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  • F. Reid Buckley, Novelist and Columnist, Dies at 83

    04/17/2014 12:27:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Paul Vitello
    F. Reid Buckley, a novelist, columnist, founder of a school of public speaking and, in family lore, the most literary of Aloise and William F. Buckley Sr.'s 10 children, including former Senator James L. Buckley and the conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr., died on Monday in hospice care in Columbia, S.C. He was 83. The cause was cancer, his son William Huntting Buckley said. Mr. Buckley had lived in Camden, S.C., since the early 1970s. He was often mistaken for his brother William, the founder of the conservative magazine National Review. The brothers not only looked alike. They also...
  • Hated textbook gets Reagan’s dark side half right

    02/25/2014 4:14:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    Rare ^ | 2-25-14 | Ian Huyett
    Conservative student group Turning Point USA caused a stir last week by posting pages online from a textbook used at the University of South Carolina. The book calls Ronald Reagan “sexist” and says conservatives “take a basically pessimistic view of human nature” — one in which “people are conceived of as being corrupt.” Several avowed conservatives balked not just at the negative portrayal of Reagan but also at the idea that the conservative persuasion contains a measure of pessimism. On this point, the textbook is right and they are wrong. Russell Kirk was the man credited by William F. Buckley...
  • If the rumours about Gore Vidal are true, what does this mean for his work?

    11/25/2013 3:01:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 15, 2013 | Mark Lawson
    Aside from being an essayist, novelist and screenwriter, Gore Vidal was a grade-one gossip, his published writings and private conversation stuffed with rumour and conspiratorial hints. But now, less than 18 months after Vidal passed into history, he is himself subject to the most reputation-destructive scuttlebutt there is: the suggestion that he may have been a paedophile. In connection with a new book about Vidal, his half-sister and a nephew have hinted that he may have had a secret passion for underage boys. And Vidal more or less admitted it himself, writing in his memoir Palimpsest that he was "attracted...
  • YCC Announces 4th Annual Young Conservative Leadership 'Buckley Award' Winners

    11/15/2013 11:06:12 PM PST · by iowamark
    Award ceremony will take place on Tues, Nov. 19th from 6:00-8:00pm at The Capitol Hill Club Buckley Award Winners: Yuval Levin – National Affairs, Editor & AuthorWill Weatherford – Florida House of Representatives, Speaker of the HouseRyan T. Anderson – The Heritage Foundation: DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society, Fellow & AuthorAlex Smith - College Republican National Committee, National ChairRemy Munasifi – ReasonTV, Comedian, Musician & Video Artist Buckley Award Winner Biographies:Yuval Levin – National Affairs, Editor & AuthorYuval Levin, at age 35, has served as the Editor of National Affairs magazine, an influential conservative policy journal founded in 2009.  Levin has been the organizer of a group of devoted conservatives who are interested...
  • Buckley Rule — According to Bill, not Karl

    02/13/2013 5:16:13 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/13/2013 | Neal Freeman
    The Buckley Rule has been much invoked in recent weeks, in this space and elsewhere, and on almost every occasion it has been both misquoted and misapplied. As one who was present at the formulation, I feel obliged to record the “originalist” intention. It was the winter of 1964 and the unresolved question at NR editorial meetings, week to week, was this: Whom should the magazine support for the Republican presidential nomination? To outsiders, the question would have seemed all but settled. Issue by issue, NR gave every appearance of being all in for Barry Goldwater. Heck, there were those...
  • Where Have You Gone, Bill Buckley?

    12/04/2012 4:02:29 AM PST · by publius1 · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/3/12 | David Welch
    IT is a shame that William F. Buckley Jr. passed away in 2008. The conservative movement could use him — or someone like him — right now. In the 1960s, Buckley, largely through his position at the helm of National Review, displayed political courage and sanity by taking on the John Birch Society, an influential anti-Communist group whose members saw conspiracies everywhere they looked. Fast forward half a century. The modern-day Birchers are the Tea Party. By loudly espousing extreme rhetoric, yet holding untenable beliefs, they have run virtually unchallenged by the Republican leadership, aided by irresponsible radio talk-show hosts...
  • Where Have You Gone, Bill Buckley?

