Michael Gerson is an impeccably fair, painfully scrupulous Republican.
This morning he takes President Obama's measure, and finds him lacking; he assesses Obama's campaign, and finds it ethically impoverished; he examines Obama's expressed desire to fix Washington's broken politics, and finds the president is but a "Chicago pol" who talks a transformative game but plays like a "grubby" hooligan.
Enter Gerson's noted impartiality.
It's true, he further observes, that Obama has coarsened our politics, that he's hastened Washington's dysfunction, that he has acted the brute--an absolute brute I tell you. But, but, according to Gerson, "This does not mean the GOP bears no responsibility." (No kidding, actual quote.)
Even if, as Gerson goes on to imply, it is mostly (read pretty much all) Obama's fault. You see, Obama "encourage[s] and empower[s]" those hyperpartisan Democrats through his rabble-rousing politics of destruction and issue-less campaigning, which action compels the reactive Republicans to "the next escalation."
Having finely threaded the primal and personal responsibility for all this unpleasantness, Gerson is then free to nobly tut-tut its rather even distribution:
Both sides feel victimized, which becomes a justification to cross past limits and boundaries. Neither side feels responsible for the problem, while both contribute to it.
Excuse me, pardon me, coming through, I have a question, Michael: For whom are you writing this cretinous blather?
If you're writing for the GOP base, the majority of whom are still marveling over W.'s expurgation of Iraq's WMD and puzzling over Barack Obama's foreign birth, then you have only achieved what's known in the highest circles of theoretical physics as an absolute fucking waste of spacetime. If, on the other hand, you're writing for humans who eat their bananas peeled, then congratulations, you've quite the sense of humor.