Bill Buckley

She's a weapon of the haters, a P.R. tool used to soften the edges of a destructive administration.
2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpg Lowry/Alter/Green debate if Trump's chances are 40%/20%/or 5% based on his AmericaFirst meta-argument vs. his lunacy. Can his entertainment skills & one-liners beat a flawed but smart, experienced progressive Democrat after the successful presidencies of Clinton42 and Obama44?
National Review editor Rich Lowry is now leading an effort urging conservatives to speak out against Donald Trump and oppose his candidacy.
Modern day conservatives are fools. They have positioned themselves on the extreme end of the American political system, and they know they can't honestly say what they believe or voters will reject them out of hand. But their lies will catch up to them, and so will their lack of courage.
2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpg Progeny of Reagan and Buckley (Ron Reagan and Rich Lowry of National Review) agree it's now best to legalize/regulate/tax pot. As Colorado goes... Also, the Right is sticking to its story: Benghazi's a coverup about al Qaeda. What NYTimes expose?
It is the death throes of the neoconservatives' hold on United States foreign policy that makes the confirmation of Hagel and the installation of the Biden-Kerry-Hagel team so critically important for the United States and the world.
David Bromwich is channeling the lost conservative voice of Edmund Burke, the missing wisdom on our mad Afghanistan misadventure.
Would Buckley even recognize "conservative journalism" today, where pundits rush to broadcast their childish Obama taunts and sloppy P.T. Barnums like Andrew Breitbart encourage a new generation of "journalists" to skirt the law?
Watch the infamous debate between Vidal and Buckley during ABC's coverage of the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago: After
Hot on the heels of his Reversal on Rush, RNC Chairman Michael Steele this week delivered his U-turn on Choice -- first saying women "absolutely" have the right to choose abortion then, after having his knuckles rapped, asserting his pro-life bona fides: "always have been, always will be." At a time when there is a serious discussion around the world about the future of capitalism, including a must-read series in the Financial Times, the GOP is so devoid of actual ideas that spineless lightweights like Steele -- and cartoon characters like Rush Limbaugh, Joe the Plumber, and Sarah Palin -- are able to step in and fill the intellectual void. Bill Buckley must be spinning in his grave.
The government, under Mr. Paulson's fine hand, was paying twice as much as needed to be paid when compared to the sums Warren Buffett negotiated for a similar investment in Goldman Sachs.
I have known more than a few people in my decades of public life who took exemplary positions on the abstract questions of human rights, but were terrible people privately. Buckley was the opposite.
Let's review. William Buckley was a genius because he: 1) urinated in parking garages; 2) reviewed books he hadn't read; and 3) wrote columns in... however long it takes to write a column?
He taught a generation of debaters and polemicists that adversaries were to be opposed, but not loathed. (Gore Vidal was the understandable exception.)
As Buckley headed into his final years, he became vehemently opposed to the crusading, neoconservative stance that the younger generation at the National Review adopted in championing the Iraq War.
Buckley was that rarest of revolutionaries, and set a standard we all should emulate for having friendships across the political divide.
Buckley loved debate. Unlike today's cowardly conservatives, he never used his opponents as props or punch lines for fixed fights. What a long sad fall from Bill Buckley to Bill O' Reilly.
2008-02-27-tavisgarrywills.jpg"He was always critical of aspects of the conservative movement and began to be critical of the Iraq War. He didn't like the religious right's fanaticism."