    12/04/2012 4:02:01 AM PST · by publius1 · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/3/12 | David Welch
    IT is a shame that William F. Buckley Jr. passed away in 2008. The conservative movement could use him — or someone like him — right now. In the 1960s, Buckley, largely through his position at the helm of National Review, displayed political courage and sanity by taking on the John Birch Society, an influential anti-Communist group whose members saw conspiracies everywhere they looked. Fast forward half a century. The modern-day Birchers are the Tea Party. By loudly espousing extreme rhetoric, yet holding untenable beliefs, they have run virtually unchallenged by the Republican leadership, aided by irresponsible radio talk-show hosts...
  • I wonder who Christopher Buckley will endorse for President this year

    09/12/2012 2:47:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    You all remember Christopher Buckley, don't you? From 2008: Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama Haven't heard much from him lately. I wonder whatever happened to him?
  • William F. Buckley Jr’s Nephew Fires at National Review

    12/17/2011 7:36:56 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 22 replies ^ | Dec 15, 2010 | By Michael W. Chapman
    Brent Bozell, a nephew of conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr., who founded National Review magazine in 1955, and whose father, Leo Brent Bozell, collaborated with Buckley for many years at NR, today dismissed the magazine as having lost the identity forged for it by its founder. “National Review's endorsement of Romney & Huntsman proves only that this is no longer the magazine of William F. Buckley Jr. My uncle would be appalled,” said Bozell in postings on Facebook and on Twitter. In its Dec. 14 “The Editors" page, National Review published an editorial entitled “Winnowing the Field,” which flippantly...
  • When William F. Buckley Met Saul Alinsky

    04/29/2011 6:23:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/29/11 | Ed Driscoll
    When William F. Buckley met Saul Alinsky, one of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s biggest influences. Unfortunately, only five minutes of this December 1967 edition of Buckley’s seminal Firing Line program is online the above clip, but you can read a transcript of the entire interview at the Hoover Institute, or buy a DVD of the program for ten bucks from Amazon. At one point, Buckley describes Alinsky’s philosophy: Look, this is a program of things we want, if you don’t give it to us, we’re going to make it impossible for Chicago to continue commercial or civic life at...
  • William Buckley Interviews Hugh Hefner on Firing Line (1966) Part 1

    03/24/2011 6:49:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1966 | Buckley/Hefner
    from amazon's product description: Taped on September 12, 1966Between these two antagonists one might have expected a heated debate, but what we get instead is a serious discussion of sexual ethics in the latter part of the 20th century.
  • William F. Buckley Jr., Three Years Passed

    02/27/2011 3:54:09 PM PST · by Miss_Meyet · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 02/27/2011 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    William F. Buckley Jr., the founder of National Review and one of the foremost intellectuals of the 20th century, died on Feb. 27, 2008. To mark the third anniversary of his passing from this world, National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez talked with Linda Bridges, a longtime colleague of WFB's who has compiled, along with Roger Kimball, a collection of his work, Athwart History: Half a Century of Polemics, Animadversions, and Illuminations: A William F. Buckley Jr. Omnibus.
  • Federalist Society to host lecture by James L. Buckley Nov. 10

    11/04/2010 8:59:54 AM PDT · by wrhssaxensemble · 17 replies
    Quinnipiac University School of Law Website ^ | Sept. 27, 2010 | Quinnipiac Univeristy
    The Federalist Society, a student organization at the School of Law, is hosting a lecture by the Honorable James L. Buckley at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Grand Courtroom in the School of Law Center. In his lecture, "Overloading the Federal Horse," Buckley will discuss what he sees as the disastrous consequences for law and policy caused by the federal government's abandonment of concepts of federalism. His particular focus will be on the consequences for good law-making in Congress. Buckley served as a U.S. senator from New York State from 1970 to 1977. He had many legislative...
  • The Statist, Ruling Class's New Hero -- Bill Buckley?

