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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

Community policing, homelessness, and people on the streets

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In 1982, James Q. Wilson and his Harvard colleague George Kelling offered a simple idea that had a profound effect on policing: "If a window in a building is broken and is left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon be broken." And that is not simply a blight for the neighbors but a clear message that the neighborhood is dangerous, ...Read more

Musings on Justice Kavanaugh

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

He will be confirmed, barring some totally unexpected development. He has been vetted by the investigators. He has been vetted by the media. The Republicans have the votes. The Democrats' best argument is against the invocation of executive privilege; the documents should have been disclosed, but getting the country to rally around a process ...Read more

The not-so-super delegates

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I was a junior "rules junkie," as we called ourselves, when I coined the term "superdelegates" in 1982. Then-Sen. Ted Kennedy was running against Walter Mondale then. Not then, of course, but in the Hunt Commission, or the Rules Commission, the lines were clearly drawn. The Mondale people were pushing to make party leaders and elected officials ...Read more

The death of a hero

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The president's former campaign chairman stands convicted of eight felony counts.

The president's formal personal lawyer is pleading guilty and cooperating.

No one is above the law but the president. And with his help, all his friends are, too. What does that sound like? Not the rule of law.

This week, his top advisers are taking to the press...Read more

Trump in 2020?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Media outlets this week are all over a new Pew study that finds, the headlines promise, that President Trump's support is not quite as broad and not quite as happy as his stunningly stable approval rating might suggest.

But what's striking from the numbers, at least as far as I can see, is not how much support Trump has lost but how, given ...Read more

Taking Responsibility

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In pre-Trump politics, the most important thing a president could do in a crisis was to take responsibility and lead. If something went wrong, you didn't spend a moment pointing fingers. Let the commission do that. And if you couldn't take responsibility because it was clearly not yours, you'd promise to bring this country together and lead us...Read more

Don't Call Me

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

My son was in the other room on the phone, and he sounded like me, which is not always a good thing. By the time I caught on, he was asking for the supervisor's supervisor. Usually, he gets mad at me when I lose it with customer service representatives, but here he was, channeling me at my worst.

It had to be bad.

It was.

He and his ...Read more


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


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