Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 25 May 2019 17:49:24 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 0d18446a8e66894ac3cd0c274e8bae95 You, Too? CEOs Under the 'Me Too' Microscope for 05/23/2019 Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's hard enough dealing with sexual misconduct by senior officials. But when the CEO is an alleged pig, much less one who is surrounded by like-minded figures, who do you complain to?</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">There is a very simple reason why (pick your favorite) got away with the worst kind of misconduct for decades and decades.</span><p>Updated: Thu May 23, 2019</p> 924d3eefb50ee5f9d11bc12f3b7ea2d9 The Supreme Court Is Not Going to Overrule Roe v. Wade for 05/18/2019 Sat, 18 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>First of all, it doesn't need to. Roe v. Wade has already been thoroughly decimated by a thousand different regulations, all of which the Supreme Court has, or will, uphold.</p> <p>Second, the Alabama geniuses could not have been stupider in the way they set things up for the court. <p>Updated: Sat May 18, 2019</p> 073e46393d7f0955e8984949bf2d3301 The Big Joke About Privacy for 05/16/2019 Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1967, Justice John Marshall Harlan (one of the greats) wrote a concurring opinion that, to this day, establishes the constitutional test that protects our privacy from the government. </p> <p>It happened that one Charles Katz went into a pay telephone booth to make two calls. In the days before cellphones, there were pay phones in translucent stalls, where you could close the door and no one was supposed to hear you.<p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> c236b4e791acc2a82768ed59a806bc9a The New Abortion Wars for 05/11/2019 Sat, 11 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In the not-so-old days, the guerrilla battle against Roe v. Wade took the form of state laws that imposed endless obstacles in the face of women seeking to exercise their constitutional rights, from waiting periods to hospitalization requirements to exhaustive credentialing of clinics, not to mention repeated efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. </p> <p>Time and again, cases went to the Supreme Court. And instead of overturning Roe v. Wade, which might have started a political firestorm, the court founds ways to uphold most of those burdensome requirements. The result was not to deny abortions to middle-class women who have access to pills and private doctors. Forty-three percent of all women of childbearing age in America live in states that have been classified by the Guttmacher Institute as hostile to abortion. Ninety percent of counties in America have no abortion providers. These are the clinics that should serve poor women and rural women and teenage girls. These are the places where clinics are needed the most.</p> <p>Remember "partial-birth abortion"? Actually, there is no such thing. It is a political term invented by those who were looking for yet another way to limit access to abortions. These "partial-birth abortions" happened to hit the most life-threatening cases hardest.<p>Updated: Sat May 11, 2019</p> 718bc0298b416bdc8757c2a62b309cf7 Nancy Pelosi Is Right, of Course for 05/09/2019 Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The way for Democrats to win in 2020 is to follow the advice of the shrewdest Democrat in politics today:</p> <p>&#8212;Don't be goaded by President Trump into a lengthy impeachment battle that will divide the country and ultimately be defeated by the Republican Senate.<p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> 36a808a0163ff73ee77a6c645d734c77 Rapists Go Free Day for 05/04/2019 Sat, 04 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>He met her in an anorexia forum when she was 15. When she was 16, he lured her to his home, where he kept her captive for a year, locking her in a cage and forcing her to have sex. He put her through water torture and controlled her food intake. When police finally rescued her (after she sent a photo of where she was to a woman she had met in another forum), she was malnourished; her back was seriously injured; and her spirit was permanently broken. Since then, she told the sentencing judge, she has attempted suicide three times and permanently disfigured herself. "I severely mutilated myself, hoping that I would become unlovable so no one would hurt me again" as he did, she said.</p> <p>Last Thursday, the man who admitted to holding her as his sexual captive and forcing her to have sex was released from the jail, where he had been held for eight months and was then sentenced to nine years of probation. Not prison. Probation.<p>Updated: Sat May 04, 2019</p> 3b98bf282b7a5826febb760598bf6e6f Patrick Little for 05/02/2019 Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I had almost forgotten him.</p> <p>It was just last year when the San Diego man was leading the Republican polls in his effort to unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein. </p> <p>He came into the Republican State Convention in San Diego riding on the momentum of a poll showing him to be the choice of 18 percent of the state's voters &#8212; even though the only public information about him was that he was a 33-year-old Marine veteran from the San Diego area who was born in Maine.<p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p> ac9246edbd229e72eb7928309d6c0a83 Uncle Joe Joins the Race for 04/27/2019 Sat, 27 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There's hope for those of you 75 or over.</p> <p>There is still time to be president of the United States. After all, Biden would be 78 at the inauguration. Bernie Sanders, his elder, would be 79. An 80-year-old in the White House? And, of course, Trump, should he win again, would be a youthful 74.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 27, 2019</p> 4f5595a81b117fc20f17f3ea394964a5 The Mueller Report 2.0 for 04/25/2019 Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>My friend Jack Corrigan, one of the smartest politicos/lawyers I know, saw it right away. He called it "the key punch-pulling passage in the report." It occurs on page two of volume two, where Robert Mueller says he and his team "determined not to apply an approach that could potentially result in a judgment that the President committed crimes."</p> <p>They chose a standard that would not force them to conclude that the president committed crimes.</p> <p>In all my years as a lawyer on the defense side, I have never heard a prosecutor tell me that he or she made the choice of what standard to apply so as to let my client off the hook. I have no doubt that everyone who has ever been indicted would like to be judged according to a standard specifically adopted so as not to result in the conclusion that they committed a crime.