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  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • How the Dream Act transcends politics

    12/09/2010 4:58:19 AM PST · by WilliamHouston · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/07/2010 | Michael Gerson
    When I was a Senate staffer more than a decade ago, Republicans hit on a tactic to advance school choice. They kept narrowing the eligibility standard to cover poorer and poorer families with children in only the most spectacularly failing schools, daring Democrats to vote against the most sympathetic possible group of students. I remember one liberal senator saying in exasperation, "Someday, you are going to make this impossible to oppose." . . .
  • Christopher Hitchens

    10/14/2010 11:09:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2010 | Michael Gerson
    WASHINGTON -- Christopher Hitchens -- bald from cancer treatments, speaking between doctor's appointments -- has a special disdain for deathbed religious conversions. Appearing before a group of journalists organized by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public life, he criticized the pressures put on Tom Paine to embrace Christianity and the malicious rumors of faith that followed Charles Darwin's demise. "I've already thought about this a great deal, thanks all the same," he explained. The idea "that you may be terrified" is no reason to "abandon the principles of a lifetime." At this event -- a joint appearance with his...
  • Top Bush Aide Denounces Mark Levin, Malkin, Others as 'Unhinged...Bolshevik' Enforcers

    09/19/2010 8:10:19 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 286 replies · 2+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 9/19/10 | Tim Graham
    Former top Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson is a Washington Post columnist, and there is never a better time for right-leaning columnists to lean left than in the last weeks of an election season. (See George Will trashing Sen. George Allen in the last weeks of 2006.) His rant also may have granted Gerson a seat on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday. Gerson not only denounced Christine O'Donnell as a wacky candidate like Alan Keyes, he denounced "the childish political thought of the Tea Party." He insisted conservatives were like Bolsheviks. Bloggers like Michelle Malkin and talk show hosts like...
  • The childish political thought of the Tea Party

    09/17/2010 10:11:35 PM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 66 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 09/17/2010 | Michael Gerson
    With his recent criticisms of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell on Fox News, Karl Rove kicked up a controversy. His critique of O'Donnell was granular and well-informed. Having worked with Karl for a number of years, I know that he is nothing if not detail-oriented. Rove has taken O'Donnell to task for her checkered financial past, her history of litigiousness and paranoia,...
  • Losing the Latino Vote [former Bush advisor calls amnesty opponents "extremists"] [hurl]

    10/07/2009 11:26:33 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 1,246+ views
    In the Long Run, the GOP Must Be Inclusive. BY MICHAEL GERSON Mel Martinez's recent resignation from the U.S. Senate was for personal and family reasons. But the departure of the Republican Party's most visible Hispanic leader crackles with political symbolism. Martinez does not consider himself disillusioned, but he is "frustrated." "There are lots of Hispanics to the right of you and me on immigration," he told me, "but they think, 'Republicans just don't like us.' " Martinez makes clear that a number of his Senate colleagues were "conservative, but not inflammatory." Other elected Republicans, however, made "pretty divisive use...
  • McCain's New Hope - The Candidate Shines at Saddleback Forum

    08/17/2008 11:05:33 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 70 replies · 343+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2008 | Michael Gerson
    It is now clear why Barack Obama has refused John McCain's offer of joint town hall appearances during the fall campaign. McCain is obviously better at them. Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency -- two hours on Saturday night evenly divided between the relaxed, tieless candidates -- was expected to be a sideshow. McCain and Obama would make their specialized appeals to evangelicals as if they were an interest group such as organized labor or the National Rifle Association... What took place instead under Warren's precise and revealing questioning was the most important event so far of...
  • Vulgarian at the Gate [Al Franken (D-MN) Senate candidate]

