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Buckley resigns from National Review [endorses Obama]
Yale Daily News ^ | 10/17/08 | Eric Randall and Vivian Yee

Posted on 10/17/2008 11:08:54 AM PDT by XR7

Christopher Buckley ’75, co-founder of the Yale Daily News magazine and son of conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. ’50, resigned Saturday from his position as a columnist at National Review, the influential magazine his father founded five years after graduating from Yale.

The younger Buckley offered up his post to National Review editor Rich Lowry after Buckley’s Thursday endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama in an online news magazine elicited a wave of outrage from National Review readers.

“By Friday, I was Judas,” said Buckley in a telephone interview with the News on Tuesday night. “I thought the decent thing to do under the circumstances was to offer to resign, and they rather quickly took me up on my offer.”

Buckley’s endorsement — titled “Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama” — appeared Thursday on TheDailyBeast.com. In the piece, Buckley described his disapproval of the McCain campaign and the reasons for his surprising switch to Obama.

“Obama has in him … the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader,” Buckley wrote in the endorsement. “He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.”

National Review readers reacted immediately. In a Tuesday afternoon posting on The Daily Beast, Buckley described the flood of negative mail to National Review as a “700-1” landslide against his views.

“They got an avalanche of pissed-off mail,” Buckley said on the phone. “People saying, ‘He’s Judas, a Benedict Arnold, an asshole.’ ”

In a post on National Review’s Web site Tuesday afternoon, editor Rich Lowry denied Buckley’s claim that his column had sparked such a massive reaction.

“We have gotten about 100 e-mails, if that (a tiny amount compared to our usual volume), and threats of cancellations are in the single digits,” Lowry wrote.

Although his father would have adamantly opposed the endorsement, Buckley said, the elder Buckley would have responded rationally, rather than emotionally.

“He would let you say anything you had to say as long as it amounted to an argument,” said Buckley. “Then he would go after you and eviscerate you.”

But the elder Buckley may not have been opposed to an Obama presidency in the first place. In 1970, Buckley wrote an article for LOOK magazine entitled “Why We Need a Black President in 1980.” In it, he argued that a young black man, possibly rising from the ranks of politically active blacks in communities across America, could rise to prominence and challenge America’s “hypocrisy.”

The election of a black man, William Buckley wrote then, would be a “celebration of the ideals of a country which by this act alone would reassert its idealism.”

“It was a reminder of how unpredictable he was,” said his son. “That was one of the things that made WFB so damn interesting. He took unpredictable points of view.”

Buckley’s defection comes as an increasing number of moderate conservative pundits come out against the McCain-Palin ticket. Only three weeks ago, National Review columnist Kathleen Parker sparked a storm of controversy by calling for Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin’s resignation. But the columns’ impacts may ultimately be washed out in the flood of media coverage surrounding trouble on Wall Street, which many pundits say has boosted Obama’s prospects.

“The financial crisis has been almost definitive,” said diplomat-in-residence Charles Hill, a former foreign policy advisor to Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. “I think Obama is out in front and almost certainly will stay there.”

Buckley cited the nomination of Palin as another turning point in the McCain candidacy.“I initially swooned over Sarah Palin,” he said. “And then she started talking.”

Buckley has written the back-page column for the National Review since June of this year and will be sad to bid farewell to the magazine, he said.

“I love the National Review. It’s the magazine my dad created and I will always be fond of it,” Buckley said.

Yet he does not feel regret, he said. “I’m pretty confident I did not betray my father’s ghost,” he said. “I will sleep soundly tonight.”


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
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“I’m pretty confident I did not betray my father’s ghost,” he said. “I will sleep soundly tonight.”

While Dad is rolling over in his grave!

1 posted on 10/17/2008 11:08:54 AM PDT by XR7
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To: XR7

Again? He’s done this like 20 times now.


2 posted on 10/17/2008 11:10:03 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (You MUST see this website: http://www.neverfindout.org/)
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To: XR7

Buckley is a typical ‘RAT. Endorse early and endorse often.


