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1 Bob Dillon  Wed, Apr 4, 2012 1:28:18am

He would probable be looking to other options.

2 researchok  Wed, Apr 4, 2012 1:54:40am

Ain't that the truth.

One thing for sure- his pen would eviscerate the current crop of phony, self serving conservatives.

3 Romantic Heretic  Wed, Apr 4, 2012 9:35:59am

He would probably be excommunicated, and perhaps have to hire a lot of security. Like the Bolsheviks they so strongly resemble the Right these days doesn't suffer heresy well.

I wonder if in the future Buckley will be the American Right's equivalent of Trotsky?

4 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Wed, Apr 4, 2012 9:38:59am

re: #3 Romantic Heretic

I wonder if in the future Buckley will be the American Right's equivalent of Trotsky?

Why? He was bigoted enough for them.

5 RadicalModerate  Wed, Apr 4, 2012 10:11:00am

There was an excellent writeup about how he and a great deal of the modern right were at odds in is later years by Johann Hari in The Independent. Essentially at this point he was already disillusioned with what the movement was starting to become, and was a pariah at his own magazine's gathering - as evidenced in this standoff between him and Norman Podhoertz:

Ship of fools: Johann Hari sets sail with America's swashbuckling neocons

"Aren't you embarrassed by the absence of these weapons?" Buckley snaps at Podhoretz. He has just explained that he supported the war reluctantly, because Dick Cheney convinced him Saddam Hussein had WMD primed to be fired. "No," Podhoretz replies. "As I say, they were shipped to Syria. During Gulf War I, the entire Iraqi air force was hidden in the deserts in Iran." He says he is "heartbroken" by this "rise of defeatism on the right." He adds, apropos of nothing, "There was nobody better than Don Rumsfeld. This defeatist talk only contributes to the impression we are losing, when I think we're winning." The audience cheers Podhoretz. The nuanced doubts of Bill Buckley leave them confused. Doesn't he sound like the liberal media? Later, over dinner, a tablemate from Denver calls Buckley "a coward". His wife nods and says, "Buckley's an old man," tapping her head with her finger to suggest dementia.


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