The Conservative Case For Legalizing Marijuana

Marijuana legalization is an issue that unites people across the political aisle.

Should Conservatives Be Embarrassed?

A growing number of conservatives are in dismay about the state of their movement.

Is Karl Rove Conservative?

Reagan apostles Craig Shirley and Donald Devine take to the WaPo editorial page to argue that Karl Rove is not a conservative. From William F. Buckley Jr. to Barry Goldwater to Ronald Reagan, the creators of the modern conservative movement always taught that excessive concentration of power in government leads inevitably to corruption and the […]

Blogger Kings

Repeating the fallacy of Plato’s Republic, in which the great philosopher explained why society should be governed by people exactly like Plato, Ross Douthat uses the occasion of Mickey Kaus’ Senate candidacy to argue that “more pundits and policy wonks” should “throw their hats into the political ring.” We’ve reached a point in American life […]

Banning the Birthers

Jon Henke thinks it’s time for the Right to throw out the lunatics: In the 1960’s, William F. Buckley denounced the John Birch Society leadership for being “so far removed from common sense” and later said “We cannot allow the emblem of irresponsibility to attach to the conservative banner.” The Birthers are the Birchers of […]

NRO Reshuffle

Kathryn Jean Lopez informs us that she’s leaving New York and her post as editor of National Review Online and moving to DC to become editor-at-large.  Rich Lowry, who has run NR’s print operation since William F. Buckley, Jr. stepped down in 1997, will be assuming her current duties. No word on what this means […]

Fox News Not Conservative

So says E.D. Kain: Fox News is simply not conservative.  The fact of the matter is, I find NPR and even News Hour more conservative than Fox – but in a different sense, I suppose, than the standard boiler plate conservatism that has so infested American politics.  What I mean to say is that the […]

George McGovern Now Conservative?

It’s been occasionally remarked in recent years that George McGovern, who lost the 1972 election to Richard Nixon in a landslide because he was so ultra-liberal, became more conservative after leaving public life and starting his own business. A column in today’s WSJ, “Freedom Means Responsibility,” will certainly add another log to that fire. His […]

Bill Buckley and The Gays

Andrew Sullivan appreciated the late William F. Buckley, Jr.’s civil tone on matters of homosexuality, especially as contrasted with other conservatives of his era, but laments that “Buckley never challenged what he believed was a necessary moral and social injunction against gay love, marriage and sex.” GayPatriot‘s B. Daniel Blatt is more charitable, noting that, […]

William F. Buckley, Jr., RIP

Kathryn Jean Lopez has the sad news that “William F. Buckley Jr., died overnight in his study in Stamford, Connecticut. After year of illness, he died while at work.” Sad news, indeed. More from AP: Author and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. has died at age 82. His assistant Linda Bridges says Buckley died […]

Obama in Muslim Garb

The Clinton campaign is circulating a 2006 photo of Barack Obama in Somali tribal clothes, playing to the “B. Hussein Obama is a secret Muslim” nonsense, and getting properly excoriated from the left and right alike. Indeed, even Robert Spencer[*] judges the “Obama-Is-Secretly-A-Muslim” rumors to be “a lot of hooey.” The attack is backfiring on […]

Ron Paul – Ralph Nader, Bill Buckley, or Howard Dean?

John Derbyshire and Andrew Sullivan see great similarity’s between Ron Paul and a young William F. Buckley, Jr. John Podhoretz and Richard Fernandez, though, see more similarities between Paul and Ralph Nader. Ed Morrissey, meanwhile, thinks he’s this years’ Howard Dean. To the extent he’s following any of those parallels, I’d go with Dean. As […]

Why Lefty Bloggers Are Owed a Living Redux

Susie Madrak, under the attention-grabbing headline “No More Dead Bloggers,” laments “the utter injustice of a Democratic political system that is very, very happy to take the money and volunteers the blogosphere sends its way” and yet returns only “Bubkis” to the non-A-listers. There is not even a little doubt in my mind that, if […]

Patricia Taylor Buckley, RIP

Patricia Taylor Buckley, longtime wife of conservative intellectual leader William F. Buckley, Jr., has died. Patricia Taylor Buckley, who died Sunday at age 80, was a true original and a fixture of New York society for more than four decades. Buckley died at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut of an infection following a long illness, according […]

