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Michael Gerson to leave White House

Michael Gerson, virtually my favorite Bush Administration staffer, is leaving. Here’s one assessment of the significance of his departure, of a piece with Andrew Busch’s thoughts, albeit substantially less sympathetic to the overall enterprise.

Gerson may, of course, continue to be an effective and eloquent advocate for his point of view from the outside, and I find it hard to believe that he won’t continue to be an influential voice.

Update: For more, go here. Gerson, we learn, attends the Falls Church (yes, that one), which may part company with the Episcopal Church.

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Gerson is a big loss. All the speculation about the president’s foundationalism was really about Gerson’s. He’s one nerdy guy, in the best sense.

Yes, this is big news. Gerson was the perfect speechwriter. Speaking of his doubtless contributions to the Jim Ceaser-analyzed "Bush natural right doctrine," I’m reminded - although it’s not quite true in President Bush’s case and will get me in trouble in certain quarters - of the famous quip about Dan Quayle: "Dan Quayle has a brain, and his name is Bill Kristol."

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