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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Conservatives for Obama!

Christopher Buckley has endorsed Barack Obama for President, precipitating his resignation from National Review. (I like to call him "William F. Buckley Jr.")

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.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me vote for Obummer? I'd sooner vote for the devil, but since my friend Lucifer isn't running(doesn't even exist), I'll throw my vote to McCain as the lesser of two evils.
Obummer??? He was opposed to offshore drilling, one means of lessening our dependence on foreign sources of petroleum. I'd like to tell those creeps Chavez and Achmenijehad what they can do with themselves after punching their ugly faces and kicking their stinking butts.
Obummer??? He has been opposed to further development of nuclear power. Mention "nuclear" to Joe Sixpack, and he sees mushroom clouds.
Joe Sixpack is an idjut!!! Nuclear power has been humming along for several decades, providing a good percentage of our electricity. There have been no major incidents here in the States since Three Mile Island. That was nearly thirty years ago, and it killed nobody.
That's just two reasons I'm not voting for Obummer. There are plenty more.

October 16, 2008 12:16 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

I swear I almost saw "1 cmmint" instead of "1 comment."

Well, have a fine old McLame presidency, then! ;-) Unless you're voting for the third guy (or the fourth or fifth guys, but I doubt it).

P.S. The moratorium against offshort drilling was allowed to expire. Not that that would allow drilling any time soon. It takes a long time to set that up. In Anwar, too.

We need to find an alternative to fossil fuels - but aside from a patchwork of alternatives here and there, that's easier said than done. (As I said before, there is no one alternative to petroleum.)

October 16, 2008 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ain't votin' fer no third party this year. I frittered away my vote on Perot in '92 and on some totlly obscure fellow in '96, an' look what it got me.
Slick Willy!!! Bleh!!!

Another reason I oppose Obummer is that he opposes US involvement in Iraq. Now, I abhah wah, I abhah vah-lence,
Sometimes you got to fight when you're a man. Sodamn Insane was a cruel and brutal dictator. America had the power to put him down. It was a moral imperative that the US use its strength to suppress such an evil doer. I figured we should have kicked his butt six months before we actually did. Really, we should have cleaned his plow and his clock in '91.

October 16, 2008 6:17 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Wrong. We should never have propped him up. I opposed funding Saddam back in 1982. But once he had gassed the Kurds (as I feared), we should have yanked his funding. We didn't.

The sanctions reduced Saddam to a romance novel-writer and a gawker of cheesy fantasy-porn. We didn't have to go in this time. The loss of the library and the pillaging of the Baghdad Museum (actually the ongoing destruction/pillaging of archaeological sites is even worse) was not worth the war for me. But of course, we went for oil. They'll be other wars.

October 16, 2008 11:21 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Oh, BTW - Ralph Nader is an Arab-American. Ironic, isn't it?

October 16, 2008 11:26 PM  
Blogger Scott Hatfield . . . . said...

Kristine: on the heels of Palin's unfortunate policy speech, an endorsement of her opponent by your friendly neighborhood theist.

November 01, 2008 5:41 PM  

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