Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 24 Oct 2020 05:32:56 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 4b01ecb9d8aa44925ecf03e0314e4580 What Are Republicans So Afraid of? for 10/24/2020 Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The pandemic required every state in the nation to decide how it would revise voting procedures to allow everyone to vote safely. In every state, Democrats argued for rules that would make it easier to vote absentee and more certain that your vote would count. The fights, which are now continuing in the courts, are about how many drop boxes there would be, whether voters could drop off ballots for those who need assistance, whether witnesses would be required, whether curbside voting would be allowed, when votes must be received to be counted, how long polls will be open and what safety procedures would be practiced. Each state administers its own voting rules, and in a normal world, the number of drop boxes they choose to have would not be a federal case. </p> <p>This is not a normal time. More people than ever are trying to vote remotely. And safely. The Republicans would prefer they stay away. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 24, 2020</p> 7a924a055f63f10c00bfe73bd0556f6e Driving While Black for 10/22/2020 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There are bad cops. No doubt. We have seen them on television, as well we should. If most cops were bad, it would be easier: Clean house and hire replacements. Instead, you have men and women trying to do a dangerous job and hoping to get to go home and see their families at the end of a shift. They rely on stereotypes to stay alive.</p> <p>Every year, I ask my students how many of them have been stopped by the police. Year after year, every Black man in the class raises his hand. So do some women, but the class laughs sympathetically at the one young woman who is shocked to find that every other was able to talk their way out of a ticket. As one Black woman said with great humor, "Even I got away with it." </p> <p>Blacks are stopped more often than whites. More blacks are imprisoned than whites. Is that because they are stopped more often, or because they commit more crimes? <p>Updated: Thu Oct 22, 2020</p> 133602eba4a9b45c15249abee61ae49d The Confirmation Hearings That Weren't for 10/17/2020 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There were times when I crowded in front of stores selling televisions to watch Anita Hill or Clarence Thomas, to see Robert Bork borked, to catch the latest on Brett Kavanaugh.</p> <p>This time, I was sitting in my house with a television that I never turned on.<p>Updated: Sat Oct 17, 2020</p> b36303e51fd47a2720cbb533577e7d41 Truth for 10/08/2020 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Is it too much to ask? </p> <p>Not a cure. Not yet.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 08, 2020</p> dabda3e353ba4290b68aa4ecd94e76f0 In Other News: Why the Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Did Not Indict for 10/03/2020 Sat, 03 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The answer is simple: Daniel Cameron, the attorney general of Kentucky.</p> <p>Brief recap: Police officers used a battering ram to enter Breonna Taylor's apartment after midnight looking for drugs. Her boyfriend shot once. Police officers shot dozens of times. Six of their shots killed Taylor. No drugs were found; it was her ex-boyfriend (who didn't even live there) who supposedly had drugs. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 03, 2020</p> 7c67fc630279b0b017433f6462034502 Don't Blame Chris Wallace for 10/01/2020 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It is one thing to tell the nine candidates in a primary debate not to interrupt each other and to stick to the time limits, as many moderators have done, and another thing to cut off a ranting man who listens to no one and simply won't stop, especially when that man is the president of the United States. Can you imagine what Donald Trump would be saying today if moderator Chris Wallace had successfully cut him off during the first presidential debate? </p> <p>Wallace couldn't stop him, and maybe that's just as well. Debates are not supposed to be exercises in repeating quotes from stump speeches and briefing books. Debates that matter are ones that have moments that really show us who the candidates are. Most debates have none, frankly. They are mostly boring; both sides claim victory; and the polls don't move.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 01, 2020</p> 67fe3e0ca5aa900e7aefa0f76c318791 A Holiday From Anxiety for 09/26/2020 Sat, 26 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm not going to write about Donald Trump today. I know, he is out there telling everyone he won't necessarily leave, even if he loses. Which may scare people into voting for him but is more likely to convince them that Joe Biden needs a landslide.</p> <p>Stop. There I go again.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 26, 2020</p> e56d408348d98fb2d5c2b9dbc6a384f9 Supreme Battles for 09/24/2020 Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Twenty years ago, five conservative Supreme Court justices picked the president. </p> <p>It could happen again.