Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:13:16 -0800 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 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> a6b5cb94be8ff4847d526b2ed5761fee It's Always Sunny in Pompei for 10/26/2019 Sat, 26 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You close the windows. Turn on the air, if you have it. Check the live maps. Twitter. Figure out how to make your smart TV just a television. Text whoever you need to check on or reassure. Cancel any long drives you don't have to make.</p> <p>It's a fire day in California.<p>Updated: Sat Oct 26, 2019</p> 3a22da93d2047d2d37b68dc7e253f3c9 Matt Lauer's Mistaken Defense for 10/24/2019 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In his open letter responding to an allegation of rape contained in Ronan Farrow's new book, Matt Lauer (and, presumably, his lawyers) shows yet again that he doesn't get it. "It" being abuse of power, the meaning of consent and the offensiveness of his approach. "It" being the law &#8212; as it has evolved, thankfully.</p> <p>He claims that his "silence" to date has been a mistake. Perhaps. But his defense is worse than silence.</p> <p>Brooke Nevils told author Ronan Farrow that in 2014, when she was a junior NBC employee, Lauer forced her to have sex in his hotel room at the Sochi Olympics, according to a report by Variety. She says she was too drunk to consent to anything and, in particular, that she told him repeatedly she did not want to engage in anal sex.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 24, 2019</p> ec6dd357df6c800671020099548dd9b2 Gloria Allred, Superlawyer for 10/19/2019 Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">She is almost as famous as the women she represented and the men she has held responsible.</span><br></p> <p>She has been standing up for women's rights &#8212; decades before anyone uttered the words "Me Too."<p>Updated: Sat Oct 19, 2019</p> 05b95a189b90eb44f37de750a05ebb6c The New Moderate Alternative for 10/17/2019 Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Who'd a thunk it?</p> <p>In the post-mortem of the Democrats' Tuesday night debate, the consensus among the chattering class was that Pete Buttigieg not only had a strong night but also, in challenging Elizabeth Warren's "Medicare for All" plan, emerged as a moderate alternative (along with Joe Biden) to socialist Bernie Sanders and the like-minded Warren. And, of course, as the moderate alternative to Biden himself.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> 20297f7d6fd6e18a821a7376327b3592 Protecting the President for 10/12/2019 Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As the House opens its impeachment inquiry, even as new polls &#8212; from Fox News, no less &#8212; find a majority of voters favoring impeachment, the Republican Party has moved to protect the president from any challenge to his re-nomination. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Fiddling with the rules is one of the favorite games of political insiders, and the Trump team is doing its best.</span> </p> <p>Last week, the South Carolina Republican Party was sued for having canceled its state GOP primary, one of five states to decide to automatically award all delegates to the president without any input from voters.<p>Updated: Sat Oct 12, 2019</p> 9903a3b6f134aa5f60116a9bc3d098c4 Beating Trump for 10/10/2019 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>After the conclusion of what had to be described as a rather bad week for the president &#8212; I think we can agree that the initiation of impeachment proceedings based on allegations that he solicited the assistance of foreign leaders for his reelection campaign qualifies as a bad week &#8212; you would think the president's poll numbers would be in the toilet.</p> <p>You might even think that the Democrats had some luxury, some leeway, in terms of picking a nominee who could beat Trump. OK, maybe not Bernie Sanders, but still ...</p> <p>However, if the daily tracking polls are right &#8212; and I always believe polls that tell me what I don't want to hear &#8212; the president is doing rather well for a man on the verge of impeachment, and my fellow Democrats who think that only dinosaurs could vote for the man are living in Jurassic Park.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 10, 2019</p> 6a9fcadba9e29bbef2d9360cc2ed9907 The Age Issue for 10/05/2019 Sat, 05 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Is there such a thing as being too old to be president? In the fall of 1984, in his closing statement in the first presidential debate, then-President Ronald Reagan seemed to lose his way on a California highway. That's right; he was talking on and on about this trip on a California highway, and it didn't end anywhere, except with the red buzzer. And for the first time in what seemed to be a landslide waiting to happen, The Wall Street Journal whispered what everyone else was thinking: Is Reagan too old to be president? </p> <p>The story lasted until the next debate, when Reagan diffused the issue with his characteristic humor, pledging that he was not going to make an issue of his "opponent's youth or inexperience."<p>Updated: Sat Oct 05, 2019</p> 5e449a03fe2304d2c5c99a5caad0b8ac Harvard Wins for 10/03/2019 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Diversity means just that.</p> <p>Getting into college isn't just a numbers game.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> 14f2ae18fb428583212865ef606af762 The Republican Response for 09/28/2019 Sat, 28 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In Texas on Thursday, former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said that at least 35 Republican senators would vote to impeach the president &#8212; if they could do so privately.</p> <p>Flake's colleagues, particularly those who are up in 2020, have had precious little to say. The president has put them on a tightrope &#8212; again. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 28, 2019</p> aed6419a79b3f7f0a64a5b95d31fc904 The President and the Journalist for 09/26/2019 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Of course, Donald Trump is not just another president, and Cokie Roberts was not just another journalist. Cokie was, in her way, the epitome of the Washington elite; daughter of the powerful, friend of the connected, respected by everybody; a card-carrying member of the Swamp Culture, which is to say a brilliant reporter. She used her experience to inform and to educate. She used her contacts to find the truth.</p> <p>Her death should be an occasion not only to mourn the loss of a pioneer but also to celebrate the profession she loved and the skill with which the ultimate insiders kept the insiders honest.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p>