3 posted on 10/17/2008 11:11:14 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I'm just going to spread YOUR wealth around - Barack HUSSEIN Obama.)
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To: XR7
he should be the toast in Manhattan's cocktail set

until they get their tax bill

4 posted on 10/17/2008 11:12:56 AM PDT by scooby321 (Cai)
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To: XR7
His decision to support Obama makes sense to him although most of us can't fathom it. It is why McCain is probably doomed to defeat. People have been driven insane and don't even recognize their own condition.
...this really is the Apocalypse. The Seventh Seal is broken and its time for eight years of pure, delicious crazy....
Anonymous Republican campaign consultant, quoted by Ben Smith.
5 posted on 10/17/2008 11:15:53 AM PDT by TSchmereL ("Rust but terrify.")
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To: XR7

Let’s see: Endorse a marxist. Feign ‘hurt’ and martyrdom because of conservative criticism.

What an unstable POS.


6 posted on 10/17/2008 11:16:42 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: scooby321
until they get their tax bill

taxes? only the little people pay those.
7 posted on 10/17/2008 11:17:19 AM PDT by Harry Wurzbach (Joe The Plumber & Rep. Thaddeus McCotter are my heroes.)
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To: XR7
Buckley cited the nomination of Palin as another turning point in the McCain candidacy.“I initially swooned over Sarah Palin,” he said. “And then she started talking.”

Funny, I and most people I know didn't care about Palin until she did start talking!

Chris Buckley is Ron Reagan Jr without the leotard

8 posted on 10/17/2008 11:18:03 AM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: XR7

Another “Kapo Con” of the ObamaNation


9 posted on 10/17/2008 11:19:15 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Note to Obama's Thugocracys... We are all "joe the plumber")
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To: XR7; All
There's an old adage: “...sandals to sandals to 3 generations...”.
In this case Chris went from oxfords to sandals in just one. Sometimes the son isn't the chip off the old block. Regression to the mean is a powerful force. The only good thing about the passing of WFB is that he didn't live to see this.
10 posted on 10/17/2008 11:19:33 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: XR7

Invertibrate dramaqueen attention whore; we got a million of’em. In 7 minutes you will have forgotten the whole thing and started focusing on what you’re going to eat for dinner.

Move along...


11 posted on 10/17/2008 11:19:51 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: XR7
By Friday, I was Judas

No, by Friday everyone finally focused on how vapid and stupid you are after reading your shockingly shallow and muddle-headed reasons for supporting Obama. By Friday you were just another second-rate offspring of a first-rate father, something we've all seen a million times before.

12 posted on 10/17/2008 11:20:01 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: XR7

“I will sleep soundly tonight.”

I won’t...not with the threat of Iran and terrorists that Obama will go easy with.


13 posted on 10/17/2008 11:20:36 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Good job, Canada!)
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To: All

I was typing too fast. Should have been;
“...sandals to sandals IN 3 generations...”


14 posted on 10/17/2008 11:21:24 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: XR7

http://stopgloballaming.com/2008/10/17/quick-note-to-the-elite-inside-the-beltway-conservative-pundits-youre-not-martyrs/

Quick Note to the Elite, Inside the Beltway Conservative Pundits: You’re not Martyrs

Peggy Noonan, a person whom I respected up until she was caught lying to her readers in a hot mic incident, digs herself a bit deeper into her hole with her own readers with her latest piece, “Palin’s Failin’.” The subtext of her article is succinctly expressed in her subtitle: “What is it she stands for? After seven weeks, we don’t know.”

Let’s quickly recount what we learned about Sarah Palin beginning with her nomination all the way through the first Vice Presidential Debate: Sarah Palin is pro-life, in favor of utilizing America’s natural resources in order to reduce our dependence on foreign energy, favors strong second amendment rights, supports capital punishment, opposes same sex marriage, and supports a preemptive foreign policy. I suppose if you exclude all of those major issues then we really don’t know much about where Sarah Palin stands.

“Aha!” Ms. Noonan might say, “but what about important game-changing issues like which school of contemporary philosophy Sarah Palin identifies with most? Does she identify more with Realism, Existentialism, or perhaps Post-Structuralism? These are important questions that must be answered with the utmost thoroughness.”
Well, I guess it’s pretty clear that Gov. Palin won’t be able to carry the coveted North Hampton-Ivy League-Neo Conservative demographic in the same convincing fashion that Senator Obama has. After all, Senator Obama has clearly aligned himself with the Christian realism school of philosophy, a contemporary school of philosophy that is viewed favorably this election cycle by the aforementioned demographic. Darn!

