February 27th, 2008
11:34 AM ET
14 years ago

William F. Buckley Jr. dies

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/02/27/art.buckley.ap.jpg caption=" William F. Buckley, Jr. has died."](CNN) - National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr. died overnight at his home in Stamford, Conn., officials at the magazine confirmed Wednesday.

"I’m devastated to report that our dear friend, mentor, leader, and founder William F. Buckley Jr., died this morning in his study in Stamford, Connecticut," Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of the National Review Online wrote on the Web site Wednesday.

"He died while at work; if he had been given a choice on how to depart this world, I suspect that would have been exactly it. At home, still devoted to the war of ideas. "

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  1. Y.Lee

    Such sad news. The Last Call for the creator of Blackford Oakes came much too soon. RIP William F. Buckley Jr., your political insight and humor will be dearly missed.

    February 27, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. AaronK

    WFB, back in the 50's and early 60's you were a bulwark of conservatism and libertarianism. After that, unfortunately, you fell into the trap that has eventually engulfed the Republican party known as neo-conservatism. I'll continue to look up to your younger self as a person to be idolized, but will also look up at your older self as one that was blinded by a newfound ideology: neo-conservatism.

    February 27, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. len

    He was an intelligent man who could see to the heart of issues that interested him, then explain them with a wit that was sharp but did not seek to hurt as much as enlighten. He was unafraid of being unpopular or even of taking a side that differed from his conservative nature if the thought that side to be right and just.

    Buckley was any thinking persons' mentor. I will miss him.

    February 27, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Wilhemina

    Mr. Buckley has gone to complete his highest calling, his job here with us was well done. Our best has crossed over, my his family receive some comfort in knowing how William F. Buckley "is" Nationally and Internationally loved, admired, and respected.

    February 27, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I simply loved listening to Mr. Buckley and knew he had been ill. If one had never heard this great scholar speak, you missed a real treat. God speed, Mr. Buckley.

    February 27, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Glen Bentley

    Because of William F. Buckley Jr. I became a republican. Because of George Bush and partners I became a democrat again.

    Peace and prayers to the Buckley family.

    February 27, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Michael

    Andre, the eminent Mr. Buckley would smile, pat you on your callow head, and wish you a good day. We have lost a giant.

    February 27, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. VP

    Hillary just stated: One less vote for Obama

    February 27, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Tolu, Minneapolis, MN

    Mr. Buckley was indeed a thinker. A huge loss for the intellectual world.


    February 27, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. David

    I guess they'll miss him and the weirdness at Bohemian Grove. weirdos.

    February 27, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Mary

    It figures that, in a time when crowds applaud Obama for everything from borrowed lines to nose-blowing, some would wax all idol-worship-y over Buckley – mainly because of his Obama-esque capacity for turning an English phrase. How superficial!

    Buckley was as arrogant as any human can be, and in this, he was the most perfect representative of conservatives everywhere.

    February 27, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Gary in CT

    Farewell, Mr. Buckley. And...thank you!

    February 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. George T

    Oh please VP! He would never have voted for either Clinton nor Obama. You are such a pig!Quit your whining.

    Mr. Buckley was a prominent conservative with a kind heart. He always went the extra mile and gave a enormously to the conservative ideology.

    Rest in peace wonderful thinker. You will be missed!

    February 27, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Ken, Suitland MD

    I'll give him one thing: he was more eloquent than the followers of the right-wing view-point he championed. But eloquence and entertainment do NOT substitute for intelligence. His routine, vapid suppport of right wing policies, combined with the nonsense I used to hear come out of his mouth in his attempts to "beat the left", were evidence of an emperor without clothes.

    I saw him defeated, to his great chargrin, numerous times in his Firing Line debates - it didn't even take professional debators, like himself, to do it either. It was not all that hard to defeat the ideals of dour right-wingism.

    But it does not surprise me that his right-wing, faux intellectual, "emperor without clothes" routine fooled the populace; look who they voted in as president the last two times - and this gumby can't even pretend to be intellectual.

    February 27, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Adam

    VP – Thank you for displaying the unifying qualities that the Obama campaing touts so loudly.
    Shame on You!

    February 27, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Bubba

    Bayou Joe, you don't call three dollar a gallon gas "doing nothing about it?" Man, you don't work in the oilfields I guess. The oil companies just posted record profits! Companies owned by the Bush family have tripled in size during his tenure. You mean, 'what are they doing to help me?' Nothing, because you don't work for a big oil company. They know better than you, so keep voting for them, right buddy?

    February 27, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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