Skip to comments.Christopher Buckley Sees the Light on Obama
Posted on 01/26/2010 1:03:30 PM PST by Michael van der Galien
Daily Beast columnist Christopher Buckley has clearly inherited his late, great fathers razor-sharp wit and gift for eloquence, but his political sensibilities fell considerably farther from the treeso much so that he voted for Barack Obama, based on personal disappointment with John McCain, animosity towards Sarah Palin, and the certainty that Obama was too smart to actually believe all the left-wing baloney he espoused.
Well, after a year of Hope n Change, we all know how that turned out. And its been enough to make Buckley redirect his pen in The Ones direction, penning a satirical early draft of this years State of the Union Address:
Tonight I can report to you that the state of the union, on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being excellent, is a 9.8.
Now, you may askand I wouldnt blame you for askinghow I came up with that number. You might be saying to yourself, Wait a minute. Ive got no job, no health insurance. My house isnt worth half the amount of my mortgage, and I just got called up by the National Guard to do a fifth tour in Afghanistan. How the heck did he come up with 9.8?
So its a good and valid question. And the answer is that 9.8 is pretty good, considering the mess my predecessor and the Republicans left me. Fair enough? I think so.
Its a great piece, skewering everything from Obamas economic ineptitude, the sleazy healthcare negotiations, politically-correct national security, and more, concluding with a none-too-subtle jab at Obamas feelings toward the military:
Now, it is customary on these occasions, after offering the American people bromides and yes, even downright lies about how well the nation is doing, to acknowledge American heroes sitting in the gallery.
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“Christopher Buckley has clearly inherited his late, great fathers razor-sharp wit...”
Oh, really? How sharp was he in voting for the great zero? I’d say that he’s about as sharp as a bowling ball.
Little late for Chuck. Everyone is jumping off the bandwagon.
Christopher Buckley and others picked their side and we don’t want them back.
When Buckley endorsed Obama I had to rethink my entire opinion of his intellect and writing brilliance. I concluded he was like a poodle. Too inbred to be admired.
Wit, not sense.
Saw a great bumper sticker yesterday...It said
How’s that hopey changey thing working for you?
They’ll easily be fooled again.
Ok, but in my world people with wit have wits.
Oh, really? How sharp was he in voting for the great zero?
Well, wit & wisdom are 2 completely different animals. He, apparently, did not inherit the latter.
Far be it for me to defend the man, but he was FAR from the only 2008 voter who suffered from THAT mistaken impression.
Where's your messiah now, Christopher?
Chris Buckley and Ron Reagan: woo-hoo..!!!
Rotten apples from amazing trees...
That's funny because libs often chide those on our side "you're too smart to be conservative." (Think Tom Wolfe's description of an early '80s dinner party experience he had.)
The two cancel each other out. I've long believed intelligence doesn't enter into it, nor should it. I would place a higher price on humility in our public servants. Madame Guillotine would be effective in introducing it tout suite.
Chris Buckley has coasted a long way on his father’s reputation.
Chris should go back to sleep. We don’t need him and those like him which think they are so smart regardless of the level of stupidity they display through their actions. At least many out there have an excuse. They work, they were angry at Bush, and they didn’t care. It is those like Mr. Buckley that are particularly disgusting because they voted for Obama largely out of snottiness and intellectual elitism.
We will probably see more come to this understanding but it won’t be because they believe in the liberties and traditions that made this country great but instead because they found themselves on the wrong side of history. These snotty kids who believe they are inherently superior not by virtue of their intellect but by virtue the number of liberals they associate with. They are the ones like Mike Murphy and Steve Schmidt who suggest that if only we were more open to gay marriage, abortion, and big government that all of the problems with the GOP would disappear. We don’t need them no more than we need Meghan and Cindy McCain providing her simpleton input on the definition of hate.
These people betrayed their nation for the satisfaction of their egos not their intellect. I have far more respect for those who stayed at home than these prodigal sons who never truly were with us to begin with who now seek to associate with the likes of Palin supporters because their Messiah didn’t work out so well.
Christopher Buckley has lost me.
I was so very disappointed in him.
I'd say that he probably inherited, um, half of it...
Anybody who sees the error of his ways, admits it publically, repents and changes, is OK with me.
The kid is a dip sh*#!
Christopher Buckley is a fool. Like the rest of the fairies inhabiting the elitist salons of NY and DC, he couldn’t call Obama for what he was, because that would have ruined his cocktail parties.
Another overeducated east coast fool........
I don’t care about his opinion (sorry bill, RIP)
I thought Buckley was a smart guy. The rest of us could see reality and knew way in advance how this mess would turn out. Yet he and other so called conservatives helped to give B0 some cover so he could say he was getting “bipartisan support.” What a laugh.
On the one hand, it is fundamentally unfair that those of us who voted against Obama have to suffer just as much as those who voted for him.
On the other hand, are people in this thread seriously suggesting that we should permanently shun 53% of the US voting public?
The best thing we as individuals can do, if someone apologizes to us for voting for Obama, is to welcome them back into the fold. Yes they were stupid. All of us do stupid things from time to time. Depending on their other political views, you might very diplomatically suggest that the same people who misled them about Obama might also have misled them about Palin, or conservatives in general.
Getting people to no longer reflexively believe everything CNN tells them about polics is a much more significant victory than getting them to admit Obama is not the second coming of Abraham Lincoln — but this will be accomplished by positive support, not by bashing their apology. And of course the best victory of all is to get people to *think*.
It was obvious to anyone with a brain what Obama was.
And then on top of that he slandered Palin at every opportunity.
Let Buckley continue to choke on his choices. He's not welcome back.
Iowahawk ripped Buckley after he endorsed Zer0:
GeronL, leader of men. </sarcasm>
For the average voter, yes.
For Christopher Buckley NO.
Buckley used his position to poison the general voter against Palin.
With all due respect, where is the skewering part. The vergiage in your posting contained ONLY the tired, worn-out crap blaming Bush for everything back to and including the San Francisco earthquake and fire.......with NO HINT that it was ACTUALLY meant as a CRITICISM of Obummer.
If you want to flack for Obummer, at least have the ‘nads to come right out and SAY SO!
No, not 53% of the population.
Just the percentage of those that would influence opinion or policy.
They haven’t learned a thing. They are just jumping off now because it’s the “popular” thing to do now.
If they wish to shut up and follow those who were smarter then them they can do that much. But never again should their own opinions be given weight.
so long as they do NOT repeat their transgression.
Chris is another Noonan Republican aka Progressive!
Seriously, it's rather funny how the smart folk were so damn stupid when it came to Obama, and the stupid folk were so damn smart.
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