J. David Kuo, an evangelical Christian conservative and former top official of President George W. Bush’s faith-based initiative who drew wide attention when he publicly accused the administration of failing to live up to the values it espoused, died April 5 in Charlotte. He was 44.He was diagnosed a decade ago with brain cancer, his wife, Kimberly, said. The arc of Mr. Kuo’s life and career had taken him from liberal to conservative, from hard-edged Republican activism in the 1990s to disillusionment with the idea that politics could serve as an extension of his faith. Link repaired by Staff.
I read lots of politics and cannot recall ever hearing or seeing the name of this fellow.
Lee Atwater was a biggie for Bush One and also died of brain cancer. He took back all his snark before he died. I don´t think I would have. Atwater submarined the hapless Dukakis quite skillfully. Atwater was good. Romney needed an Atwater to attack Obama.
Although the liberal WaPo/Karen Tumulty are trying to make hay about Kuo´s "disillusionment" with President Bush´s faith-based initiative, most don´t seem to remember Kuo well enough to be impressed with the heft of his leaving the Bush administration. Add to that his having discovered the brain cancer about then.
The obituary tracks him and seems to describe his life as peripatetic. The brain cancer could have had a lot to do with that.
At Wikipedia he is cited as being an author.
So I´ll just say, RIP, too young to die, and what a shame he had to suffer so much at the end.
It appears his ambition and personal vanity made him quickly lose faith with the Bush Admin.. I´m sure the left adored him then, as Bush Bashing was on it´s way to becoming a favorite activity, if not sacrament for the DIMS.
Thanks for noticing the wp highlighting some attempt to trash GW - I never heard of this guy and frankly from the article, I don´t think I missed a thing. Having had brain surgery, this poor guy was not in good health and bad cess to the wp for this mess.
Good grief! You´d think that Billy Graham had dumped George Bush and gone over to the other side. Give me a break! He was #2 at this department and was said, elsewhere, to have left quietly because of his health (that makes sense) and his disillusionment with trying to mix religion and politics (that makes sense, too).
He ended up being best pals with Andrew Sullivan and other liberals. He once described himself as a liberal. He had a tumor in his brain that grew to be so large that it darned near filled his skull. It had to have affected his emotions and his thinking. That is what tumors can do. He was not an icon then; he should not be made into one by Tumulty and the WaPo now.
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