The liberal establishment claims it is anti-Washington, weary of a city that betrays its idealistic aspirations. Yet this same establishment is expanding the role of the very government it claims to dislike, turning to the supposedly-hated Washington for answers to multiple social issues. Demonizing Washington eliminates the need for the administration to explain itself and make concessions, and the American people are sensing contempt from those in leadership who see government as superior to the people. Both conservatives and liberals engage in ironic inconsistencies, but ultimately, insulting the American people is not a fruitful political strategy.
Gerson writes about politics, global health and development, religion and foreign policy.