    10/19/2010 12:20:02 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 19, 2010 | By Richard A. Viguerie
    It's easy to use the deceased to claim support for one's positions. The dead aren't around to deny, rebut, and refute false or misleading statements. William F. Buckley, Jr., intellectual giant and "maker" of the conservative movement, has of late become a crutch for statists and ruling-class elites to denigrate the Tea Parties and the surge of the constitutional, small-government conservative movement. Liberals trying to smear the Tea Party cause and constitutional, small-government conservative candidates by referring to Buckley are, however, attempting to rewrite history to suit their own agendas and ideology. For example, E.J. Dionne writes in Monday's Washington...
  • Remembering The Difficult Relationship Between William F. Buckley Jr. and Joseph Sobran.

    10/02/2010 3:44:31 PM PDT · by pinochet · 19 replies
    The love-hate relationship between the late William F. Buckley, and his friend and former employee, the recently deceased Joseph Sobran, is such a fascinating story that it can make up the subject of a book or movie. It is comparable to the legendary friendship between the 18th Century British literary figure, Samuel Johnson, and his biographer, James Boswell. The Buckley/Sobran relationship was a story I followed closely since the mid 1980s, when Sobran caused controversy by publishing anti-Israel polemics, which caused Buckley deep embarrassment. The relation between the two men is well documented in William F. Buckely's biography written by...
  • Joe Sobran, R.I.P. [Joseph Sobran, 1946 - 2010]

    09/30/2010 7:54:18 PM PDT · by Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo · 155 replies
    Our former NR colleague, Joe Sobran, passed away today after a long battle with a variety of ailments. He was relatively young, just 64, and while physically beaten at the end, he also departed spiritually triumphant.   Surely, in short order, there will be ample reflection — much of it critical — on the hyper-talented, hyper-controversial writer. There will be a recounting of his history at NR, the break, the following years, and Joe’s soured relationship with WFB (happily, they rekindled their friendship before Bill passed away). Good, let’s discuss all that, and more. But later. Right now, let us,...
  • Nostalgia for Buckley, et al is Misplaced

    08/04/2010 7:02:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 4, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    Click here to find out more! Conservatives, being conservatives, have a soft spot for the good old days, but this is getting ridiculous. It seems every day another colleague on the right wants to click his ruby-red slippers (or Topsiders) and proclaim, "There's no place like home" -- "home" being the days when conservatism was top-heavy with generals but short on troops. The latest example comes from my old National Review colleague David Klinghoffer in the Los Angeles Times. "Once, the iconic figures on the political right were urbane visionaries and builders of institutions -- like William F. Buckley Jr.,...
  • Summer Reading Blues Antidotes

    06/18/2010 7:53:45 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 105+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 18, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Summer Reading Blues Antidotes Malcolm A. Kline, June 18, 2010 Not content to rest on their laurels for the summer break after nine solid months of no-thrill drills, college faculty and administrators try to keep their charges from getting rusty over the summer break. Although one third of the summer is nearly over, Accuracy in Academia would like to offer some summer reading suggestions to fill in the gaps left by university recommendations. Dutch Country Educational Drama Call it a mystery with a moral but first-time novelist John DeFrank delivers both with stunning success in Condemned to Freedom, set in...
  • Review: William F. Buckley Jr. (New Biography of Modern Conservatism's Godfather)

    06/11/2010 5:06:09 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 4 replies · 220+ views
    Acton Institute ^ | June 11, 2010 | Ray Nothstine
    Lee Edwards calls William F. Buckley Jr. “The St. Paul of the conservative movement.” No other 20th century figure made such a vast contribution to the intellectual force of political conservatism. He paved the way for the likes of Ronald Reagan and all of those political children of Reagan who credit the former president for bringing them into politics. He achieved what no other had done and that was his ability to bring traditional conservatives, libertarians, and anti-communists together under the same umbrella. Late in life, when asked why he continued working so hard despite fame and wealth, a surprised...
  • Reagan/Buckley debate the Panama Canal Jan 1978(Will, Buchanan and John McCain's father also appear)

    05/31/2010 7:10:52 PM PDT · by jeltz25 · 11 replies · 468+ views
    An interesting clip from C SPAN shows this debate between Reagan and Buckley in 1978 over the Panama Canal treaty. Buckley for it and Reagan against it. Even more interesting is seeing both a young George Will and a young Pat Buchanan among the questioners. Also, Reagan at times turns the floor over to his military expert who is none other than the father of a certain Arizona Senator. It's not interesting to watch the debate but even more fascinating to see so many influential conservatives all at the same event, and knowing in the case of Will and Buchanan...
  • The Roots of Liberal Condescension

    05/17/2010 7:27:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 596+ views
    The Clairmont Institute ^ | 09 March 2010 | William Voegeli
    The denunciation of Palin took place 45 years after William F. Buckley, Jr., wrote: "I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University." From Richard Nixon's invoking the "silent majority" to Palin's campaigning as a devout, plain-spoken hockey mom, conservatives have claimed that they share the common sense of the common man. Liberals—from Adlai Stevenson to Barack Obama to innumerable writers, artists, and academics—have often been willing foils in this drama, unable to stop themselves from...
  • Buckley now says scrap the hope and change

    03/08/2010 12:32:48 PM PST · by GeronL · 19 replies · 106+ views
    Hot Air blog ^ | March 8, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Share on Facebook | printer-friendly Eighteen months ago, Christopher Buckley made headlines with his endorsement of Barack Obama, becoming the conservative darling at MS-NBC after penning “The Conservative Case for Barack Obama.” At the time, Buckley wrote of Obama’s “first-class temperament” and top-drawer intellect. Buckley convinced himself that Obama would govern as a post-partisan centrist, rising above the progressive agenda that had carried him from the Chicago Machine to the threshold of the White House: But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us...
  • One Hell of a Speech (Buckley Barf Alert!)

    01/28/2010 9:35:18 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 22 replies · 711+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 28, 2010 | Christopher Buckley
    Obama didn’t deliver a speech so much as a symphony, calling for nukes and zapping the Supremes; thanks for the performance, Mr. President. It is hard, indeed almost impossible, not to like Mr. Obama. In recent weeks, I’ve tried—tried my best. But Wednesday night he made it virtually impossible. Even discounting the perhaps 40 percent of the speech that consisted of the usual bromides and platitudes, even the most hardened skeptic must admit—the son of gun gives one hell of a speech. My personal takeaway was his endorsement of nuclear power. So many of our problems—specifically, our 70 percent importation...
  • Christopher Buckley Sees the Light on Obama

    01/26/2010 1:03:30 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 34 replies · 1,624+ views
    Daily Beast columnist Christopher Buckley has clearly inherited his late, great father’s razor-sharp wit and gift for eloquence, but his political sensibilities fell considerably farther from the tree—so 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 it’s been enough to make Buckley redirect his pen in The One’s direction, penning a satirical early draft of this...
  • William F. Buckley Jr. Appreciation Thread

    11/24/2009 11:05:43 AM PST · by opineapple · 7 replies · 501+ views
    William F. Buckley, Jr. Born November 24, 1925 Tribute To William F. Buckley With Rich Lowry, Richard Brookhiser, Jeff Greenfield, Garry Wills and Mona Charen
  • Requiem for the Right: The biographer of Whittaker Chambers and William Buckley on a dying movement.

