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  • Michael Gerson Is Mostly Right about Evangelicals and Trump; But what he's wrong about is important

    03/17/2018 7:20:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/17/2018 | John Ellis
    Michael Gerson's much-ballyhooed articles in The Atlantic and The Washington Post have made quite a splash, at least among evangelicals. Much of the response has been of the hand-wringing kind. As in, what right does Gerson have to throw evangelicals under the bus because of their support for Donald Trump? Well, count me as an evangelical who mostly agrees with Michael Gerson. I believe that the overall support for Donald Trump is a self-imposed obstacle to evangelicals' ability to be a faithful witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.When Gerson, after listing just some of Trump's sizeable moral failings,...
  • Former Bush Aide Michael Gerson: ‘Time to Panic’ About POTUS; Explains How Remove Him

    10/16/2017 9:16:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/15/17 | Rebecca Mansour
    Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, a former senior aide to President George W. Bush, used his Friday op-ed to warn establishment Republicans that “the time for panic and decision is upon us.” Gerson urges Republicans to join Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) in publicly raising two questions: “Is Trump psychologically and morally equipped to be president? And could his unfitness cause permanent damage to the country?” If the reports are true that the majority of Senate Republicans agree with Corker’s comment that Trump could cause “World War III,” then Gerson exhorts them to publicly act on their convictions. Though Gerson does not...
  • Ex-NPR Host: Trump Slogan Based on Promise of 'White Prosperity'

    01/01/2017 9:03:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 88 replies ^ | January 1, 2017 | Tim Graham
    CBS’s Face the Nation led off 2017 with a political panel where everyone was completely disgusted by President-elect Trump. The two Bush White House veterans – speechwriters Michael Gerson and David Frum – talked in dark terms about an election stolen by Russia and a forthcoming “constitutional crisis.” On the Left were Jeffrey Goldberg, the Obama-polishing editor of The Atlantic magazine, and former NPR anchor Michele Norris, who left the taxpayer-funded network when her husband took a job in the Obama White House. Norris declared that Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan clearly had a racial component, since America was...
  • Press targets voters for fueling Trump's rise

    05/31/2016 7:32:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 31, 2016 | Eddie Scarry
    Columnists are starting to blame voters for the rise of Donald Trump, and say their collective decision to make him the presumptive Republican nominee is a terrible mistake. Liberal columnist Richard Cohen wrote in the Washington Post on Monday that the election has filled him with a sense of "fear of my fellow Americans." "I don't mean the occasional yahoo who turns a Trump rally into a hate fest," he wrote. "I mean the ones who do nothing. Who are silent. Who look the other way… I always knew who Trump was. It's the American people who have come as...
  • Rush Limbaugh’s blessing of Trump is killing conservatism

    03/28/2016 10:24:42 PM PDT · by GilGil · 150 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/28/2016 | Michael Gerson
    If Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, one of the main reasons will be that many in the conservative movement found him acceptable. And one of the main reasons that many conservatives are finding Trump acceptable is that the most influential political talk radio host in history, Rush Limbaugh, has provided his blessing. Not his endorsement. Limbaugh takes pains to preserve neutrality between Trump and Ted Cruz, whom he describes as the obvious choice “if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote.” But Limbaugh has also consistently defended Trump as a legitimate choice for those whose dominating factor...
  • Donald Trump's foul mouth is just a cover for his ignorance

    02/08/2016 7:51:33 PM PST · by EveningStar · 201 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 8, 2016 | Michael Gerson
    ...In real life, expletives are often used as a form of aggression or cruelty. A co-worker who tells you to Trump yourself is usually being unpleasant. A co-worker who does this every day is often creating a hostile or demeaning work environment. Language suitable for decent company is a form of politeness, which is a species of respect, which is an expression of morality. And if I am the last holdout on this issue, so be it. I don't really give a damn. Win or lose, Trump has brought the language and sensibilities of cable TV to presidential politics...
  • WAPO'S Gerson: Time To Confront Not Just Trump But His Followers As Well

    11/30/2015 3:15:52 AM PST · by Biggirl · 52 replies ^ | November 30, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” op-ed columnist for The Washington Post Michael Gerson said it’s time to “confront” GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and his followers.

