Another Conservative Defends Christopher Buckley’s Endorsement Of Obama

Kathleen Parker, a conservative columnist, shocked most in her party when she took Palin to task in her column September 26.

I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted. <> If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

Now she publicly defends Christopher Buckley, the son of William F. Buckley, for his endorsement of Barack Obama.

Radical conservatives are still having an interesting time of it, though these days they are being mutilated by fellow “conservatives.” The well-fed Right now cultivates ignorance as a political strategy and humiliates itself when its brightest sons seek sanctuary in the solitude of personal honor. [emphasis mine]

The solitude of personal honor. What a powerful description of the quest leaders take to find, and then maintain, their personal honor and authenticity when swimming upstream against the popular current of the day.

Congratulations to Christopher Buckley for his endorsement, (it even cost him his job at the National Review, the magazine his father founded), and to Kathleen Parker for stepping up and defending him.

All of this is conservative news yet it bears directly on Obama’s pledge to defend Democratic principles while reaching out inclusively to others. Hat Tip to The Daily Dish.

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2 Responses to Another Conservative Defends Christopher Buckley’s Endorsement Of Obama

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    People whose intellectual integrity I had not held much respect for are now saying that even they can’t follow the road that American conservatism has headed down. After they gat a taste of the real “cukture war” directed at them for speaking the truth there may well be reduced enthusiasm for trying to get the right wing reconstituted.

  2. I honestly think we are seeing an emergence of the real conservative movement. That is not the Republican Party or the Right Wing. I think you can take all three elements as distinct sets of people and philosophies.

    Remember that Barry Goldwater, not long before his death, denounced the current ‘conservative’ ,(I called them the American Taliban), movement. Based on Palin, negative campaigning and a wandering message I don’t think either Barry Goldwater or William F. Buckley would vote for McCain. If nothing else both men could be said to have intellectual honesty.

    It should be a very interesting 8 years. (I’m ready for an 8 year Obama presidency.)