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From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I am late to write this week. I finally caught the bug that has been tearing families apart, turning friends against each other, hitting as many as half of all Americans.

Trumpitis. A disease. A syndrome.

I've tried to avoid it -- to immunize myself. Listen to a lot of music. Smile at people in the market, but try not to engage. "Yes, indeed...Read more

This is what happens when you lose an election

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This is what happens when you lose an election. You get Justice Neil Gorsuch instead of the wonderful Merrick Garland, who President Barack Obama nominated before Democrats lost in 2016.

And you get Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is not on any Democrat's list.

This court will shape my children's lives. The alternative -- a Supreme Court shaped by ...Read more

Can a Massachusetts liberal be nominated for president?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Could Elizabeth Warren be nominated for president?

There are plenty of establishment Democrats who are worried.

I know the answer: Yes.

Can a Massachusetts liberal win the general election? That's another question. At the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta that nominated Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, a governor who will ...Read more

The fireworks to come

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was Justice Anthony Kennedy's resignation that did it.

Last week was not, for fans of the Constitution's prohibition of intentional discrimination, such a great week with him. Could a president spew anti-Semitic garbage before and after issuing a travel ban limited to Israel? Could it be worse? It most certainly could.

The newspapers ...Read more

What a divided party can do

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The Red Hen reminded me.

"Don't tell anyone you work for Carter," the volunteer who met me at the Florida airport whispered to me.

I'm sure I looked shocked. Carter was Jimmy Carter. At the time, he was the Democratic candidate for president of the United States. I had been working for him for one day at that point, but still. Generally, that'...Read more

Womp, Womp

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

All weekend, it was the Democrats' fault. And Congress' fault. Anyone's fault but his.

But the cries of the children were too much -- not just for the "fake news" media, but for Trump's own supporters.

For once, maybe the first time, Donald Trump got it all wrong. He thought his supporters were no better than him. He thought -- irony of ...Read more

Absolute Power

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, who is responsible for the first quote that comes to mind this week. The baron died more than a hundred years ago, but one person will come to many minds as you read his words:

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they ...Read more

Getting what she deserves

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Hurray for ABC. Hurray for Valerie Jarrett.

And good riddance to Roseanne.

If you had any remaining doubts that this woman doesn't belong in our living rooms, check out her barrage of tweets on Wednesday. Having insulted Valerie Jarrett once, she did it again on Wednesday, retweeting photos of Jarrett side by side with an ape. She also claimed...Read more

Trump continues to fret over 'nasty women'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Who is kidding whom?

President Donald Trump claims he is trying to "improve women's health" by depriving them of medical advice, forcing their doctors to lie and increasing the cost of routine women's health care all at once.

He's back at it. If the Chinese won't listen to him, then why not beat up on women? Forget about picking on North Korea...Read more

Trump breaks bread, glasses and party at lunch

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Editor's Note: Susan Estrich is off. The following column is by Jamie Stiehm.

POTUS coming to Tuesday lunch.

Translated, the president of the United States is joining 50 Republican senators in the Capitol to crash their private Tuesday lunch. Nobody is glad to hear this on the Senate side. We love the constitutional separation of powers...Read more

The #MeToo man takes a fall

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What was Eric Schneiderman thinking? That as the very ambitious attorney general of New York, he could turn himself into the patron saint of the #MeToo movement while physically abusing women, as four women have alleged?

We are not talking about bad jokes or awkward compliments or any of the sort of things that a man might think were welcome (...Read more

Leaking the List

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It is "so disgraceful," the president said.

He was referring to the leaking of the list of 49 questions that special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly wants to ask the president, questions his office supposedly provided to the president's lawyers in an effort to convince the president to sit for an interview.

The president's lawyer, for all ...Read more

The Jewish Question

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was Associate Justice Elena Kagan, former solicitor general, former Harvard Law School dean and brilliant liberal, who raised the question during Wednesday's United States Supreme Court argument on the latest travel ban. It's the same question I used to raise with my students whenever they jumped too quickly to the conclusion that a ...Read more

The Cheerleaders' Complaint

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In a brilliant public relations move, the lawyer representing two former cheerleaders (one from the New Orleans Saints and the other from the Miami Dolphins) who have complained of discrimination said that her clients would settle their claims for $1 if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would just agree to meet with them.

What is he supposed to ...Read more


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