Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:44:43 -0800 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 56a06ac31703967556541c1c75fac3d9 Are You Watching? for 01/25/2020 Sat, 25 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>There were two TVs on in the gym. The one in the front &#8212; where all the training goes on &#8212; showed two teams from somewhere else battling for a ball. </p> <p>The one in the back, with no sound, no captions, was focused on the House impeachment managers.</p> <p>No one was watching.<p>Updated: Sat Jan 25, 2020</p> ee25d43f706e6cd3af37abdb1a2f4577 About Hillary for 01/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It won't do.</p> <p>It is simply not the case that "nobody likes" Sen. Bernie Sanders. It isn't true that he hasn't accomplished anything. He ignited the progressive movement within the Democratic Party, and for 2020, Democrats will need every person who likes him.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p> 9e7a14d1fa58398821e32565c387f6ae Equality Deferred for 01/18/2020 Sat, 18 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It was in 1972 that Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment.</p> <p>The Amendment provides "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."<p>Updated: Sat Jan 18, 2020</p> 2d03d4b8d840019025eb06d32ed67a73 The Warren Strategy for 01/16/2020 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What a coincidence. With less than three weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses, we suddenly learn about a meeting that took place a year ago, with only two people in the room. She, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, told him, Sen. Bernie Sanders, she was running for president; he allegedly told her that a woman couldn't win, which is a weird thing to say to a woman who has told you that she is running, but even so. It's a fair question I've been trying to answer for a few decades. </p> <p>Americans don't want to admit that they are uncomfortable. They tell pollsters in overwhelming numbers that, of course, they don't discriminate. That's not the question you need to look at. The killer is that in a recent poll, only 33% believed their neighbors would vote to elect a female president, and those numbers have been holding since I started following them 20 years ago.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> 3b2ab7f92e7e42a3f71d428568e632f5 Microtargeting for 01/11/2020 Sat, 11 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When I go on Facebook, I don't see many ads for garden equipment, power tools or even big TVs and sound systems. But comfortable work clothes for a woman of a certain age? Low-heeled pumps with arch support? Expensive skin creams that turn back the clock? How did these companies find me?</p> <p>The answer, of course, is simple. They asked. I fit their customer base. They got me just right, delivered the right message down to the right price points. This is what some of the smartest young engineers in the world are doing.<p>Updated: Sat Jan 11, 2020</p> 09f87110c27b30cda3ba489df2197da0 New Year's Eve for 01/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I'm late with my column. I forgot it was New Year's Eve.</p> <p>For most of my life, I couldn't have imagined such a thing.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 02, 2020</p> 22aa87570ccd448c644ad2350d2c8def Dearly Beloved for 12/26/2019 Thu, 26 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"The Dearly Beloved" by Cara Hall was my favorite book of 2019.</p> <p>It's the story of two families, two ministers, jointly appointed to lead a liberal Christian church in New York in the 1960s.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 26, 2019</p> 9815019411b811806ab89a2e34883b61 The Impeachment Show for 12/19/2019 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In other news, can you believe Christmas is next week? </p> <p>I mean, who has bought anything?<p>Updated: Thu Dec 19, 2019</p> b989d9ee510b40fd4dd68bd2ca3d0c46 Bernie Blows It in California for 12/14/2019 Sat, 14 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Former Rep. Katie Hill was driven out of office by vicious revenge porn clearly orchestrated by her angry ex-husband and her defeated former rival. </p> <p>Now Sen. Bernie Sanders &#8212; ignoring the advice of virtually everybody, starting with the governor &#8212; has jumped into the primary fray to replace her.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 14, 2019</p> 0b7ea8a6b7e7c49dff790d022a90a232 The Right Decision in the Cosby Case for 12/12/2019 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On Tuesday, a three-judge panel in Pennsylvania rejected Bill Cosby's appeal of his rape conviction, holding that it was proper for the judge to allow five additional women to testify that they, too, had been drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby. </p> <p>That evidence did not come in at the first trial, which is almost certainly why the first jury hung. </p> <p>"He said, she said" cases have always been difficult. "He said, they said" is another matter entirely, and always has been. The problem has been getting such evidence.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> c7bfc5fe3315ec12a2bd5f6747d7ee8e In the Meantime, the Real Deal for 12/07/2019 Sat, 07 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What should be a momentous announcement seems more like the opening gong of a bad reality show we've been living inside of for going on three seasons.</p> <p>Trump really did it this time. Again. And we already know the ending. <p>Updated: Sat Dec 07, 2019</p> a7cac3fe668378b34ee648eb3e783955 Lock Him Up for 12/05/2019 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>His staff used to brag that he was Donald Trump before there was Donald Trump. That was before he pled guilty but after he took to blaming his wife for the misuse of official campaign funds that allegedly financed his extramarital affairs. </p> <p>Trump before, during and after Trump is more like it. Liar, liar, pants on fire.