Memo To Chris Buckley: Don’t Let The Door Hit Ya …

… where the good Lord split ya!

I know. I should probably be thinking about the story of the Prodigal Son or something like that, but Chris Buckley didn’t just squander his inheritance, he tossed it under the bus forever. He will never again be trusted as a Conservative (or Libertarian) simply because he thrust, not a dagger, but a machete in the backs of his former fellow Conservatives.

And he didn’t do it lightly. He was on Hannity a few weeks ago and during the interview he mentioned to Hannity that he might end up voting for Barack Obama. His reasons? He didn’t like McCain. He didn’t know who John McCain was.

He even said as much in a Daily Beast column he wrote to endorse Barack Obama and that excoriates John McCain.

A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget “by the end of my first term.” Who, really, believes that? Then there was the self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis. His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?

Well, Chris, McCain might have been thinking about something you wrote earlier this year for the New York Times:

And yet the sum of Mr. McCain seems (to me, anyway) far greater than the parts. How many elections offer such an inspired biography as his? And who among “us” … would not sleep soundly knowing that the war hero was on the job calculating how to dispatch more Islamic fanatics to their rendezvous with 72 virgins, without an interlude of waterboarding, while in his spare time vetoing Senator Cochran’s latest earmark.

Sounds to me like Chris has changed, and not for the better. In the fit of a temper tantrum he has decided to embrace a socialist who has admitted that he will work to redistribute wealth a la Karl Marx, has worked with unrepentent domestic terrorists, attended a racist, America-hating church for 20 years, and worked his way up through the corrupt Chicago political machine.

Given all of that, here is what Chris has to say about Barack Obama:

As for Senator Obama: He has exhibited throughout a “first-class temperament,” pace Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s famous comment about FDR. As for his intellect, well, he’s a Harvard man, though that’s sure as heck no guarantee of anything, these days. Vietnam was brought to you by Harvard and (one or two) Yale men. As for our current adventure in Mesopotamia, consider this lustrous alumni roster. Bush 43: Yale. Rumsfeld: Princeton. Paul Bremer: Yale and Harvard. What do they all have in common? Andover! The best and the brightest.

I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate. He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine. He is also a lefty. I am not. I am a small-government conservative who clings tenaciously and old-fashionedly to the idea that one ought to have balanced budgets.

Balanced budgets? Has Chris ever read any of Obama’s economic plans? The social programs are going to send our deficit through the roof!

And as for Chris’ contention that he himself is a “small government Conservative,” I am sure you can see how transparent that claim is given that he in endorsing a large-government socialist!


If he raises taxes and throws up tariff walls and opens the coffers of the DNC to bribe-money from the special interest groups against whom he has (somewhat disingenuously) railed during the campaign trail, then he will almost certainly reap a whirlwind that will make Katrina look like a balmy summer zephyr.

And somehow Chris has naïvely missed the fact this is exactly what Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress intend to do!

Chris actually has the audacity to paraphrase Ronald Reagan by writing: “I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me.” He even went so far as to say that Reagan was a “real Conservative.”

Real Conservatives don’t endorse tax-hiking, large government socialists, Chris. In fact, the man you are endorsing for president represents everything that Ronald Reagan stood against! What twisted logic did you follow in order to invoke the words of Ronald Reagan so far out of context? What blinders do you have on that prevent you from seeing the fact that you just abandoned all of your Conservative principles in one single column?

Chris, I can only say “Good-bye” to you and hope that we never have to deal with your naïveté again. I also hope you find a nice new home among all those left-over hippies from the 60’s and that they don’t make you pay too much for whatever it is that you have been smoking.

And please, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

You can access the complete articles on-line here:

The Manchurian Conservative
Chris Buckley
New York Times
February 19, 2008

Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting For Obama
Chris Buckley
The Daily Beast
October 10, 2008

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: