Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 19 Jan 2021 07:32:56 -0800 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 51e649c5c49fd69347fe79cbe566cc69 Beyond the Beltway for 01/16/2021 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I don't think there is anyone in America with a phone who hasn't seen the graphic pictures of the Capitol under siege, or hasn't read the harrowing accounts of those trapped inside barricaded rooms.</p> <p>Whatever else they may have done wrong, the Capitol Police protected everyone who was legitimately in the Capitol. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 16, 2021</p> 90b762b2d1eb466172c4606eee5bdda1 A Message From the Hot Spot: It's About Vaccines for 01/14/2021 Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There's a message we are hearing every day: Somehow, by June or July, everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one.</p> <p>You will survive, if you live that long.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2021</p> edfe6961cf0a5362451616836dd07538 Merrick Garland for 01/09/2021 Sat, 09 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Amid Wednesday's riots, President-elect Joe Biden's selection of Judge Merrick Garland as attorney general was not the front-page story it otherwise would have been.</p> <p>In watching the horror of terrorists taking over the Capitol, the only consolation that got me through the day was the knowledge that my old friend will soon be running the Justice Department. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 09, 2021</p> 534a10ac585c704a3499095cacea21a7 The Traitor on Top for 01/07/2021 Thu, 07 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What do you say of a man who openly seeks to subvert the Constitution and incites his supporters to take over the Capitol of the United States?</p> <p>He's not a president. He was never a president.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 07, 2021</p> ef3b3605aeefde1f05bcfa2f74e84329 When There's No Room at the Hospital for 01/02/2021 Sat, 02 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">In Los Angeles County, the hospitals are all full. ICU capacity dropped to zero percent in late December. Still, most of us are in denial, assuming full doesn't really mean that they are out of beds, much less rationing care.</span><br></p> <p>Most of us are wrong.<p>Updated: Sat Jan 02, 2021</p> b558a939266e7bc0fd7a720986dad88a Who's on First? for 12/31/2020 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I want the vaccine. I have rarely left my house during the last nine months &#8212; if you try, you can find a way to have almost anything delivered &#8212; because someone in our pod is being treated for cancer, and my kids and I don't take risks. </p> <p>But I'm not complaining. I live in a mostly white section of Los Angeles, and the COVID-19 infection rate here is 10 times less than that in East LA, which is 96% Hispanic. My son's longtime girlfriend teaches high school biology and chemistry to classes whose students are 100% Hispanic and poor. I teach law school, a much easier crowd during the pandemic. Plus, I can practice law at my desk inside and, if necessary, meet with clients in my backyard conference room, previously known as a picnic table. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 31, 2020</p> 1975d4f6b9f3ce5a642b45a1f8b7209e Life in Los Angeles for 12/26/2020 Sat, 26 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Los Angeles is on the verge of becoming the world's biggest COVID hot spot in the world. "The epicenter," we say, shaking our heads. How did this happen?</p> <p>"It's not so bad here," we say, we being the people who populate what look like suburban communities; beach towns; and places defined as cool, such as West Hollywood and Venice.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 26, 2020</p> 3279deca26ec41ce1de20ff5ba6b598f Merry Christmas for 12/24/2020 Thu, 24 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>To all of my Christian friends and family members, I wish you a day of joy as you celebrate the birth of Jesus, who you believe is the son of G-d. </p> <p>I am not wishing a merry Christmas to my Jewish friends, whose determination to celebrate this holy day is diametrically opposed to the fundamental beliefs of Judaism. We do not believe in the trinity. We believe in one G-d, not G-d and His son. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 24, 2020</p> 8b89f4c68d2e8ff3a81b318f3322b18b There Is No Debate to Be Had on Vaccination for 12/19/2020 Sat, 19 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I'm not a scientist. I'm not an infectious disease expert, let alone one of those who led the fight against AIDS. So I have to depend on experts. And luckily for me, there is no debate among experts on the subject of vaccinations. I know I will get furious emails, but they won't be from the most knowledgeable scientists. Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton would not be offering to roll up their sleeves if doing so would put them at risk. It won't.</p> <p>The tragedy is that we are having this debate. The election-fraud misinformation has slowed down considerably since the Electoral College voted to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Instead, it is being replaced with misinformation and conspiracy theories that are convincing people they should not get vaccinated.