    11/25/2015 3:01:58 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | November 25, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. Since the Islamic State attacks in Paris on November 13, we have seen the development of a new, and strange justification for the Obama administration’s insistent refusal to jettison its manifestly failed strategy of contending with IS specifically and with Islamic terrorism generally.
  • The Conservative Anti-Trump Club

    09/09/2015 2:19:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    Reason ^ | September 9, 2015 | Matt Welch
    In my post yesterday about the #NROrevolt Twitter rebellion by restrictionist Donald Trump fans against the pro-restrictionism National Review, I mentioned that there was a rich stream of apoplectically anti-Donald Trump commentary emanating from within the conservative media. I thought it might be useful to catalogue some of the vituperative and often entertaining arguments thus far into one place. (For a previous post on Trump's conservative-media supporters, click here.) The following list, encompassing neoconservatives, social cons, and libertarian-leaners, includes Bret Stephens, George Will, Glenn Beck, Michael Gerson, Charles C.W. Cooke, Karl Rove, Jonah Goldberg, John Podhoretz, Kevin D. Williamson, Mona...
  • A Clarifying Moment for Conservatism (Purge Trump & Trumpism)

    08/16/2015 12:44:47 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 93 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08/14/2015 | Peter Wehner
    In a compelling column, George Will – who knows a thing or two about conservatism – makes the conservative case against Donald Trump. Mr. Will refers to Trump as an “unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate” who is coarsening our civic life. He labels Trump “a counterfeit Republican and no conservative.” And he argues that Trump is an affront to anyone devoted to the legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr., the founder of National Review and a giant in American conservatism. Just as Buckley excommunicated the John Birch Society from the conservative movement in the 1960s, so should conservatives today...
  • Michael Gerson: Trump, Supporters ‘Xenophobic’ ‘European Right Wing’

    08/12/2015 8:27:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 12, 2015 | Jeffrey Meyer
    During an appearance on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson took a swipe at supporters of Trump and accused them of being ultra-right wing, nationalist individuals. Gerson, who has been a harsh critic of Trump, argued that the Republican presidential candidate and his supporters have a “resentment of outside, of Mexico, of China, and immigrants. That's more like a European right wing part, a UKIP, or a National Front in France.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Washington Post columnist maintained that Trump’s candidacy was a “serious issue here” and “not all fun and games for the Republican Party” and...
  • St. Louis newspaper ditches George Will after column on sexual assault

    06/19/2014 5:55:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 18 replies
    Wjhl TV / Raycom ^ | June 19, 2014 | Kimberly Wright
    (RNN) – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch axed conservative thinker George Will's syndicated column Wednesday. Editor Tony Messenger apologized to his readers. He stated the change had been considered for months, but "a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. "The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it," Messenger said. The newspaper announced Will's column would be replaced by Michael Gerson, "former speechwriter and top aide to President George W. Bush." In Will's column, Colleges become the victims of progressivism, he...
  • St. Louis paper dumps George Will for Michael Gerson

    06/19/2014 3:43:35 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-19-2014 | ERIK WEMPLE
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Page Editor Tony Messenger writes that readers — both liberal and conservative ones — have lobbied the paper to change its lineup of conservative columnists. But apparently a bit of a push was necessary. That came from a recent controversial piece by Washington Post columnist George Will — the one about the “supposed campus epidemic of rape” and the way in which “victimhood” serves as a “coveted status that confers privileges.”
  • Americans’ aversion to science carries a high price (Why are we doubting the AGW 'consensus?')