Media Research Center DisHonors Awards

Last evening, I attended the Media Research Center’s 20th Anniversary Gala as a guest of Matt Sheffield of MRC’s Newsbusters blog. While the festivities went late into the evening, thanks to not starting the presentation until after everyone had finished dessert and a rather rambling performance by substitute presenter Mary Matalin, it was quite fun. […]

Buckley Debates Chomsky on American Interventionism

Below is video of a debate between Noam Chomsky and William F. Buckley, Jr. from 1969, presumably on the latter’s long running “Firing Line” program about American interventionism, terrorism, and other issues which are still with us. Andrew Sullivan observes wistfully, “There used to be television like this; and people used to watch it.” My […]

Buckley on Webb Sex Scenes

William F. Buckley, Jr.: “The charge by assorted gentry that James Webb is not qualified to serve as a U.S. senator from Virginia because there are lewdnesses in his published fiction rattles one’s faith in democracy.” Indeed. Of course, anyone who has read any of Buckley’s Blackford Oakes spy novels would expect this reaction given […]

Is Pat Buchanan Anti-Semitic?

I pose this question to you, dear readers, because John Podhoretz and Glenn Reynolds are charging that he is and site this column in which he calls Israel’s action against Hezbollah and Lebanon “un-Christian” as proof. Here’s the quotation in its context, plus a little more from the column that I think goes to the […]

Iraq War Progress Report: A Matter of Time

Thomas Ricks is embedded with the 101st Airborne in “the forwardmost American position in the so-called Triangle of Death southwest of Baghdad.” He has a long page one piece in today’s WaPo arguing that the war has gone through three distinct phases and remarkably different that three years ago, substantially better in some ways and […]

Miers Debate Shows Elite-Mainstream Conservative Divide

Noam Scheiber has an interesting look at the divide between mainstream conservatives and conservative intellectuals, as exemplied by the Harriet Miers embroglio. Conservatives were above elitism. Then came Miers (TNR) In many ways, the biggest fault line emerging among conservatives is between East Coast elites, on the one hand, and rank-and-file conservatives elsewhere in the […]

Buckley Praying for Pope’s Death

Drudge links Wednesday’s column by William F. Buckley, Jr., arguably the founder of the modern American conservative movement and inarguably a devout Roman Catholic. At church on Sunday the congregation was asked to pray for the recovery of the pope. I have abstained from doing so. I hope that he will not recover. The seizure […]

Can Conservative Talk Shows Survive Victory?

Right-Wing Wins Take Wind Out of Talk-Show Hosts (WaPo) Their guy just won reelection by 3.5 million votes. Their party strengthened its majority in the House, in the Senate and in statehouses, with the Supreme Court probably soon to follow. “Moral values” — their kind of stuff — are très chic. This could be a […]

Ron Reagan to Speak at Democratic National Convention

CNN – Democrats give Ron Reagan prime time speaking slot Ron Reagan will speak in prime time at the Democratic National Convention on the importance of stem cell research, a senior adviser to presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry told CNN on Sunday. The Kerry adviser, who did not want to be identified, said the […]

William F. Buckley, Jr. Retires

NYT — National Review Founder Says It’s Time to Leave Stage [RSS] n 1954, when Ronald Reagan was still a registered Democrat and host of “General Electric Theater,” the 28-year-old William Frank Buckley Jr. decided to start a magazine as a standard-bearer for the fledgling conservative movement. In the 50-year ascent of the American right […]

Assessing the Apology

It’s a shame more of our best columnists don’t blog. Nowadays, print columns seem to be in something of a time warp. Exhibit #9202 is the arrival this morning of two columns on Richard Clarke’s apology for 9/11, which seems oh so last week in Internet time, by two of the very best. William F. […]


William F. Buckley, Jr. apparently thinks so, citing Jerry Brown: Everyone in the United States, it seems, has commented on the California scene. The insight of Jerry Brown warrants attention. Mr. Brown is a little screwy but very bright, and did two terms as governor. To skeptics he said: “It’s obvious Schwarzenegger is qualified. I […]


There have been a few interesting reactions about the US soldiers who complained about having to stay in Iraq to ABC TV cameras. Today, there are two very different takes from two writers I’ve followed for years, Ralph Peters and William F. Buckley, Jr. both veterans from two different generations.


William F. Buckley Jr. agrees with me on the WMD issue.