Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 20 Aug 2018 01:18:46 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 08edc13dcc71b8f7fa10cb4eaa50c433 Trump in 2020? for 08/09/2018 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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.</p> <p>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 the daily barrage of tweets and countertweets; ugly chants and ugly corruption trials (his campaign chairman); intense criticism in the media; all-out war in Congress; and foreign policy flubs and domestic failures, much remains firm, and how tough he will be to beat.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 09, 2018</p> 68062f3ae05bef14847d1b4abb351566 Taking Responsibility for 08/03/2018 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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 forward. In pre-Trump politics, the most important thing a president could have said about a special prosecutor's investigation was that he was deeply troubled by what he was hearing, that he was determined to get to the bottom of it, that anyone who violated the law should be prosecuted &#8212; that sort of thing.</p> <p>I've written crisis talking points for big-shot politicians since 1980. I know these lines by heart. My best example of how it works is always former Attorney General Janet Reno, who immediately took responsibility for an unmitigated disaster in Waco, Texas, that left more than 70 people dead, many from FBI bullets. The next day, instead of tanking, Reno's favorability rating was higher than anyone else in the Cabinet. And that was true across party lines.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 03, 2018</p> b4249b641c5879856a2b66e5cba3a2c9 Don't Call Me for 07/26/2018 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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.</p> <p>It had to be bad. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 26, 2018</p> dd6f0ae2a625727c9fe6f056cdce208e Trumpitis for 07/19/2018 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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.</p> <p>Trumpitis. A disease. A syndrome.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 20, 2018</p> b48de051e36e6c6afb3e90b5c1ffe283 This Is What Happens When You Lose an Election for 07/12/2018 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This is what happens when you lose an election. You get Justice Neil Gorsuch instead of the wonderful Merrick Garland, who President Barack Obama nominated before Democrats lost in 2016.</p> <p>And you get Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is not on any Democrat's list. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 12, 2018</p> df99e6edd959999e37728477724dce82 Can a Massachusetts Liberal Be Nominated for President? for 07/05/2018 Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Could Elizabeth Warren be nominated for president? </p> <p>There are plenty of establishment Democrats who are worried. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 05, 2018</p> 1d137c714d1627e982e2c95d3665193d The Fireworks to Come for 07/03/2018 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was Justice Anthony Kennedy's resignation that did it. </p> <p>Last week was not, for fans of the Constitution's prohibition of intentional discrimination, such a great week with him. Could a president spew anti-Semitic garbage before and after issuing a travel ban limited to Israel? Could it be worse? It most certainly could.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 03, 2018</p> 91e30e3c547c025eb073e2dc107f2b02 What a Divided Party Can Do for 06/28/2018 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Red Hen reminded me. </p> <p>"Don't tell anyone you work for Carter," the volunteer who met me at the Florida airport whispered to me. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 28, 2018</p> 9baa786212825523d38541fcfeb8e813 Womp, Womp for 06/21/2018 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All weekend, it was the Democrats' fault. And Congress' fault. Anyone's fault but his.</p> <p>But the cries of the children were too much &#8212; not just for the "fake news" media, but for Trump's own supporters.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> 1fde8272f5566e696730607681ee6da2 The Swagger of the Deal-maker for 06/13/2018 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As anyone who has ever negotiated a deal can tell you, there is always a deal to be had. It depends on what you are &#8212; and aren't &#8212; willing to give up, whether you get as good as you give up. Almost anyone can negotiate a bad deal, once the other side is willing to come to the table &#8212; which they are more likely to do if they think they can get a very, very good deal.</p> <p>Of course, that is what most people I know are accusing the president of in his dealings with North Korea: He got "snookered." (That was one of the kinder jabs.)<p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p> 57f42b7c6b42119108597a7afee52d7f Absolute Power for 06/06/2018 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, who is responsible for the first quote that comes to mind this week. The baron died more than a hundred years ago, but one person will come to many minds as you read his words:</p> <p>"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 06, 2018</p> 9ac7aef686c5e8de17eb0eea54950474 Getting What She Deserves for 05/31/2018 Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Hurray for ABC. Hurray for Valerie Jarrett.</p> <p>And good riddance to Roseanne. </p> <p>If you had any remaining doubts that this woman doesn't belong in our living rooms, check out her barrage of tweets on Wednesday. Having insulted Valerie Jarrett once, she did it again on Wednesday, retweeting photos of Jarrett side by side with an ape. She also claiming she thought Jarrett was white. How dumb does she think we are? Roseanne Barr is a liar in addition to a racist.<p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p> b1a587dc869f04418b11f89456ce58bb Improving Women's Health? for 05/23/2018 Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Who is kidding whom? </p> <p>President Donald Trump claims he is trying to "improve women's health" by depriving them of medical advice, forcing their doctors to lie and increasing the cost of routine women's health care all at once.