A Buckley for Obama
By Howard Kurtz
"It's a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They'd cut off my allowance," Christopher Buckley writes.
What dastardly act would prompt such a response from William F. and Patricia Buckley?
Their son endorsed Barack Obama today.
The New York author knows he's not a big political player. As he writes on Tina Brown's new Web site, the Daily Beast: "The only reason my vote would be of any interest to anyone is that my last name happens to be Buckley -- a name I inherited. So in the event anyone notices or cares, the headline will be: 'William F. Buckley's Son Says He Is Pro-Obama.' I know, I know: It lacks the throw-weight of 'Ron Reagan Jr. to Address Democratic Convention,' but it'll have to do."
Buckley says he has known John McCain for 25 years and once wrote a speech for him. But he says the senator from Arizona has changed: "A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises ... His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless."
As for Obama, the self-described libertarian says he likes the Democrat's books and his temperament: "Obama has in him -- I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy 'We are the people we have been waiting for' silly rhetoric --the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader."
Posted at 4:43 PM ET on Oct 10, 2008
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