Wednesday, February 27, 2008

William F. Buckley, Jr. --- RIP

Just got an e-mail letting me know that the Godfather of the modern Conservative movement, or at least, its midwife, died last night in his study at home in Connecticut.

National Review Online reports it here.

Though Buckley had a Right to Work case in the 1960s, it was well before my time (I was about five at the time), and I never had occasion to meet the man. However, having read his column for decades, read his books, and watched him on many talking heads shows --- including his own, Firing Line --- I feel as though I have lost a wise old friend.

I quote him frequently, with my sons: "I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken."

A giant of 20th Century opinion journalism has left the scene.


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