The pompous windbag has died

William F. Buckley, Jr. died today. Dylan Matthews says:

He was an important figure, no doubt, but he wasn’t a good man, he wasn’t a sensible or fair opponent, and it’d be a shame if he’s remembered as such.

Despite his charming image, Buckley was a nasty racist who supported segregation & apartheid and defended Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunts. He brought conservatism to the mainstream, laying the groundwork for Bush and his ilk. Hopefully his ideas will die with him.

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