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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

Brexit, Clinton and the Barrage to Come

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I predicted it. I say this with pride, not because I was right and almost everybody else in the chattering elite was wrong, but because it demonstrates the dangers of knowing too much and thinking too much.

I paid very little attention to the Brexit debate, mirroring what most Americans know about politics. I had other stuff to do. Nobody was ...Read more

The Risk Factor

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The red phone is ringing. Donald Trump is doing something with his former-centerfold wife. It rings again. He picks up. "What?" he shouts with characteristic annoyance.

Feeling reassured?

If Republican leaders are having a hard time getting their heads around the idea that their ticket will be headed by a man who has brazenly insulted almost...Read more

Who Knew? The Trump Dilemma

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Who knew that being a suspected terrorist might cost you a seat on that flight to San Jose -- but not an assault weapon?

We've all heard stories about famous people -- the late Sen. Ted Kennedy was one -- being wrongly placed on a no-fly list. Those much-maligned bureaucrats who do their part in the war to keep us safe every day have set up ...Read more

A Moment in History

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It wasn't a very big-deal election in California, to say the least. I think one person asked me if I voted. And I got one email from an old friend, who said she was thrilled about Hillary Clinton but voted for Bernie Sanders.

Not me. I voted for the first female president of the United States, for the first woman ever to be nominated by a major...Read more

California Counts for Nothing. Again

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I got my absentee ballot in the mail, which reminded me: We have an election next Tuesday. The excitement is hard to bear. Oh, wait. There is no excitement. The ballot is still sitting in the pile on the kitchen table. I intend to fill it out because that's what good citizens should do -- not because I even remotely think it will matter.

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