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 19, 2020</p> cf266bcb05d7a7e8249d9362e48e39b2 Bill Barr Finds His Moral Compass. Finally. for 12/17/2020 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When Bill Barr was appointed attorney general, I was hopeful. Impeccable credentials, long experience in law, not to mention a previous stint as attorney general, Bill Barr was an obvious choice. He was also someone who, at least in his prior jobs, had never lost the respect of those who disagreed with him. Perhaps, we thought &#8212; and I say we because it's what I thought, and I was wrong &#8212; he would be a stabilizing force; he would respect the department's independence and recognize that he is America's attorney general, not Donald Trump's private solicitor.</p> <p>Not so. He wasn't. He didn't. He acted as if he was representing the president in a clash with his adversaries. He did everything he could to derail special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, and when that didn't work, he misled all of us, claiming the report cleared the president of any wrongdoing, which it most certainly did not.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 17, 2020</p> 79fa4a75bff123c95f00a75b92714f9c The End of Trump for 12/12/2020 Sat, 12 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There seems to be more talk these days about how Donald Trump is going to leave town than there is about how Joe Biden will arrive.</p> <p>Joe Biden, it is said, will take the same train he took almost every day to his job in the U.S. Senate, beginning when he was tragically widowed and lost his daughter in a car accident. He commuted so he could raise his boys. Wilmington is where he is working now, and the travelling press will no doubt be in the cars in front and back, along with the Secret Service, to make sure his journey ends safely.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 12, 2020</p> f6f318efbd73e57cf5ce62104e4155ce The New Leader of the Criminals' Lobby for 12/10/2020 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Having been run out of San Francisco, as liberal a place as you will find in America, George Gascon relocated to Los Angeles. Having failed to free everyone from prison in San Francisco, he is now trying to do even worse in Southern California. </p> <p>In November, voters in Los Angeles overwhelmingly rejected a proposition that would have eliminated cash bail. The margin was almost twice the margin newly elected Los Angeles District Attorney Gascon won by against a Black woman who had been targeted by the Black Lives Matter movement for two years. The first thing he did after he was elected, before meeting with anyone else in the community, was meet with the leaders of Black Lives Matter. The first thing he did when he was sworn in was lift his middle finger to voters by swearing to eliminate cash bail. And sentencing enhancements for crimes? Gone. Resisting arrest will no longer be punished. Nor will it matter anymore if the guy who mugged you happens to be a drug dealer and gang member. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 10, 2020</p> a378ece96a9b76bfb1ca3ac4631acb31 Donald Trump and the Rule of Law for 12/05/2020 Sat, 05 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rudy Giuliani has once again helped us forget that he was actually the mayor of New York during 9/11, that his steely resolve resulted in him being called "America's Mayor" and being a media hero.</p> <p>Now his mission is to attack our democracy. <p>Updated: Sat Dec 05, 2020</p> 57d3b172ba27290e76f349bc2591923e What's Next for Fox News? for 12/03/2020 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I had to laugh when President Donald Trump got mad at Fox News. He really did think Fox News was no more than the mouthpiece of the Republican National Committee. I'm sure he would say that he made Fox News, which is simply not true.</p> <p>Roger Ailes made Fox News.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 03, 2020</p> 72f0f0f4b46ef98b7334f5e1610c61c4 Drain the Swamp With Trump In It for 11/21/2020 Sat, 21 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This is getting absolutely ridiculous. Rudy Giuliani's money grab. The utter waste of resources, all of it aimed at stopping the state from certifying election results that show Joe Biden has won. Weeks of searching that brought just two people whose ballots were rejected as inaccurate, called by the president himself, in the hopes that they would convince the judge to throw out every other vote and eliminate Pennsylvania from the Electoral College vote. Two ballots invalidating tens of millions &#8212; not going to happen. I am beginning to feel sorry for the lawyers who keep filing these frivolous suits knowing that they could be sanctioned for it. And should be. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Every day has been the same since the election. Every day, they file another lawsuit; they lose; lawyers quit or are fired; new increasingly unqualified lawyers are found.