After a few more paragraphs of bashing Governor Palin and the barefoot rubes who are ignorant enough to vote for, let alone identify with, someone who is clearly too vulgar and inexperienced for the likes of the ultra-sophisticated beltway political scene, Peggy Noonan tops off an already bitter tirade with an uncharacteristically self-righteous, yet oddly tangential crescendo:

I gather this week from conservative publications that those whose thoughts lead them to criticism in this area are to be shunned, and accused of the lowest motives. In one now-famous case, Christopher Buckley was shooed from the great magazine his father invented. In all this, the conservative intelligentsia are doing what they have done for five years. They bitterly attacked those who came to stand against the Bush administration. This was destructive. If they had stood for conservative principle and the full expression of views, instead of attempting to silence those who opposed mere party, their movement, and the party, would be in a better, and healthier, position.

At any rate, come and get me, copper.
Ok, I’ll bite. There is no reason that you (Peggy Noonan), Christopher Buckley, Kathleen Parker, David Brooks, or any other member of the self-anointed conservative intelligentsia should be surprised at the amount of anger outpouring from your readership towards you when you write articles that appear to “pile on” an already struggling conservative campaign effort.

You dutifully qualify every criticism of Palin with some snippet along the lines of “I’m not doing this to get invited to all the cool parties,” yet the first thing you do once you’ve been booed off stage by your own readership is exactly that - you show up onto some sort of liberal haven like Hardball or The Colbert Report to apologize for how stupid and ignorant your own political movement is. You claim that your articles against the McCain campaign are written out of some concern that true conservative principles are dying, yet you express your disagreement by cheering on a man who supports out-in-the-open socialism. You all claim that you are wholly invested in traditional bread-and-butter conservatism, yet all of your actions contradict such claims.

Let me reemphasize one of Ms. Noonan’s lines:

If [high-profile conservative pundits] had stood for conservative principle and the full expression of views, instead of attempting to silence those who opposed mere party, their movement, and the party, would be in a better, and healthier, position.
Had I been given this snippet in isolation away from the rest of the self-righteous squawking screeched by our beloved I’d be inclined to think that Noonan and others believe that it would have been in the best interests of both the Republican Party and the Conservative Movement to fight Bush and push him further towards the right during his administration. I’m inclined to agree. However, if Noonan and her cohorts honestly believe that what they are doing right now in this election cycle is conducive to bringing about a conservative realignment amongst the Republican party then they are either being disingenuous or idiotic. I believe it’s the former.

If anything, the recent slide away by conservative megapundits away from McCain / Palin appears to be a rescue mission designed to salvage the credibility of conservative megapundits, not the Republican Party or the Conservative Movement. In fact, I think the deception on the behalf of these conservative pundits is a bit more duplicitous than they let on. While they claim to want a true conservative realignment of the Republican Party, they’re retooling their writing as though they expect the opposite to happen. It appears as though most of these longtime conservative pundits believe that a liberal realignment is what’s going to occur, and these conservative pundits are simply making a phased withdrawal away from their longtime readership towards a left-leaning future readership.

Ms. Noonan and other megapundit turncoats: the outrage expressed by your readers hasn’t been incurred because you’ve shifted your support away from the only conservative ticket on the ballot this November. You’re faced with reader outrage because you’ve expressed the same contempt for your readership that has traditionally been expressed solely by your colleagues on the other side of the aisle regarding conservatives - you extoll conservative virtues with one article and then damn the very candidates who embody those virtues simply with another, and not due to any substantive reason. Rather, it’s because those candidates didn’t attend a university with a high enough U.S. News & World Report college ranking and don’t articulate their positions using the same ebullient language found in the stump speeches of Senator Obama. You’re not sold on Palin or McCain out of lack of substance, but of lack of style; you claim that Gov. Palin hasn’t effectively conveyed her positions on any major issues, yet it’s apparent that you have not been listening.

The problem of you and the rest of the intelligentsia on the conservative side of the aisle is that most of you are profusely embarrassed by the stylistic, not substantive, failings of your candidates. To make matters worse for your readers, there happens to be a candidate at the top of the Democratic ticket who has the opposite problem (lots of style, little substance), one which was widely recognized by yourselves and your readers prior to McCain’s financial crisis poll-slide and Palin’s Katie Couric interviews. You mull it over and decide that the Democratic candidate is the better choice, not for your historical ideological alignment but because he’s the more intellectually defensible choice when it comes to your profession. You’ve made a choice that will make it easier for you to maintain your credibility as thought leaders and journalists. There is no nobler choice for supporting a particular candidate than self-preservation.

