Buckley Debacle

“Us being in a kerfuffle with a Buckley is disheartening and absurd.”

So said The National Review editor Rich Lowry over the resignation of Christopher Buckley from the conservative magazine his father founded. Who says kerfuffle today except the British? Webster’s says the word, meaning disturbance, is of Scottish origin.

The sentence is from a New York Times article in which Buckley talks about leaving the magazine over his endorsement of Obama. Although there has been a flap over Buckley’s endorsement, he doesn’t think his late father and conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr. would have disagreed with him. Whatever your politics, Buckley’s novels are filled with witty sentences. And his column on The Daily Beast which explains his vote, ends with his version of a cliche, “Necessity is the mother of bipartisanship.”

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