Esther Goldberg

Esther Goldberg is a lawyer in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Pussycons Fret About Donald Trump

 

The hanky-clutching, cluck-clucking, tsk-tsking faction of the Conservative movement is in for a rough and bumpy ride over the next four to eight years. They’re the ones who wanted a Republican president who looked like the male manikin on top of the wedding cake. You know, like Mitt Romney. And who were shocked when they […]

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Inauguration Washington: A Meditation on Nazis, Gas Chambers, and Provocation

 

A few years ago I put a “I don’t trust the liberal media” bumper sticker on my car, a thirteen-year-old Jeep Cherokee. Some folks on the road were offended. They tailgated me, made rude hand gestures, and even tried to run me off the road. In one case, an African American woman in a shiny […]

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A Threat to Democracy: How Bad Is He?

 

“Honey,” said my husband this morning, putting down his coffee cup and looking up from his laptop. It was in that tone of voice that presages a suggestion as to how I might occupy myself the rest of the day. I waited. “I’m reading an article in the New York Times that is just calling out for […]

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What the Hell Is John Kerry Up To in Syria?

 

In an extraordinary column, the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin reports that our intrepid Secretary of State John Kerry, whose brilliant negotiating skills were responsible for the disastrous Iran Nuke Deal, is currently working on yet another cease-fire agreement in Syria with the Russians, all of his previous attempts having come to naught. This endeavor is […]

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The Children of Darkness: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

 

Had Leonard Cohen’s fans understood that he was a culture warrior, it’s unlikely that he would have achieved the pinnacle of popularity as a pop star, for they would have been greatly offended. Leonard Cohen was politically incorrect, but his followers lacked the cultural context that gave depth and meaning to his work. Early on […]

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What’s Wrong With Them? The Misguided Establishmentarian Right

 

Amongst Republicans there are two kinds of Trump-haters: the never-Trumpers who boast that they’ll never support him, and the non-never-Trumpers who say they’ll do so, but only by holding their noses. By their timidity, the latter reveal the tragic flaw that has prevented Republicans from winning elections. They’ll advance their arguments in favor of the […]

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It Takes a Certain Kind of Stupid to Be a Political Commentator

 

Do journalism schools have a course called Stupidity 101, or is this something one picks up like a virus after working in the industry for a few years? I’m talking about the kind of stupidity that’s not found in folks who have real jobs or small businesses. Folks who have to worry about the slings […]

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Hillary: Demonic Possession or Natural Depravity?

 

When I saw the headline in the National Catholic Register, “World Famous Exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth Dies at 91,” I was struck by a coup de foudre. “François,” I remarked to my husband. (His name is Francis, but my Quebec roots were asserting themselves.) “If we assume demonic possession, the mysteries that have surrounded Hillary […]

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A Meditation on the Void and the Presidential Election

 

There she stood in the doorway I heard the mission bell And I was thinking to myself ‘This could be heaven or this could be Hell’ —“Hotel California,” The Eagles I was delighted last Saturday to come across an article in the Wall Street Journal that was about something unrelated to contemporary events. Only, in […]

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A Haircut, an International Peace Conference, and a Sick Old Woman

 

Is it like this In death’s other kingdom Waking alone At the hour when we are Trembling with tenderness Lips that would kiss Form prayers to broken stone. —The Hollow Men, T.S. Eliot We learned yesterday that the socialist president of France, M. Hollande, spends $132,000 per year — or about $11,000 per month — […]

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