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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Christopher Buckley's last words

Christopher Buckley resigned/was fired from the conservative National Review his father founded after he wrote a positive column about Obama. That column appeared on his blog, not in the magazine itself.

Well, he left with a smooth phrase, something that probably would
have pleased his Dad:

"I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern
conservative movement stands for. Eight years of "conservative"
government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion
of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack
Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians
of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly
obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case."

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-10-14/sorry-dad-i-was-fired

This prompted this exchange on AFCA:

Veronique: I've been wondering for years what "conservative" meant. Interesting
to see an actual conservative wonder the same thing.

Greg: Jerry Pournelle talks about being drummed out of the conservative movement. Andrew Sullivan calls himself a conservative but endorsed Kerry and is near-orgasmic over Obama. The conservatives are out there. They just don't have a party anymore.