How the GOP Destroyed its Moderates
October 05, 2012
Moderate Republicanism is not intellectually dead. So where is it?
Why Won’t Conservatives Denounce Voter Suppression?
September 26, 2012
Why won’t some principled conservative commentator condemn the GOP's voter suppression efforts?
Hey, GOP: Watch Your Back With Matthew Scully
August 30, 2012
Memo to Romney-Ryan speechwriters John McConnell, Lindsay Hayes, and Stuart Stevens: Watch your back around this guy Matthew Scully! Scully, who with McConnell is credited with writing Paul Ryan’s crowd-pleasing convention speech, is a former White House speechwriter and author of a well-regarded book, Dominion, that urges humans to show greater respect for the animal kingdom. The animal Scully most emulates is the black widow spider.
Bigots and Enablers
January 11, 2012
On the surface, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul do not appear to have a lot in common. Yet, there is one respect in which they are strikingly similar: Pundits on both the right and the left have been all too eager to give their least defensible traits a pass. At this point, there is almost an accepted style for such rationalizations.
The Budget Deal Emerges
June 17, 2011
Reports on the budget negotiations between President Obama and Congress are starting to leak out faster and faster.
Our Asymmetrical Parties
May 20, 2011
Michael Gerson has a pretty interesting column noticing that the Democratic Party is riven in two, while the Republican Party is unified: Republican leaders have proved themselves capable of producing proposals that unite perhaps 90 percent of their congressional delegation, losing just a thin margin at each end of their ideological spectrum. But the job is made easier by the narrowness of the Republican ideological spectrum.
Republicans Abandon Bush's Greatest Triumph
February 15, 2011
Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, who was a driving force behind that administration's Africa initiative, writes plaintively about GOP cuts to programs he helped create: Senegal is conducting indoor spraying campaigns and providing effective, new combination drug treatments. Volunteers are going door to door in impoverished neighborhoods, instructing women in the proper use of nets. The result? From 2005 to 2008, mortality among Senegalese children ages 6 and under dropped by a third, with reductions in malaria playing a major role.
Reviving The Favorite Insult Of the Bush Era
December 17, 2010
George W. Bush was a fairly easy act to follow for President Obama, except in the eyes of people like George W. Bush idolater/speechwriter Michael Gerson, for whom Bush was the hardest act in the world to follow. And sure enough, Obama has extraordinarily high personal favorability ratings, but Gerson really, really doesn't like him: He is alternately defiant, defensive, exasperated, resentful, harsh, scolding, prickly. He is both the smartest kid in class and the schoolyard bully. Well, nobody ever accused Bush of being the smartest kid in the class.
Gerson: America Not A Christian Nation
October 22, 2010
Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson has spent a lot of his post-Bush columnist career pushing a not very subtle agenda to rehabilitate his old boss. But he's also admirably faced down some of the nuttier elements in his party, and today's column is a heartening example of the latter: One intriguing finding of the recent American Values Survey is that 55 percent of Tea Party supporters believe that "America has always been and is currently a Christian nation." The figure among Christian conservatives is 49 percent.
Obama Atttacks Conservative Anti-Empiricism
October 19, 2010
Last Saturday, President Obama said this at a fundraiser: In some ways what is remarkable is how despite this body blow that the country took, the country once again has proven more resilient and more adaptable and more dynamic than I think a lot of folks give us credit for. But it's also to remind you that we've got so much more work to do.