Michael Gerson / Politics

The Big But

WASHINGTON -- Following President Obama's ambitious executive order on immigration -- not unprecedented in subject matter but unprecedented in scope and ambition -- we are left to pick through the wreckage of law and precedent.

Obama's action was...

Leaving the Harder Path

WASHINGTON -- There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be a national ...

A Pope's Human Touch

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis' American honeymoon is over (though the whole idea of a papal honeymoon smacks of Borgia-era excess).

At first, some political conservatives complained that Francis was showing insufficient respect for distinguished ...

Our Gathering Storm

WASHINGTON -- When Abraham Lincoln first presented a version of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet, Secretary of State William Seward warned that issuing it after a defeat would look desperate. Better to wait "until the eagle of victory ...

Kasich in the Spotlight

WASHINGTON -- A week after the midterm elections, Republicans are still browsing through the jewelry store of their victories, admiring this bauble and that. Most of their Senate wins were predicted by the electoral map. The victories of many ...

Obama's 'Gifts' to The Nation

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is a gifted politician. But a president is judged by the gifts he leaves behind. Following his fourth national election as party leader, Democrats are taking stock of what they have received.

For Obama, there have been ...