William F. Buckley Jr.: Liberals’ Favorite Conservative
William F. Buckley Jr. died this morning, hunched over his desk, still writing away at the age of 82. He was one of the greatest champions of conservatism that the movement has ever seen, one that’s had an immeasurable effect on the direction of political thought since the end of WWII. He’ll be missed, not only by conservatives, for whom Buckley was a super-star, but for anyone that values thoughtful, intelligent discourse. His sesquipedalian tendencies will be deeply missed in a age when profound, penetrating debate has largely been replaced by moronic, hate-filled rhetoric. Even though many of us on the left deeply disagreed with Buckley’s ideas, he was the kind of man you could have a serious debate with, unlike many on both sides of the aisle today. The New York Times calls him “liberals’ favorite conservative” - a moniker that personally, I’ll be happy to confirm.