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 24, 2020</p> 26b23ff8af16e658bb8791457e06f639 Trump Could Win for 09/19/2020 Sat, 19 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the afternoon of Election Day 2016, I was doing an Election Day panel with my old friend Bob Shrum, with whom I've won some and lost some, and who I have respected for decades. He was comfortable. Morley Winograd, the longtime and much-respected head of the Democratic Party of Michigan, assured me that Michigan would be fine. I emailed another old friend, former Bill Clinton pollster Doug Schoen, and while he and Bob and I are all inherently anxious, he, too, was comfortable. As for me, I was not comfortable. I had canceled my class the day before because I didn't want to tell my students that Hillary Clinton would win, but I didn't want to tell them that she would lose. </p> <p>No one knows more about Michigan than I do, but Bob and Doug know way more about polling than I do, so I would never claim to be smarter than my friends. Part of my insight came from remembering how hard it had always been for Democrats to win the votes of white males; but most of it, I fear, came from being a woman and having done endless research on how voters react to Hillary Clinton. That and spending months on the road in 2006 promoting a book called "The Case for Hillary Clinton," and being attacked wherever I went. It felt like people had confused me with Clinton, and it wasn't fun.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 19, 2020</p> 94fcfad311362a88a2414677bd91cf9a Smoke Gets in Your Eyes for 09/17/2020 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The only reason I know where Arcadia or Sierra Madre &#8212; the communities closest to the Bobcat fire in Southern California &#8212; are is because I used to do traffic reports when I was a talk radio host. Traffic and weather together. For traffic, I talked to Captain Jorge up in his helicopter. For weather, I just read the report, which tended to be the same every day: high in the 70s, low in the 60s, a few degrees higher in summer, a few degrees colder in fall. Not so anymore. This summer, it was record-breaking heat and no rainfall. You don't need to know where Arcadia or Mt. Wilson are to know we are all in trouble.</p> <p>Before I moved to Los Angeles, I thought that cities were a place you could get your arms around, that it was possible to know where every neighborhood was, along with close-in suburbs. I thought I could get in a rental car and learn my way around Los Angeles. That's how it is in many cities. That's not how it is here.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 17, 2020</p> 71025549847c015a2037c5af7a01ea50 The Tom Bradley Effect for 09/12/2020 Sat, 12 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Tom Bradley, a former police officer who served as mayor of Los Angeles for 20 years, was supposed to win the 1982 governor's race. Every poll said so. He was endorsed by everybody. Going in to Election Day, those polls consistently showed him to be 10 points ahead of his opponent, George Deukmejian, a little-known Republican at the time.</p> <p>Bradley lost.</p> <p>Every poll was wrong &#8212; as many as 10 points wrong. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 12, 2020</p> 9b9be86474b69f0a2f97adb24a58390f Trump's Invisible War for 09/10/2020 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Did you hear the word "Obamacare" during the Republican convention? It was once President Donald Trump's worst enemy. Then it got more popular, as people who had not been able to get insurance in the past then could. In this pandemic, it has been essential. The idea of taking health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans in the middle of a pandemic is one that even those who live in the altered universe Trump inhabits couldn't imagine selling.</p> <p>Having lost the war on Obamacare, Trump and his Trumpers couldn't really come up with anything &#8212; the stock market may be soaring, but so has unemployment, and people are still getting sick, especially in Trump states. They turned to Richard Nixon for an answer.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020</p> f130cffdaf6f0ad9e14014c3c8889225 Moments for 09/05/2020 Sat, 05 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There are moments when it all goes bad. I can barely even type the words. Nothing works. Everything you pick up breaks in your hands. Simple conversations, nothing conversations, escalate without either of you knowing why.</p> <p>The air is all wrong: too hot or too cold.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 05, 2020</p> ff65ccb4fc79e3e26e3c8b174e377ccc Can a Breastfeeding Mom Vote? for 09/03/2020 Thu, 03 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>No.</p> <p>Can you believe it?</p> <p>This is California. If not here, where? If not now, when?