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    Christopher Buckley endorses Obama

    Joining the steady drumbeat of conservative pundits giving up on John McCain today is Christopher Buckley. Unlike, say, David Brooks or Charles Krauthammer, Buckley doesn’t merely lament the nasty turn McCain’s campaign has taken, or predict a Republican defeat. Instead, he goes so far as actually promising to vote for Barack Obama, and offering praise for the Democrat.

    To demonstrate the magnitude of this heresy, a bit of background: the son of modern conservatism’s patron saint, the late William F. Buckley, Christopher remains a columnist for the National Review, his father’s magazine. He announced his endorsement in Tina Brown’s Daily Beast, however. Buckley wrote:
    [H]aving a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves. If he raises taxes and throws up tariff walls and opens the coffers of the DNC to bribe-money from the special interest groups against whom he has (somewhat disingenuously) railed during the campaign trail, then he will almost certainly reap a whirlwind that will make Katrina look like a balmy summer zephyr.

    Obama has in him — I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy “We are the people we have been waiting for” silly rhetoric — the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.

    So, I wish him all the best. We are all in this together. Necessity is the mother of bipartisanship. And so, for the first time in my life, I’ll be pulling the Democratic lever in November. As the saying goes, God save the United States of America.
    Meanwhile, at the Corner, one of the National Review’s blogs, Andy McCarthy speculates on whether Obama’s sympathies are more Maoist or Stalinist. The American Right truly is a many-splendored thing.

    ― Gabriel Winant

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    Mccain, did you hear that? Nobody likes you.

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    McCain is being treated like a highly communicable disease. Everyone is running from him and distancing themselves from anyone who has contact with him.

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    there is no more "traditional left" politics after Bush. The right can't claim to be vs. 'entitlements' after this corporateer coddling bailout. They hit democrats for taxes but but avoid taxes through loop-holes and off-shore addresses and hiddent int'l bank accounts, shifting the tax burden onto the poor and middle class. They say they are strong on defense yet we are more vulnerable than we ever have been post-Iraq. They say they are against gov't intrusion into our lives but they endorse wire-tapping and eavesdropping and intrusion into reproductive rights and the lives of gay citizens in general. All they have left is xenophobia/zealotry, i.e. lunacy. So being traditionally 'left' means someone who is reasonably sane I guess.

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    I think its more like the other way round- its too far on the right- thats the problem- makes real conservatives look socialist and anyone who is left leaning are Marxist/Stalinist commies.

    I think the Republican party will have to change or otherwise it may not survive the way it is now. The neo cons and the religious fundies have basically destroyed any credibility they have.

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    Default there is no more "traditional right" politics since Bush

    His father, the late great Bill Buckley, became very 'libertarian' toward the end, and was not a fan of George W. In fact he was fairly critically. The Great Decider has done much damage to the America conservative movement that Bill Buckley had so vigorously nurtured.

    William F. Buckley, Jr. - Views_on_modern-day_conservatism

    Buckley was also 'soft on pot', even reputed trying it himself while yatching in international waters. He did say he would've illegalized tobacco - shortly before his death. Both he and his wife died from smoking related emphysema.

    No matter what you felt about Bill Buckley's politics, you had to admire his command of the language. Especially since he didn't leanr English until 7. Spanish and French were his first languages. Also he has certainly changed the way we listen to Bach's 2nd Brandenburg Concerto.

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    Sorry to hijack the thread, but I was a bit of a fan of the late Bill Buckley. Though conservative, he never shied away from honest debate, and had the cream of American Liberalism on his show. Apart form NPR - Firing Line was about the only venue Noam Chomsky ever got in the American media (he appeared on one colourful episode anyway). We could use WFB right now, during this election. Between Sarah Palin and Tina Fey, the serious issues seem to have gotten a little lost in the shuffle.


    a little 'right' music?

    A little more from the freakishly intelligent Noam Chomsky, the mess that George made, and the situation that Obama may inherit.


    Curious George has left the American right, and the world too, in a mess. It would be hard for the Republicans to find any support now, even among their traditional boosters.

    For an interesting take on current events, try YouTube - TheRealNews's Channel

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    Most of the moderate Republican base (really most of the Repugs for that matter) are steering far away from him and this election. They know it's going to hurt them in their local elections if they don't. It is getting absolutely repulsive that NOBODY in the media is calling them out for inciting these idiots that hate. Instead it's making it seem like they are baiting the hate mongering - If he acts like this with an opponent running for public office, just WTF would he do when he has to meet someone like the Ayatollah to discuss foreign policy? I think there is something radically wrong with him mentally anymore and that Obama is right - he is eratic and that is putting it mildly. Anyone that would incite and condone hatred of another just because they view the world differently has serious mental defects IMO. Time for "that" 'maverick" to be put out to pasture. And I'm sure Mrs Moose will have a job with FAUX news no matter what while she keeps an eye on Russia from her kitchen window.
    as privileged as a whore...victims in demand for public show, swept out through the cracks beneath the door, holier than thou, how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WesCAdle View Post
    And I'm sure Mrs Moose will have a job with FAUX news no matter what while she keeps an eye on Russia from her kitchen window. know, I bet even Faux news would not hire her. And that's something, when even Faux news won't have you because you are too stupid.

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