Articles filed under Estrich, Susan

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  • The perfect and the good and the shame in between Dec 31, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: What happened to that millisecond after the election when both the president and the speaker said they'd heard the message that Americans wanted the two parties to work together, wanted to make divided government work, and that they would do everything they could to make that happen? Gone?

  • Politics and personal responsibility Dec 26, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: Each of us needs to take personal responsibility, however difficult that may be. Personal responsibility means never allowing a gun to get into the hands of a troubled person, and admitting your father or your son needs help and getting it for him. It means taking responsibility for your ownership of a dangerous weapon.

  • Christmas in Santa Monica Dec 17, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: I don't need to see a menorah in a public park to remember that I'm Jewish. And it's hard for me to see the hardship suffered by those who have to look elsewhere for a creche — or simply put one up in their own front yard.

  • The miracle of the rule of law Dec 10, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: I see what is happening in Egypt, and I remember just how lucky we are, just how difficult it is to create a society in which the rule of law stands at least as an ideal.

  • Whoís depressed now? Nov 30, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: Republican Party leaders are in one of the hastiest retreats I've seen since the 1980s. Is this the party that for the past four years has been insisting that all Americans — and not just those making less than $250,000 — deserve tax cuts lest economic growth be stymied?

  • Looking at the glass half full Nov 26, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: I have friends who were born with the happy gene, who are by their nature sunny, who resolutely believe there is a pony in every pile of you-know-what. If you're one of those people, you can stop reading now.

  • An officer and a gentleman Nov 20, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: I don't care if Gen. David Petraeus had an affair. He didn't have an affair with me or with anyone I know, so I'm back to what he has done for me. And that is quite a bit, actually.

  • The mandate to raise taxes on the “rich” Nov 15, 2012 5:47 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: Within days of winning the election, President Obama announced that his victory gave him a mandate to raise taxes on the "rich." Come again?

  • Take two Nov 12, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: Ultimately, Democrats united behind an imperfect president who had disappointed many of them, and we decided to go out and vote for him and work for him anyway. Republicans, when they stop blaming each other and the media, might actually learn from that.

  • The lure of Ohio Nov 1, 2012 12:06 PM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: Now, there is nothing wrong with a presidential candidate packing up supplies for those who have been hit by this storm. That is a very good thing to do. But traveling to Ohio with a planeload of reporters and Secret Service agents and the rest to pack boxes of supplies?

  • World Series of politics Oct 23, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: I always tell my students that for many people presidential elections are a lot like baseball is to me. It's time to pick a team.

  • Whole binders full of women? Oct 19, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: How is it possible that we're still talking — and not just talking, but boasting — about "whole binders full of women" in the 2012 election? How can it be that a man with as much experience as Romney tells us he told his (presumably) all-male staff to go to women's groups and was proud to discover that, yes, indeed, there were "whole binders full of qualified women."

  • Smokiní Joe at the debate Oct 16, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: So maybe Joe Biden's performance will stop Mitt Romney's momentum (although I think the unemployment numbers already did), and maybe it will help President Obama's fundraising, and it certainly will energize his supporters and quiet some of the complainers.

  • The motherís milk of politics Oct 12, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: To think of all the handshakes and traffic jams and filet mignon dinners that went into making the blather we see in political commercials. Is anyone really persuaded by any of it?

  • The curse of incumbency Oct 8, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: After the debate, Romney supporters: Don't pick out those White House curtains yet. Obama supporters: Don't give up on your man.

  • Polls donít vote Oct 4, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: At the end of the day, the most important issue for any pollster worth paying attention to is not whether their poll helps or hurts the candidate they (secretly or not so secretly) favor. It's whether it's right.

  • The femininity factor Oct 1, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: The fact that looks play a role in politics is nothing new. But for women especially, the tendency to make judgments based on looks distorts the issues that should govern, creating not simply a glass ceiling but also a mirrored one.

  • Looking forward, not back Sep 26, 2012 12:37 PM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: As I write this, Jews across the world are preparing for the holiest day of the year: Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur is the day on which we seek forgiveness for the sins of the past year and ask God to inscribe us and those we love in the book of life.

  • Refusing to undo the damage Sep 24, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: In the days since "the video" came out, I've been asked a lot how his advisers could have been so stupid as to allow him to stand by his comments. There is an easy answer. The fish rots from the head.

  • Forward? Not this race Sep 7, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Susan Estrich: I don't think the word "optimism" is ever going to be associated with this presidential campaign. Negative, ugly, a total turnoff, a triumph of tactics over strategic vision, an endless parade of negative ads, many of them out there with no clue as to who paid for them.

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