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This Is Not the Music of Freedom

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

When I try to come up with any way that the election of Donald Trump has hidden benefits that I have failed to recognize (other than the huge tax cut he apparently believes that I deserve far more than virtually everyone else in my family because I have and make more money), the one thing that stands out is music: Donald Trump has brought ...Read more

How to Get In

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It is that time of year. If neither you nor anyone in your family is applying, much less waiting for early decision or early action (if you don't know the difference, rejoice), if no one you love is sweating the retaking of the LSATs because they've heard that just a few points could move them into a different tier, you can chillax. Or get ...Read more

Living in the Twilight

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It used to be, back when I first started in politics, that I subscribed to every newspaper I could, and I had read them all before anyone was even at the office. I didn't even consider it optional.

When I moved back to Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, I wondered how I would possibly keep up without The Washington Post, but life went on. ...Read more


From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Some Thanksgivings are easy. When my children were younger, I just could not believe how lucky I was: two beautiful children, kinehora (in Jewish, that means "Keep the evil eye away"). We invited friends and loaded the table with food; I think I even shed a few tears of pure joy. If you are going to have that kind of Thanksgiving, then all I ...Read more

Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Politicians usually try to look like they're keeping their campaign promises, at least until they get sworn in. Only then do they start mumbling about changed circumstances and the difficulty of dealing with Congress (even if their party controls Congress, as Donald Trump's does).

Not so our president-elect. He's been changing both the words ...Read more

Our President-Elect

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

No one is more supportive of young people involved in politics than I am. Year after year, I not only teach my own students but also speak at colleges and universities, eschewing political correctness but urging, begging even, for the students to passionately advocate the beliefs they hold and to become active participants in our democracy.

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Just Because You Lose Doesn't Mean You Stop Trying, or, 'Marian's Lesson'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If you think last Tuesday was bad, you might not have been around on election night in 1980. Now that was a landslide. We sort of knew it was turning after the one and only debate, and most of us out "in the field" got a call that morning telling us the last poll indicated landslide-level bad news. But absolutely no one (outside some bubble ...Read more


From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This is not a show. We don't get to change the station if we don't like it. We don't get a new choice for next year, or a whole new set of candidates. This is everything, and it's for four years.

This is for all the people who don't like Hillary Clinton, wouldn't want to have a beer with her, just can't get their heads around the idea of voting...Read more

Poor Huma

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Huma Abedin has served Secretary Hillary Clinton loyally for her entire adult life. As far as I can tell, she has made one major mistake -- a mistake that she shares in common with half the population (and which we can't say too much about, since it produced a beautiful baby, who I am sure she adores). She married the wrong person.

Donald ...Read more

'I Voted for A Girl': Maybe It Just Takes a Donald Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The emails started flying around last week, from a generation of women who never thought they'd live to do it. My friend Pam started it: She's survived two heart transplants, helped nominate the first woman on a major ticket, and yes, she just voted for a "Girl!"

Then there was "Z," who broke every glass ceiling in television news, and after ...Read more

Landslide? Not So Fast

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

So we have one candidate who definitely supports the Constitution and one who takes 24 hours to decide whether he does (tough one). We have one candidate who has stood up for women's rights in 115 nations and one who is credited with starting a national discussion about whether a nice way of saying hello to a woman is to grab her by the, well ...Read more

President Obama's Legacy

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Watching the Donald in action, you can't help but compare him to the man who has held the job he is seeking for the last eight years. President Barack Obama shares almost nothing in common with Donald Trump, which is why history may treat him more favorably than American opinion polls do right now.

Sure, both the president and Trump are ...Read more

The Uncontrollable Man

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

His daughter knew what to say. So did his running mate and his campaign manager. They all knew the question was coming. And the answer was simple: Yes -- barring some extraordinary circumstances, such as what happened in the 2000 election, "Of course we'll accept." "Absolutely, we will."

Will what? Abide by the Constitution of the United ...Read more

Bad Doctors

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

When I returned to practicing law full time 10 years ago, one of the biggest surprises was not the new technology of e-filing, or the new world of e-discovery, but the stunning number of bad lawyers I ran into on the other sides. I don't mean lawyers who disagree with me; that's what the adversary system is about. I mean lawyers who miss the ...Read more

Is This What It Takes?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Attention Susan Estrich Readers: The Following Column Contains Language In The Fifth Sentence Of The Sixth Paragraph That Might Be Offensive To Readers. Thank You For Your Attention. -- Editor

Does it really take the most vulgar, rude, offensive, racist, bombastic, insensitive, unqualified, disrespectful boor ever to be nominated by a ...Read more

Three Ways

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was June of 1992, the Saturday night before the California primary. There was no more campaigning to be done for the night. It was the 50th birthday for Geoff Cowan, who would soon become the head of the Voice of America and later the Dean of the Annenberg School at USC. But the mood that evening was glum. Bill Clinton, one of the party ...Read more

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

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