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Christopher Buckley in his sit-down with Deborah Solomon (perhaps the most predictable interview of the year):
Solomon: In the past few weeks you’ve been pilloried by the right for a column you contributed to a Web site, “Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama.”
Buckley: What I mounted in The Daily Beast was an argument. It was not an attitudinal riff - it was not “John McCain is an old snarly-pants.” I presented a thoughtful argument, and it was viewed as apostasy.
I think I may have missed this thoughtful argument. It was certainly nuanced, because I don’t recall the policy positions Buckley decried. Instead, it was a discussion on temperament. What is the compelling policy position of Obama? The author doesn’t even get into it.
So, no, it’s not a thoughtful argument, nor is it a powerful argument. As for the apostacy, it’s hard to make the case that someone is an apostate when he refrains from defining himself. At least, this is what I thought when I was relieved that Buckley decided not to call himself a conservative on the Daily Show a few days ago.
Stewart: You are a famous conservative
Buckley: No, no, I’m the son of a famous conservative.
Stewart: Okay, you are the son of a famous conservative, who is in fact a famous, let’s say libertarian? Is that good? You wanna go label? What label do you want?
Buckley: I’m not…
Stewart: Hip? How about hip?
Then he goes and says this:
As a small-government conservative, I think it is all quite saddening. Here we are, a de facto nationalization of the banking industry. I don’t know where that fits into any conservative notion of government.
Look, I have no real beef with those who dissent from conservative orthodoxy, and I even commend them when they say that they’re not conservatives. But he needs to firm up where he stands. This is all very post-modern, isn’t it, to suggest that conservatism is whatever you make it out to be. But it’s also tiresome.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?