<p>Updated: Wed May 23, 2018</p> 7e7cf42193c7aa6f4ced41ff7fe3c41d The #MeToo Man Takes a Fall for 05/09/2018 Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What was Eric Schneiderman thinking? That as the very ambitious attorney general of New York, he could turn himself into the patron saint of the #MeToo movement while physically abusing women, as four women have alleged?</p> <p>We are not talking about bad jokes or awkward compliments or any of the sort of things that a man might think were welcome (even if he were wrong). There can be no claims of confused signals, generation-gap issues or a lack of fair warning when the charge is literally beating up women. <p>Updated: Wed May 09, 2018</p> 147c0dce32d7b86bb316d2f6a747a4ad Leaking the List for 05/03/2018 Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It is "so disgraceful," the president said.</p> <p>He was referring to the leaking of the list of 49 questions that special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly wants to ask the president, questions his office supposedly provided to the president's lawyers in an effort to convince the president to sit for an interview.</p> <p>The president's lawyer, for all kinds of lawyerly reasons, was not convinced. After looking at the list, he urged the president to decline the invitation. <p>Updated: Thu May 03, 2018</p> 93b211ab31540016cc47145f31aa6ab2 The Jewish Question for 04/27/2018 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It was Associate Justice Elena Kagan, former solicitor general, former Harvard Law School dean and brilliant liberal, who raised the question during Wednesday's United States Supreme Court argument on the latest travel ban. It's the same question I used to raise with my students whenever they jumped too quickly to the conclusion that a restriction imposed by us against them was justified. It's the question my mother spent most of her life worrying about, and with reason: <i> What if it were the Jews? </i></p> <p>What if, Justice Kagan asked, an anti-Semite were to be elected president of the United States, and only days after taking office, amidst a flurry of virulently anti-Semitic tweets, banned travel from Israel? What then?</p> <p>The solicitor general seemed to dodge Kagan's question with ease. After all, he pointed out, the ban applied only to a handful of Muslim countries, not all Muslim countries. It was not, he kept saying, a Muslim ban. And besides, he reminded Justice Kagan (as if she did not know), Israel is one of our closest allies. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 27, 2018</p> e1829db6e158393c4084df8bb4c1e56e The Cheerleaders' Complaint for 04/25/2018 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In a brilliant public relations move, the lawyer representing two former cheerleaders (one from the New Orleans Saints and the other from the Miami Dolphins) who have complained of discrimination said that her clients would settle their claims for $1 if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would just agree to meet with them.</p> <p>What is he supposed to say? </p> <p>"No" is not the right play. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 25, 2018</p> 01f1c3e48c6468323ff68d4824816e57 The Woman Who Landed the Plane for 04/19/2018 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For years, people such as myself have been arguing that gender discrimination doesn't just hurt women: It hurts all of us, our economy, our efficiency, and, yes, even our safety.</p> <p>The stories about the obstacles that Tammie Jo Shults, the now-famous pilot of Southwest Flight 1380, faced in her quest to become a pilot are more than a testament to her tenacity. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018</p> 1128dcce32ae205a007d8eda90338a3f The Generational Issue for 04/11/2018 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I had to stop reading Meg Wolitzer's new best-seller, "The Female Persuasion," not because it was bad &#8212; it is a very good read &#8212; but because her description of feminism seemed so precisely and perfectly loaded for generational conflict that it made me very sad. The 60-something Gloria Steinem-like feminist, Faith Frank, who had done so much for women, had to fall flat &#8212; too privileged, too white, too out of tune with the times &#8212; to make way for her not very appealing mentee and a new wave of feminist energy. The most likeable character in the book was the down-to-earth erstwhile boyfriend, which I'm not sure was intentional.</p> <p>I'm all for a new wave of feminist energy, standing up against things we felt no choice but to accept, broadening our base to include so many who were almost invisible in the days when Frank launched her magazine. As a matter of fact, I've been asking for years where the next wave was and when it was coming, given how much of the energy of my generation had been sapped by the endless fight for reproductive freedom. Sometimes I think about how much more we could have done for women and children if all that energy on both sides had been used for other things. </p> <p>Walking down the street near my office the other day, where there is construction on every block, I watched to see if any of the workers were giving the young women a hard time as they went for lunch. A few. But what was even more curious to me was just how invisible I felt; when a woman gets to a certain age, no one leers at her. It's open to question whether they even see her.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 11, 2018</p> 6ac05d7a5b667b54581780951e8438e7 College Blues for 04/04/2018 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In those days, you could tell by the size of the envelope. A thick envelope, full of registration materials and welcoming letters, meant you got in. A thin one was a one-page rejection. They all came the same day. My mailbox was full of thin envelopes &#8212; plus a fat one from my last-choice school. </p> <p>These days, news, bad and good, comes by email. It came last week: One young man in Houston, Texas, got in to all 20 schools he applied to. This column is not for him.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 04, 2018</p>