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  •  Buckley was always so obviously, utterly (11+ / 0-)

    pleased with himself.

    •  ...which is why he was a pleasure to watch. (12+ / 0-)

      Well, one of the reasons. The others were his intelligence, wit, overall civility, willingness to engage with others of opposing political persuasion in rational discourse....

      There's no one like him on the conservative side today.


      Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

      by Miniaussiefan on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 05:11:48 AM PDT

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      •  I watched perhaps 2 episodes of "Firing Line." (3+ / 0-)
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        One was because the Whiffenpoofs were guests and I just wanted to hear them sing. He spoke with three of them afterwards. They were just kids and didn't have much to say, but that didn't stop Mr. F'Buckley (as Ernestine would say) from uttering things lke "mutatis mutaaaaaaaaaaandis." To his credit, he penned an intro to a book of the order of "Using Latin for Fun and Profit," and started with "I don't know why they asked me to write this."

        The other was "Resolved: the death penalty is a good thing." Guests included the assistant state's attorney of Georgia (who looked like her jaw could bite through a steel pipe) and some weakling who never failed to be gender-inclusive: "Heorshe should....hisorher....." WFB had learned a new word, "sprung," and used it over and over, e.g. "When the perp gets spruuuuuung." Blech and double-blech.

      •  the thing was, though ... (4+ / 0-)
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        ... he was a charming racist.  

        The conservative side still has plenty of them, but they got a whole less charming in 2008.

        My sainted mother loved the double-crostics in the NR mag, but when she and my father split up the NR did not come with her.  By 1984 she was voting for Dems.

        "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

        by JBL55 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 07:46:04 AM PDT

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      •  Well, he got a bit less than civil (3+ / 0-)
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        when Gore Vidal showed so much more intelligence that Buckley wound up looking foolish.

        It is the highest impertinence ... in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, ... They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. - Adam Smith

        by treesrock on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 12:49:38 PM PDT

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