<p>Updated: Thu Sep 03, 2020</p> c98ccad1c281242753b18435e229a02f Nancy Reagan Red for 08/29/2020 Sat, 29 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Nancy Reagan was one of the most elegant women I have ever met: gracious, with impeccable taste. It must have been 1995 when I got an urgent call from the fellow I knew who ran the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, telling me that there had been an emergency cancellation for a panel the next morning with Newt Gingrich moderating, Mrs. Reagan attending and CNN taping. It would look terrible, he said, if the panel had no women; the cancellation was, of course, a woman. I was replacing a conservative woman. I would be the only non-conservative in the group. I told him not to worry; I would play nice.</p> <p>And I did. I was ready for it. First question for me, out of the box, was how I would compare the presidencies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Gingrich knew full well that I had been deeply involved in two campaigns to defeat Reagan. And I knew full well that if I praised just the two of them, the next question would be an attack on then-President Bill Clinton, a demand that I compare him to Reagan and Roosevelt. I was not going there. I said I respected the presidency of the United States and the person who held that office, whether it was Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 29, 2020</p> 515076cebad57a0cf54ce462a179ec23 Pandemic Pups for 08/27/2020 Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I write this on International Dog Day, a holiday I had not previously heard of, clearly a creation of social media and some sharp marketers. Unlike the flower, restaurant and barbecue industries, which profit from earlier acts of genius marketing (thank you, Hallmark!), this one doesn't have an immediate profit angle. Could it be the work of the biscuit industry and the Pup-Peroni sticks, which I already support generously? Or maybe the people who make those ridiculous costumes that, honestly, I tried to put on my dogs for Halloween, but there were never any takers?</p> <p>To whomever invented International Dog Day, I say thank you.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 27, 2020</p> 39adf22f2db2d9f6e7147eac62fef276 The Five-Month Itch for 08/22/2020 Sat, 22 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The first thing I did when I realized the lockdown was coming was get my hair done. On the way home, I stopped by my almost-completely stripped supermarket and bought everything I could find.</p> <p>I have been home, with few rare exceptions (doctors, hospitals, my son's house) ever since. I realized the other day that I have been wearing gym clothes for five months straight.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 22, 2020</p> fcb16d77c936676d34f71d20566ab55c The End of Conventions for 08/20/2020 Thu, 20 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I used to love conventions. As a kid, I watched every minute on TV &#8212; good and bad. In 1964, I woke my parents urgently to tell them to send a telegram supporting Bill Scranton immediately or else Barry Goldwater would win and we would have nuclear war (which was sort of like the most famous commercial that then-President Lyndon Johnson used against him). I also watched the horrors in 1968. I stayed up half the night to hear George McGovern's speech in 1972 but was stuck in school in 1976.</p> <p>In 1980, I ran something like 18 platform fights and traded the speaking time for four of them to get Ted Kennedy a speech at the Democratic National Convention. The fight between then-President Jimmy Carter and Kennedy, and between their delegates, at the convention was red-hot. Carter had been unwilling to concede anything, and there I was in the middle of it, crying on the convention floor. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 20, 2020</p> aa66cafdadb516aab71b8cb0caeea7d6 Trump Will Not Play Fair for 08/15/2020 Sat, 15 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Caddies say he cheats at golf. It makes sense. He can't bear to lose something that matters as little as a round of golf. So he cheats.</p> <p>Congress should be up in arms. We should all be up in arms. Lawyers across the country are already up in arms, prepared for an election the president of the United States has already taken action to undermine.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 15, 2020</p> 214c743ffc5d6d8d99f16ab18e5437b5 Voodoo Economics for 08/13/2020 Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Choosing a vice president is mostly a process of elimination. In Joe Biden's case, that process led to a very short list. Biden had already announced that he would choose a woman, and it's been clear for some time that he had to pick a Black woman. There were too many Black women on the list to find none of them qualified. This was the year.</p> <p>There was a lot of talk about Karen Bass, for whom I have great respect. But Rep. Bass has never gone through the miserable process of being examined under a microscope not only by the national press, which still has some rules, but by a world of bloggers and tabs, many of whom do not. Already, comments she made years ago about Cuba were being highlighted on conservative websites. And she was "only" a representative. In the polls I've seen, Americans don't see the generic member of Congress as a president.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 13, 2020</p>