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The Campaign of a Thousand Leaks

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

How do you convince a stubborn old man that he needs to step aside? The answer is not simply to tell him -- because he is not listening to what he doesn't want to hear -- but to force him to read about it. Leaking.

The leaks are escalating. Biden supporters -- a dwindling group -- managed to sell the story, for a very few days, that the ...Read more

Speaking Truth to Power

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"I think if he is our nominee, I think we lose," soon to be Sen. Adam Schiff said during a fundraiser last Saturday, according to a person with access to a transcription of a recording of the event. "And we may very, very well lose the Senate and lose our chance to take back the House."

This was last Saturday, according to The New York Times,...Read more

What Unites Democrats

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's painful for Democrats to see our party so divided at a time when Republicans are marching in lockstep to coronate Donald Trump. Their convention will be a model of single-minded control, scripted from beginning to end by Trump. They have managed to excommunicate, intimidate and enforce discipline on anyone and any group that might offer a...Read more

Biden in the Bunker

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

He just doesn't get it. And neither do those closest to him.

Asked by George Stephanopoulos how he would feel if he loses, he told the truth and it was the wrong answer. "I'll feel as long as I gave it my all and I did the good as job as I know I can do, that's what this is about."

No, it's not. What this is about is not Joe Biden doing "the...Read more

Blind Loyalty

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he has President Joe Biden's back. It's almost enough for me to take him off my list of possible successors to the incumbent president. Having Biden's back is not a matter of loyalty.

Biden has been a fine president. He inherited a country in crisis, roiled by the pandemic, and righted the ship of state. The ...Read more

King Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"With fear for our democracy," Justice Sonia Sotomayor concludes in her brilliant dissent in Trump v. United States, "I dissent."

She is right. Very frighteningly right.

After reading what happened at the oral argument, I knew what was coming. The court was looking for a way to carve up the baby, giving some form of immunity to former ...Read more

Is This Really the Best We Can Do?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was painful to watch. Two men vying for the most important job in the world. And neither of them making the cut.

Trump was Trump -- just as expected, bragging and blustering, lying and threatening, refusing to say he would accept the results of the election, defending the Jan. 6 rioters. It is no exaggeration to say he is a threat to our ...Read more

Should Masks be Banned at Gaza Protests?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Things got violent outside a Los Angeles orthodox synagogue on Sunday, leading the mayor at a Monday press conference to say that a ban on wearing masks to such protests should be considered. A number of the pro-Palestinian protestors Sunday, who blocked entrance to the synagogue and ended up in fistfights and spraying Bear spray at those ...Read more

Great Debates

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Pray for Jack Kennedy," I said to Bill Clinton, then the governor of Arkansas and lead "spinner" for the 1988 vice presidential debate in Omaha, Nebraska. We had been rehearsing that week in Austin, with Rep. Dennis Eckart playing Dan Quayle, me playing moderator Judy Woodruff, and Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen playing himself, the Democratic vice...Read more

The State of the Race

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The convictions should have made a difference. But did they?

I was more troubled by what came out at Donald Trump's trial than I thought I would be. I had initially thought that the district attorney's case was much ado about not much. But the trial changed my mind. It was not much ado about not much. It was about rigging the election by ...Read more

Crime in the Neighborhood

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It happened right in front of my house. Last Friday morning, at 3:30 a.m. to be exact, my nanny heard noises. She went to the window and saw two men climbing under her late model Toyota Tacoma truck. She found her key fob and immediately sounded the alarm, and the two men quickly drove off in a white Toyota. The damage was done. They had ...Read more

The Verdicts: Trump v. Biden

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The contrasts could not be starker.

Two juries did their jobs: carefully considering overwhelming evidence of guilt and reaching the only verdicts supported by substantial evidence. Against a highly politicized background, and in the face of intense media scrutiny, the criminal justice system worked.

Everything else -- from the reactions to ...Read more

Trump Rants About Abortion

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was one of those rants that would disqualify a normal candidate. Speaking to Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, Donald Trump took off on abortion, saying things that are flat-out untrue and mouthing opinions entirely out of the mainstream. Most of the media ignored it, Trump being Trump.

"It's a beautiful thing to watch," Trump said of ...Read more

RFK Jr. Does Not Belong on the Debate Stage

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

With the deadline quickly approaching for him to qualify for the June CNN presidential debate, RFK Jr. has yet to meet the commonsense qualifications that CNN has set for participants. Which is at it should be. He doesn't belong on the stage. His candidacy is at best a distraction and at worst a spoiler. What it most certainly is not is a ...Read more

Why It Should Matter

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The question everyone is asking in the wake of Donald Trump's conviction on 34 felony counts is whether it will matter in the fall election.

It should. Trump essentially offered no defense of his activities in the trial. His lawyers nitpicked, especially Michael Cohen, but the deny-everything-and-attack-everyone approach -- which is so ...Read more

What Choice Does Israel Have?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The killing of civilians in Sunday's airstrike against Hamas in Rafah was, as Benjamin Netanyahu admits, a "tragic mistake." It was certainly that. The strike was aimed at two Hamas leaders meeting in a compound that was full of civilians, according to news reports. It was not supposed to set adjoining tents on fire.

It came as international ...Read more

Banning Gender-Affirming Treatment

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

After two failed efforts to pass a ban on gender-affirming treatment for minors, South Carolina Republicans announced in January that this year it would be a priority. This week, they succeeded, with the governor on Tuesday signing the bill to ban doctors, parents and children from securing medical care that they -- and science -- think is in ...Read more

Trump Flip-Flops on Birth Control, Endorses a 'Reich'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Trump is sloppy. He doesn't seem to know where he stands. He engages in loose talk.

Those bad habits of his were on full display this week when, harkening back to language from Nazi Germany, he endorsed a unified "reich" and flip-flopped on his position on access to birth control. It's a pattern, and a troubling one. And he didn't take ...Read more

The Prosecution Has Made Its Case

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Did Donald Trump falsify business records to cover up his payment of hush money to Stormy Daniels?

Did he do it to hold onto women voters in the days leading up to the 2016 election?

Reading the daily press accounts of the New York trial leaves little doubt that the prosecution made its case.

Michael Cohen is a liar, convicted as one, but ...Read more

What Voters Don't Know ... Yet

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The problem with early polls is just that. They are taken early, and they are a snapshot of what voters know and think at the time they are taken. Which may be wrong. Because most of the voters who decide elections -- the so-called swing voters -- pay about as much attention to politics as I do to baseball. Not spring training. Not even the ...Read more

 

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