    08/31/2009 1:54:16 AM PDT · by Palin Republic · 21 replies · 1,073+ views
    newsweek ^ | Aug 29, 2009 | Jon Meacham
    Meacham: So how bad is it, really? Your title doesn't quite declare conservatism dead. Tanenhaus: Quite bad if you prize a mature, responsible conservatism that honors America's institutions, both governmental and societal. The first great 20th-century Republican president, Theo- dore Roosevelt, supported a strong central government that emphasized the shared values and ideals of the nation's millions of citizens. He denounced the harm done by "the trusts"—big corporations. He made it his mission to conserve vast tracts of wilderness and forest. The last successful one, Ronald Reagan, liked to remind people (especially the press) he was a lifelong New Dealer...
  • What Must Christopher Buckley Be Thinking ?

    07/25/2009 5:13:48 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 17 replies · 601+ views
    American Spectator ^ | July 25, 2009 | Hunter Baker
    Is he still confident that Obama will govern from the economic center as he stated in his self-congratulatory "apology" to Mum and Pup before the election? Update: A comment on this post led me to find this from Buckley: Much as I admire President Obama, I believe with something approaching certainty that his spending will bring this country to its knees. "Sustainability" is all the rage as a buzzword, but a $3.6 trillion budget is not "sustainable." Doubling the national debt is not "sustainable." Inaction in the face of $77 trillion in unfunded liabilities (Social Security, Medicare, entitlements) is not...
  • Anti-Buckley Buckley endorses Scarborough

    06/08/2009 7:44:32 AM PDT · by wcdukenfield · 6 replies · 648+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 6/11/09 | Christopher Buckley
    Christopher Buckley endorses Joe Scarborough.
  • Buckley vs. Reagan? - An Urgent Lesson

    06/03/2009 6:48:28 PM PDT · by Right-Wing Champion · 16 replies · 664+ views
    New Majority ^ | June 3, 2009 | Tom Qualtere
    The specters of both Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley have been summoned over the past week to offer two examples for Republicans facing the distresses of minority status. In actuality, the models contradict, not compliment, one another. But there is a unifying lesson to be learned. In last week’s Weekly Standard, Naomi Emery presented Reagan the Republican who used his “unfailingly gracious tone” to bring the right, the middle, and remnants of the old left into what he saw as a must-be big tent Republican Party. In the June 1 Wall Street Journal, Richard Brookhiser reminded us of Buckley...
  • Bill Buckley and the Future of Conservatism

    06/01/2009 7:27:12 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 25 replies · 925+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 2, 2009 | RICHARD BROOKHISER
    In times of perplexity evangelical Christians ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" Conservatives trying to regroup in the age of Obama might ask themselves, "What would William F. Buckley Jr. do?" Buckley died in 2008 after almost 60 years as a public intellectual and celebrity. His quirky and hyperarticulate defense of his ideas, in books and columns and on television, gained him celebrity, and he used his stardom to propagate his ideas. He fought in great victories -- he helped create the climate of opinion in which Ronald Reagan was elected president -- and he saw great debacles, from the...
  • William F. Buckley vs. Noam Chomsky Pt. 1 - Video

    05/29/2009 7:58:58 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 4 replies · 302+ views ^ | 05 29 2009 | Notoriously Conservative
    This is a really interesting debate between the conservative and liberal intellectual heavyweights. The video is on site, and can also be found on youtube.
  • Buckley and Friedman's Intellectual Conservatism

    05/21/2009 10:22:44 AM PDT · by Seth_Stuck · 5 replies · 350+ views
    Conservative Brawler ^ | May 21, 2009 | Conservative Brawler
    In a time where conservatives are struggling to make conservatism popular again, there has been much reference of President Ronald Reagan and his core principles, and rightfully so. I too reference Reagan for the successful precedent his tenure set for conservatism. However, I feel too little attention is paid to the conservative thinkers who spurred the movement which put the likes of Reagan in the White House; thinkers like Milton Friedman and William F. Buckley who, I am ashamed to say, are all-too-unfamiliar to my generation. This unfamiliarity, no doubt, can be directly attributed to generations of indoctrination primarily proliferated...
  • Speaker Buckley's transparency hypocrisy

