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And the Winner Is ...

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It used to be that people complained that the process for selecting the nominee was starting earlier and earlier -- straw polls over a year before the inauguration!

So, at least on the Democratic side (and since much of this is state law, the two systems have more in common than they should), we created something called "the window," which ...Read more

Opioids and Me

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I know.

I know the heartache of mothers who lose their sons, children who lose themselves.

I'm as enraged as anyone by the pain peddlers who hand out pills that get sold on the street, popped with abandon, shared among friends.

It seems to me that if you sell guns, you have an obligation to make sure that they are used safely. Ditto for ...Read more

This could be Trump's Time's Up moment

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The man who claimed he could murder former FBI Director James Comey in midtown Manhattan and his base wouldn't care might still be right.

If you're still with him right now, you'd probably be with him through anything.

The problem for the president is that the base in shrinking. In the meantime, the Democratic base is growing.

Two weeks after...Read more

Eric for President?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The teachers strike in the second-largest school district in the country ended Tuesday, so, according to local media, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has returned his attention to running for president.

Why not?

It stopped raining. The ever-expanding population of young homeless druggies has returned from the shelters and is doing meth in ...Read more

Hello, Dolly; Goodbye, Carol

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

She was my daughter's godmother. She was my friend. We knew her from politics, not Hollywood: She was close to "Lady Bird" Johnson and her legendary press secretary, Liz Carpenter. We had no family in California. And she fell in love with my beautiful baby.

We used to go to dinner once a month at Chasen's, the "hangout" for old Hollywood. In ...Read more


From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It is our collective frayed nerves that worry me. Christmas cheer has been replaced by dirty snow, unclean toilets, clogged roads and unpaid bills.

The sun is shining. But California is deceptive. Beneath the surface, even here, gloom lurks.

In Los Angeles, the teachers are getting ready to go on strike.

And the kids? Do their brains go on ...Read more

Is the President above the law?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The Constitution establishes impeachment as the means of removal of the president by Congress. As we discover each time we go down this road, "high crimes and misdemeanors" means pretty much whatever the House and Senate think they do, which is to say it is a political standard.

But nothing in the establishment of a political standard for ...Read more

We are a family, and a stronger one, because of Tudy

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

We lived on the fourth floor during the Watergate Summer. We were Wellesley Washington interns, two Jews who looked like Jews (Karen and me), an Armenian girl who looked Armenian (Suzanne) and Tudy, the black girl. It didn't occur to us to call it the Penthouse. It was a walk-up, and it was 100 degrees every day. We called it the Ghetto.

We ...Read more

Mourning President Bush

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I spent more than a year working to beat him. I thought his campaign manager was about the most unethical person I'd ever met. I knew that the fish rots from the head. I was not a big fan of George H.W. Bush's.

Until I -- and much of America -- came face to face with a president who lacks everything we took for granted in him.

Nobody was ...Read more

You, Too, Redskins

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

How low can you go?

I'm not a huge fan of political correctness, but our capital's football team is the Redskins?

So what's a few arrests for domestic violence if you're willing to go to war over the right to offend people? Dartmouth changed the name of its team and the cheers decades ago. It didn't take litigation. But not the Redskins. The...Read more

The Year of the Woman -- Under Attack

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Lock her up" was the rallying cry a year ago, led by the newly elected president.

"Lock her up," Democrats are saying now that senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump has committed the same (non-cardinal) prayer, having also used a private email server to maintain some small chance of privacy and security.

Note: Which men are we threatening ...Read more


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