Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:51:31 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 859cb011a625d389e56c71153dec9ac3 Are We Crazy or What? for 09/14/2016 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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."</p> <p>He picked a fight with the family of a dead Muslim soldier. He didn't just start a fight; he kept the thing going.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 14, 2016</p> 3f2fa5d761055068aff6166a1f48c1ac Sitting on the Other Side of the Table for 09/09/2016 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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.</p> <p>In my case, the occasion is my representing a longtime friend who was sued for sexual harassment. Sexual harassment happens to be one of my "sweet spots," which is to say, one of the areas of law I know best. I write about it, teach about it, talk about it and even on occasion get involved in litigation. But I have never been involved on the defense side. Until now.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 09, 2016</p> 0510b86ca8e259f5704d1b3f30175690 About That Election for 09/07/2016 Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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 to avoid, worst of all, being asked my opinion. Of course I have an opinion. I wrote a book 10 years ago entitled "The Case for Hillary Clinton." It was full of all kinds of good arguments that symbols &#8212; even if you dismiss them as that &#8212; matter, and that Clinton was much more than a symbol for women. Everything I said then applies tenfold today. I may have some copies in the garage. I went on tour for weeks. I don't know that I convinced a single voter.</p> <p>These days, most of the time, no one's asked me to try, and I've got plenty to worry about in the tracks playing in the foreground. I'm worried about my brother. Enough said. I am trying to figure out how to help my nephew. And I'm thinking about what's going on with a single mother I love who is struggling with two kids, not to mention all the usual stresses of family and work. I start each day with a prayer of gratitude, as do many people I know. Politics does not figure high on this list.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 07, 2016</p> e920cb490f8f648eed20167854d3e193 August for 08/19/2016 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>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 Massachusetts, where he spent August being governor while his lead disappeared.</p> <p>When I heard the chairman of the Republican National Committee say that Donald Trump would have been better off going on vacation after the convention, I realized the mark had been passed.</p> <p>Donald Trump has had the worst August of any modern nominee, God bless him.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 19, 2016</p> 9f159f8693b3a44270e843ebe3e22cf5 The Olympic Spirit? for 08/12/2016 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>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.</p> <p>Not so fast.</p> <p>There was the incident of the Lebanese delegation not allowing the Israeli athletes.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 12, 2016</p> e1931a2b32fd82c34508b7923f313d44 The Nutty Nominee for 08/04/2016 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>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.</p> <p>But you don't need to know any insiders to understand why they're running for cover and leaking like sieves. What else can they do? They have a candidate who is totally out of control, and it is going to cost him, sooner or later. </p> <p>Believe me, none of Trump's advisers came up with the "idea" of picking a fight with the Muslim family of a dead soldier, a young man with a bright future who was fighting for his country, the United States of America. That had to come from Trump himself. If he ever mentioned it to advisers, I can assure you they would have spoken against it. Which means that either Trump is ignoring his advisers or, worse still, is just shooting from the lip.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 04, 2016</p> aefcab3c235ff7b3c9d15d9a365d1160 The Donald Uncensored for 07/28/2016 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>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. </p> <p>Like his statement that America would not necessarily defend our NATO allies. Really? What message does that send to Vladimir Putin?</p> <p>And speaking of messages, what about his asking the Russians to hack into Hillary Clinton's server to find deleted emails? <p>Updated: Thu Jul 28, 2016</p> 0ec8b5d915ed13d787636888225bc3d1 Ginsburg v. Trump for 07/13/2016 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"I can't imagine what this place would be &#8212; I can't imagine what the country would be &#8212; with Donald Trump as our president," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in The New York Times this week.</p> <p>Trump responded in his usual unpresidential way, tweeting: "Justice Ginsburg has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot &#8212; resign!"</p> <p>That is what our country would be like: vulgar and vicious, like Donald Trump himself. Justice Ginsburg has every right to be concerned, as does anyone who cares about this country. You do not lose your First Amendment rights when you join the Supreme Court, as the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the darling of conservatives, proved.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 13, 2016</p> 955f7348cd1389da540ff0c65ebd6163 What About Bernie? for 07/06/2016 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's strange how it happens almost overnight. One day, you've got television crews crowding for position, top correspondents big-footing out the juniors who were first assigned to what was viewed as a lost cause, and of course, crowds cheering.</p> <p>And now what? </p> <p>Did Bernie Sanders dream of pumping his own gas, driving his own car, looking for his loyalty card at the drug store, the joys of everyday life? Dream or not, they are back.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 06, 2016</p> 6dec4842c697de797bdc5dcfbbe95f23 Brexit, Clinton and the Barrage to Come for 06/29/2016 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I predicted it. </p> <p>I say this with pride, not because I was right and almost everybody else in the chattering elite was wrong, but because it demonstrates the dangers of knowing too much and thinking too much. </p> <p>I paid very little attention to the Brexit debate, mirroring what most Americans know about politics. I had other stuff to do. Nobody was paying me to comment on the EU. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 29, 2016</p> c2ed0c0cc65f641eca4c7b457a2fcfbb The Risk Factor for 06/22/2016 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The red phone is ringing. Donald Trump is doing something with his former-centerfold wife. It rings again. He picks up. "What?" he shouts with characteristic annoyance.