Thursday, November 1, 2007

With Book, Gerson Is Back To Fight for GOP's Identity

by Peter Baker from The Washington Post

By the time Michael Gerson left the White House as President Bush's senior adviser last year, he had grown weary of the battle, becoming an irritable colleague disillusioned by the conventions of a political party and a government that seemed indifferent to the plight of the downtrodden. Now he is back with a new book and a publicity tour intended to fight for the identity of the Republican Party ... He rues the Bush team's failure to do more to stand up to autocrats in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere to further its "freedom agenda." And he laments that the war in Iraq has sabotaged the president's efforts to redefine the Republican Party. Gerson said he also wants to push Democrats to recognize genuine security concerns in an age of terrorism and the value of spreading democracy.

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