October 10th, 2008
11:08 PM ET
6 years ago

A Buckley endorses Obama

Christopher Buckley, son of William F. Buckley, is backing Obama.
Christopher Buckley, son of William F. Buckley, is backing Obama.

(CNN) - No, hell has not frozen over, but a Buckley is backing a Democrat for president.

Christopher Buckley, the son of the late conservative icon William F. Buckley, said Friday he's decided to back Barack Obama's White House bid, the first time in his life he will vote Democrat.

“It’s a good thing my dear old mum and pup [sic] are no longer alive. They’d cut off my allowance," Buckley, a columnist for the conservative National Review, wrote on the Web site The Daily Beast Friday.

Buckley, who praised McCain in a New York Times Op-Ed earlier this year and defended the Arizona senator's conservative credentials against wary talk-radio hosts, said McCain is no longer the “real” and “unconventional” man he once admired.

"This campaign has changed John McCain," Buckley wrote. "It has made him inauthentic. 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," Buckley added. "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?"

But Buckley made clear he's not just voting against McCain, praising Obama for his "first-class temperament and first-class intellect."

"Obama has in him—I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy 'We are the people we have been waiting for' silly rhetoric—the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for," Buckley wrote.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (873 Responses)
  1. abina

    NEVER TO LATE.

    October 10, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. sc

    i can only hope more folks start realising that Mccain is looking more and more crazier everyday. the only reason many folks cannot see through this is because of their ego or i suspect race has something to do with it.
    i think he would have been a good candidate in 2000, but alas, history sided on the side of the dummy.

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. bill pike

    i was raised in the same environment, my dad was county chairman for the republican party, friends with goldwater,etc. The last 8 years has shown us there has to be a new ab lincoln in washington and obama is that man. he has to be close to lincoln in intelligence, but i also see in him character that as a republican i saw in kennedy–the love of our country, to be able to talk to world leaders instead of dictate to them as bush and mccain do.

    signed: ex republican, vet, small town, businessman, christian, pentecostal, loves the lord with all his heart.

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. Enlightened Voter

    THis says it all. It's over for mccain/palin. Now we just need to pray for Obama and Biden, for their safety and protection and that they are guided to run this country in an enlightened way.

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. MK

    He is obviously a very smart man.

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    GAME OVER!

    As Chick Hearn used to say:

    This one's in the old Admiral Refrigerator. The door's closed, the light's out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and the jello's jiggling!

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. malclave

    "his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises"

    Is it really fair to hold these traits against McCain but not Obama?

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Hurricane_Ike

    Great guy. Hope we have more objective people like you coming out.

    Thanks

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Bryce K. Dixon

    Finally some real conservative values we can stand by...

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. Jude

    Right on bro...I think this man sees the light at the end of the tunnel!!!! Exactly what I've been sailing all along...Now only if more Repubs would see this...how could 40+% still be voting for McCain??? Can someone enlighten me on this?

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Janine

    Good for you. Remember "Country first". I think McCain forgot. Instead of inspiring people to think of their country, he's inspiring the mob mentality to heat and tear this country down.

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Imastun

    Christopher, I am quite sure, that your father not only wouldn't have cut your allowance, but would have himself supported Obama. He was the epitome of intelectual conservatism. Even though it is hard for me to concur with his positions, listening him defend his ideas was a feast for ears and intellect. I strongly believe his sincere and strongly held beliefs would have stirred in his soul an immense reprehension from the KKK leaning atmosphere of McCain/Palin rallies of late.

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. jennifer

    Well said, and more powerful from someone who has reasoned it out.

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. peter

    Let change this country for the good of the mankind people.

    Let God Bless America and the spirit which drive America genuity goes forever, and ever.

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. TheTruthHurts

    What else is their to say? I finally have faith again that some Republicans are TOTALLY BLIND. Sure, McCain 2000 had lots to like, but this guy is a joke. Even if you are a staunch Republican, like Buckley, you have to be honest about what is right in front of your face.

    He is clearly not a member of the liberal media.

    I believe conservatives everywhere will rise to throw John under the bus because they want to live to fight another day.

    October 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Oblio

    God bless you, Christopher Buckley. Your wonderful father raised an intelligent man, and may he rest in peace.

    October 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. RJ2008

    Seems SHALLOW PALIN is too much for even conservatives. Good. So when is John McCain going to endorse Obama? May be during the next debate??

    October 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. springer

    Sweet.
    Couldn't have said it better.
    Sweep!

    October 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. John mKKain and he has no message

    wow John is getting a little lonely, good thing he still has his lynch mob followers to back him up.

    October 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. Susan, California

    Thank you Christopher Buckley for having an open mind and calling it as you see it.

    October 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. opie

    Although I usualy disagreed with the elder Buckley, I always thought he was a most elequent and intellegent speaker and writer.

    Now I have to say the same about Christopher Buckley.

    October 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. Monroe W. DeVos

    ...and the beat goes on! It's refreshing to see someone see through the McCain rhetoric and see what millions of us have seen for some time. Barack Obama is the real deal and we Americans have the opportunity to be a part of a great historic moment in time by having the leader we need to get us through these most difficult times.

    October 10, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. Tracey

    "And so it was said, and so it will be"-It is time to seize this moment because this moment is here for a reason and a purpose! Good for you Mr. Buckley!

    October 10, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Karl Clark

    Wow!!! These are tell-tale times that Americans, all Americans, want a positive change and not the same old divide and destroy.

    October 10, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. frieda

    that one, he is the one
    obama 08

    October 10, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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