    06/17/2008 10:36:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 89+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2008 | Michael Gerson
    Warning: The following contains extreme vulgarity by a candidate for the U.S. Senate. In the razor-close and nationally important Senate race in Minnesota, Republican incumbent Norm Coleman is presented with a unique political problem. Should he raise in his ads the issue of comedian Al Franken's offensive vulgarity? Or would this risk a backlash against Coleman for coarsening the public conversation? Remember that when Ken Starr detailed Bill Clinton's most repulsive antics -- stained dresses and such -- it was Starr who was accused of sexual obsessiveness. Franken's defenders explain that his edginess is the result of being a "satirist"...
  • Barack Obama is 'Extraordinary Talent', says Michael Gerson

    03/26/2008 12:01:09 PM PDT · by Cecily · 21 replies · 496+ views
    London Times Online ^ | March 26, 2008 | Hannah Strange
    A former senior aide to President Bush today hailed Barack Obama is an “extraordinary political talent” who would make a tougher opponent for John McCain than Hillary Clinton. In a remarkably frank interview with Daniel Finkelstein, Comment Editor of The Times, Michael Gerson said Obama's ascent to the White House would be “one of the great culminating moments in American history”. The former chief speechwriter to President Bush insisted that, despite the recent controversies dogging Mr Obama, the Illinois senator nevertheless remained the greatest threat to the Republican Party. Describing himself as “very impressed” with the Democratic frontrunner, Mr Gerson...
  • Michael Gerson: Dont Judge Romney Soley on Religious Beliefs

    08/03/2007 10:01:15 AM PDT · by hardback · 7 replies · 300+ views
    Alameda Star ^ | Last Updated: 08/03/2007 08:35:26 AM PDT | Micharl Gerson
    THE first Mormon to run for president was the first Mormon. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, formally announced his candidacy on Jan. 19, 1844, urging his supporters to tell the people we have had Whig and Democrats presidents long enough. We want a president of the United States. Smiths campaign lasted about five months before it — along with his life — was ended by a violent mob in Carthage, Ill. Mitt Romneys campaign has been better received. He possesses a winning public personality, enough personal wealth to ensure he will be...
  • Drop the N-Word Already

    05/29/2007 6:55:47 AM PDT · by ruination · 22 replies · 1,221+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 29, 2007 | Heather Mac Donald
    To observe the sentimental fantasy and ruthless political calculation that fuels the Bush administration's immigration plans, one need only turn to Michael Gerson’s most recent Washington Post column. Former Bush speechwriter Gerson was a powerful voice in the White House, especially on the matter of injecting faith into policymaking; his May 25 column provides a window into how the administration deals with facts. Gerson accuses opponents of the Senate’s recent amnesty proposal of a nativist fear of illegal immigrants. Such a fear, he argues, will hurt the Republican party’s electoral chances and miss an opportunity to make the country even...
  • When Christian Socialists Attack

    01/14/2007 4:13:46 AM PST · by cinives · 36 replies · 828+ views
    american.com ^ | 1/12/2007 | Jurgen Reinhoudt
    Michael Gerson helped create “compassionate” conservatism. Now he’s attacking the small-government ideal—and inadvertently highlighting America’s need to learn from Europe. In what may be the most aggressive attack on small-government conservatism in years, highly influential former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson writes: “What does antigovernment conservatism offer to inner-city neighborhoods where violence is common and families are rare? Nothing. What achievement would it contribute to racial healing and the unity of our country? No achievement at all. Anti-government conservatism turns out to be a strange kind of idealism—an idealism that strangles mercy.” Gerson’s arguments, though flawed to the core, present a...
  • The Republican Identity Crisis

    12/21/2006 2:57:12 PM PST · by Small-L · 59 replies · 1,684+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Dec. 25, 2006 | Michael Gerson
    ... This reaction previews a broader, high-stakes Republican debate as we head toward the 2008 election. One Republican Party—the Republican Party of movement conservatives on Capitol Hill and in the think-tank world—will argue that the "big government Republicanism" of the Bush era has been a reason for recent defeats. Like all fundamentalists, the antigovernment conservatives preach that greater influence requires a return to purity—the purity of Reaganism. But the golden age of austerity under Reagan is a myth. ... As antigovernment conservatives seek to purify the Republican Party, it is reasonable to ask if the purest among them are conservatives...
  • Top Bush Speech Writer Resigns - Michael Gerson Proud of His Tenure at the White House