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> 8703af2d293fb023d2f2aaa340561849 The Bad Prince for 11/28/2019 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>No one forced him to go. </p> <p>The photo and video make clear that there was no one holding a gun to his head, no one forcing him to be there.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> ba30a0d6fd329a2ad6941d63e52db147 Filling the Buses for 11/23/2019 Sat, 23 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In 1976, the one-term Georgia governor who used to surprise locals in Iowa by introducing himself and telling people he was running for president finished first in Iowa (actually, he finished behind uncommitted, but that counted as first) and went on to win the Democratic nomination.</p> <p>How did he do it? How did a little-known governor whose self-introduction often produced guffaws manage to out-organize a long list of well-established and well-funded Democrats who barely took him seriously?<p>Updated: Sat Nov 23, 2019</p> 5722926a9cf9ffbc5e08199c109290e4 The Only Question Left for 11/21/2019 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What are usually the hard questions are easy this time. He did it. It was wrong. Now who cares is the question.</p> <p>He did just what all the uncontradicted testimony has established, what we knew going in, witness after witness saying exactly the same thing. It doesn't matter who the whistleblower is, but the Republicans keep demanding his identity be made public (imagine the danger that would pose for the man and his family, much less the deterrent it would put on future truth telling) because multiple witnesses have now confirmed his account, and because there is uncontradicted testimony as to how Trump confirmed his plans for the quid pro quo with the ambassador to the European Union. No contradictions. You don't need a nine-month investigation, which is another Republican straw man. Exactly what will they investigate? What if President Donald Trump abused his power for personal gain with other countries? Irrelevant, they would claim. It's just absurd. There are no disputed facts: If Ukraine wanted the aid it desperately needed, it would have had to investigate Joe Biden and his son to get it. No ifs, ands or buts. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> 297df6039efec82a099094223a314fdc This Time, It Was Saugus for 11/16/2019 Sat, 16 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In California, every kid over the age of 3 knows how to duck and cover, and has an earthquake kit in their locker, emergency phone numbers and the like. Pretty terrifying the first time you pack that little kit for school. </p> <p>Fires, earthquakes ... back east it was hurricanes. In my day, we also knew to head downstairs when the air raid sirens blared (they never did) to warn us that the Russians were trying to nuke us. Safety was only one floor away.<p>Updated: Sat Nov 16, 2019</p> 7696cb83afd62633b25bde25b239f361 The Horrors of Hong Kong for 11/14/2019 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"The world needs to see that the United States will stand up and say this is wrong; we stand with the people of Hong Kong."</p> <p>That's not me talking. It's not Madeleine Albright or Samantha Power or Nancy Pelosi. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> f415435178604ce29b3c0f189b895483 Could the Trump Haters Quiet Down? for 11/07/2019 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I disagree with almost everything President Donald Trump has done. I cringe at the disrespect he has shown to his own office. He has degraded the presidency, driven us apart, lied enough to make anything Joe Biden has ever said trivial by comparison, cozied up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and contradicted his own intelligence services, even as he was attacking NATO. Oh, yes, and the Ukraine thing.</p> <p>I also think he is a master of modern communications &#8212; a master at stirring up his base by calling on his crowds to "lock her up" &#8212; which is not, by any means, a compliment but a recognition of reality. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> 4c696a4603f1b4c3b6695c1b5e0bd038 Facebook's Folly for 11/02/2019 Sat, 02 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Mark Zuckerberg is certainly a genius, but not when it comes to understanding the First Amendment, much less the politics of a city like Washington, D.C.</p> <p>Zuckerberg has taken the position that it is neither possible nor appropriate for Facebook to do anything to deal with political ads that are nothing but lies. He's wrong. The First Amendment, which Zuckerberg invoked to defend his position, limits the government's ability to infringe on free speech because freedom to criticize the government and report the truth are at the core of a functioning democracy. It applies to "state action," and unless you see Facebook as a sovereign (that does things like print money, one of its latest plans), the First Amendment doesn't even apply. <p>Updated: Sat Nov 02, 2019</p> 05fdc229cceec42c3c899535b916ffd6 Fame, Fortune and Fire for 10/31/2019 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Yesterday, Lakers superstar LeBron James and his family evacuated his Brentwood mansion, as did former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and countless rich people whose faces you might recognize. And even richer people who aren't used to packing up in front of cameras. Not everyone in Brentwood is rich, just like not everyone who lives on Fifth Avenue is rich. But "posh" and "tony" were the words reporters kept using yesterday. Fires burning out of control don't care whether the houses they destroy are posh and tony. Pack your Oscars, friend. It almost felt like gawking.</p> <p>Today, the focus has shifted over the mountains to the Simi Valley, home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. I worked for every Democrat who ran against Ronald Reagan. I managed to get booed at the Reagan library for suggesting that respect for the presidency doesn't mean you agree with all his policies (Mrs. Reagan was so sufficiently embarrassed that she sent flowers). But I came back whenever I was invited, not only because I did believe in respect for the presidency but also because the place so vividly recalled the man it memorialized.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p>