Michael Gerson / Politics

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 ...

Only Reagan can be Reagan

WASHINGTON -- The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun, typically for conservatives, as a fight about the past. As President Obama has become a Jimmy Carter-like figure -- hapless, luckless and increasingly ...

Bill Gates' Moment

EDITORS -- This column needs to be published by Sunday, Nov. 2, the day of Bill Gates' speech on infectious diseases.

WASHINGTON -- "Ebola has reminded people that it is not just poor people who can die of infectious disease," Bill Gates tells me...

A Matter of Ends

WASHINGTON -- In an older, gentrifying, suburban Virginia neighborhood -- the kind with porch flags and pumpkins on the front steps -- I am welcomed at an indistinguishable door to an exceptional little community called L'Arche. Here, ...

Still in Denial On Ebola

WASHINGTON -- It is such a relief about that Ebola thing. The threat of an American outbreak turned out to be overhyped. A military operation is underway to help those poor Liberians. An Ebola czar (what is his name again?) has been appointed to ...

For GOP, No Victory Lap

WASHINGTON -- On the theory that chickens should not only be counted before they hatch but killed, let us consider the downsides for Republicans of winning both houses of Congress.

This hypothetical now seems the most likely outcome, according to...