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Keep Hope Alive

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"I could lose my health insurance," a friend whispered to me recently. He is a freelancer with a pre-existing condition. In the old days, no one would take him; freelancing was not even an option. "These days, finding staff jobs with benefits is the trick once again," I murmured back.

"What about my daughter?" another friend asked me. Her ...Read more

Saying Goodbye to Obama

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

We will miss him.

We will miss his intelligence and restraint; his dignity and diplomacy; his efforts to rebuild the image of America in a world where more children grow up hating us every day.

I have always admired Barack Obama, but I supported Hillary Clinton in both 2008 and 2016. I thought she was more qualified. I liked her, and -- for ...Read more

The Man Without a Mandate

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's hard to patch together a mandate out of an election that most pollsters believe could have been won, maybe even easily, by another Democrat -- Joe Biden, say, or Barack Obama or Bill Clinton. What is his real mandate? Not to elect brainiac women to the White House?

Beyond that, the flailing is already apparent.

"Drain the swamp." If ...Read more

Out With the Old

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The holidays are never easy for anyone except the Hallmark family, but this year seemed especially disquieting: Donald Trump acts like he's still playing bully in some schoolyard somewhere; fingers of blame point in all directions in both parties; and it's a dangerous world that is impossible to ignore. My son made me watch a documentary ...Read more

About Christmas

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

To Christians around the world, I wish you a very merry Christmas. To those who believe in Jesus as the son of God, few days are as sacred as the one that celebrates his birth. For those of us who are Jewish, Christmas happens to fall this year on the first day of Hanukkah, a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar made major by parents worried ...Read more

So Now It's Real

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On Monday, the Electoral College elected Donald Trump. There were more defectors than usual, but not enough to be more than a blip. As everyone who is grinning right now will tell you, more electors defected against Clinton than against Trump. Who cares? One vote does not matter in the Electoral College. Trump will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, ...Read more

Donald Trump's Contempt for America

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was a joke on "Saturday Night Live": The president-elect and his fossil-fuel-loving EPA administrator were going to protect us from the environment.

But really, it's not a joke. It's an accurate depiction of all of Donald Trump's appointees. Instead of serving to ensure minimum standards for labor, Trump appoints an opponent of ...Read more

The Power of the President

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

For decades, political science students have been taught the late Richard Neustadt's battle-tested maxim that the power of the president is the power to persuade. I don't think he ever imagined Twitter, and he certainly didn't imagine a Donald Trump in the White House. What for decades looked like a challenge requiring skill and leadership ...Read more

This Is Not the Music of Freedom

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

When I try to come up with any way that the election of Donald Trump has hidden benefits that I have failed to recognize (other than the huge tax cut he apparently believes that I deserve far more than virtually everyone else in my family because I have and make more money), the one thing that stands out is music: Donald Trump has brought ...Read more

How to Get In

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It is that time of year. If neither you nor anyone in your family is applying, much less waiting for early decision or early action (if you don't know the difference, rejoice), if no one you love is sweating the retaking of the LSATs because they've heard that just a few points could move them into a different tier, you can chillax. Or get ...Read more

Living in the Twilight

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It used to be, back when I first started in politics, that I subscribed to every newspaper I could, and I had read them all before anyone was even at the office. I didn't even consider it optional.

When I moved back to Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, I wondered how I would possibly keep up without The Washington Post, but life went on. ...Read more


From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Some Thanksgivings are easy. When my children were younger, I just could not believe how lucky I was: two beautiful children, kinehora (in Jewish, that means "Keep the evil eye away"). We invited friends and loaded the table with food; I think I even shed a few tears of pure joy. If you are going to have that kind of Thanksgiving, then all I ...Read more

Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Politicians usually try to look like they're keeping their campaign promises, at least until they get sworn in. Only then do they start mumbling about changed circumstances and the difficulty of dealing with Congress (even if their party controls Congress, as Donald Trump's does).

Not so our president-elect. He's been changing both the words ...Read more

Our President-Elect

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

No one is more supportive of young people involved in politics than I am. Year after year, I not only teach my own students but also speak at colleges and universities, eschewing political correctness but urging, begging even, for the students to passionately advocate the beliefs they hold and to become active participants in our democracy.

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Just Because You Lose Doesn't Mean You Stop Trying, or, 'Marian's Lesson'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If you think last Tuesday was bad, you might not have been around on election night in 1980. Now that was a landslide. We sort of knew it was turning after the one and only debate, and most of us out "in the field" got a call that morning telling us the last poll indicated landslide-level bad news. But absolutely no one (outside some bubble ...Read more


From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This is not a show. We don't get to change the station if we don't like it. We don't get a new choice for next year, or a whole new set of candidates. This is everything, and it's for four years.

This is for all the people who don't like Hillary Clinton, wouldn't want to have a beer with her, just can't get their heads around the idea of voting...Read more

Poor Huma

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Huma Abedin has served Secretary Hillary Clinton loyally for her entire adult life. As far as I can tell, she has made one major mistake -- a mistake that she shares in common with half the population (and which we can't say too much about, since it produced a beautiful baby, who I am sure she adores). She married the wrong person.

Donald ...Read more

'I Voted for A Girl': Maybe It Just Takes a Donald Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The emails started flying around last week, from a generation of women who never thought they'd live to do it. My friend Pam started it: She's survived two heart transplants, helped nominate the first woman on a major ticket, and yes, she just voted for a "Girl!"

Then there was "Z," who broke every glass ceiling in television news, and after ...Read more

Landslide? Not So Fast

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

So we have one candidate who definitely supports the Constitution and one who takes 24 hours to decide whether he does (tough one). We have one candidate who has stood up for women's rights in 115 nations and one who is credited with starting a national discussion about whether a nice way of saying hello to a woman is to grab her by the, well ...Read more

President Obama's Legacy

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Watching the Donald in action, you can't help but compare him to the man who has held the job he is seeking for the last eight years. President Barack Obama shares almost nothing in common with Donald Trump, which is why history may treat him more favorably than American opinion polls do right now.

Sure, both the president and Trump are ...Read more

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