But no long after you’ve made your decision you have to try your hand at persuading your audience, and you fail utterly. In the course of writing your article where you announce your strategic withdrawal away from McCain and towards Obama you experience severe cognitive dissonance: you can’t explain why it makes sense to abandon a conservative candidate and support an ulta-liberal candidate in order to save conservatism, but you can’t risk becoming a laughing stock among your Beltway cocktail buddies at the Washington Post by supporting a clear loser and his permapregnant rookie Governor sidekick from the backwash of the country. So you end up producing a garbage exit post and piss off the vocal majority of your readers.

Let’s make this clear: when you’re getting bombarded with angry emails from your subscribers, you know, the people who pay you money to write stuff that they want to read, you don’t have any right to call their treatment “unfair” when you’re the one being a duplicitous asshole. Just a thought.


15 posted on 10/17/2008 11:21:24 AM PDT by roses of sharon (When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will put him to flight (Isaiah 59:19)
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To: XR7

Something happens to a person who is put on a pedistal for much of his or her life, it seems. (movie stars, rockers, etc)

They start to feel guilty for their privledge and their wealth, and they become obsessed with appeasing the “little man” in hopes of solidifying their perceived benevolence in history.

Warren Buffett is such an example. He is so wealthy he subconsiously feels the need to appease those less fortunate.

The problem is that the solutions these big shots want for themselves will wreck the opportunities for those who are still trying to climb the ladder.


16 posted on 10/17/2008 11:21:54 AM PDT by Edit35 (.)
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To: XR7

The problem is, idiots like Buckley don’t see themselves as problematic at all. They are so adrift on moral issues, that they can honestly judge Obama to be the best choice.

Others may disagree with me, but this dynamic seems to be playing out across the top of the Republican party. With very few exceptions, the leadership simply doesn’t have ANY contact with real world Conservative reality these days.

I’m not here to bad mouth McCain, even though folks know what my thoughts on him are. What I would like to address is the problem John has with quick biting criticism of leftists. His instincts are to praise them as good people, then eek out a rather lame criticism of their views. He just doesn’t have it in him to go for the throat.

I’m not saying this to get people to take a pass on him. I am saying it because you get fewer people to vote for you, if you can’t pin a guy as bad as Obama down when you have the chance.

McCain hurts himself more than I would like to see at this point. He has spent decades chumming it up with the wrong people. And now he has a very difficult time recognizing them for what they are. And if he can’t, then he can’t explain to the public why they are wrong and he is right.

To John, Wright isn’t all that big a problem. He doesn’t even know about the brutal dictator thug from Kenya, and Obama’s support for him. Obama denied any contact with Acorn, went into a full description of his association with them and left out the $830,000 paid to them earlier this year, and John didn’t even correct him just after he said it.

We wonder why our views don’t sell. Our views aren’t being sold folks. Palin is a saleswoman. McCain, not so much. He may eek this out, but he IS hurting our cause.


17 posted on 10/17/2008 11:21:57 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Is Obamanation what our founding fathers, our fallen men in combat, and Ronald Reagan had in mind?)
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To: XR7
“By Friday, I was Judas,” said Buckley

He was a Judas before Friday.

18 posted on 10/17/2008 11:22:01 AM PDT by Mojave
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To: XR7

Buckley actually believes that Bambi wrote his own books. How he can be so naive is lost on me.


19 posted on 10/17/2008 11:22:16 AM PDT by freespirited ( We have met the enemy, and he is the MSM.)
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To: XR7

Chrissy, don’t let the door hit ya.....


20 posted on 10/17/2008 11:22:26 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: XR7

Is this the same Christopher Buckley whose mistress is suing him for child support for the child he sired in an adulterous affair? Is this the same Christopher Buckley who has publicly bragged about getting stoned in his father’s house?


21 posted on 10/17/2008 11:23:25 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (DNC = Do Nothing Congress)
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To: XR7

Buckley thinks that because of the books he “wrote”, Obama is a great intellect.

Like himself.

bwaahahaha


22 posted on 10/17/2008 11:24:21 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: XR7
“Obama has in him … the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader,” Buckley wrote in the endorsement. “He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.”

I don't know if its fair to call Chris a Benedict Arnold, or Judas.

