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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.

Comments

Trechant post of the week.

Anonymous   ·  February 27, 2008 08:41 PM

What a loss. When I compare WFB's erudition and composure to the talk radio shouters and pancaked talking hair helmets who are the face of conservatism today I shudder and reach for a bucket.

Yesterday I heard a clip from a TV show in 1968 when he went head to head with Gore Vidal. Priceless.

What do we have now? Glenn Beck, Lars Larson. Hannity. Coulter. The Savage Wiener. Is there anyone out there speaking for conservative values who strives to inspire, and not incite?

That is and isn't a rhetorical question.

west bay einstein   ·  February 28, 2008 10:39 AM

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