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President Trump?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The new polls showing Donald Trump in a strong lead for the Republican nomination tell you just how much trouble the Republican Party is in right now. I'm not saying that the Republican Party will nominate him, but it's hard to dismiss the new frontrunner as "not serious," which is what most Republican leaders and elected officials would like ...Read more

President Bernie?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /


For Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with surprise hit of the summer season Donald Trump, some people are really beginning to ask: could it happen?

Could Bernie Sanders win Iowa? He could. Mike Huckabee, who had launched his campaign on a weight-loss platform (I was a fan), won Iowa, and everyone spent the whole night figuring out how much it ...Read more

Epic Care

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Are you one of the 54 percent of all Americans whose medical records are typed and stored on Epic?

If you don't know, let me ask you this: does your doctor look at you when you are there for a visit, or is she (or if she's lucky, a "fellow" or assistant) typing the whole time? That's Epic.

It is, of course, a brilliant idea, and made its ...Read more

Why I Like John Kasich

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Oh no," Kasich supporters must be thinking. "Just what we need. A liberal endorsement."

Worry not. I do not like John Kasich because I agree with him. Heavens, no. I disagree with him about almost everything.

I do not think he is a liberal. He is hardly my definition of moderate. He only looks moderate compared to some folks who make their ...Read more

Presidents Vacation ... So Do the Rest of Us

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Every time the president goes on vacation, roughly half the talking heads jump all over him. They tally up how many days he's spent on vacation, or how many rounds of golf he's played since he became president, and then manage to remind us that we're not taking vacations on fancy islands in houses that rent out for a princely sum.

When I say ...Read more

Carly's Ego Isn't Enough

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Surprise. The one woman in the crowded Republican field, Carly Fiorina, turns out to be articulate and well informed, thoughtful and independent, actually the standout in the second-tier debate and really, if you're judging, the best debater of the night.

Actually, many of the reporters covering the debate did appear a little shocked at how ...Read more

Could Hillary Clinton Lose?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The chattering class, fed by the drumbeat of conservatives and the criticism of look-alike Republicans, is actually acknowledging that the former Secretary of State is not made entirely of Teflon. Some of her support is soft. Some Democrats don't like her. Never have.

Inevitability is generally a curse in politics. "Is he inevitable?" It was ...Read more

Stunt Time

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What should you look for if you happen to be one of those dedicated Americans who watches "primary" debates? For sheer entertainment value, of course, everyone will be watching "The Donald." His just showing up should help raise the ratings meter even as it lowers the gravitas quotient, which would be hard to maintain anyway, given the crowd. ...Read more

Don't Go to Law School

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Seriously. Don't go to law school unless you actually want to be a lawyer. Sure, "thinking like a lawyer" -- that is, analytically -- is useful, but probably not as useful as spending three years actually doing or studying what you are interested in, not to mention the $200,000 in debt you'll probably owe, more or less making your only option to...Read more

Cosby the Rapist

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

As the revelations of Bill Cosby's disgusting behavior over the last four decades have finally trickled out, the question I keep getting asked, as someone who's been fighting in the trenches against sexual assault for as long as Cosby has allegedly been committing such acts with impunity, is how and why so many women kept silent for so long. ...Read more

The "No Shame" Debate

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

No one has a later term abortion because she's changed her mind about having a baby. Doctors in almost all states won't perform them for that reason; and, by the way, what kind of beasts do you think women are? Late-term abortions are tragedies, often a last resort because much-wanted babies, or their mothers, develop conditions not consistent...Read more

The Donald

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What's wrong with the way we pick our presidents?

The answer has got to be: plenty.

Today, John Kasich, governor of Ohio (a role that, among other things, makes him a "real" candidate), becomes the 16th candidate vying for one of 10 spots in the upcoming GOP debate. This is a competition in which Donald Trump -- the man who currently ...Read more

The Failure of the Insanity Defense

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Was James Holmes -- convicted on Thursday of the 2012 massacre at the Aurora movie theatre -- nuts?

Of course he was nuts. Does a sane person go into a movie theatre and just start shooting -- not for a war or cause -- for no reason at all? I mean, if he's not "insane," who is? Whether he should be held criminally responsible is an entirely ...Read more

About Wendy

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I don't know enough about a lot of things to know if the deal with Iran is good enough, to know whether Iran will keep to it, to know whether it endangers Israel, to know just about anything except that I can tell when people on TV are working off the same sets of talking points.

In campaigns, we always say that you can't predict all the ...Read more

Bernie Sanders in Iowa

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Bernie Sanders, the Independent Vermont senator, is running against frontrunner Hillary Clinton from the one space available: the far left. And the news, reportedly said to be troubling the Clinton campaign (although I don't really believe it), is that he's drawing crowds in Iowa and feeding them liberal red meat.

Sanders may well emerge as ...Read more

Trump Finally Trumped

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Poor Potter Stewart. The late Supreme Court justice wrote many important opinions, but will forever be known for honestly admitting that when it came to defining obscenity, "I know it when I see it."

Isn't that the truth about some things?

When people ask me to draw the line between serious candidates for president with something to say (if ...Read more

Love of Country

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

As a kid, the Fourth of July was always my favorite holiday: the bike parade with the crepe paper so carefully threaded through the spokes, the afternoon of running and jumping contests where everyone won something, and, of course, the highlight, getting the old ratty beach blanket from my father's trunk and watching the fireworks.

I didn't ...Read more

What Courts Do Best

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Sometimes what courts do best is the same as what second-grade teachers do best: clean up sloppy sentences. You know what the student meant to say, but what they actually did say doesn't quite make sense.

Six words: If you can't afford health coverage, subsidies are available through "an exchange established by the state."

But what if the ...Read more


From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Does having a black president really give us a pass?


So there stood the three Republicans, leaders of the state, none of whom had the guts last week to stand up against the obvious symbol of hatred on the statehouse grounds.

Now, where I come from, you were always free to hate, but you were supposed to hate on private property, ...Read more

Women Get the Money

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Actually, they don't. Whether you're a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker, you make more if you're a man. More insulting still: Men in traditionally female professions, say nursing, make from around $4,000 to $17,000 more than similarly situated women in the same specialties. Let the men in, and they make more. That is not how it was ...Read more

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