    05/06/2009 3:45:45 PM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 1 replies · 309+ views
    Nevada Policy Research Institute ^ | 5/6/09 | Victor Joecks
    Before the current Legislative Session began, Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley spent months touring the state and promoting four "governing principles that must guide the State Legislature in achieving the mission." One of those principles was: "transparency." Unfortunately, "was" has become the key word in that sentence. Since leaving the town-hall circuit for Carson City, Buckley seems to have forgotten all about transparency. Probably the most controversial thing the legislature will do this year will be to propose record or near-record tax increases. But average Nevada citizens don't know which taxes are going to be increased, how much they'll go up,...
  • Don't Let Me Down, Obama!

    04/29/2009 5:46:51 AM PDT · by gridlock · 32 replies · 1,169+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4/28/08 | Christopher Buckley
    After endorsing the president in October, I think so far he’s living up to expectations. It’s funny: When you endorse (to use a too-fancy term in my case) a presidential candidate, as I did Barack Obama in this space last October, he sort of becomes your responsibility. Back to that in a moment. Meanwhile, I am delighted, overall, with our president’s first 100 days. I think he has struck a fine tone overseas (trans: the U.S. is less detested than it has been in recent years). He has exhibited the “first-class temperament” that persuaded me he was the man for...
  • Growing Up Buckley (Christoper Buckley)

    04/27/2009 1:23:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 1,325+ views
    To the extent that this story has a dimension beyond the purely personal, I suppose it’s an account of becoming an orphan. My mother and father died within 11 months of each other in 2007 and 2008. I do realize that “orphan” sounds like an overdramatic term for becoming parentless at age 55, but I was struck by the number of times the word occurred in the 800 or more condolence letters I received after my father died. I hadn’t, until about the seventh or eighth reference, thought of myself as an “orphan.” Now you’re an orphan. . . ....
  • Christopher Buckley Mocks Church (500 word snicker about Newt Gingrich becoming a Catholic)

    03/30/2009 10:25:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies · 1,757+ views
    CMR ^ | March 28, 2009 | Matthew Archbold
    Christopher Buckley, the Obama loving publicity seeking son of the great William F. Buckley, writes a 500 word snicker about Newt Gingrich becoming a Catholic, the Catholic Church, and conversion in general in his piece "The Audacity of Poping" for The Daily Beast. From the term "poping" to accusing the Church of thinking "like a $700-an-hour K Street lawyer," the piece only succeeds in being offensive and sad. Some lowlights of Buckley's childish rant follow: BTW: “Poping” in the headline above, which—sorry—I couldn’t resist, is the traditional, British pejorative for “becoming a Catholic.” Did you hear the news? Bertie...
  • Christopher Buckley on Newt Gingrich’s Catholic conversion

    03/26/2009 8:05:32 PM PDT · by fkabuckeyesrule · 103 replies · 3,532+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | March 26, 2009 | jim galloway
    Christopher Buckley, son of William, takes a non-too-gentle look at Newt Gingrich’s pending change of religion in the Daily Beast: Brace yourselves for a tsunami of punditry this weekend, when the much-married Newt Gingrich is received into the Catholic Church. This would ordinarily be a private occasion, but Newt Gingrich is not ordinary. He is (I hedge) probably the most interesting putative candidate person on the Right at this point. Google “Gingrich” and “2012” your hard drive will melt under a trillion hits. So attention to this event must and will be paid. Buckley goes into some unkind detail about...
  • I Would Still Vote For Obama

    03/09/2009 3:00:33 AM PDT · by LifeComesFirst · 67 replies · 1,689+ views
    Forbes ^ | 03/09/09 | Christopher Buckley
    Our choice, last fall, was between an angry 73 year old with a legislative record far from consistently conservative, who nominated as his running mate a know-nothing religious extremist; on the other side was an appealing, thoughtful man who--for a brief shining moment--seemed to be more than the sum of his ideological parts. If I had to vote all over again, I'd pull the same lever. Maybe I'm obtuse. Or maybe I just haven't yet entirely given up on the old audacity of hope.
  • Christopher Buckley: The Audacity of Nope