The '*sshole' epithet might be fitting enough, but what is beyond dispute is he's a man in desperate need of some critical thinking skills.

That is, if he really believes what he said & isn't just saying it to boost his profile.

23 posted on 10/17/2008 11:24:23 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Harry Wurzbach
taxes? only the little people pay those.

Right on. All taxes are paid by consumers as embedded or sales. Most of all business and corporation add all tax on the products or services. There is no other way to do business. That is why most most rich pay no taxes. Oh, they fill out income tax forms, but ALL taxes are embedded in the product or service.

24 posted on 10/17/2008 11:26:25 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: XR7
“That was one of the things that made WFB so damn interesting. He took unpredictable points of view.”

Unpredictable, maybe. Assinine, never.
25 posted on 10/17/2008 11:26:37 AM PDT by farmer18th (I had a brain transplant after college. (The original was ruined.))
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To: skeeter
I don't know if its fair to call Chris a Benedict Arnold

It would be unfair to Benedict Arnold, who was at least an accomplished general before he went turncoat.

26 posted on 10/17/2008 11:26:48 AM PDT by Mojave
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To: XR7
I'm relieved that his logorrheic, navel-gazing back page essays about loons on the nearby pond will no longer be wasting valuable real estate in the National Review. He's a poorly played Shakespearean tragedy in his love/hate attempts to imitate, but never emulate, his father's still-unparalleled wit and articulation. Good riddance.
27 posted on 10/17/2008 11:27:56 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (The Word of God is powerful. That's why so many people are afraid to read it.)
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To: DoughtyOne
If moderates like Buckley and Parker want to leave the GOP (they are not conservatives), I'm all for it. It would hurt the party in the short-term. But in the long run, the GOP might actually be able to produce a coherant, American vision that will attact some of the more like-minded independents or disenfranchised Democrats to make up for the loss of the moderates. Right now, the moderates stand in the way of any real change in Washington. The only change, such as it is, is more left-leaning policies and ever bigger government. Moderates don't seem to have a problem with this, so they are mostly closet Democrats. They may as well switch parties and make it official.
28 posted on 10/17/2008 11:29:51 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason (A happy member of the New Media.)
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To: Smedley

Ronald Prescott Reagan never was a Ronald Wilson Reagan, Jr.


29 posted on 10/17/2008 11:31:04 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: roses of sharon
"Christopher Buckley was shooed from the great magazine his father invented. " —Noonan

Your point, Peggy? Benjamin Franklin's son spent time in jail for being a loyalist counterrevolutionary, and father and son never spoke again.

30 posted on 10/17/2008 11:31:56 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (The Word of God is powerful. That's why so many people are afraid to read it.)
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To: XR7

WFB would never support a socialist...particularly one who is actively undermining the Republic. A black conservative president...sure, why not....


31 posted on 10/17/2008 11:32:35 AM PDT by blasater1960 ( Dt 30, Ps 111, The Torah is perfect, attainable, now and forever)
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To: XR7

He is just bitter because he got his dad’s shoes out and they make him look like he has clown feet.


32 posted on 10/17/2008 11:33:38 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: XR7
I talked to a friend of his from college

He stated that Chris was Apolitical and showed no interest at all in politics until his father encouraged him to work for a campaign.

He also stated that Chris has a tendency of hanging out and being chummy with Washington DC insiders and wouldn't be surprised if he showed more loyalty to them than his own party.

33 posted on 10/17/2008 11:41:24 AM PDT by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: XR7
Glad to see him off the back page of NR - he was much too enamored of his own (mediocre) writing skills.

I miss Steyn, I miss Flo-King, too - but Steyn was always the first thing I turned to when the new issue showed up.

34 posted on 10/17/2008 11:41:25 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Nah, that comparison is specious.

Buckley making that comparison insults Judas Iscariot.

Benedict Arnold is a far better comparison.


35 posted on 10/17/2008 11:43:00 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.")
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To: Major Matt Mason

I agree Matt. If we had weeded our vinyard, we wouldn’t be in this mess this year.

If we had lofted a person like Palin with the experience required, they would have beaten Obama 65/35 this election.

The Republican leadership should take a good look at who is drawing the most attention this year. It sure isn’t McCain, Obama, or Biden.

The public wants desperately to have a leader with Palin’s values.

