August 1, 2012 |
Gore Vidal, who died on Tuesday at age 86, was known primarily as a man of letters, writing numerous novels, essays, plays and screenplays throughout his long career. But his way with words extended beyond the page and into the realm of TV talk, where he made several notable appearances in his younger years. In 1968, Vidal covered the Democratic and Republican national conventions for ABC alongside conservative writer William F. Buckley. The two men were political opposites and their personalities clashed to the point where Vidal instructed Buckley to "shut up a minute" and referred to him as a "crypto-Nazi.
December 2, 2011
Bush's tax cuts Re "Bush-era tax cuts still loom large," Nov. 28 To Republicans who continue to protest the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts for the most affluent Americans, based on the theory that tax cuts for wealthy business owners stimulate job growth: The theory isn't working. The cuts have been in place for a decade, yet unemployment has increased since 2007, and forecasts indicate it will remain at the present 9% rate until next year, if not longer.
November 27, 2011 |
The modern conservative movement began 60 years ago with the publication of a book by a 26-year-old first-time author. Reflecting on that work teaches us something important about the nature and trajectory of modern conservatism, about the energy that propelled the movement and about serious problems with the movement today. The book was "God and Man at Yale. " The author was William F. Buckley Jr. GAMAY (as conservatives often call this iconic work) was an attack on the young author's alma mater.
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April 20, 2011 |
William A. Rusher, a leading theorist and organizer of the modern conservative movement who helped William F. Buckley Jr. build the National Review into one of the American right's most influential journals, died Saturday at a retirement home in San Francisco. He was 87. Rusher, who was also a syndicated columnist and author, died of causes related to old age, said Brian T. Kennedy, president of the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank where Rusher had been a research fellow since 1989.
October 15, 2008 |
Author and humorist Christopher Buckley resigned from the National Review, a conservative magazine founded by his father, after readers complained about his endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in an online publication. Buckley, son of the late William F. Buckley, made the endorsement on thedailybeast .com. He has worked as a speechwriter for Republican presidential nominee John McCain and President George H.W. Bush.
March 2, 2008 |
My memory of William F. Buckley Jr., the pioneering conservative writer who died at 82 last week while writing at his desk in Connecticut, is from the prime of his life -- but also about the end of life. It began with an unexpected phone call to my Tokyo home around 1977. The caller had that distinctive, erudite vocabulary; a wisp of a Southern accent; and patient cadence, as if . . . he . . . spoke . . . slowly . . . to . . . kindly . . . allow . . . me time to grasp his meaning.