Michael Gerson on the Daily Show

With PEPFAR up for reauthorization and a big expansion on Capitol Hill (and by all rights, likely to pass), there still may be medium-term trouble on the horizon within the Republican Party. The hangover of Iraq is giving isolationists like Ron Paul more traction, and there is, according to Bush’s former speechwriter Mike Gerson, growing disenchantment with the internationalism of the Bush years, which for all the flaws of Iraq, has also been accompanied by an expansion of foreign assistance, particularly for international AIDS efforts.

Gerson has a new book on “heroic conservativsm” that he is promoting. He was on the Daily Show defending the Bush Administration’s AIDS policies and suggesting that there was a huge fight in the Republican party over whether or not these sorts of generous international policies would continue.

Watch the clip here.

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