Via Brian Beutler, Michael Gerson isn't making me feel any better about his character by publishing a post-White House column on how global warming is a serious problem, a well-designed cap-and-trade program could seriously mitigate the problem, and China and Russia shouldn't be used as excuses for inaction. I, too, believe all that stuff. Inconveniently for me, I've never been a top aide to the President of the United States, which is always a good situation to be in when you'd like to see action taken on a cause.

Meanwhile, Gerson somehow manages to parcel blame out evenly between conservative Republicans like Gerson, Gerson's boss, every boss Gerson has ever had in his career, Gerson's colleagues, and Gerson's subordinates all of whom have been fighting serious action on global warming tooth-and-nail and unspecified liberals whose unspecified "hysteria" has contributed to the problem in an unspecified way.