Conservatives for Obama!
This comes on the heels of Kathleen Parker's commentary calling Sarah Palin "a national embarrassment" and requesting that she step down as a candidate for Veeper for the good of the nation.
Get a load of the hate mail they're getting:
I had gone out of my way in my Beast endorsement to say that I was not doing it in the pages of National Review, where I write the back-page column, because of the experience of my colleague, the lovely Kathleen Parker. Kathleen had written in NRO that she felt Sarah Palin was an embarrassment. (Hardly an alarmist view.) This brought 12,000 livid emails, among them a real charmer suggesting that Kathleen's mother ought to have aborted her and tossed the fetus into a dumpster. I didn't want to put NR in an awkward position.
I just love how the anti-choice crowd invokes the right to choose when it suits them (because they really don't want to lose their annual sob-story emotional blackmail fundraisers, oh excuse me, to end abortion at all).
Christopher, or Bill Buckley Jr. (sorry!), demonstrates the same wit and devil-may-care attitude that made me a longtime reader of a publication with which I had almost no agreement whatsoever.
Since my Obama endorsement, Kathleen and I have become BFFs and now trade incoming hate-mails. No one has yet suggested my dear old Mum should have aborted me, but it's pretty darned angry out there in Right Wing Land. One editor at National Review--a friend of 30 years--emailed me that he thought my opinions "cretinous." One thoughtful correspondent, who feels that I have "betrayed"--the b-word has been much used in all this--my father and the conservative movement generally, said he plans to devote the rest of his life to getting people to cancel their subscriptions to National Review. But there was one bright spot: To those who wrote me to demand, "Cancel my subscription," I was able to quote the title of my father's last book, a delicious compendium of his NR "Notes and Asides": Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription.
Grab the popcorn. We're going to see a lot of Stalinesque purges of dissenters from the Republican Party. "Expelled," indeed!
UPDATED: Well, by now you've certainly heard the news.
It's about time someone called the Republibots on this crap.