From the Left



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

The President and Israel

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

We always used to put a "moving the embassy" plank in the Democratic platform even though we never expected it to happen -- or even thought it should before the larger issues about Jerusalem were resolved. I think the first time was in 1980, to try to show up Jimmy Carter, the incumbent president, whom my candidate, Sen. Ted Kennedy, was ...Read more

The Persecution of a Conservative Icon

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Alex Kozinski is a judge, and the former chief judge, of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the biggest circuit and the most liberal in the country. Judge Kozinski, known widely in the legal profession as just "Alex," is a libertarian conservative, a prolific writer and a brilliant man.

I moderated a panel a few years ago with Alex and ...Read more

Smoke in the air, heroes on the ground

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

My phone buzzed with the emergency alert at 6 a.m.

Tuesday, the fires seemed far away, even though my house smelled the way it does when you forget a pot on the stove. But there were no pots on the stove. Just fires across the mountain. So we did what we Californians do. We live with earthquakes and mudslides, with drought and dust, and with ...Read more

Is Trump making you sick?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I tried not to roll my eyes when an acquaintance, a woman I respect for her professional accomplishments, told me she thought Donald Trump had caused her cancer. "You know, the connection between stress and cancer," she said. I know. But was she really so stressed about Donald Trump that she got cancer?

She was not the only one. A journalist ...Read more


Social Connections


Michael Ramirez Darrin Bell Signe Wilkinson Chip Bok Lisa Benson Steve Benson