William F. Buckley's Son: Sorry Dad, I'm Voting For Obama! - VeggieBoards
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#1 Old 10-11-2008, 02:07 PM
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Conservative columnist and National Review editor and son of it's founder, Christopher Buckley, writes that he has decided he must vote for Obama on Election Day:



http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-a...ase-for-obama/



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"...A year ago, when everyone, including the man Im about to endorse, was caterwauling to get out of Iraq on the next available flight, John McCain, practically alone, said no, nobad move. Surge. It seemed a suicidal position to take, an act of political bravery of the kind you dont see a whole lot of anymore.



But that wassighthen. John McCain has changed. He said, famously, apropos the Republican debacle post-1994, We came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us. This campaign has changed John McCain. It has made him inauthentic. A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget by the end of my first term. Who, really, believes that? Then there was the self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis. His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?



All this is genuinely saddening, and for the country is perhaps even tragic, for America ought, really, to be governed by men like John McCainwho have spent their entire lives in its service, even willing to give the last full measure of their devotion to it. If he goes out losing ugly, it will be beyond tragic, graffiti on a marble bust.



As for Senator Obama: He has exhibited throughout a first-class temperament, pace Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.s famous comment about FDR. As for his intellect, well, hes a Harvard man, though thats sure as heck no guarantee of anything, these days. Vietnam was brought to you by Harvard and (one or two) Yale men. As for our current adventure in Mesopotamia, consider this lustrous alumni roster. Bush 43: Yale. Rumsfeld: Princeton. Paul Bremer: Yale and Harvard. What do they all have in common? Andover! The best and the brightest.



Ive read Obamas books, and they are first-rate. He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine. He is also a lefty. I am not. I am a small-government conservative who clings tenaciously and old-fashionedly to the idea that one ought to have balanced budgets. On abortion, gay marriage, et al, Im libertarian. I believe with my sage and epigrammatic friend P.J. ORourke that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it all away.



But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics arent going to get us out of this pit weve 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 himI think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy We are the people we have been waiting for silly rhetoricthe 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, Ill be pulling the Democratic lever in November. As the saying goes, God save the United States of America..."

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