    03/01/2009 5:38:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies · 2,610+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 1, 2009 | Christopher Buckley
    One feels almost unpatriotic, entertaining negative thoughts about Obama’s grand plan. But it is far from clear that spending oceanic sums of money is the right corrective. That was, as Tom Lehrer would say, the week that was. President Obama gave his first State of the Union speech. Governor Jindal gave his first and possibly last Republican response. The President presented a $3.6 trillion budget, and announced that we are getting out of Iraq but not really. And Rush Limbaugh gave—as he put it, fun intended—his first nationally televised address to the nation. Hold on—there’s a typo in that paragraph....
  • Bill Buckley -- greatly missed

    02/27/2009 1:30:25 PM PST · by opineapple · 8 replies · 346+ views
    Fri, 02/27/2009 He died a year ago today. William F. Buckley, Jr., the founder of the modern conservative movement and of its intellectual journal of opinion The National Review, was the catalyst who gave conservatives in this nation the courage to take back a government which had spiraled out of control since FDR and his New Deal. Bill succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Ronald Reagan became President and gave us those sweetly remembered halcyon days. Compared to today under the new FDR those days seem like paradise. The government that conservatives fought so hard and so long to get...
  • When Buckley Met Reagan (Reagan/Palin slam)

    01/17/2009 4:29:14 AM PST · by Leisler · 23 replies · 1,079+ views
    The New York Times( small, Manhattan paper ) ^ | January 18, 2009 | ROSS DOUTHAT
    On the night that William F. Buckley met Ronald Reagan, the future president of the United States put his elbow through a plate-glass window. The year was 1961, and the two men were in Beverly Hills, where Buckley, perhaps the most famous conservative in America at the tender age of 35, was giving an address at a school auditorium. Reagan, a former Hollywood leading man dabbling in political activism — the Tim Robbins or Alec Baldwin of his But the microphone was dead, the technician was nowhere to be found and the control room was locked. As the crowd began...

    12/01/2008 9:13:22 PM PST · by · 3 replies · 401+ views
    national Review ^ | 11-19-55 | William F. Buckley
    Thought some might enjoy reading Mr. Buckley initial article on conservatism in NR. "The Magazines Credenda" at the end seems as topical today as in 1955. There is, we like to think, solid reason for rejoicing. Prodigious efforts, by many people, are responsible for NATIONAL REVIEW. But since it will be the policy of this magazine to reject the hypodermic approach to world affairs, we may as well start out at once, and admit that the joy is not unconfined. Let's face it: Unlike Vienna, it seems altogether possible that did NATIONAL REVIEW not exist, no one would have invented...
  • Stands Athwart History, Yelling Stop!

    11/19/2008 7:18:27 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies · 248+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/19/1955 | William F. Buckley, Jr.
    "Let's face it: Unlike Vienna, it seems altogether possible that did NATIONAL REVIEW not exist, no one would have invented it. The launching of a conservative weekly journal of opinion in a country widely assumed to be a bastion of conservatism at first glance looks like a work of supererogation, rather like publishing a royalist weekly within the walls of Buckingham Palace. It is not that, of course; if NATIONAL REVIEW is superfluous, it is so for very different reasons: It stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have...
  • [Obamunist]Christopher Buckley: Sarah Palin, the Sequel (Barf Alert)

    11/10/2008 11:29:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies · 276+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 10, 2008 | Christopher Buckley
    In the wreckage of their election blowout, conservatives gather to plot Sarah Palin's next career move. As I type, a boatload of bigfoot conservatives are aboard a cruise ship at an undisclosed location somewhere east of Fort Lauderdale and very west of Eden. They are sipping pińa coladas and dribbling guacamole onto their chins as they chew over Topic A, namely “What the F--- Was That All About?” Mitt Romney is aboard, presumably not sipping pińa coladas. His ticket for the cruise came to about $45 million, so I hope they gave him the Admiral’s Suite on A Deck. Within...
  • The American Culture Article About Conservative Crackup