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> e29cc109df66f3bfb2364fc4a33c9954 The Republican Rollout of the Mueller Report for 04/20/2019 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>One of the comments that stuck with me after the release of the full Mueller report was that Attorney General Barr had not played it down the middle. Putting the conclusions out first (NO INDICTMENT) allowed the president to take a victory lap. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi started talking about health care, not impeachment. He gave the White House first dibs on redactions. He made Congress wait and then controlled what it received. In fact, since the first "dump," it has been dribbling the report out for so long that the Democrats are still fighting about redactions. (Let's see, there's jobs and health care and global warming and redactions ...) And troubling details, available only this week, feel like old news.</p> <p>The Republicans won this round, simple as that, not because their positions were fully vindicated but because by the time you could even begin to dig into the details, they no longer mattered.</p> <p>I'm not saying it was right. I'm just saying that, in terms of political strategy, it was done so well that it was almost invisible to the end.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 20, 2019</p> c4cc7f458c65a11bb623ed09e11dec81 Polls and Predictions for 04/18/2019 Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you believe the national polls, Joe Biden is running first nationally (in three of four polls out this week), about 8 points ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, which tells you nothing about how things will look after Iowa.</p> <p>If you believe the prediction numbers, the chances of a second Trump term have gone from likely to very likely. No one who people want to bet on against Trump has "emerged."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 18, 2019</p> d4c9a725b89ffd65255d7aa69222791e The Lessons of Rejection, or How Cheating Cheats our Kids for 04/13/2019 Sat, 13 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">I will never forget the day. I stood just inside the door with the thin pile of envelopes. I opened them one by one. Radcliffe (Harvard) said no. Yale said no. Princeton said no. Pembroke (Brown) said no. The top male schools were opening their doors to the brightest women in America.</span><br></p> <p>And none of them wanted me.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 13, 2019</p> 663838d8c12f4b6c06547d5043d106bd Insurance Anxiety for 04/11/2019 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm lucky. Very lucky. There are a million things I wish I could do that I am absolutely terrible at. </p> <p>But there is one thing I am very, very good at, by necessity.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> a9e7126a585a69a32bc7414e9d0c0ada Uncle Joe for 04/06/2019 Sat, 06 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I don't know whether Joe Biden should run for president. I don't know if he will be able to connect with the younger generation that has breathed new life into the Democratic Party. In short, I don't know whether he can beat Donald Trump, which is the thing I care about most.</p> <p>But this I know: Joe Biden is not a sexual predator. Too affectionate for the "Me Too" era? It seems so. But there is a difference between affection and harassment, and hopefully we can still be caring without being accused of harassment.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 06, 2019</p> ca8fc4c4ee8913c0cb7b5b30229ea74b Treasonous? Who? for 03/28/2019 Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BY SUSAN ESTRICH</p> <p>RELEASE: THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019</p> <p><p>Updated: Thu Mar 28, 2019</p> 43ac98ee98b399354c64733c7170ea42 Anita Hill and Senator Biden for 03/20/2019 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you watched it, at least if you watched it like I did, it's almost impossible to forget.</p> <p>An intelligent and respected law professor came forward to tell her account of her treatment by the man George H.W. Bush decided was the most qualified in America to serve on the Supreme Court. The hearings, until Anita Hill came forward, were a textbook display of obfuscation in which Judge Thomas managed to avoid expressing a view about any legal issue, all but assuring confirmation.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 20, 2019</p> cacb16daeba3ba891a305498cfd542f0 Generational Politics for 03/14/2019 Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The conversations are taking place when our kids come back to California, especially if they're coming from New York.</p> <p>What is it that you see in AOC?<p>Updated: Thu Mar 14, 2019</p> 87c5c866b2bd7041466c773c072e4f71 The Fixer for 03/01/2019 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I have to admit I was a little insulted when Michael Cohen explained that his job as Donald Trump's lawyer was to be his "fixer." For more than a decade, I was widely known around my old law firm as the firm fixer. "Plumber" was another of my nicknames. Technically, I created the Crisis Law & Strategy Group. At my new firm, Boies Schiller Flexner, I've created a practice group to do precisely what Mr. Cohen didn't know how to do: actually fix things, because all companies and many leaders have issues &#8212; including gender issues &#8212; that could be tinder for a "Me Too" moment. You fix things by getting there before the fire, by working with management and the board to review culture and complaints and concerns and situations so they don't plague the company, or the candidate.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The thing is, Michael Cohen didn't fix anything. Fixing things involves solving problems, not creating new ones, much less producing documentary evidence of your lies and disregard for the law, all of which he did.</span> He was a terrible lawyer, as well as a criminal one.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 01, 2019</p> ac5b25f66ca7809f4c207a9a2a05184a And the Winner Is ... for 02/14/2019 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It used to be that people complained that the process for selecting the nominee was starting earlier and earlier &#8212; straw polls over a year before the inauguration!</p> <p>So, at least on the Democratic side (and since much of this is state law, the two systems have more in common than they should), we created something called "the window," which tried to confine the selection process to the election year and (with some reluctance) enshrined the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary as the first in the year, with the rest of the states following suit until the first week of June.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> 940e33acd4be9fc667901264143a6074 Opioids and Me for 02/07/2019 Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I know.</p> <p>I know the heartache of mothers who lose their sons, children who lose themselves.</p> <p>I'm as enraged as anyone by the pain peddlers who hand out pills that get sold on the street, popped with abandon, shared among friends. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 07, 2019</p>