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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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From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Math was actually my best subject, until seventh grade, when I was the only girl on the math team: As if it were on the intercom, I heard loud and clear that girls weren't supposed to be good at math. But today I'm still proficient enough to figure out how to add up to 2,383, the number of delegates you need to win the Democratic nomination. ...Read more

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


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