Personality: The Other Buckley

He wears a flag pin on his Brooks Brothers suits. Policemen, American Legionnaires and hardhats love him. In 1960 he wrote: "Communism is the greatest threat which Western civilization has ever known . . . Destiny continues to place in our hands the survival of Western civilization." He sees no reason to change that judgment now. Ask which politicians he most admires and he replies: "Ronald Reagan, George Bush, John Tower."

Yet liberals who talk with James L. Buckley come away mildly dazed by his charm and intelligence. They may also wish that...

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