Monday, Nov. 03, 2008

Christopher Buckley and The National Review

In a column for Tina Brown's nonpartisan website, The Daily Beast, called, "Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama," the son of conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. made the ultimate break with family political tradition this year: He endorsed a Democrat. And in doing so, the younger Buckley forced another kind of split with The National Review, the conservative bible his father founded. After writing the Daily Beast piece in which he called John McCain's campaign "mean-spirited and pointless," Buckley offered to resign from his National Review column, and the magazine took him up on it. It's not an entirely clean break, however. Buckley still owns one-seventh of the publication and serves on the magazine's board.