“The truth few wish to utter is that the GOP has abandoned many conservatives, who mostly nurse their angst in private,” wrote columnist Kathleen Parker about Christopher Buckley’s decision to endorse Barack Obama and resign from National Review, the publication that his father, William F. Buckley, founded. “Years of pandering to the extreme wing – the ‘kooks’ the senior Buckley tried to separate from the right – have created a party no longer attentive to its principles.”
Though many conservatives have treated Buckley as a traitor, Parker contends that he is demonstrating his father’s swashbuckling, defiant spirit in reminding Republicans of how far they have strayed off course.
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