Thoughts on Christopher Buckley’s Defection

Christopher Buckley, the son of Conservative gadfly William F. Buckley announced he was throwing his hat in Obama’s ring.

Link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-10-10/the-conservative-case-for-obama

Most of his ‘disenfranchisment’ is based on McCain’s “once-first class temperament (becoming) irascible and snarly” as opposed to Obama’s “first-class temperament, pace Oliver Wendell Holmes”.

But, says Buckley:

……having 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.

Oh yeah, and he also read Obama’s books and considers them ‘first-rate’.

Gushes Buckley: “He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books.”

Well there’s been some light shed on some of Obama’s writings…looks like William Ayers may have lent some assistance there, too.

So that’s it. Buckley bases his support on ‘temperment’ rather than substance, character, ideals, principles, and intent.

McCain’s been thrown into “The GOP’s abandoned us” , ‘ill temperment’ category, so he’s defecting to a leftwing hack who’s diametrially opposed to every principle his father stood for?

He’s got to be joking.

Good riddance, Christopher Buckley. Your ‘rare avis’ will get you only so far with your new found comrades.

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