    10/25/2008 9:42:41 AM PDT · by lesterleith · 13 replies · 362+ views
    The American Culture ^ | 10/24/08 | S. T. Karnick
        'National Review' Allows Diverse Opinions, Former Staffer Says By S. T. Karnick (       A former associate editor of National Review magazine says Christopher Buckley's departure from his back-page column was not a firing, and the magazine embraces diverse viewpoints within conservatism. But that's the real problem with the contemporary right: it lacks a set of coherent principles.   Recently a well-publicized conflict at National Review magazine created a stir on the right and much schadenfreude on the left. Christopher Buckley, the son of the magazine's late founder-editor and a highly respected writer himself, announced...
  • The Right Stuff (Questions for Christopher Buckley)

    10/25/2008 6:39:31 AM PDT · by publius1 · 55 replies · 901+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2008 | DEBORAH SOLOMON
    How are you holding up? I am heavily medicated. What are you taking? I’m teasing. It’s just a line from one of my favorite movies, “Spinal Tap.” I feel I should be heavily medicated. In the past few weeks you’ve been pilloried by the right for a column you contributed to a Web site, “Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama.” What I mounted in The Daily Beast was an argument. It was not an attitudinal riff — it was not “John McCain is an old snarly-pants.” I presented a thoughtful argument, and it was viewed as apostasy. As a result,...
  • Palin And The Elitists

    10/24/2008 5:49:51 PM PDT · by · 51 replies · 1,663+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 10-24-08 | editorial
    As if the mainstream media's dumpster-diving campaign against Palin isn't galling enough, the conservative elite's casually dismissive attitude toward the brightest GOP star from Alaska may be even worse. Washington insiders' common mantra is "readiness." Colin Powell dismissed Palin as not "ready to be president." Kenneth Adelman, forgetting the governor is already above his pay grade, patronizingly declared her "not close to being acceptable in high office." Their disdain is rivaled by some East Coast conservative pundits. New York Times columnist David Brooks declared Palin "a cancer," and Washington Post writer Kathleen Parker called her "clearly out of her league."...
  • BLANKLEY: Conservatism reborn (Me-Too Conservatives)

    10/22/2008 10:52:33 AM PDT · by acsuc99 · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/22/08 | Tony Blankley
    With the rise to enduring power of president Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal in 1933, a new type of Republican emerged in reaction to FDR's attractive and overawing power - the-me-too Republican. Until the election of president Reagan five decades later, these me-too Republicans supported, rather than opposed, Democratic Party policies, but claimed they would administer them better. Of course this led to a half-century of Democratic dominance of American government and politics.
  • Christo Buckley's 'Yada Yada Yada': Why Elaine from "Seinfeld" Makes More Sense

    10/21/2008 12:45:01 AM PDT · by L.N. Smithee · 35 replies · 1,621+ views
    October 17, 2008 | L.N. Smithee
    In his now-infamous I'm-running-away-from-home note to National Review posted on the cyberpages of leftist publisher Tina Brown, Christopher Buckley, conservative legend William F. Buckley Jr.'s writer/novelist son, clearly stated reasons why someone like him would -- under normal circumstances -- utterly refuse to vote for someone like Barack Obama (words in italics are Buckley's): “He [Obama] is … a lefty. I am not." We'll take "Christo" (as his friends call him) at his word, for the moment. His essay is subtitled "The conservative case for Obama," but for reasons I illustrate below, I think it should be instead "A conservative's...
  • Buckley resigns from National Review [endorses Obama]

    10/17/2008 11:08:54 AM PDT · by XR7 · 62 replies · 1,670+ views
    Yale Daily News ^ | 10/17/08 | Eric Randall and Vivian Yee
    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...