    06/26/2006 10:00:53 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 7 replies · 699+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 25, 2006 | Staff
    June 25, 2006 — Few people have enjoyed the same access to President George W. Bush's mind as his head speech writer of seven years, Michael Gerson. He is the latest of the administration's top aides to resign, but is proud of the work he did while in the White House. Named one of Time magazine's 25 most influential evangelical Christians, the Bush administration said Gerson is leaving for new career options. "There's no way to replace him," top presidential advisor Karl Rove told The New York Times. "He is a once-in-a-generation. He helped take the president on his best...
  • St. Louis Native Michael Gerson Leaves Role As President's Top Speechwriter

    06/15/2006 4:47:09 AM PDT · by show me state · 157+ views
    ksdk.com ^ | 6/14/2006 | Randy Jackson and Tamara Lipper
    The President of the United States calls him "The Scribe." Michael Gerson is stepping down as the Director of Speechwriting for President George W. Bush. The 1982 graduate of Creve Couer's Westminster Academy crafted some of the most important words of his time in the days after September 11. According to MSNBC, Gerson will shift more into policy, and will likely be replaced as top speechwriter by William McGurn, an editorial page writer for the Wall Street Journal.
  • Top Bush policy adviser leaving White House

    06/14/2006 7:13:24 PM PDT · by RDTF · 12 replies · 917+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 14, 2006 | JoAnne Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of President George W. Bush's top policy advisers and former chief speechwriter, Michael Gerson, is stepping down to pursue other opportunities, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday. Gerson was Bush's chief speechwriter during the president's first term and was promoted to policy and strategic adviser in 2005. He had been crafting major speeches for Bush since joining the former Texas governor's presidential campaign in 1999. Gerson, listed as one of the 25 most influential Evangelical Christians in America by Time magazine last year, is credited with helping Bush give voice to his "compassionate conservative" philosophy,...
  • Top Bush Adviser to Step Down

    06/14/2006 4:37:35 PM PDT · by notes2005 · 38 replies · 1,807+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 14, 2006 | By Peter Baker
    Michael J. Gerson, one of President Bush's most trusted advisers and author of nearly all of his most famous public words during the past seven years, plans to step down in the next couple weeks in a decision that colleagues believe will leave a huge hole in the White House at a critical period. Gerson said in an interview that he has been talking with Bush for many months about leaving for writing and other opportunities but waited until the White House political situation had stabilized somewhat. "It seemed like a good time," he said. "Things are back on track...
  • Bush Speechwriter Works to Find His Voice

    04/09/2005 3:33:29 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 330+ views
    Netscape News ^ | Apr. 9, 2005 | AP
    McGurn replaced Mike Gerson, who is taking on other duties in the West Wing. Gerson, who was often seen scribbling at a coffee shop near the White House, filled speeches by the famously plainspoken Bush with soaring rhetoric tinged with religious overtones. Gerson finally persuaded McGurn, a longtime Wall Street Journal columnist and chief editorial writer, to take his place. He admired McGurn's ability to turn an elegant phrase when advocating conservative social politics and complex economic issues, the latter especially timely as Bush promotes his plan to introduce private retirement accounts as part of Social Security. ``I was taught...
  • President Bush gets a new chief speechwriter (I'm betting this is the bee in Peggy Noonan's bonnet)

