Michael Gerson

Washington, D.C.

Opinions columnist, 2007-2022
Michael Gerson was a nationally syndicated columnist who appeared twice weekly in The Post from 2007 until his death on Nov. 17, 2022. He was the author of "Heroic Conservatism" (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of “City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era” (Moody, 2010). He appeared regularly on the “PBS NewsHour,” “Face the Nation” and other programs. Gerson served as senior adviser at One, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as assistant to the president for poli
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Michael Gerson: Saying goodbye to my child, the youngster

Michael Gerson died Thursday at 58. For 15 years beginning in 2007, he wrote a twice-weekly column for The Post — including this beautiful meditation from 2013.

November 17, 2022

‘Gaffes’ aside, I once assumed GOP goodwill on race. I was wrong.

In MAGA world, racist incitement isn’t a mistake — it's a strategy. And it reopens a wound that nearly killed the patient before.

October 20, 2022

Why Anthony Fauci is the greatest public servant I have known

Attacks from GOP ideologues can’t dent Fauci’s legacy of pursuing and achieving public health goals that few believed were possible.

October 10, 2022

Covid eroded other crucial global health efforts. The world must act.

In developing countries, progress against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis has declined. For wealthy nations, correcting this reversal is a moral duty.

September 8, 2022

Trump should fill Christians with rage. How come he doesn’t?

The MAGA faithful’s resentments, malevolence and violence are a form of moral ruin. So why have so many American evangelicals signed on?

September 1, 2022

Frederick Buechner was a writer tuned in to the frequency of grace

The theologian and author, who died this month at 96, understood that faith and doubt are not opposites.

August 22, 2022

The gaps in Trump’s claims of a ‘deep state’ attack

Imagine an FBI stocked with Trump sycophants and directed at his enemies.

August 15, 2022

Garland is no gambler. My bet is he’s acting on more than a hunch.

A benign violation of the Presidential Records Act would not justify the search. But if legally damaging material is found, that’s another story.

August 11, 2022

A focus on the common good might help Democrats

Political philosopher Michael Sandel and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado say it's time to emphasize the common good and what constitutes human flourishing.

August 1, 2022

Nunca más volveré a vivir sin un perro

Apenas traje a Jack a la casa, recordé el dilema y la pregunta que reciben todos los dueños de perros: ¿por qué aceptamos nuevos perros en nuestras vidas, sabiendo que quedaremos devastados por sus muertes?

July 8, 2022