Chris Buckley Getting Regrets, One Month Into Reign of Guy He Voted For
In keeping with our recent “Strange New Respect” theme, self-proclaimed “small government conservative” Christopher Buckley has a piece up at The Daily Beast expressing his doubts about Obama’s plan to save our country by spending us into oblivion with borrowed money.
The son of famed conservative icon William F. Buckley, the reasons Chris gave for his switch of allegiance were among the most ridiculous I have seen:
I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate. He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine.
Yes, imagine! But the real problem seemed to be that he picked up a case of PDS from his friends Kathleen Parker and David Brooks:
My colleague, the superb and very dishy Kathleen Parker, recently wrote in National Review Online a column stating what John Cleese as Basil Fawlty would call “the bleeding obvious”: namely, that Sarah Palin is an embarrassment, and a dangerous one at that. She’s not exactly alone. New York Times columnist David Brooks, who began his career at NR, just called Governor Palin “a cancer on the Republican Party.”
(Chris, just a hint – given your legal troubles, you probably shouldn’t be remarking on the superbness and/or dishiness of women that are not your wife.)
After turning his coat, Chris was let go from his father’s publication, the National Review. He immediately posted a heartrending story of victimhood at the Beast (being sure to once again mention the “lovely” Kathleen) about hate mail “flooding” into NR, an account which Rich Lowry quickly dismissed.
Not satisfied to leave well enough alone, Chris published a follow-up shortly after the election calling Governor Palin a “pin-up girl”.
Of course, he got his thirty pieces of silver from the left-wing media. The New York Times gave him a laudatory piece in their “Fashion & Style” section. Daily Beast harridan Tina Brown, known for insulting the Palin children, gave him a job. Jon Stewart had him on The Daily Show. Talk show hosts flogged his latest insipid book. A smiling Chris Matthews fawned over him on Hardball:
And now are we to believe that he is rediscovering conservative principles? Is this the first sign of Mr. Buckley trying to crawl back into the conservative camp? I’m sorry, Chris – we’re not going to forget. You crossed the wire into the Obama camp – whether out of stupidity or sheer crass opportunism, we’ll probably never know. But now you have to stay there.
UPDATE by Ramrocks: The great internet satirist Iowahawk provided the definitive send-up of Buckley. Read it here if you haven’t already. It was one of the funniest things I read during that sad election of 2008.