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AemJeff
10-10-2008, 01:33 PM
will be heard soon from the Corner (http://corner.nationalreview.com/) and all over National Review (http://www.nationalreview.com/).

Christopher Buckley: Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama (http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-10-10/the-conservative-case-for-obama).

I hope Kathleen Parker (http://townhall.com/columnists/KathleenParker/2008/10/01/speak_correctly_-_or_build_a_big_bunker) is taking note.

uncle ebeneezer
10-10-2008, 04:52 PM
Nice. I read a couple of Buckley's books (including Thank You For Smoking) and they were pretty hillarious. It was only a year or two later that I realized he was related to THAT Buckley (the man that my Dad worships even beyond Ronald Reagan.) I'll have to forward this to him.

This sentiment goes very in line with my post yesterday about my older friend and how McCain appeared to have some really honorable qualities and good intentions, but apparently they have all been side-lined by a Presidential Election, to the point where even his "fans" just can't stomache it anymore. Makes you wonder how real any of it ever was.

AemJeff
10-10-2008, 05:05 PM
Makes you wonder how real any of it ever was.

That summarizes how I feel about McCain at this point.

Ocean
10-10-2008, 05:06 PM
Great post!

In many ways Buckley's statement of support for Obama may be one of the most meaningful in expressing both the pain of abandoning one's traditional party and the noble reasons to support an outstanding leader across party lines. WOW!

AemJeff
10-13-2008, 07:16 PM
Hitchens is back (http://www.slate.com/id/2202163/)!

On McCain:
Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear had to feel sorry for the old lion on his last outing and wish that he could be taken somewhere soothing and restful before the night was out. The train-wreck sentences, the whistlings in the pipes, the alarming and bewildered handhold phrases—"My friends"—to get him through the next 10 seconds. I haven't felt such pity for anyone since the late Adm. James Stockdale humiliated himself as Ross Perot's running mate.

And Palin:
the only public events that have so far featured his absurd choice of running mate have shown her to be a deceiving and unscrupulous woman utterly unversed in any of the needful political discourses but easily trained to utter preposterous lies and to appeal to the basest element of her audience.

Jeeze oh man, I hate to admit it, but when Hitchens hits his stride I feel like Chris Matthews used to when he was interviewing McCain (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/22/chris-matthews-jokes-abou_n_114296.html).

TwinSwords
10-13-2008, 11:03 PM
Hitchens is back (http://www.slate.com/id/2202163/)!

On McCain:

And Palin:

Jeeze oh man, I hate to admit it, but when Hitchens hits his stride I feel like Chris Matthews used to when he was interviewing McCain (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/22/chris-matthews-jokes-abou_n_114296.html).

Awesome essay by Mr. Hitchens.

uncle ebeneezer
10-13-2008, 11:10 PM
I always loved Hitchens' writing. He is truly a master. But if the subject of the Iraq war or the Clintons comes up, I have to immediately tune him out.

AemJeff
10-13-2008, 11:46 PM
I always loved Hitchens' writing. He is truly a master. But if the subject of the Iraq war or the Clintons comes up, I have to immediately tune him out.

That's exactly how I feel. He is an amazingly fluent writer and I'd hate to be his opponent in a game of dozens; but he's also the perfect exemplar of the term "Mercurial," and he's a complete bore on the topic of the Clintons or the war. In the former case, he's completely off the rails.

TwinSwords
10-13-2008, 11:52 PM
That's exactly how I feel. He is an amazingly fluent writer and I'd hate to be his opponent in a game of dozens; but he's also the perfect exemplar of the term "Mercurial," and he's a complete bore on the topic of the Clintons or the war. In the former case, he's completely off the rails.

I agree with you both about Hitchens. He has an amazing mind and he's an an amazing writer, but for the last several years, it has been difficult to digest his defense of Bush and the war in Iraq. I also don't personally share his belief in the confrontational approach to religion, although I am not a religious person myself. I just don't see the point in beating up on people who believe in God. Most of them are harmless, quite honestly. The fundamentalists and evangelicals are a problem, for sure, and they should be aggressively challenged. But most religious people aren't like that, and have no desire to impose their faith on anyone.

Still, you have to love and admire the man.

AemJeff
10-14-2008, 04:05 PM
Buckley resigns (http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/14/buckleys-son-leaves-national-review/).

AemJeff
10-14-2008, 05:44 PM
Sorry Dad, I Was Fired (http://thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-10-14/sorry-dad-i-was-fired/).

Lowry on Buckley on NRO (http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OWEwZmYwNDE0YWI4OGI2ZTZlN2EwYTBhNmZlZDliMjc=).

uncle ebeneezer
10-14-2008, 07:28 PM
Wow, Buckley's last paragraph about the last 8 GOP years, is pretty devastating. I hope Bob will try and get him on BHTV.

nikkibong
10-14-2008, 07:31 PM
For interested parties: an interview with C. Buckley:

http://fora.tv/2008/09/18/Uncommon_Knowledge_Christopher_Buckley

I watched the first half or so - Had to turn it off when they started to reminisce about Chris' "sainted" (racist) father.

uncle ebeneezer
10-15-2008, 12:04 AM
Speaking of the New Atheists (check out the comments):

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2008/10/preaching_to_the_choir.php#comments

AemJeff
10-15-2008, 01:51 AM
Although "sputtering" is hard to accomplish effectively online, this Slate article (http://www.slate.com/id/2202331/) really seems to capture the gist of that sound.

uncle ebeneezer
10-15-2008, 02:48 AM
Trouble in laissez faire paradise. I will be interested in hearing Buckley's retort to Loury's basically calling him a liar.