Conservative Guru, William Buckley’s Son, Christopher Buckley, Resigns From National Review after Endorsing Obama

October 15, 2008 at 5:09 am Leave a comment

christopher-buckley.jpgLooks like Tina Brown’s The Daily Beast may have lucked into the
chance to grab up some major full-time talent, as conservative author
Christopher Buckley has left the National Review in the wake of his publishing an endorsement of Barack Obama on the Beast.

Apparently, despite the pains Buckley took to disambiguate his private endorsement from the Review, his momentary wander off the reservation brought the same sort of hailstorm of opprobrium earned by Kathleen Parker when she criticized GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Buckley took it upon himself to offer his resignation. The way he describes it, it looks like this was expected!

Within hours of my endorsement appearing in The Daily Beast
it became clear that National Review had a serious problem on its
hands. So the next morning, I thought the only decent thing to do would
be to offer to resign my column there. This offer was accepted–rather
briskly!–by Rich Lowry, NR’s editor, and its publisher, the superb and
able and fine Jack Fowler. I retain the fondest feelings for the
magazine that my father founded, but I will admit to a certain sadness
that an act of publishing a reasoned argument for the opposition should
result in acrimony and disavowal.

It’s pretty clear that the spasm of reaction engendered by his
support for Obama disappoints Buckley on some level, as he takes the
time to note that his father, the late William Buckley, “endorsed a
number of liberal Democrats for high office, including Allard K.
Lowenstein and Joe Lieberman.” He goes on to say:

So, I have been effectively fatwahed (is that how you spell
it?) by the conservative movement, and the magazine that my father
founded must now distance itself from me. But then, conservatives have
always had a bit of trouble with the concept of diversity. The GOP
likes to say it’s a big-tent. Looks more like a yurt to me.

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. Eight years of “conservative” government has
brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement
programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an
ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking
arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at
federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case.

So, to paraphrase a real conservative, Ronald Reagan: I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me.

Similarly, this might be a good time for Parker to keep her own
counsel, lest she suffer a similar “fatwahing.” Last night, as a guest
on The Colbert Report, Parker seemed to come very close to announcing that she, too, preferred Obama for President.

Source: Huffington Post


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