    01/27/2005 9:39:48 AM PST · by quidnunc · 110 replies · 2,866+ views
    National Review | January 31, 2005 | 'The Week…'
    Michael Gerson has served George W. Bush magnificently as chief speechwriter, during both the 2000 campaign and the first term in office. His departure would have prompted us to declare his enormous talents "indispensable" to this president but for the two pieces of good news that accompanied its announcement. The first is that Gerson will remain at the White House in a new senior position. The second is that he will be replaced as chief speechwriter by another superb talent: our former colleague William McGurn, who was NR's Washington editor for three years in the early 1990s. We lost McGurn...
  • 'The Danger for America Is Not Theocracy' - Michael Gerson

    01/21/2005 9:18:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 591+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | Jan 14, 2005 | Michael Gerson
    The Ethics and Public Policy Center hosted its semi-annual conference on religion and public life with some of the nation’s leading journalists in December 2004 at the Pier House in Key West, Florida. Michael Gerson, speechwriter and policy advisor to President Bush spoke on Bush's use of religious rhetoric. I really haven’t done much of this kind of speaking, so I thought I’d ease into it by talking about the non-controversial topic of religion in politics with a bunch of journalists. And I took this invitation before the election, and it’s just impossible to imagine how grim this event would...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 1.10.05

    01/10/2005 2:35:00 PM PST · by GretchenM · 300 replies · 4,803+ views
    CBS news, MSNBC, yahoo, whitehouse.gov, Fox News, Crosswalk.com ^ | Monday January 10, 2005 | GretchenM for TruthNTegrity
    President Bush met with Secretary of State Colin Powell, who reported on his tour of the tsunamis-devastated areas in SE Asia. Bush received some measure of vindication over unsubstantiated allegations ("Rathergate memos") about his Air National Guard service when CBS announced today, on its web site, that four employees were fired following the release of an independent investigation into the '60 Minutes' story about President Bush's military service. Media bias is now called "myopic zeal." Since no discovery of media bias or forgery was admitted in the report CBS executives ordered (which did accurately credit FreeRepublic.com), decide for yourself how...
  • Bush Gets a New Voice for Second Term

    01/09/2005 12:24:46 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 17 replies · 975+ views
    MSNBC/Newsweek ^ | 1/5/05 | Tamara Lipper
    President Bush will start his second term with many of his closest and longtime aides by his side including chief of staff Andrew Card, senior adviser Karl Rove and Communications Director Dan Bartlett. Although the visual picture will largely look the same after Jan. 20, Bush's words may sound very different. Michael Gerson, Bush's chief speechwriter, who has helped craft nearly every one of Bush's speeches during his first term, is leaving his job. Gerson is expected to move into the policy arena and be replaced as head speechwriter by Wall Street Journal editorial-page writer William McGurn. Gerson's job change...
  • George W. Bush's Chief Speechwriter Opens Up About Faith, Providence, and the Presidency

    12/24/2004 3:44:07 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 767+ views
    The Daily Standard ^ | Dec. 23, 2004 | Terry Eastland
    MICHAEL GERSON deserves extra pay, or something, for agreeing to spend half a day earlier this month discussing with journalists a subject of some controversy--"Religion, Rhetoric, and the Presidency." If anyone was qualified for such a task, it was Gerson. He is President Bush's chief speechwriter, knows the president's mind better than anyone else in the White House (save perhaps Karl Rove) and--no small thing--shares the president's faith. Gerson, the White House's resident intellectual, is a graduate of Wheaton College, where he majored in theology. He opened the discussion--part of a conference on religion and politics sponsored by the Ethics...
  • Bush's References to God Defended by Speechwriter

    12/13/2004 3:20:46 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 340+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Dec 12, 2004 | Alan Cooperman
    Like many evangelical Christians, President Bush believes that God is at work in his life. But he has avoided claiming that God is behind his presidency or U.S. foreign policy, his chief speechwriter said. "The important theological principle here, I believe, is to avoid identifying the purposes of an individual or a nation with the purposes of God," Michael Gerson said. "That seems a presumption to me, and we've done our best to avoid the temptation."... Bush's references to God have drawn criticism both at home and abroad, particularly in the context of the war in Iraq. Boston Globe columnist...