William F. Buckley, Jr., 1925-2008
February 27, 2008 02:14 PM
From The New York Times (!):
Mr. Buckley’s greatest achievement was making conservatism — not just electoral Republicanism, but conservatism as a system of ideas — respectable in liberal post-World War II America.
And it is so obvious these day, isn't it? There is a big distinction between electoral Republicanism and conservatism as a system of ideas. Sign me up with the later.
Also timely? The NYT's amusing reminder of National Review's lukewarm endorsement of Eisenhower in the 1956 presidential election:
"We prefer Ike."
It seems we are still fighting the same battles. But we would have already lost the war if it weren't for WFB.