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The Uncontrollable Man

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

His daughter knew what to say. So did his running mate and his campaign manager. They all knew the question was coming. And the answer was simple: Yes -- barring some extraordinary circumstances, such as what happened in the 2000 election, "Of course we'll accept." "Absolutely, we will."

Will what? Abide by the Constitution of the United ...Read more

Bad Doctors

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

When I returned to practicing law full time 10 years ago, one of the biggest surprises was not the new technology of e-filing, or the new world of e-discovery, but the stunning number of bad lawyers I ran into on the other sides. I don't mean lawyers who disagree with me; that's what the adversary system is about. I mean lawyers who miss the ...Read more

Is This What It Takes?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Attention Susan Estrich Readers: The Following Column Contains Language In The Fifth Sentence Of The Sixth Paragraph That Might Be Offensive To Readers. Thank You For Your Attention. -- Editor

Does it really take the most vulgar, rude, offensive, racist, bombastic, insensitive, unqualified, disrespectful boor ever to be nominated by a ...Read more

Three Ways

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was June of 1992, the Saturday night before the California primary. There was no more campaigning to be done for the night. It was the 50th birthday for Geoff Cowan, who would soon become the head of the Voice of America and later the Dean of the Annenberg School at USC. But the mood that evening was glum. Bill Clinton, one of the party ...Read more

The Question of Respect

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I left the University of Southern California forum where I watched the debate Monday night with an overwhelming sense of unease. And I've been trying to figure out why.

I've been to debates where my candidate did great and debates where my candidate did not; I've been to debates where I can't even remember what city I was in, much less what ...Read more

Are We Crazy or What?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This should be a 10-point race, minimum. If this were an election governed by any of the rules of politics that all of us have been practicing and teaching and writing books about, this should be the biggest snoozer since 1984, when Germond and Witcover penned their aptly named "Wake Us When It's Over."

He picked a fight with the family of a ...Read more

Sitting on the Other Side of the Table

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

My week has been consumed, more than I'd like, on the other side of the columnist's table, with me as the subject. I love writing: I just hate being written about. Usually, it's not good news when you're the subject of a column.

In my case, the occasion is my representing a longtime friend who was sued for sexual harassment. Sexual harassment...Read more

About That Election

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

There is an election tape playing somewhere in the background. I hear it in snippets on the radio or in passing, in newspaper boxes or on elevators. Occasionally, and I mean very occasionally, I may catch people talking about it in line at the grocery store. In such cases, I try very hard to avoid eye contact, so as to avoid recognition, so as...Read more

A Worse August Than 1998

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It took a long time, but every record must eventually get broken, and no one is happier about this one than me: Finally, a presidential campaign has had a worse August than we did in 1988. That year, Michael Dukakis came out of the convention with a lead a mile wide and an inch deep, only to turn his campaign plane around and head back to ...Read more

The Olympic Spirit?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

To watch some of the coverage, you might think that the Olympics proves that the greatest athletes of every country on the globe, plus the refugees, can come together and put aside the various religious, ethnic and historic rivalries that divide us.

Not so fast.

There was the incident of the Lebanese delegation not allowing the Israeli ...Read more

The Nutty Nominee

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Is the Donald really getting "nuttier"? That's what the New York Post said today, claiming insiders as their source. I don't actually know any Donald Trump "insiders," although I do know some of the beleaguered professionals who are trying to gain some measure of control over a hopelessly inexperienced candidate.

But you don't need to know ...Read more

The Donald Uncensored

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Apparently, the Republican nominee for president just can't stand being outside the spotlight. Or maybe he's been making such statements all along, only now they get more attention because he is the Republican nominee.

Like his statement that America would not necessarily defend our NATO allies. Really? What message does that send to Vladimir...Read more


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