    05/13/2014 2:43:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2014 | Michael Gerson
    Americans have something of a science problem. They swallow, for example, about $28 billion worth of vitamins each year, even though the Annals of Internal Medicine recently concluded that “[m]ost supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.” Americans often fear swallowing genetically modified plants (and Vermont recently required labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs), though GMOs have “been consumed by hundreds of millions of people across the world for more than 15 years, with no reported ill effects,” according to the Journal of the Royal Society...
  • Ailing GOP Needs a Religious Reformer

    06/18/2013 9:33:57 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    Newser ^ | 06/18/2013 | By Matt Cantor
    Modernizing party can't forget its base: Michael Gerson (Newser) – The Republican Party might win the odd national vote in the coming years, but it needs a long-term prescription: Eventually, "there won’t be enough white and gray voters to win national elections," writes Michael Gerson in the Washington Post. But as the party seeks to reform, it can't forget about the religious conservatives that form its biggest constituency. Just look at David Cameron: He's tried to expand the appeal of Britain's Tories and is losing his base in the process. In short, the GOP "needs to become more socially...
  • Who Is Being Dishonorable? Dishonest?

    06/18/2013 5:19:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | June 18, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson attacked Sen. Rand Paul, my brother, Rush, and my good friend Mark Levin in a recent column for their various comments concerning the National Security Agency's surveillance data collection operation and other administration activities. I find it noteworthy that Gerson -- who holds himself out as measured and reasonable, as one who abhors sloppy thinking and expression, and as one who decries the politics of personal destruction -- has gone out of his way to personally attack Limbaugh and Levin. He challenged their conservatism, patriotism, integrity and honor instead of simply registering his disagreement with...
  • WashPost's Michael Gerson Slashes Limbaugh, Levin, and Ron Paul; Levin Responds to NewsBusters

    06/14/2013 6:10:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 6/14/13 | Tim Graham
    Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson – President George W. Bush’s top speechwriter from 2001 to 2006 – was hired by the Post in 2007 because he would be “a different kind of conservative” and "an independent voice." Translation: he would slash other people on the right as dishonest, dishonorable, unpatriotic people. He has not attacked talk-show hosts on MSNBC or other leftists this way. In his Friday column, Gerson whacked Ron Paul, Rush Limbaugh, and Mark Levin with these harsh attacks. Mark Levin offered NewsBusters his reaction. Gerson began: A number of libertarians and conservative populists have found data collection...
  • How to Save the Republican Party

    03/23/2013 10:34:37 AM PDT · by Dysart · 51 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March/April | Michael Gerson & Peter Wehner
    ...First, and most important, is focusing on the economic concerns of working-and middle-class Americans, many of whom now regard the Republican Party as beholden to “millionaires and billionaires” and as wholly out of touch with ordinary Americans. This is a durable impression—witness Bill Clinton’s effective deployment of it more than 20 years ago and its continued resonance during the 2012 campaign when Team Obama portrayed Mitt Romney as a plutocrat who delighted in shutting down factories and moving jobs overseas. Sure enough, in November exit polls, 81 percent of voters said that Barack Obama “cared for people like me”; a...
  • Gingrich, Gerson, and The Sharia

    12/17/2011 9:33:10 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Andrew Bostom ^ | Andrew Bostom
    Former President George W. Bush’s aide Michael Gerson posted a distressingly ignorant column on 12/13/11 which attacked both former speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and my colleague Andrew C. McCarthy, for their sober, if frank conceptions of the Sharia. The counterfactual basis for Mr. Gerson’s diatribe is his own thoroughly deficient understanding of Islam’s religio-political code for personal, societal, and Muslim state behavior. He glibly—and wrongly—imputes unique Western notions of individual rights, equality before the law, or even rational legal procedures of evidence to the Sharia’s so-called “set of transcendent principles of justice.” Gerson condemns Gingrich’s apt summary...
  • The Rinoplasty Rebuttal: Refuting Michael Gerson's "Conservatives Shouldn't Be Surprised By Freedom"

    03/10/2011 2:39:34 PM PST · by Barry Secrest · 4 replies
    Conservative Refocus ^ | 03/10/2011 | Barry Secrest
    Gerson, in his column starts out by telling us that our often conservative criticism of the "democratic transformation" that is occurring in the Mideast is, indeed, unfounded. He further notes that we are rather arrogantly, a word that I have interpreted from Gerson's ill-stimulating ginger tense, concluding that Democratic success is not possible in a society lacking a Democratic culture. Interesting conclusion, yet not exactly accurate at all. To wit, these events, Sir, are not a simple exercise in Democracy breaking out, there will always be far more to this sort of conflagration than the happenstance of every searingly irritated...