Loyalty and discipline are the hallmarks of Bush Administration factotums—which is what makes the attack by one ex-White House speechwriter on another in this month’s Atlantic so noteworthy.
In a 10-page article, Matthew Scully, one of a trio of writers responsible for George W. Bush‘s most famous addresses, accuses Michael Gerson of hogging credit and portraying himself as the singular architect of the president’s oratory.
“The narrative that Mike Gerson presented to the world is a story of extravagant falsehood,” charges Scully. “Few lines of note were written by Mike, and none at all that come to mind from the post-9/11 addresses—not even ‘axis of evil.'”