The whole Buckley family supported National Review. Priscilla Buckley was a great soul and a tireless worker/patron for NR.
Bill’s brother, James Buckley the one-term senator from New York had a great sense of humor. At CPAC in the late 1970s I chatted with him and he lamented the recent defeat of our Tennessee Republican Senator, Bill Brock. I told him many of us in Tennessee were more upset about his recent reelection defeat and he remarked instantly, “But I was from a high-risk area.”
At James Buckley’s defeat National Review vowed that it would no longer name a “Man of the Year” as its previous recipient Daniel Patrick Moynihan had unseated the editor’s brother. Moynihan had been wonderfully outspoken at the UN but was of far from an all-the-way conservative.
NR supported Reagan fiercely in his 1980 GOP primary victory. It was always a very Yankee publication but it was just made to order for university students finding arguments to buck the campus trends of the 60s and 70s.
This is a sad day that NR jumped on the Homo-marriage wave and abandoned its traditonal Catholic and Christian activism. McFadden and the Buckleys were very Catholic but they were always civil to Cromwellians like me.