By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
It's been shrugged off by Bushies as a juvenile kiss-and-tell book, but conservatives are fast embracing Speech-less, from former George W. Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer, as proof that the big-spending ex-prez was never one of them. "My book seems to have resonated with a number of prominent conservatives for that very reason," Latimer tells Whispers. "Many conservatives, in fact, are telling me that they didn't think Bush was as true a conservative as first appeared. And the small number of Bush officials criticizing my book really don't like the fact that I expose their role in this and how they left the Republican Party in tatters. It's finally time for conservatives to appreciate those things the administration did well, while also acknowledging disappointments so that conservatives can move forward to 2012 on principles they hope to champion." For conservatives like Human Events Editor Jed Babbin, the goal is to promote the book to prove that "Bushism" isn't conservatism.
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