Get rid of the riff raff. If they are forever joining the Democrats to pass legislation, give them the boot. Let them join the Democrat party for real.


36 posted on 10/17/2008 11:52:53 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Is Obamanation what our founding fathers, our fallen men in combat, and Ronald Reagan had in mind?)
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To: XR7

“He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.”

This kind of attitude usually helps demagogues and dictators rise to power. Good thinking, Chris (not).


37 posted on 10/17/2008 11:53:20 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: XR7
Must be an acid flashback from his youth...

Watch the most recent interview....

38 posted on 10/17/2008 11:54:34 AM PDT by taildragger (The Answer is Fred Thompson, I do not care what the question is.....)
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To: Smedley
Chris Buckley is Ron Reagan Jr without the leotard

Maybe he only wears his in the closet?
Hmmmmmmm?

39 posted on 10/17/2008 11:57:02 AM PDT by XR7
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To: Emperor Palpatine

“In a post on National Review’s Web site Tuesday afternoon, editor Rich Lowry denied Buckley’s claim that his column had sparked such a massive reaction.”

National Review is overstocked with Brits, Canadians, boring technicians and dingbat women. They’ll be happy losers and bask in their elitism under Obamachev.

NR needs a serious purge of deadwood that has piled up under the reign of Lowry and Goldberg. An Coulter was right when she called them girlie men and now look at how low NR has fallen.


40 posted on 10/17/2008 11:58:49 AM PDT by y6162 (uot)
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To: XR7

If they could harness dad’s spin rate for electricity, it could power New York


41 posted on 10/17/2008 11:59:24 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (don't worry, they only want to take water out of the other guy's side of the bucket.)
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To: Smedley

I used to fly a lot with Ron Jr. I was chating with him in the airport about this and that....but I asked him about his dad once and he just turned stone cold...end of conversation. Total jacka$$.


42 posted on 10/17/2008 12:02:18 PM PDT by blasater1960 ( Dt 30, Ps 111, The Torah is perfect, attainable, now and forever)
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To: XR7
You claim that your articles against the McCain campaign are written out of some concern that true conservative principles are dying, yet you express your disagreement by cheering on a man who supports out-in-the-open socialism.

I believe that these pundits see Obama ushering in a new era of socialism for the next few decades and they want to be on the inside rather than the outside. It's more fun to be attending cocktail parties than being the voice crying out in the wilderness

43 posted on 10/17/2008 12:03:06 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Nasty Pelosi is wrecking the country.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Is he a friend of Dorthoy as in Judy Garland?


44 posted on 10/17/2008 12:06:39 PM PDT by Frantzie
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To: XR7

By pointing out that NR accepted his resignation offer “rather quickly,” Buckly betrays the fact that he had meant his offer in vain, as a cosmetic gesture, a bluff.

Now he hypocritically complains that his bluff was called.


45 posted on 10/17/2008 12:13:22 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: pissant
Let’s see: Endorse a marxist. Feign ‘hurt’ and martyrdom because of conservative criticism. What an unstable POS.

..................Waaaaaahhhhhh!

46 posted on 10/17/2008 12:14:58 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (The Word of God is powerful. That's why so many people are afraid to read it.)
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To: Frantzie

I hope so, that would provide some rationale to the philosophical idiocy.


47 posted on 10/17/2008 12:18:40 PM PDT by Gemsbok (Fight voter FRAUD (Acorn)(Obama) and be a poll worker or observer: Beat them at their own game!)
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To: DoughtyOne
"While they claim to want a true conservative realignment of the Republican Party, they’re retooling their writing as though they expect the opposite to happen. It appears as though most of these longtime conservative pundits believe that a liberal realignment is what’s going to occur, and these conservative pundits are simply making a phased withdrawal away from their longtime readership towards a left-leaning future readership."


48 posted on 10/17/2008 12:18:57 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (The Word of God is powerful. That's why so many people are afraid to read it.)
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To: roses of sharon

You took fifteen paragraphs to call these conservative turncoats damned snobs?


49 posted on 10/17/2008 12:19:20 PM PDT by Liberty Wins
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To: Albion Wilde

Yep, that isn’t a very comforting observation either. This nation is so adrift. Give me one good Palin, and we could change the world.

2012 can’t come fast enough.


50 posted on 10/17/2008 12:21:18 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Is Obamanation what our founding fathers, our fallen men in combat, and Ronald Reagan had in mind?)
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