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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Standing Athwart History, Saying "Yes We Can"

I'm a little late to notice this, but Christopher Buckley, son of the late William F. Buckley, has endorsed Barack Obama mostly because he just doesn't like John McCain much anymore:
A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget “by the end of my first term.” Who, really, believes that? Then there was the self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis. His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?
Buckley is less convincing explaining why he is supporting Obama though since he admits he doesn't share Obama's liberalism. Still, Buckley says Obama is a Harvard man and all and his books prove that he is very well-spoken, so that's good enough.

This endorsement has resulted in Buckley dropping the humor column he penned for National Review. Over in Slate, Timothy Noah tries to make a bigger deal out of this than it is. The younger Buckley, unlike his father, has never been a major conservative figure or even a very stalwart one: He called for the Republicans to lose in 2006 too. Having said that, it is hard to disagree with Buckley's assessment of the current state of the Right:
While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for. ... So, to paraphrase a real conservative, Ronald Reagan: I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me.

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