</p> <p>Feeling reassured?</p> <p>If Republican leaders are having a hard time getting their heads around the idea that their ticket will be headed by a man who has brazenly insulted almost everyone in America, imagine how that makes voters feel. The "Republicans for Hillary" bandwagon is about to form, if it hasn't already. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 22, 2016</p> 4e9867071d0c7ec092fd64c3199671b8 Who Knew? The Trump Dilemma for 06/17/2016 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Who knew that being a suspected terrorist might cost you a seat on that flight to San Jose &#8212; but not an assault weapon?</p> <p>We've all heard stories about famous people &#8212; the late Sen. Ted Kennedy was one &#8212; being wrongly placed on a no-fly list. Those much-maligned bureaucrats who do their part in the war to keep us safe every day have set up procedures whereby folks who have been mistakenly listed can have their names removed. </p> <p>Here's the NRA complaint: Not everyone on the watch list has been convicted of a crime. It's true; some have close ties to radical clerics, deep interest in jihad and extremism, but they've never been convicted of a crime. Want to sit next to him on your flight? Take a twirl around the dance floor?<p>Updated: Fri Jun 17, 2016</p> 1f920d22a9b1b348f831e0ea883d1e1c A Moment in History for 06/08/2016 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It wasn't a very big-deal election in California, to say the least. I think one person asked me if I voted. And I got one email from an old friend, who said she was thrilled about Hillary Clinton but voted for Bernie Sanders. </p> <p>Not me. I voted for the first female president of the United States, for the first woman ever to be nominated by a major party. And I did so with a shiver of pride.</p> <p>Hillary Clinton is not a perfect person; nor is she a perfect candidate. People who don't know her find her stiff and defensive and unlikable, which is kind of funny, because while she has her faults, those are not them. If you asked me, she should have done a mea culpa on the emails on day one, gotten rid of the issue by taking political, not legal, responsibility. But then, I haven't been through the meat grinder she has, where any mistake she admits gets distorted and twisted beyond recognition before an organized group of bloggers and activists ties it around her neck. Some people are right to be paranoid.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 08, 2016</p> bd421a7ea7f59fc3ec42543862853e95 California Counts for Nothing. Again for 06/01/2016 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I got my absentee ballot in the mail, which reminded me: We have an election next Tuesday. The excitement is hard to bear. Oh, wait. There is no excitement. The ballot is still sitting in the pile on the kitchen table. I intend to fill it out because that's what good citizens should do &#8212; not because I even remotely think it will matter. </p> <p>"Freakonomics" authors Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt explain, in an article I assign my students every year, why it really doesn't make sense for any individual to vote. They tell the popular joke of the two economists who are embarrassed to meet at the polling place. "My wife made me come," one supposedly says to the other, who quickly agrees that his presence was also his wife's fault. The chance of one vote deciding anything is basically zero. </p> <p>Of course, that's just one vote. If everyone took that perspective...<p>Updated: Wed Jun 01, 2016</p> 29785cbd036903e5322d8ca5272b5b7f Arithmetic for 05/25/2016 Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Math was actually my best subject, until seventh grade, when I was the only girl on the math team: As if it were on the intercom, I heard loud and clear that girls weren't supposed to be good at math. But today I'm still proficient enough to figure out how to add up to 2,383, the number of delegates you need to win the Democratic nomination. And Hillary Clinton already has 2,305.</p> <p>That's 97 percent of what she needs.</p> <p>Or, for those who like to add and subtract, with 694 delegates at stake on June 7, including California and New Jersey, Clinton needs only 78.<p>Updated: Wed May 25, 2016</p> ab9028379d97a61177f45a201a979a7a This Is Real for 05/18/2016 Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This is not a television show.</p> <p>This is not one of those audience response things that measure how loudly we scream and or how many balls we throw.</p> <p>No, this is our democracy, of Presidents Washington and Jefferson and Madison and Jackson and Lincoln and Roosevelt and, yes, Reagan and Obama.<p>Updated: Wed May 18, 2016</p> 3d3f0e32c7d543147aa794d9b1f5baf1 Donald Trump? for 05/11/2016 Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Donald Trump: the Republican Party's nominee for president?</p> <p>Yes.</p> <p>Could there be some last-minute twist, some redemption, an unfinished Frank Capra movie?<p>Updated: Wed May 11, 2016</p> 07061e8b1041672e7468e8418e79838b Choosing a President in Uncharted Waters for 05/07/2016 Sat, 07 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Susan Estrich is off this week. The following column is by Jamie Stiehm.</p> <p></p> <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It couldn't happen to a nicer party. <p>Updated: Sat May 07, 2016</p> 345b63195b7e54dd7c98c441be0886fd We Are Waiting No More, Ladies: From Abigail to Hillary for 05/04/2016 Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Susan Estrich is off this week. The following column is by Jamie Stiehm.</p> <p></p> <p>We are ladies in waiting no more, gentlemen. Tired of traveling third class to the revolution. <p>Updated: Wed May 04, 2016</p> ccea629fd3b8ceeae82f6cd8549baa65 The Lesser of the Evils? for 04/29/2016 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's pretty darn depressing when political writers are essentially writing off the 2016 election as a choice between the lesser of two evils &#8212; seven months in advance of the election. It's one thing when, after months of negative ads, we shake our heads in disgust, but we haven't even really started yet. </p> <p>If this is the way we begin, is there any question where we will end? Alienated, distrustful, angrier than we are now, having elected a president with no mandate at all. </p> <p>We have to do better than this. If Donald Trump is going to be the nominee of the Republican Party for the most powerful job on the planet, then it's time for him, and us, to start taking his candidacy seriously. He needs to start doing his homework. Enough with the off-the-cuff comments of a television talk show host playing for ratings. If Donald Trump wants to be the president of the United States, he ought to start trying to act the part, and see if he can pull it off. If not, fine. It will be clear.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 29, 2016</p>