Democratic nominee, or how "they" -- whoever they are -- are going to come in and save the Republican Party from Donald Trump, I pretty much know that person has never been to a convention or met a delegate, let alone tried to convince ...Read more

Hillary's Best Debate

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Appearing on the Fox Business channel Friday, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee got it right: Hillary Clinton was the hands-down winner of the Thursday night gong show among the four remaining Republican candidates.

I watched with my longtime Hispanic friend/family member Rosie -- my children's "second mother" -- and her ...Read more

Hillary's the One

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Can I say I was right? OK, half right. I was right about Bernie Sanders but not about Donald Trump, which is really too bad, because Trump is a whole lot scarier than Sanders. After all, Sanders has been a working and productive member of the U.S. Senate, while Trump emerged into the political spotlight by confusing Hawaii (where President Obama...Read more

How Trump Helps Clinton

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Could Donald Trump win the nomination? Yes. You have to say that. To say no is to ignore what is happening, and what can happen in a process that is largely not controlled by the Republican establishment. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is no fool. He could be vice president. So what if neither of them has any foreign policy experience?

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The 3-Year Term

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It is almost one year until the next president of the United States will be inaugurated.

Try holding your breath. That's right. Let's make sure absolutely nothing happens for a year.

Because U.S. presidents are only elected for three years, right? The fourth year they, and we, just better hope nothing important happens.

This year, something...Read more


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