Nation: New York's James Buckley

ANYONE waiting around the Senate chamber next January expecting certified Conservative James Buckley, the self-proclaimed voice of the new right, to storm in and begin breathing fire, is in for a surprise. Buckley, to political friend and enemy alike, is a thoroughly pleasant man.

His smile is warm and real, he delivers unbending conservative judgments calmly and in carefully chosen language. Removed from the shorthand rhetoric of a campaign, the judgments are often buttressed by soundly reasoned arguments. Even on campuses, his personality won attention for ideas that were anathema. He holds doors open for strangers and carries suitcases for traveling companions....

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