CNN reports that Christopher Buckley, son of noted conservative William F. Buckley, is supporting Obama for president.
“This campaign has changed John McCain,” Buckley wrote. “It has made him inauthentic. A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget ‘by the end of my first term.’ Who, really, believes that?
“Then there was the self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis,” Buckley added. “His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking.
Early on Buckley defended John McCain to other conservatives, but apparently he can’t do that any longer.
In his written announcement, Buckley quotes his father as saying:
“You know, I’ve spent my entire life time separating the Right from the kooks.”
And that is precisely the problem. John McCain has thrown in with the kooks that have infiltrated the Republican Party. Which is too bad, because it is tarnishing McCain’s reputation, and his honor. That’s right, I said his, honor.
An honorable man does not condone, much do, the kinds of things that McCain’s campaign is currently doing. At least McCain has attempted to temper some of the uglier sentiments coming out of the kooks showing up at his rallies.
You know, it’s one thing to call someone out of touch or out of the mainstream or even elitist. It is a far different thing all together to call someone a “terrorist” or a “radical” or “muslim extremist” or, in one case that was reported to simply yell out “kill him!” If the people saying this crap aren’t kooks, then what are they? Anyone who doesn’t recognize that or refuses to at least acknowledge it is probably one of them.