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Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is a columnist for The Washington Times and is nationally syndicated.

Articles by Suzanne Fields

Illustration on the public personas and personal realities of the presidential front runners by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When private character is exposed in public performance

The theatrics of politics can sometimes work best in summer stock. The candidates know they're not yet playing on Broadway, but they're practicing as if on the road to see what audiences laugh at, applaud and sometimes hiss and boo. Published August 19, 2015

Illustration on grooming tips for GOP candidates in their first televised debate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A few grooming tips for the candidates

Some of the gents who are tempted to mock Hillary Clinton's bad hair days are about to feel some of the lady's pain, beginning Thursday night in the first debate of the presidential nominating season. Bad hair days, and Hillary has a lot of them, aren't funny. Ask any woman. Published August 5, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hillary's past returns, with sharper teeth this time

"Those who cannot remember the past," the philosopher George Santayana reminded us, "are condemned to repeat it." The young, particularly the young voters of 2016, have no memory of Bill Clinton, and along with the rest of us they're about to get a reprise of the Hillary story. Published July 29, 2015

Illustration on GOP's expanded campaigning on social media by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Cow bells, dog whistles and the Grand Old Party

The Republicans are desperately trying to get hip. Pursuing the latest new thing is not in the Republican DNA, but it's necessary to win elections. They have to tap into the popular culture of social media to woo the younger generation of voters, and that requires a digital strategy. Published July 22, 2015

Illustration on the other side of Atticus Finch in light of Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Atticus Finch and his clay feet

The controversy over Harper Lee's new "old" novel, "Go Set a Watchman," might be the most bizarre controversy yet in a summer of bizarre and unlikely explosions of national piety. Published July 15, 2015

Illustration on the increasing vulgarity of American women by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Defining vulgarity down

Any man would tell you that women can't whistle, throw a pass or cuss very well. Female cussin' has punch but no authority. But the triumph of modern feminism is that a woman has the right to be as vulgar as any man. No, scratch that. It's not a right, but acceptance (in certain circles) for using verbal vulgarity as crudely as a barroom brawler. We used to call it "giving lip." It was not "ladylike." Published July 8, 2015

Illustration on independence of mind in the current society by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

No thanks for these mummeries

CHICAGO -- That was a strange week, with intersecting conversations between and among Americans trying to absorb mind-crashing events that fed high- and lowbrow attitudes, populist and patrician criticisms, sophisticated and naive pronouncements. There were absurdities and abominations, a massacre and amazing grace. Politics was writ large, accompanied by the rumble of rhetoric shaped to fit the emotional tyranny of the moment rather than great truths. Published July 1, 2015

Flower Memorial Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The amazing grace in faith and grief

Nothing so moved so many in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre as the heartfelt expressions of grace and forgiveness for Dylann Roof by the families of the slain. Nothing so astonished the rest of us than the expressions of pity and pleas for mercy for the young man standing before the judge at his bond hearing. Published June 24, 2015

Illustration on the benefits enjoyed by seniors by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Granny gobbles up the goodies

We've launched another generation of graduates to seek a fortune that seems more elusive than usual. The world seems more upside down than usual. The graduates will discover, if they have not discovered already, that we're a divided nation. Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, rich and poor, have always sounded their differences in the arena. But there's another division that's difficult for even the most skilled politicians to talk about. It's the economic divide between young and old. Published June 17, 2015

Illustration on the realities of Hillary's campaign challenges by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

There's no American Pharoah in this race

When Hillary Rodham Clinton first ran for president eight years ago she learned what Mike Tyson meant when he said, "Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth." Her campaign collapsed under Barack Obama's relentless pounding. Published June 10, 2015

Illustration on the suffering heart by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A death in the family

Public grief is suspect in Washington. It comes too easily to those who use it to manipulate attitudes and make political points. Lobbyists, advocates and opinion makers are quick to exploit grief to push a policy to spend government money, ban guns, control climate, regulate lives. Death quickly morphs into a political cause. Published June 3, 2015

Rubio-Clinton Faceoff Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Does a young Rubio threaten an older Hillary?

The Grand Old Party suffers an embarrassment of riches, with a surplus of experienced candidates with formidable resumes. Hillary Clinton is an embarrassment with riches. She has lots of experiences, not all of them good. Published May 27, 2015

Illustration on the Left's attacks on freedom of speech by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The slow death of free speech

Do blondes really have more fun? That's a question often thrown at a serious woman with brainy gray matter under her golden tresses. The popular perception that blondes paid for those tresses with diminished intellectual power remains pervasive in the culture (you could Google it). But it's specifically used as a cudgel by the left if a particular blonde is a conservative. These critics increasingly employ a variation on the theme to disparage any good-looking blonde you're likely to find on one specific network. (Guess which one.) Published May 20, 2015

Illustration contrasting the content of two recent addresses by Michelle Obama by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The first lady and the race card

Michelle Obama can give as good as she gets, and she's getting a hard time from conservatives over two speeches she gave last week. The first was a commencement speech at Tuskegee University in Alabama, and the other was at the opening of the new Whitney Museum of American Art in downtown New York City. Published May 13, 2015

Illustration on Bill Clinton's duplicity over his foundation's funding by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The bunk starts here

We laughed at Jimmy Carter for carrying his suitcase into the White House. The government supplies aides to do that for presidents. Such humility is pretentious. Published May 6, 2015

Illustration on transgendering by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The tangled web of sexual sensation

In the age of the selfie, Bruce Jenner may be the icon of our time. He sustains two images of himself to mediate the feuding feminist and chauvinist attitudes at the center of today's battle of the sexes (should that be the "grind of the genders"?). At the age of 65, reflecting on his life as the athletic hunk who married three times and sired six children, he says he can now liberate a laid-back distaff self that is the "soul of a woman." Published April 29, 2015

Illustration on the growth of evil in the world by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The FBI, the Holocaust and us: It's a struggle to recognize evil in America

James B. Comey, the director of the FBI, at 6-foot-8 is the tallest man in the Obama administration. Despite his height and position, he emerged in sharp relief in the public eye only this week for a remarkable speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington about why he requires every new special agent and intelligence analyst to visit the museum. Published April 22, 2015

Illustration on the packaging of Hillary Clinton's candidacy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The selling of the new Hillary

Joe McGinnis, a young writer who got access to the advertising agency with the Nixon account in 1968, changed the way we thought about electing presidents with his best-seller, "The Selling of the President." Published April 15, 2015