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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

Could this be the end of the 'Crime Wars'?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Maybe it's fitting that only two weeks after running his own version of the 1988 "Willie Horton" ad -- an ad that led a generation of politicians to compete to outdo one another in terms of their "toughness" on crime -- President Trump announced his support for a bipartisan crime-reform bill that few politicians of either party would have gone ...Read more

Now it belongs to our kids

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's against the law to discriminate in employment. As an old lawyer, I firmly subscribe to the canon of young doctors and old lawyers.

And old legislators, some of the time. Nicholas Pelosi would the King of the Hill, and no one would be commenting on his clothes. It should be called Obama-Pelosi Care. But Nancy Pelosi's still 78, an old House...Read more

How did we wind up with this post-Kavanaugh snooze?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Were you angry? Could you hardly believe those men?

I'm sorry to be Ebenezer Scrooge, or whoever the Halloween equivalent is. But wasn't it just a few weeks ago that women were short of tears at the market, glued to the televisions, telling one another stories they had never told? Get up. Give.

And now everyone is making Halloween decorations....Read more

Sen. Warren strives for perfection, which is just not necessary

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

As someone who has been trying to get a woman on the ticket since 1984, I'm glad that the Democratic Party has so many women stars, starting with Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. But in watching them both in action last week, I was pretty terrified, not for myself but for the Democratic Party.

The two most visible women in the Party ...Read more

We survivors must keep on fighting

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I walked out of an alley more than 40 years ago, determined to fight.

My mother told me not to tell anyone because no decent man would have me.

And that made me angry. Teenage feminist. Why should I be ashamed of what happened to me? Why is it just fine to tell people how you were mugged at the park but not that you were raped in your parking ...Read more

A different kind of man belongs on the Supreme Court

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was 40 years ago that Judge J. Skelly Wright wrote a decision for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit -- Judge Kavanagh's Court -- overruling the corroboration requirement in sexual assault cases. "This one's for you," he said, after reading the only bench memo I ever wrote for him. Three judges joined the opinion, but all nine on ...Read more

Don't blame Dianne Feinstein

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Kellyanne Conway made number what? I have since lost count. But everywhere you look, on television, in the papers, in celebrity gossip sheets and on media websites, familiar faces -- and less familiar ones at the market and in protests -- have emerged as survivors of sexual assault.

If you're surprised, you shouldn't be.

Every reputable study ...Read more

Mini Me goes on the attack... or liar, liar, pants on fire... or a question of character

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

President Trump was proud of his nominee, understandably so. His opening statement, reminiscent of Clarence Thomas' claim that his confirmation hearing was "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks," could have been written or delivered by the president. But Justice Thomas was confirmed 27 years ago, when we survivors were still trying to convince...Read more

Kavanaugh did what politicians always do when confronted: deny, deny, deny

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's not Brett Kavanaugh's fault that the anonymous complaint against him was not properly handled when it came to the Senate Judiciary Committee's attention in July.

The committee reportedly dismissed it as too old and anonymous.

That is not the advice I would give to any corporate client in 2018. How long does it take to follow up? Not every...Read more

Here we go again

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I have been to this movie before. I know how it ends, and it doesn't end well -- not for anyone, by the way.

This much we know: A woman writes a letter in July. It's about something that happened in high school. Pick your words. An assault? An attempted assault? A drunken grope? It was more than 30 years ago.

She wants to remain anonymous. She...Read more

Imagine if the other Donald Trump had gotten elected

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Imagine, just for a minute, that after the 2016 election, the other Donald Trump had gotten elected.

You know, the one who hung out with establishment types, invited Bill and Hill to his wedding, liked Democrats, knew how to bring a group together. That guy.

And for season one, just imagine that his target was not red-state conservatives and ...Read more

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