Michael Gerson / Politics

The End of Illusions

WASHINGTON -- On June 10, 2014, President Obama said that the greatest frustration of his presidency was the failure to pass gun control legislation. It was the same day that Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, fell to the Islamic State of ...

White House Bergdahl Mess

WASHINGTON -- It would be difficult, even if intended and planned, to cram more hubris, incompetence and mendacity into a humane and sympathetic act.

The lopsided trade for Bowe Bergdahl was Israeli in inspiration -- a high tolerance for future ...

Going for His Legacy

WASHINGTON -- As a presidential candidate in 2007, Barack Obama told historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, "I have no desire to be one of those presidents who are just on the list -- you see their pictures lined up on the wall. I really want to be a ...

Obama's Global War On Straw Men

WASHINGTON -- After five and a half years, President Obama finally has a foreign policy doctrine all his own, which White House aides summarize as: "Don't do stupid sh -- ."

FDR had his Four Freedoms. Harry Truman would stand against the further ...

The Revolt of the Nerds

WASHINGTON -- Parallel to the rise of the tea party -- with less attention but more potential influence -- has been a gathering movement of reform conservatives whom my colleague E.J. Dionne Jr., in an essay in the journal Democracy, dubs "...

Why the VA Scandal Sticks

WASHINGTON -- Why do some political scandals stick while others fade? The level of media obsession seems to rise and fall as mysteriously as the stock market. On Benghazi, sell. Hold on the IRS audits. On the Veterans Affairs scandal, buy, buy, ...