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The Curse of March 7

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On March 7, 1977, my father died. He had suffered a major heart attack, his first, 10 days before. He was 54. I never quite recovered.

On March 7, 2000, my best friend, journalist Judy Jarvis, died of lung cancer, having battled her stage 4 diagnosis with courage and dignity that took my breath away and (I believe) added precious months, ...Read more

Guns and cards, or: Why my son is no longer a republican

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was Donald Trump's position on guns that did it. To be more specific, it was President Trump's proposal to address violence in schools by arming schoolteachers that finally made a Democrat of my son. Until then, he'd been holding out hope for the Republican Party. But when the president decided that my son's girlfriend -- a student teacher ...Read more

'Nothing's as bad as the Ninth Circuit'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Nothing's as bad as the Ninth Circuit": That is the president of the United States talking to the nation's governors on Monday about the United States Court of Appeals for much of the western United States, including California.

Nothing is worse than a court that disagrees with you?

I can think of many things that are far, far worse. How ...Read more

The Last 10 Days

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The shooting came first: a horrifying massacre in Florida that left 17 dead and a community cut down. Then young people began finding their voices, as exemplified in a town hall in which students who survived the shooting demanded answers from politicians -- making hollow political-speak sound like what it is. Marco Rubio stammered. Why does ...Read more

You, Too, Mr. President

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Poor Donald Trump. He can't help himself.

Take the case of Roy Moore: After numerous women accused Moore of sexual assault, sexual misconduct and child molestation, every Republican I knew was rooting against him, hoping to spare the party huge embarrassment. But the president supported Moore for a seat in the United States Senate nonetheless...Read more

Trump's speech shows the sorry State of the Union

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Tonight," Donald Trump said, "I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people."

Who is he kidding?

How dumb does he think we are?

Is this the same man who can't stop tweeting about how Hillary Clinton should be investigated and locked up? Is this the same...Read more

The swamp overflows

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On Friday at midnight, the swamp overflowed. Donald Trump was supposed to drain it. Instead he's right in the middle, a heavyweight in an already full swamp.

Of course, the Republicans will blame the Democrats, and the Democrats will blame the Republicans. The short version is that it was immigration, the president's favorite polarizing, ...Read more

#Me Too has miles to go before we sleep

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Has "Me Too" gone too far?


We have miles to go before we sleep.

I know: There is a difference between a violent rape and a boss who thinks he gets to sleep with all "the girls." Trust me; I've dealt with both.

But the fact that hundreds or even thousands of women, many of them young and vulnerable actresses, may have experienced ...Read more

A Vile Slur and Our Biased President

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"S---hole countries": I didn't say it; the president did. And it wasn't even in some closed-door meeting with aides who leaked the quote to the press. He said it in a meeting with congressional leaders. If you parse his tweets, he goes on the attack toward anyone reporting what he said, but never quite fully denies it. And Dick Durbin, the ...Read more

Federalism, Anyone?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

For most of the 20th century, "federalism" was the cry of conservatives battling growing federal power that came, constitutionally at least, at the expense of the states. So their response to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal was not that children should work endless hours in unsafe conditions but that the federal government had no business ...Read more

How Democrats Can Lose the House

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"I think we've got the House," one California Democrat said to me not long ago. "It's the Senate we need to focus on."

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Cry, I think.

This is how Democrats lose the House.

I don't know that there has ever been a time, in my lifetime anyway, in which perceptions varied so diametrically from one political...Read more

Wanting what you have

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

New Years is when we make resolutions aimed at change: a new body (the diet resolution), a new partner (or any), a new job (or any) ... the familiar list. It's familiar because for most of us, we've been making the same resolutions for years. And the reason we've been making them every year is because we never get there.

Want what you have, my ...Read more

Bah Humbug

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's that time of year when parents of non-Christian children find themselves challenged to explain why they aren't part of the general hoopla. And some respond by becoming part of the hoopla and others by creating hoopla of their own. In my family, we go to the movies and eat Chinese.

It was my mother and my favorite date when she was alive ...Read more


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