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Obama's State of the Union: bipartisan and ideological

This was a smooth, sober economic speech, which took advantage of President Obama's skill at explanation -- describing the economic
changes of the last few decades and making his case for government action to catalyze private economic activity. Obama appealed...

By Michael Gerson  | January 25, 2011; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Obama's speech had a good heart

A great memorial speech -- such as the one Robert F. Kennedy gave following the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. or the one Ronald Reagan gave following the Challenger disaster -- is tightly written, poetically phrased and solemn...

By Michael Gerson  | January 13, 2011; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Palin's erratic behavior mars 2010 elections

For many Republicans, the bright, golden haze of Election Day is marred by a thunderhead on the horizon -- the increasingly erratic political interventions of Sarah Palin. (Michael Gerson elaborates on this much-read post in his Friday column.) In...

By Michael Gerson  | November 2, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Obama's view from Olympus

President Obama's latest interview with Rolling Stone magazine is revealing precisely because it is so typical. Everyone -- really just about everyone in American politics -- is chided, challenged, instructed, judged or admonished in one way or another. The...

By Michael Gerson  | September 30, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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The childish political thought of the Tea Party

With his recent criticisms of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell on Fox News, Karl Rove kicked up a controversy. His critique of O'Donnell was granular and well-informed. Having worked with Karl for a number of years, I know that...

By Michael Gerson  | September 17, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (190)
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At an historic moment, Obama's forgettable speech

Before offering an assessment of last night’s speech, it is worth recognizing the historic nature of the moment. A little over three years ago, it was possible, even likely, that America would suffer a major military defeat at the...

By Michael Gerson  | September 1, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Standards for a successful Iraq speech, Michael Gerson , August 31, 2010
Obama's address: grand setting, weak policies, Michael Gerson , June 15, 2010
Elena Kagan's pastel career, Michael Gerson , May 10, 2010
Obama's wink and nod on abortion, Michael Gerson , April 22, 2010
Stories of slavery in Sudan, Michael Gerson , April 2, 2010
A response in the health-care and abortion debate, Michael Gerson , March 19, 2010
The abortion debate is just a mix-up?, Michael Gerson , March 17, 2010
Pro-life movement should accept gays, Michael Gerson , March 12, 2010
A Protestant judge's voice, Michael Gerson , March 11, 2010
The Democrats' health-care ambush failed, Michael Gerson , February 25, 2010
A rebuilding Haiti faces some difficult new issues, Michael Gerson , February 16, 2010
Defending the word 'retard' is not heroic, Michael Gerson , February 14, 2010
State of the Union: Obama's reality problem, Michael Gerson , January 27, 2010
Why Massachusetts' Senate race matters, Michael Gerson , January 19, 2010
Sen. Ben Nelson offers a defense, Michael Gerson , December 24, 2009
Obama shows maturity in Nobel speech, Michael Gerson , December 10, 2009
Obama's resolve -- and reluctance, Michael Gerson , December 2, 2009
Holder's decision is embarrassing and offensive, Michael Gerson , November 24, 2009
Ruth Marcus going rogue, Michael Gerson , November 19, 2009
The Democrats get lashed, Michael Gerson , November 4, 2009
Obama's Nobel for Good Intentions, Michael Gerson , October 9, 2009
The Problem With Cable News, Michael Gerson , October 1, 2009
Klein Drowns in the Ethical Shallows, Michael Gerson , September 26, 2009
All About Obama, Michael Gerson , September 26, 2009
How a Democrat Loses in Virginia, Michael Gerson , September 25, 2009
A Reasoned Response to Glenn Beck, Michael Gerson , September 21, 2009
Obama's Speech Was Nothing New, Michael Gerson , September 10, 2009
What About 9/11?, Michael Gerson , September 1, 2009
Obama's Juvenile Use of Power, Michael Gerson , July 24, 2009
The Meaning of Sotomayor's Retreat, Michael Gerson , July 16, 2009
PBS's New Ban on Religious Programming, Michael Gerson , June 18, 2009
First Thoughts on Sotomayor, Michael Gerson , May 26, 2009
The Contradiction in Obama's Speech, Michael Gerson , May 22, 2009
A Strong Economics Speech, Michael Gerson , February 24, 2009
Obama's First Month, Michael Gerson , February 20, 2009
Obama Gives a Great Speech, Michael Gerson , February 13, 2009
The Town Hall Debate: Two McCain Successes, Michael Gerson , October 7, 2008
The VP Debate: A Victory -- of Sorts, Michael Gerson , October 2, 2008
Palin's Heroic Choice, Held Up as a Bad Example, Michael Gerson , September 12, 2008
Obama's Down, But Not Out, Michael Gerson , September 12, 2008
When Less Is Less, Michael Gerson , September 5, 2008
A Typical Middle-Class Struggle, Michael Gerson , September 1, 2008
Team McCain Takes the Lead, Michael Gerson , August 31, 2008
Casey vs. Casey, Michael Gerson , August 27, 2008
More Notes From Last Night, Michael Gerson , August 27, 2008
Not Much of an Endorsement, Michael Gerson , August 27, 2008
Different Praise for Ted Kennedy, Michael Gerson , August 25, 2008
Change v. Convention, Michael Gerson , August 24, 2008
 
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