</span> For all their efforts, the Trump lawyers have won only one suit in Pennsylvania, the focus of their attention. But the state Supreme Court just reversed it. Of the countless lawsuits filed, Trump has lost virtually every one. Giuliani's utter ineffectiveness this week in a Pennsylvania hearing &#8212; his inability to present any specifics whatsoever to back up his claims of nationwide fraud and his clumsy performance under questioning &#8212; strongly suggests (actually, proves) that the expenditure of millions of dollars to prove with evidence that the election was crooked has failed entirely in the courts. <p>Updated: Sat Nov 21, 2020</p> 1b0141e6736f891fafe1853ec7653ddd How Much Is Rudy Worth? for 11/19/2020 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>According to The New York Times, Rudy Giuliani has been seeking $20,000 a day &#8212; since the day after the election &#8212; to lead the war against reality being waged by President Donald Trump's lawyers. He denies the number but claims the president wanted to make sure he got paid. </p> <p>As of Friday, with lawyers withdrawing for both ethical and financial reasons, Rudy was put in charge of the entire legal effort. On Monday, he fired the legal team, some of whose members had been brought in on Friday, and replaced it with a lawyer who, on his radio show, had already given the election to Joe Biden. And on Tuesday, after a Pennsylvania judge denied the new lawyer an extension to prepare, Rudy himself acted as the president's lead attorney, kicking off the hearing with complaints of "widespread nationwide voter fraud." He later told the judge that it was "not a fraud case," nor was it a case about the position of poll watchers. He looked befuddled when the judge set a deadline for a brief in opposition to the defendant's motion to dismiss, a concept the president's lawyers seemed not to understand. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2020</p> 6473dec93ea1e38771011166bd9ccb8b Who Will Tell the Emperor? for 11/14/2020 Sat, 14 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This is getting serious.</p> <p>I'm not talking about the nightmare scenarios being spun about by law professors, most of whom, respectfully, have never walked a precinct. <p>Updated: Sat Nov 14, 2020</p> 93882cabe34831937eef5bd8dac5dd02 Trump's Last Chance for 11/12/2020 Thu, 12 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In my work as a lawyer, I often find myself sitting with CEOs waiting for a verdict. So, I write statements for everybody to use if we lose. Someone once noticed that I never draft victory statements. Winning is easy: The system worked, and you smile for the camera.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It's losing that requires hard work. Losing with dignity is like aging with dignity, which is very nearly impossible. </span>It's personal. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 12, 2020</p> 8f5093d0d1d00c79443cd841b0a589a9 The Blue Wave That Wasn't for 11/07/2020 Sat, 07 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As a product of 1980s Democratic politics, I rarely believe that the Democrat was going to win. Four years ago, I canceled my Tuesday class. Traffic, I said, as I raced out of an Annenberg Panel at 5:05 p.m., pretending that Fox might need me (even though I had gotten fired for representing Roger Ailes). No traffic this time, but COVID-19 has me leaving the panel the second it ended. I never make predictions that my side will win. Except in 1992, when I knew all the math. The rest of the time, generally, I bet to lose. And most of the time, I'm right.</p> <p>It's not because we have fielded the wrong candidates, objectionable outliers who did not fairly represent the party. Quite the contrary, we mostly ran liberals, the most liberal candidate who could make it through the primary with any chance at all of winning, until Bill Clinton came along and persuaded everybody that a guy who seemed liberal and talked conservative might be the ticket. And it was. He walked the walk; he just didn't talk the talk. It worked brilliantly, for a while. And then Barack Obama was the most talented person I had yet to see run for political office, making his liberalism more acceptable.<p>Updated: Sat Nov 07, 2020</p> e3f6dae2ba2eda6ee1ced4b8d157e249 Save the Court for 11/05/2020 Thu, 05 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Before a single vote was counted, President Donald Trump made clear that he expects the courts to save him from the people. He would destroy the legitimacy of the courts if he could, if that's what it takes to, in the words of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, "flip the results." He rushed through the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett so he could be sure he had five votes on the court, Chief Justice John Roberts having disappointed conservatives because he puts the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and the judicial system ahead of Trump's partisan agenda.</p> <p>Tuesday night, Trump said he would go to the Supreme Court to stop the counting of absentee ballots. Wednesday morning, before anyone had called Wisconsin for Joe Biden, Trump's supporters demanded a recount. They will demand recounts in any state Biden won narrowly and argue against recounts in any state Trump won. Consistency has nothing to do with it. This is about winning, holding on to the states they have won while demanding recounts in states they lost.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 05, 2020</p>