Speechwriter for Bush. Came up with some great marketing phrases, like we don’t want the mushroom clouds, and other such shit that led us to the place in the toilet we sit now, and has apparently just lost whatever is left of his mind. The “good” Gerson:

He crafted the State of the Union language that labeled Iraq, Iran and North Korea an “axis of evil” and the inaugural address that committed the United States to “ending tyranny in our world.” He came up with the phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations” to focus on minority education problems.”

Lines attributed to Gerson
Gerson proposed the use of a “smoking gun/mushroom cloud” metaphor during a September 5, 2002 meeting of the White House Iraq Group, in an effort to sell the American public on the supposed nuclear dangers posed by Saddam Hussein. According to Newsweek columnist Michael Isikoff, “The original plan had been to place it in an upcoming presidential speech, but WHIG members fancied it so much that when the Times reporters contacted the White House to talk about their upcoming piece [about aluminum tubes], one of them leaked Gerson’s phrase — and the administration would soon make maximum use of it.”[12]
Gerson has said one of his favorite speeches was given at the National Cathedral on September 14, 2001, a few days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, which included the following passage: “Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance, and love have no end. And the Lord of life holds all who die, and all who mourn.”[13]
Gerson also coined “the soft bigotry of low expectations” and “the armies of compassion.”
Gerson’s noteworthy phrases for Bush are said to include “Axis of Evil”, a phrase adapted from “axis of hatred”, itself suggested by fellow speechwriter David Frum but deemed too mild.[2]
Scully wrote that he, not Gerson, came up with the wording change to Frum’s original formulation.[7]”

If there’s one thing I hate more in life than being lectured, it’s being lectured by a fucking asshole moron loser telling me I’m not “civil” from some twisted, fantastically un-self-aware throne of moral superiority that God, if there is one, is laughing at with me.

Gerson is making the news today, and is getting RIPPED in the blog news for making fun of Al Franken’s (D-MN) propensity for naughtiness, and Gerson decries it so. Obscene to Gerson is, apparently, not hundreds of thousands of dead bodies sold on a lie by, well, at least a bit Gerson, no, it’s Franken’s history of being a comedian and satirist, and the methods Al used to practice his art.

I’ve read all of Al’s books, and at least he’s not a fucking lying tool, Michael Gerson, you shitstain on humanity.

Anyway, rather than go on, I will just point you to some better writers’ works. They capture my rage at this shit just fine.

Atrios has a couple of beauties.

TBogg was the first one I saw, I think, and it has TBogg’s standard level of respect for this insane turd that Gerson actually had the stones to shit in some prime pundit real estate. What an asshole! (Gerson, not TBogg, who is never an asshole and is in fact a very nice man.)

And of course The Rude Pundit weighs in.

Michael Gerson has so much blood crusted on his sanctimonious prick of a body and soul it’s a wonder he can even show himself in public, much less scrape all that scab off his body with a fucking belt-sander thoroughly enough to puke this crap all over a prominent editorial page.

No more posting tonight, most likely. I need to go vomit myself (without subjecting anyone else to it) for a while.

I cannot understand this level of Teh Stoopid.

Update: How much does this anger me? I assumed anyone else would care if I posted again tonight. So I’m going to reserve the right to add some of the finer examples of reaction to Gerson’s egomaniacal self-indulgent “just words.” I’m gonna personally do my best to make Gerson the laughing stock of Google.

Here is a nice letter to Mr. Gerson himself that I’m quite fond of, being a mean-letter writer of local repute.

The ever-brilliant The Editors has an opinion, too. Look up the French part. You’re on the intertoobs.

Josh Marshall has a short and sweet take.

Steven D. at The Booman Tribune has a longer version, along with a video that somehow encapsulates Gerson’s abject hypocrisy on the issue he’s writing about. Hey, I guess calling your wife the C-word is somehow civil, especially when compared to a professional comedian’s work.

The never-shrill Steve Benen has a wonderful piece on the subject, vulgarity free! (Unless you count his quotes of Gerson.)

*muttering helplessly and old-mannishly into the darkness* Fucking guy makes more money than I do…what a prick…Washington Post goes further into the mud…motherfucking sociopathic idiots in positions of power and influence…Beware The Man…porn is bad but violence is good, yeah, fucktard, talk to me about civility…fucking death-enabler…wouldn’t know incivility if it jumped up his gaydar-alert ass…probably hates gay people, too…who is Fred Hiatt blowing?…they’re all blowing (metaphorically, of course) someone in the Halls of Power…the world is coming to a close, or at least America as a proud cuntry is…I’ve about had it with these holier-than-thou maggots…pricktacular…goddamn moron Republican gay-hating potentially self-loathing human being…lecture anyone on anything, my ass…

Update 2: I hope to meet M.G. one day. I’m actually quite civil in person, mostly because I can find something to like about virtually everyone (GWB: fun to party with back in the day) and I have some questions I’d like to ask him for which all I would ask from him are straight answers. I’m sure Netroots Nation would love to have him as a guest. Realistically, though, I’m done with him unless he can find it in himself to write something even more stupid and viciously hypocritical, which I can’t begin to imagine.